Dacor bakes Android tablet into wall oven
Gourmet chefs can remotely control their high-tech oven with an Android app built into the unit.
LAS VEGAS--If you need to get your luxury oven warmed up before you get home for your frozen gourmet pizza or beef roast, Dacor will sell you its Discovery IQ Wall Oven with an Android tablet built into the unit. The 7-inch tablet offers 800-by-480 pixel resolution and includes 16 GB of flash memory, expandable to 32 GB. The company did not disclose the manufacturer of the tablet.
"It has set the standard for the connected kitchen of the future as the first wall oven with an integrated Android controller and Wi-Fi connectivity," Dacor President Steve Joseph said in a press release.
The Discovery IQ Controller for Android replaces the old-fashioned, limited touch-screen. The Android app allows for remote operation, alerts and includes a pre-programmed guide for preparing dishes. When a dish is ready to serve, the app notifies the cook via an alert. If the oven is acting up, the app sends out an alert with an error message, as well as an automated report to the manufacturer for troubleshooting.
The Discovery IQ double-oven model will retail for $7,500 starting in the summer, according Joseph. A single-oven version will sell for $4500.
Joseph said that the Android tablet and app add about $1,000 to cost of the oven. "It's a luxury kitchen brand, people are used to the pricing," he said.