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An Oven That Runs Android

samzenpus posted about a year and a half ago | from the things-nobody-asked-for dept.

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Google85 writes "Dacor is exhibiting an oven that runs Android at CES 2013: it pulls together a 1GHz processor, 512MB of DDR2 RAM and Android 4.0.3. It also cooks food. At the front of the Discovery Wall Oven, there's a 7-inch LCD touch panel. From the article: '...The oven-maker's Discovery IQ controller cooking app will offer up interactive cooking guides, recipes and all other things cooking, although you'll still be able to install more standard apps from Google Play. The built-in cooking app offers preprogrammed dishes and adjustable timings for several dishes, while you can even program the oven to cook food remotely from any Android device.'"

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finally! (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42540905)

intel beats ARM! (at excessive heat production)

Fw:Re:Hitler (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42542339)

Jetzt kann ich zu vereinheitlichen meinem IBM Computer, Katalogen Juden und die Öfen, die töten in einem effizienten Gerät. Dank Dacor!

Compromised system (5, Funny)

Dexter Herbivore (1322345) | about a year and a half ago | (#42540927)

That's all I need, to have someone compromise my oven with malware and burn my roast.

Re:Compromised system (4, Funny)

tokencode (1952944) | about a year and a half ago | (#42541049)

Or "overclock" your oven and burn your house down....

Re:Compromised system (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42541827)

It'll be okay, we'll just send in MegaMan.EXE. [strategywiki.org]

Re:Compromised system (2)

alostpacket (1972110) | about a year and a half ago | (#42542165)

I'm pretty sure you could hard-wire safety mechanisms that prevented this.

Similar concept here: http://hackaday.com/2012/10/13/open-source-android-thermostat/#more-87901 [hackaday.com]

A post by the creator in his forums:

As a few people have pointed out, there is some risk that your heater may get stuck in the on state or off state if the app or your phone was to lock up. I've added a few safeguards against this already in the code and am going to add a few more, but I'd like to also find an all mechanical solution to this to ensure the thermostat fails safely if it does fail.

The best solution I know of is to use three bimetal switches to:

Break the circuit on the heater to turn it off if the temperature gets above 100F
Connect the circuit to turn on the heater if the temperature gets below 45F
Connect the circuit to turn on the air conditioner if the temperature gets above 100F

The problem is most of the major manufacturers of these switches do not sell directly to the public. You have to place bulk orders. The few I have found such as these ( 1, 2, 3) are large, heavy, overkill and somewhat expensive. It would be hard to fit three of these in the case, and more may be needed when multi-stage support is added.

There are several cheap thermal fuses, but these only appear to be available for higher temperature ranges. The only reasonable solution I have been able to find so far are these switches from Amico. (104F NC, 104F NO). The only problem with these is they are Chinese made and have not been UL certified. I think an uncertified mechanical fail safe is a whole lot better than no mechanical fail safe at all, so unless someone knows of a better option I plan on including these in the next design. I really hope someone can provide a better option though.

http://androidthermostat.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=5 [androidthermostat.com]

Re:Compromised system (1)

mysidia (191772) | about a year and a half ago | (#42542979)

Break the circuit on the heater to turn it off if the temperature gets above 100F Connect the circuit to turn on the heater if the temperature gets below 45F Connect the circuit to turn on the air conditioner if the temperature gets above 100F

The article is about ovens, and you seem to be referring to thermostats. There's not much you would normally cook without exceeding 100F.

Ovens under automatic software control may be a bit more dangerous than heaters. Ovens are in living spaces, and may be dangerous even at normal operating oven temperatures. Depending on what's in them, or if the homeowner intends the oven to be on or not. Some people stow things in their ovens, when the oven is not being used, such as plastic things, which could release toxic fumes if a software controller makes a mistake and flips it on.

Re:Compromised system (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42541379)

They should call this: An oven with a tablet instead of a door. But then, maybe nobody would buy it?

Re:Compromised system (3, Funny)

Cryacin (657549) | about a year and a half ago | (#42541725)

Don't be ridiculous. A vertical oven interface can't possibly work! Human's aren't built that way for touch technology and will suffer from Gorilla Arm when cooking dinner. The classic tablet surface interface of the hotplate is the only real solution and why the iPlate technology exists. - Tim Cook

Re:Compromised system (1)

FatdogHaiku (978357) | about a year and a half ago | (#42541819)

They should call this: An oven with a tablet instead of a door. But then, maybe nobody would buy it?

Well, touch screen blisters are hard to put a good spin on... but there are countless hot porn jokes in the offing!

