. Its corner of the convention center was packed with new, ooh-and-aah-worthy tech -- most of which will likely never see the light of day in the US in spite of the fact that Bosch is an American retailer, too. Still, with several notable smart home announcements and a couple of eyebrow-raising appliances, Bosch is always a brand worth paying attention to.
Here's a rundown of the most interesting things it announced.
It's one of the most complete and cohesive visions for the connected kitchen that I've seen to date, but there's no sign that people are rushing out to upgrade to connected appliances en masse. Universally luxurious looks across the board might help encourage some upper-crust households to make the jump, but something tells me Bosch's vision might yet be a year or two ahead of its time. We'll see what Europe thinks when the appliances hit select retailers throughout the continent -- pricing and timing are still yet to be announced.
That's the high bar that Bosch is trying to pole vault over top of with everything it introduced today. With cloud-based, AI smarts dictating more and more of the decisions in Bosch's vision for the connected living space, the future of the smart home seems closer to the automated, gee-whiz, Jetsons lifestyle than ever before. Just don't expect a canned laugh track if things go wrong and these flashy new appliances end up burning people's dinners -- and their bank accounts, too.
And, should any of this new tech start to creep its way into American Bosch-branded appliances, CNET's Kentucky test lab will be all over that, too. Bosch's new smart countertop range practically does the cooking for you. Meanwhile, the smart range hood overhead will turn on automatically if it smells anything funky.
The Bosch smart kitchen Americans can't have at IFA 2018 Ry Crist/CNET Keep an eye on this feature as it evolves and gets smarter. Once smart fridges know what's inside without any input from humans, they'll be able to offer things like custom-tailored recipe suggestions and automatic shopping list reminders. The category has yet to really pull people in, but Bosch might be taking a notable step toward a point where that changes. In fact, its new washer dryer might be the most interesting of all of the new appliances the brand debuted today -- especially if you hate puzzling over which cycle to use for which garment. Bosch's big idea: Let the machine figure it out.
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Bosch introduced an entire suite of new smart appliances that'd look right at place on the Death Star. Does your Bosch smart fridge has cameras inside keeping an eye on your groceries? Today, it just got a lot smarter. Bosch was one of the first big names to start putting cameras into refrigerators, with models dating all the way back to 2014, pre-dating the high-profile Family Hub fridge from Samsung.
Now, those fridges are all set to get a bit smarter. Virtual cooking controls on your countertop? Specifically, Bosch's camera fridges will now be able to identify up to 60 different kinds of fruits and vegetables on sight. From there, the fridge will add them to your digital inventory and even offer item-specific advice on the best spots to store everything to prolong the freshness.
11 Photos Food-identifying fridges? Virtual kitchen controls? Range hoods with a sense of smell? Bosch brought everything but the kitchen sink to Europe's largest, strangest tech show.
Show of hands: Who wants this on their kitchen countertop? Better question: How much would you pay for it? Discuss: Bosch pitched a smart kitchen utopia at IFA 2018 Sign in to comment On top of that (literally) is a smart range hood with a feature called PerfectAir that essentially gives the thing a sense of smell. If it detects any particularly odorous molecules lingering in the air after you fry fish, for instance, it'll automatically kick on the fan to help clear the air. Meanwhile, the oven uses the same PerfectBake and PerfectRoast settings we've seen previously to smarten up your cooking routine using a built-in thermal probe.
Flashy, luxurious new appliances are always the heavy-hitters at these things, and Bosch left little on the ideas board for IFA this year. Front and center: A new lineup of luxury appliances in attractive, matching "Carbon Black" finishes featuring reflective glass faces. These include a refrigerator, a wall oven, a countertop range, an automatic coffeemaker, a microwave, a dishwasher and even a fancy drawer dedicated to sous vide cooking.
All of it syncs up with Bosch's HomeConnect app to let you control settings remotely. Partnerships with the European food delivery service Eismann and the Kitchen Stories recipe app also offer seamless, step-by-step cooking assistance that syncs straight with your appliances. Bosch pitched a smart kitchen utopia at IFA 2018 - CNET Many of these appliances include features aimed at smartening up your cooking routine.
For instance, the countertop range includes newly updated PerfectCook and Perfect Fry smarts designed to automatically track and regulate the temperature of whatever you're cooking. Fry up some potatoes and the range will make sure the pan doesn't get too hot. Boil some pasta and the range will make sure the pot doesn't boil over.
As a fairly clumsy home cook, I'd welcome the help -- provided it works as promised. The Amazon Prime Day 2019: Last chance on these great tech deals Smart fridges, smarter cameras Tyler Lizenby/CNET A Bosch representative tells me that the feature is based entirely on AI software in the Bosch cloud, which is how the brand is able to offer it to its entire existing catalog of camera-equipped smart fridges. Bosch also tells us that the fruits and veggies are just a first step towards the obvious goal of a fridge that can recognize anything you put into it.
Don't forget laundry day A new stand mixer available in a wide assortment of colors was just one of the numerous new small appliances Bosch introduced this year. Like the name suggests, PAI is a projector that casts a full-color touchscreen display directly onto your countertop. The display features a variety of apps -- everything from recipe guidance and smart home control to email and Flipboard -- and since there's no actual screen or electronics, you won't really have to worry about smudging anything other than your counter itself if your fingers are dirty from cooking.
Betcha can't guess what this thing does -- keep reading to find out.
Bosch jumped way ahead of that curve at IFA with a new gadget called the "PAI," which stands for "projection and interaction. " And that's precisely what it does. Stuff a load of laundry inside and the appliance will detect the type of clothing, then choose the best cycle.
It'll then figure out exactly how much detergent your load needs and dispense the stuff itself with a feature called "i-Dos" that Bosch claims is accurate to the milliliter and capable of helping to cut your detergent use down to the minimum needed. Plus, as a combo washer and dryer, the standalone unit can pick the right cycle for drying your clothes, too.