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Self-Cooking Smart Appliances

Whirlpool and Yummly 2.0 Team Up to Make Food Prep Easier Than Ever

— January 9, 2018 — Art & Design
Whirlpool and Yummly 2.0 have teamed up to make food prep easier than ever before, thanks to a set of smart appliances that are app-connected to cook users' meals for them. After acquiring the Yummly app a few months ago, appliance maker Whirlpool announced new plans for its connected kitchen range at CES 2018.

In addition to being compatible with Amazon's Alexa home assistant, Whirlpool's appliances will soon be even more intuitive with app integration technology. The company's products will use their existing scan-to-cook features -- "allowing users to scan the barcode of frozen meal as an example in order to adjust cooking times and temperatures automatically" -- in conjunction with Yummly's database of recipes, and tutorials.

The result aims to be a new revolution in smart ovens and microwaves which hope to cut food prep time in half while ensuring a delicious end result.
Trend Themes
1. Smart Appliance Integration with Recipe Databases - Opportunities for appliance makers to partner with recipe databases to create app-connected smart appliances that simplify food preparation.
2. Scan-to-cook Features for Time Efficiency - Incorporating scan-to-cook features in smart appliances which allow users to adjust cooking times and temperatures automatically.
3. Connected Kitchen Range with Voice Assistant Capability - The integration of smart appliances with voice assistants such as Amazon Alexa to create a more intuitive and convenient cooking experience.
Industry Implications
1. Home Appliances - Opportunities for appliance manufacturers to develop innovative smart appliances to simplify cooking and food prep for the home.
2. Food Technology - Opportunities for recipe sharing and food technology companies to partner with appliance manufacturers to deliver a connected cooking experience.
3. Voice Assistants - Opportunities for companies to partner with appliance manufacturers to incorporate voice assistant capabilities into smart appliances for a more convenient cooking experience.
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