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The LineCook takes the next step toward hands-free cooking. By scanning the barcodes of your prepackaged meal, it can set the time and temp itself and guide you through every step. Click through to find out more.

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The technology is still being developed at GE's FirstBuild factory in Louisville, Ky. Here's the oven they're using to test the prototype.

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Hopefully, they don't need to use these buttons too often, since LineCook should handle the settings on its own.

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Here's the actual barcode scanner. It can also scan QPC and QR codes.

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Scan your food and put it in.

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The oven will set the time and temp necessary to prepare your food.

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FirstBuild plans to release the technology to a limited number of parties for a beta test, which will help it expand its database of foods and preferences.

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Hopefully, LineCook will eventually be able to program a recipe, and respond to user preferences -- giving your pizza a soft or crispy crust, for instance.

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GE might also want to use this technology, once it is fully developed, on a number of its ovens and ranges.

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The LineCook technology from FirstBuild needs a lot of work to reach its potential, but could be a significant part of the connected kitchen once it gets there.

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