GE Appliances' Smart Bakeware Aims to Take the Guesswork Out of Baking
FirstBuild, a global co-creation community backed by GE Appliances, is currently developing connected bakeware that will notify owners once "baked goods have reached the ideal temperature - for consistent, delicious results every time."
With the goal of helping both pastry chefs and novices bake to the right temperature, FirstBuild seeks to make this device a reality, currently using their prototypes "to test and develop traditionally difficult to bake items such as cheesecakes and quiches - and the results have been delicious," as Chris Naber, the Product Developer at FirstBuild states. He hopes to soon be "expanding our testing to breads, pies and other popular baked goods" in order to "take the guesswork out of baking… for anyone from pastry chefs to first-time cakemakers.”
Larry Portaro, Director of FirstBuild, explained that “this is the first known integration between bakeware, ovens and smartphone apps, that allows anyone to bake the perfect cake based on the ideal finished temperature of the food,” adding that "you don’t have to hover over your oven with a thermometer or toothpick to get there. You can walk away and wait for your smartphone app or your GE Appliances oven to let you know when your cheesecake is done just right.”
The connected Precision Bakeware concept will be featured at the Smart Kitchen Summit on October 10-11 in Seattle, Washington, and the product line is estimated to first be available to consumers in early 2018. While it is certainly an exciting and undoubtedly useful idea, the product will be designed to work specifically with GE Appliances' connected ovens, which may somewhat limit the potential audience.