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Bosch made a countertop robot with recipe smarts

The smart assistant from Bosch will respond to voice commands and project cooking videos on your kitchen wall.

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Ashlee Clark Thompson

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Ashlee spent time as a newspaper reporter, AmeriCorps VISTA and an employee at a healthcare company before she landed at CNET. She loves to eat, write and watch "Golden Girls" (preferably all three at the same time). The first two hobbies help her out as an appliance reviewer. The last one makes her an asset to trivia teams. Ashlee also created the blog, AshleeEats.com, where she writes about casual dining in Louisville, Kentucky.

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Mykie's default screen is a set of moving eyes. Mykie will also project videos on your kitchen wall.

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Meet Mykie, the digital robot that wants to be your sous chef. Bosch displayed its concept countertop smart speaker at CES in Las Vegas this week. Mykie, short for "my kitchen elf," is similar to smart speakers like Amazon Echo or Google Home: You can use voice controls to ask Mykie questions such as, "What's the weather today?" It will also be able to control connected Bosch appliances like dishwashers and ovens. Mykie's main goal is to help you cook. You can search for recipes with voice commands or on Mykie's control screen, and Mykie will project videos of someone preparing the recipe on your kitchen wall.

Mykie is very much in the development stage, and still has some kinks. During a CES demo, we asked Mykie to search for recipes with cumin as an ingredient. Mykie heard, "search for recipes with human." But it's an ambitious attempt by a big appliance manufacturer to try to wedge its way into the smart home market.

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