More cooking expertise and sustainable appliance management in the smart home

2023 04 Blogpost Miele LT smart food id min

"The laundry is done" - when Miele launched InfoControl in 1998, it marked the start of the age of domestic appliance networking. The message appeared on a small handheld receiver and saved many a trip to the cellar. Today, household appliances are operated via smartphone, tablet or voice and the range of applications goes far beyond simple control functions. In addition to convenience features, the focus is on cooking assistants and intelligent energy management for the smart home.

For example, Miele uses artificial intelligence (AI) in its Smart Food ID application for ovens: a camera in the oven takes a photo of the ingredients on the baking tray. The AI interprets the image and recognises that a homemade pizza has just been placed in the oven. A quick confirmation on the display and the baking process runs fully automatically. A fine gadget in this context is the "culinary greeting" from the oven. Those who like can share the photo from the oven camera with friends on social networks with just a few clicks in the Miele App.

Another application based on AI is CookAssist for induction hobs. Here, the user is guided through the cooking process via tablet. Example: For the perfect steak - rare, medium or well-done - the tablet tells the user when the pan is at the right searing temperature, when to turn the steaks and finally when to remove them from the hob. The AI here is in an algorithm that uses sensors in the hob to precisely regulate the temperature and prevent burning.

CookAssist is already on the market, Smart Food ID will be introduced in more European countries this summer. Both (free) applications are going to handle about 30 recipes each in the course of this year. The good news is that the systems are constantly learning, so that cooking expertise increases via updates to the Miele App.

But what will the smart kitchen of the future look like? We can only reveal this much here: In the Living Tomorrow project, Miele is demonstrating a prototypical further development of assisted cooking - consistently thought through and supplemented by a nutrition assistant.

Never cooked a yellow curry? With CookAssist, the cooking assistant for Miele induction hobs with the TempControl feature, success is guaranteed thanks to step-by-step instructions on a tablet.

Today, however, smart home applications from Miele are not limited to the home appliance cosmos alone, but rely on interoperability with other home technology components. The best examples of this are so-called routines, which are easy to install via voice assistants. For example, scenarios can be created that make the start of the day more pleasant. All it takes is the phrase "Good morning" and the programmed lighting scenario in the kitchen switches on, the music service streams the favourite playlist, the Miele fully automatic coffee machine heats up, including warm cups from the warming drawer. By the words "I'm leaving the house", the Miele vacuuming robot takes up work on request, all other appliances switch off automatically and the alarm system is activated.

In conjunction with an energy management system, Miele appliances demonstrate other qualities as well. For example, previously loaded washing machines, dryers or dishwashers start automatically when the in-house PV system produces sufficient green electricity. This increases self-consumption of electricity, is good for the wallet and helps to avoid peak loads in the power grid.

Smart Food ID: The camera in the Miele oven takes a photograph, artificial intelligence recognises the food and the controls suggest the matching automatic programme.

The latest innovation in the context of energy management is the Consumption Dashboard in the Miele App. It creates transparency regarding the actual electricity and water consumption of dishwashers and washing machines. It is possible to compare different programmes, query statistics combined with tips on how to use the appliances more efficiently and ecologically.

The Consumption Dashboard in the Miele App provides an overview of all consumption levels and gives tips for more sustainable appliance use.

In the Living Tomorrow project, Miele is demonstrating a prototypical further development of assisted cooking - consistently thought through and supplemented by a nutrition assistant.

Michael Prempert

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