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Cooking app maker wants a standard for smart kitchen devices

SideChef would have your hand tools and ovens working in harmony.

Jon Fingas , @jonfingas
03.28.16 in Home
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There are plenty of smart cooking devices to help you bring masterpieces to the table. However, they don't usually talk to each other -- your sous vide tool doesn't know the weight of the ingredients you measured on a scale just a couple of feet away. SideChef wants to fix that. The cooking app developer is building a platform that lets kitchen gadgets work in unison. Once you pick a recipe, every device would know what to do. Your oven would start pre-heating, for instance, while your mixer would run at just the right speed to blend everything together.

This isn't just wide-eyed optimism on SideChef's part, as it's talking to "several hardware brands" about making this a reality. Just how well it'll work is up in the air, though -- it'll depend on getting the right partners (such as big appliance companies), building sufficiently open code and otherwise avoiding the pitfalls that come with trying to create standards.

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