Whirlpool’s Scan-to-Cook dinner sends the cooking instructions in your TV dinner to your oven or microwave



Watch this: Whirlpool’s sensible bar code scanner cooks for you

How laborious is it to warmth a frozen meal in your oven or microwave?


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The Scan-to-Cook dinner characteristic will work with Whirlpool’s new line of cooking home equipment.

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In line with Whirlpool, it is a problem. That is why the equipment producer created Scan-to-Cook dinner, a brand new characteristic in Whirlpool’s app that may ship directions to your oven or microwave so it might probably cook dinner your frozen dish appropriately and routinely. Whirlpool had loads of empty packing containers of DiGiorno Pizza, Marie Callender’s pot pies and Alexia frozen fries on show this week at CES in Las Vegas, the place firm reps used an iPad to show how Scan-to-Cook dinner works.

The characteristic within the firm’s Android and iOS app will work with a line of recent Wi-Fi-enabled merchandise Whirlpool will launch this summer season within the US: two new ranges (one fuel, one electrical), a double wall oven and a microwave.

Amping up the way in which you cook dinner comfort meals comes at a steep price: $1,700 and $1,800 for the electrical and fuel ranges, respectively; $2,600 for the wall oven and $900 for the microwave. Transformed, that is about £1,370 or AU$2,250 for the electrical, £1,450 or AU$2,380 for the fuel, £2,115 or AU$ 3,570 for the wall oven and £725 or AU$1,190 for the microwave.

As an instance you are about to warmth up some frozen tater tots. When you have one of many suitable merchandise, you employ the app to scan the bar code in your package deal of tots, and it’ll pull up the heating directions from a database of frozen meals. The app will then ship these directions to your oven, vary or microwave, and the home equipment will routinely set the proper cooking temperature and set timers in your meals.

Jeff Stoller, who works in web of issues technique at Whirlpool, mentioned the automation is particularly useful in case you have a dish that has a number of steps, reminiscent of a dish you need to stir after 3 minutes after which return to the microwave for one more minute.

We have seen extra merchandise and applications like Scan-to-Cook dinner popping up across the CES flooring. These scanners are utilizing an current piece of data (the bar code) so as to add extra comfort to your life, such because the GeniCan that scans your empty meals packing containers to routinely construct purchasing lists and order extra groceries. However Scan-to-Cook dinner forces us to ask: is heating frozen meals a large enough problem that you simply’d throw down $1,000 or extra? I do not know if the pizza rolls crowd can be on board.

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