"Let the LineCook oven be your cooking guide"
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Let the LineCook oven be your cooking guide
Hi I'm Andrew Gebheart for CNET.
I'm at GE's micro factory called First Build here in Louisville, Kentucky.
That drilling you hear is the factory working hard to invent cool new things like this LineCook oven.
Just your standard built-in wall oven, except you can scan the barcode of your food and have it cook it for you.
The idea: pick up a frozen pizza at a grocery store.
Scan it into your oven.
Put it into the oven, and it's gonna know exactly how long to cook the thing to make the pizza the way you want it to.
Down the road, GE hopes to expand this technology to a number of markets, they want to put this line cook ability on their Advancium microwave, even on regular microwaves, so that any food that has a bar code, you scan it in and your appliance is gonna know how to cook it.
That's still a little ways away, the technology is still new, and the first step.
Is going to be to release it to a small market for what is essentially beta testing.
During this beta testing, interested parties will be able to help GE collect the food it needs for its database and collect information about that food.
So it's going to know not only how you want to cook a pizza normally, but how should you cook a pizza if you want it a little extra crispy.
Eventually LineCook hopes to be smart enough to not just use the recipe on the packaging, but to also be able to fit to your exact taste needs.
To do that, yeah, they're going to need a big database, so they have a lot of work in front of them.
Ideally, it also would be able to combine what it knows about the recipe to what it senses from your food.
All of that, from customizable options to Advancium integration is still pie in the sky at this point.
But what they've got is a cool prototype that should go out to a small beta community very soon, and allow you to scan a bar code and automatically cook your food.
With the LineCook.
For CNET, I'm Andrew Gebhart.