The Internet of Things
Have you heard of the term ‘the internet of things’? It refers to devices that can be connected to the internet and in particular the potential of a plethora of everyday devices being connected. Wireless technology and the miniaturisation of technology is the reason we have such powerful tech items such as smartphones and smart watches. This is now going a step further into homes and businesses with connected devices such as your fridge or oven. So what will a connected fridge do for you?
Well, consider being at the supermarket doing your regular shop. You stop and wonder, did we run out of cheese? You buy some anyway only to return home and see there is a full block waiting for you. Now imagine being able to check the contents of your fridge from the supermarket itself.
Connected Smart Fridge
A Silicon Valley start-up called Innit Inc. is making this happen. The fridge won’t only be Wi-Fi enabled but will also come with a range of cameras and sensors that connect you to your kitchen. Once installed, just download an app onto your iPhone or iPad, and voila: a live feed from inside your refrigerator. It will allow you to check what food you have and even provide suggestions on what you can make with those ingredients using recipes from a range of websites. It may also place an order for the items you’re missing. Even better news is that you may be able to upgrade your own fridge with their hardware that will cost a fraction of the price of a brand new fridge.
Commercial Food Display Cabinet Applications
Very impressive technology that we think will provide great value to the commercial equipment market such as commercial display fridges and food display cabinets. Imagine running a restaurant or cafe and receiving an automated weekly notification to place an order for all the cold produce you need? This will reduce stock auditing, ordering time, reduce food waste and will therefore improve overall productivity. Sounds like a great idea and is likely to be the tip of the iceberg when it comes to how the ‘internet of things’ will revolutionise commercial kitchens.
For more info check out the Innit website: www.innit.com
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