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Appliance maker partners on oven for 'automated' cooking

June 24, 2016
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Whirlpool JennAir Wi-Fi oven
Innit Empowered Jenn-Air ovens will use Wi-Fi, mobile app and sensor technologies to help people cook with "chef-level quality" in "a few clicks." Courtesy Whirlpool Corporation

An appliance maker in the region is partnering with a food technology company to develop ovens that “enable advanced automated cooking and dynamic digital recipes.”

Whirlpool Corporation of Benton Harbor said last week that it is working with Innit of Redwood City, California to introduce a line of Innit Empowered connected cooking appliances to “bring a new layer of food intelligence” to help people eat better at home.

Whirlpool said its Jenn-Air brand Wi-Fi ovens will be the first to offer the Innit platform.

Innit Empowered appliances and apps give consumers a way to access thousands of digital recipes, based on personalized dietary and taste preferences.

The Innit platform identifies and measures food using advanced sensors in the kitchen, recommends recipes based on inventory and "automatically executes expert cooking techniques" on connected kitchen appliances.

Users of the Jenn-Air oven will be guided by step-by-step preparation instructions and will be able to cook with “chef-level quality” with "a few clicks."

Cooking is tailored to the weight, temperature and type of food, helping ensure “great results with no guesswork.”

Whirlpool and Innit plan to begin consumer trials in late 2016, with availability on all Jenn-Air connected wall ovens planned for the first half of 2017.

Whirlpool said it is gearing up for a market on the cusp of increased demand for intuitive, connected home appliances.

Brett Dibkey, VP, Integrated Business Units at Whirlpool Corporation, said the company has taken a “leading role” in introducing innovative connected appliances, and the Innit platform adds “powerful and intuitive” ways to connect food to the kitchen.

“Together, Innit and Whirlpool Corporation are bringing forward a new class of technology to empower people through food, while maximizing simplicity and enjoyment," said Eugenio Minvielle, founder and president, Innit.  

Minvielle said by “unlocking information within food,” Innit can help consumers “get more out of their Jenn-Air appliances” and “reduce dinnertime stress.”

Innit was founded in 2013 in the Silicon Valley and emerged from stealth mode last November with $25 million in funding.

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