Flex, Innit, and Google Cloud Form Smart Kitchen Solutions
Flex, Innit, and Google Cloud today announced their collaboration on a full-stack solution for smart kitchen appliances. Together, they will work to reinvent the food preparation processes and deliver restaurant quality experiences all within the comfort of your home.
“This Flex-Innit-Google solution integrates hardware, software, cloud and partner ecosystems, and can enable rapid development of products that come alive with connectivity to top brands and advanced services,” said Dave Gonsiorowski, vice president of Innovation Services at Flex. “There’s a tremendous opportunity for this technology to help consumers simplify the process of cooking world-class meals at home.”
The new solution will work to power the next generation of smart kitchen appliances through IoT 2.0. Homeowners will be able to take advantage of the full-stack solution in ovens, refrigerators, cook tops, smart cookers, and blenders. New capabilities of the collaboration include:
- Streamlined connectivity for IoT devices
- Enhanced end-to-end IoT security
- Cloud services and device identity management for millions of appliances
- Software-upgradeable features for purchase
- Rich content and adaptive cook programs tailored to get the most out of each device
- Orchestration of heterogeneous appliances within a multi-step cooking session
- Personalized and context-driven voice/video interactions
Each of the three companies brings something different to the table, at a lower price than what it would cost to add new connected capabilities. Flex introduced its award-winning manufacturing services to a new line of standardized IoT and human interface modules. Google Cloud added its leading AI, voice, security, IoT cloud connectivity services, and the new Tensor Processing Unity (TPU) artificial intelligence chips for smart devices. Lastly, Innit’s platform provides comprehensive and enticing opportunities for meal preparation including personalized nutrition, step-by-step video guidance, and customized, automated cooking programs tailored to each device.
“In a world of accelerating development cycles, appliance manufacturers need solutions to rapidly integrate connectivity, security, analytics, and partners so they can focus on core differentiation,” said Antony Passemard, head of product management for Cloud IoT at Google Cloud. “The Flex-Innit-Google Cloud solution enables devices to instantly connect to Google Cloud Platform and access a wide variety of services, ensuring consumers have a great experience and manufacturers can offer their customers better experiences, support and product innovation.”