This Smart Oven Can ID, Cook Food Sans User Input
Or, how to not burn down the house this Thanksgiving
Cash rich, time poor and cooking deficient?
We have an oven for you.
The June Intelligent Oven, now available for preorder, is a countertop roaster with smarts. And looks: its minimalist design includes a five-inch touchscreen and a single click-knob for controls, while an edge-to-edge glass door, overhead LEDs and internal camera help you track your food’s progress. You can see the design pedigree of the former Apple engineers at work here (aside: Ashton Kutcher is an investor).
Achieving a perfect cooking temp in about three minutes, June can hold any dish up to 11 x 16 inches (so think a small roast). The idea here is literally “set it and forget it” — the internal camera IDs your food. You insert a core temperature probe and the device recommends a time, temp and setting.
Then you go and do whatever; you can watch the food via video on the June app, or just wait for the device to automatically turn off.
There are some nice touches here as well: the top of the unit doubles as a kitchen scale. You can program your own cooking presets and app alerts. The app can help you create shopping lists based on any recipes you input.
That said: this is a somewhat limited product. June currently only recognizes about 25 foods. And the $1,500 price tag means you’ll probably need to make this your main cooking appliance. Best use case: cooking novices in small apartments.
Looks like we know what you’re getting your nephew in San Francisco for the holidays.