If the PR is to be believed, French outfit UNOWHY (oh yes, really) has already taken its native Gaul by storm with its latest cuisine-focused tablet, dubbed QOOQ. (Actually, the 10.1-incher's formal title is "la tablette QOOQ," merci beaucoup!) And now the company's ready to translate the kitchen-based tech for stateside tastes, shipping the splashproof tab with English menus and instructions for $399. Originally shown off at this past CES, the unique device packs a 1GHz dual-core processor, runs a custom OS atop the Linux kernel and comes with over 1,000 recipes from top chefs (no, not the Bravo kind) pre-installed. There's also an optional subscription package for power users that'll run about $9.90/mo or $99/year for access to additional interactive content and updates. You can learn more at the source below if you're the culinary kind -- though we're willing to bet the far more frugal option is to download a cooking app and call it a day. The choice is yours.
QOOQ, the First Culinary Tablet Made for the Kitchen Launches in the U.S.
New Interactive Tool From France Revolutionizes At-Home Meal Preparation
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QOOQ, The First Culinary Tablet Made For The Kitchen Launches In The U.S. New Interactive Tool From France Revolutionizes At-Home Meal Preparation.
NEW YORK, Nov. 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- French digital company, UNOWHY today announced the U.S. launch of "La tablette QOOQ", the first interactive touch-screen tablet made especially for the kitchen. Already a sensation in France, the QOOQ culinary tablet transforms the process of at-home cooking through highly interactive content from leading chefs, helping to simplify meal preparation for culinary experts and novices alike. With a catalog of over 4,000 exclusive recipes from more than 100 of Europe's most acclaimed chefs, QOOQ provides a step-by-step interactive guide to create delicious appetizers, meals and desserts through real-time HD video, photos and text as tools to guide users. Also, unlike other tablet computers, QOOQ is designed to be spill-proof, non-slip, and survive the wear and tear of the kitchen.
"We developed the QOOQ culinary tablet to modernize the cooking experience and change the way we think about and approach meal preparation," says Jean-Yves Hepp, QOOQ inventor and president and founder of UNOWHY. "We saw an opportunity to merge technology and content to create a richer and more tactile form of recipe preparation. The QOOQ culinary tablet offers users direct interaction with top chefs and allows them to learn every nuance of their favorite dish, helping improve their own talents and making life simpler in the kitchen."
QOOQ features recipes and videos from some of Europe's leading and most celebrated chefs in their field, including:
Emmanuel Renaut, of the three-Michelin-starred restaurant "Le Flocon de Sel" (Megeve, France)
Francois Adamski (Bocuse d'Or and "Meilleur Ouvrier de France"), of the Michelin-starred restaurant "Le Gabriel" (Bordeaux, France)
Rouguy Dia, of Petrossian's "Le 144" (Paris, France)
Amandine Chaignot, Michelin-starred chef at the Parisian Palace "Le Raphael" (Paris, France)
Guillaume Gomez, youngest "Meilleur Ouvrier de France," at "Le Palais de l'Elysee," the official residence of the President of France (Paris, France)
Nicolas Sale, Michelin-starred chef at the restaurant "La table du Kilimandjaro" (Courchevel, France)
Thomas Boullaut, of the Michelin-starred restaurant "L'Arome" (Paris, France)
Mikael Feval, of the Michelin-starred restaurant "Antoine" (Paris, France)
William Lamagnere, pastry chef of the restaurant "La Closerie des Lilas" (Paris, France) and former pastry chef of "Laduree"
Recipes on QOOQ are offered by cuisine type, difficulty level, prep time and ingredients, helping to further customize the cooking experience. QOOQ also offers access to hundreds of ingredient fact sheets and videos demonstrating culinary techniques. Additionally QOOQ's personalized features allow users to input their own favorite recipes and share with friends, create weekly menus and shopping lists, and automatically adjust ingredient quantities. Users can also take advantage of QOOQ's web browser, access to email and social networking platforms such as Facebook and Twitter, video and MP3 players, online radio, weather app, and digital photo album capability.
"QOOQ adapts itself to the user. No matter the dietary preferences, restrictions or time constraints, QOOQ is the multi-media cooking coach that can guide anyone, regardless of their experience level. The user will never feel alone or lost as they prepare their dish," explains Hepp.
The QOOQ culinary tablet comes pre-loaded with 1,000 recipes and videos. Users will also be able to purchase additional recipes, individually or in themed recipe packs, or subscriptions for monthly ($9.90/mo) or yearly ($99.00/mo) premium access.
QOOQ is available for purchase in the U.S. for $399. To learn more, or purchase a QOOQ tablet, please visit, www.qooq.com.