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10 January 2013

Dacor's Discovery IQ, the future as it should be!

“Good morning Kevin” comes a disembodied voice, sounding very much like HAL, the self-aware computer from Stanley Kubrick’s, 2001, A Space Odyssey. “You're up early today…did you sleep well?” “Just fine Kitchen” I respond, “I have an early meeting at the office…so I’m in a hurry”. “Coffee or Cappuccino?” comes the voice…”Coffee please” says I…”Cereal or eggs?” asks the Kitchen.  “Just toast this morning” I answer…”CNN or Sponge Bob” as the screen on the Discovery IQ Smart-Oven by DACOR comes to life…and so my day begins.  Science Fiction?  No, just a glimpse of things to come.

Just imagine for a moment in the not so distant future when your “Wi-Fi” enabled home will permit your dishwasher to call you at work to let you know that it has sprang a leak…but not to worry, it has already informed the service company and they will be out between 9 and 12 on Tuesday. 

Or maybe you are caught in rush-hour traffic and you will be 30 minutes late for dinner…so you call your oven from your smart phone to recalibrate the cooking time on your roast to be ready at 8:30.  Even better your oven will be able to connect with the manufacturer to self-diagnose it-self as well as down-load new recipes and cooking instruction

With this new networking application your oven, via the refrigerator, will be able to take inventory and place an order for all pre-programmed items to be replenished automatically with an online grocery service.  It will also order a few additional items that will be needed for tonight’s dinner party.  It will even make a few wine-pairing suggestions for the evenings meal.

Networked appliances will be the next big thing to hit your kitchen…with smart phone  technology slowly creeping into all of our home electronics…it will be just a matter of time before the kitchen, once again becomes the central core of family life.

Dacor, the sixty year old, Southern California based luxury appliance manufacturer is no longer imagining the future as much as they are defining the future with the launch of their Discovery IQ smart-oven with Android OS based, integrated tablet controller. 
The Discovery IQ Controller with interactive cooking application and guide can also be accessed remotely by the chef throughout the home with the use of their own Wi-Fi enabled tablet or smart phone. The IQ eliminates the guesswork associated with preparing popular dishes and family recipes by way of a pre-programmed guide.  It enables users to prepare a wide range of dishes to perfection with the touch of a finger. Simply select the desired recipe from the display menu, insert the dish, initiate the program and relax as the oven takes care of the rest. Additionally, when the desired cook time has been reached, the oven will place the dish on warming mode, keeping food warm until ready to serve.

With Dacor’s proprietary IQ application, the kitchen takes on a life of its own. Once a dish is ready to serve, the IQ will notify the chef via text message or push notification. Should the wall oven encounter a problem or require maintenance, IQ will notify the owner with an error message and an automated report will be sent to Dacor for troubleshooting. To ensure optimal IQ and oven performance levels, automatic system updates and self-diagnostics will be downloaded directly to the IQ Controller via Wi-Fi from the Dacor server.

“The Discovery IQ is truly a revolutionary wall oven controller that has raised the bar for cooking convenience and performance, by combining oven technology with the insight of the IQ Controller and cooking application, Dacor is empowering the novice cook to perform at expert levels with a simple swipe of a finger. With control features such as Guided Cooking, Quick Start Guide, My Recipe Box, Slow Cook Mode, and Personal Recipe Storage, home chefs are almost guaranteed to cook all their favorite dishes to perfection.

The family calendar on the Discovery IQ smart-oven will update everyone’s calendar, from Mom’s computer at work to sis’s cell phone.  It will be able to download and update brother’s ipod with all of his favorites and Dad can check on the solar collectors on the roof as well as the energy consumption for the entire house…he will even be able to turn off lights from his tablet.  It will keep everyone informed with all of the days events and activities, including soccer practice and dental appointments…It will even remind Grandma to take her pills and Grandpa that he has a 7:30 Tee-Time. 

As for the other appliances…as they are connected to the internet…they will receive electronic up-grades and they can self diagnose problems and download cures. One day your kitchen will read your personal electro-magnetic field when you enter the kitchen and begin to brew your favorite beverage and up-date your portfolio, all while you wait for your bagel to be toasted. 

Eventually the kitchen itself will become one huge, connected appliance that reads your lifestyle patterns, anticipates your needs for food, lighting, entertainment, and cleanup, and performs functions automatically...all without an explicit human command.

Dacor believes that the modern kitchen will continue to be the heart, if not the hub, of the modern home, an essential element in our daily lives that touches and affects us both physically and emotionally, a place where we seek communion, rejuvenation, and sanctuary. Of all the items we will choose for our home, today’s kitchen will provide us with a unique outlet for creation and self-expression.

Dacor's Discovery IQ oven, available in both a double and single configuration, will be on the market by June 2013