What happens when high tech meets the kitchen? Combining technology with cooking is one of the areas being addressed by several startups in Silicon Valley.
The June Oven was founded by two engineers, Matt Van Horn, a co-founder of Lyft, and Nikhil Bhogal, who worked for Apple. They created a beautiful looking compact countertop convection oven, about the size of a microwave, 22 by 13 by 18 inches.
The oven is packed with technology, including a computer, WiFi, a camera, scale, color display, and advanced heating elements. It has the ability to figure out what you’re cooking and determine the correct temperature and time. The company describes it as “solving the problem that has challenged cooks for years — unpredictable cooking. Now you can cook your food exactly how you want it, no guesswork required.”
The camera and software identify the food you place inside, whether it’s cookies, fish, bacon, or meat, and the screen will display what it thinks it is or allow you to enter your choice. It then sets the temperature and cooking time, and prepares the food. An app connects to the oven to allow you to monitor progress and even see your food cooking.
I heard about this from a friend, Vikki Pachera, a Silicon Valley tech recruiter, who told me, “I love the June Oven, it takes the guesswork out of cooking, whether I’m pulling together a quick meal or taking on a challenging dinner,” she said. “It’s full of advanced technology like food recognition and live streaming, but unlike most other products, I never feel like I am wrestling with the technology. It’s in the background, there to make life easier. “
Technology, in this case, is not inexpensive. The oven sells for $1495.