Re:Compromised system (-1, Offtopic)

Type44Q (1233630) | about a year and a half ago | (#42542161)

...there are countless hot porn jokes in the offing!

Pfft, if you want to talk about potential jokes that really scrape the bottom of the barrel (in terms of tastelessness and insensitivity), you only need ask:

How many does this seat? :p

I know, I know... but if you think that's bad, here's one that'll really make you cringe - and I challenge anyone to come up with something worse:

Q: What's worse than having sex with a two-year-old?

A: Washing the blood off the clown suit afterwards...

Re:Compromised system (1)

icebike (68054) | about a year and a half ago | (#42541531)

That's all I need, to have someone compromise my oven with malware and burn my roast.

Ha Ha Ha Ha How else are we going to Ma Ma Ma Make the world safe for Ma Ma Ma Max Headroom [youtube.com] ?

Apps (1)

MatrixCubed (583402) | about a year and a half ago | (#42542561)

I'm sure there will appear an app which auto-orders delivery pizza in the event your dinner burns to a crisp....

Re:Compromised system (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42545583)

That's all I need, to have someone compromise my oven with malware and burn my roast.

Get over yourself, you would burn the fucking thing anyway.

Does it run ntpd? (1)

6ULDV8 (226100) | about a year and a half ago | (#42540965)

If it'll just set its own clock... You can get Android now or wait for iOS. I think for the price, I'll stick with my $1k LG oven and set my own clock though.

The iOS oven (5, Funny)

Andy Prough (2730467) | about a year and a half ago | (#42540989)

will only cook recipes previously approved by Steve Jobs. Fanboys will quickly realize that all other food was crap anyways. It will cost $5,000 more than the Android oven.

Re:The iOS oven (5, Funny)

tokencode (1952944) | about a year and a half ago | (#42541071)

But I bet it would make some great Apple pie....

Re:The iOS oven (2)

Andy Prough (2730467) | about a year and a half ago | (#42541475)

Well, since Apple's already got the patent on "method for mixing things and then heating them", it will be the ONLY oven that can LEGALLY make you a pie. Of course, if you want a pirated pie...

Re:The iOS oven (1)

Cryacin (657549) | about a year and a half ago | (#42541897)

Too much like cannibalism.

Re:The iOS oven (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42545327)

I would prefer Raspberry Pi!
(ba-dum-tish!)

Re:The iOS oven (1)

slashmydots (2189826) | about a year and a half ago | (#42541793)

Also, they now own a patent AND copyright on anything you cook, including the family cookie recipe.

Re:The iOS oven (3, Funny)

Andy Prough (2730467) | about a year and a half ago | (#42541841)

Your family recipes will no longer belong to you. But, for $0.99 each, you will be able to use them on up to 5 different iOven devices. Your recipes will not work on Android ovens.

Re:The iOS oven (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42542025)

Fanboys will quickly realize that all other food was crap anyways.
 
What about the Fandroids who'll lash out at anything that isn't from the hand of Google? Where do they fit into your sad little world?
 
Face it. Fanboism is for assholes and you've proven yourself to be one.

Re:The iOS oven (4, Funny)

Andy Prough (2730467) | about a year and a half ago | (#42542307)

What about the Fandroids who'll lash out at anything that isn't from the hand of Google? Where do they fit into your sad little world?

Eating badly cooked food and marveling over how "free" it is while trying to ignore a non-stop stream of advertisements screaming at them from their ovens.

Reversificationism -W (1)

Tablizer (95088) | about a year and a half ago | (#42541009)

Way over-clock it, then you get "Android that Runs Ovens".

Re:Reversificationism -W (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42543565)

Only available in Soviet Russia?

Bend over, rover (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | about a year and a half ago | (#42541011)

It makes sense to put one on the fridge, but don't most of us have an oven below the range? If you use your oven a whole lot you might want it up higher, but in that case you'll probably want a more serious oven, too...

How will they prevent it from overheating? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42541053)

Maybe it's a feature, it'll use some surplus Pentium 4s hooked up to a convection loop heatsink to cook the food.

Re:How will they prevent it from overheating? (2)

ArchieBunker (132337) | about a year and a half ago | (#42541163)

Now I know you're trying to be funny (and failing because the K7 cpu smokes when the heatsink is removed) but you raise a valid point. Most stoves with the fancy displays eventually burn out or fade after a few years due to the oven heat. So now my oven is totally useless because the display quit or a solder joint on the pcb failed.

Re:How will they prevent it from overheating? (1)

Cerium (948827) | about a year and a half ago | (#42542783)

Planned obsolescence?

Re:How will they prevent it from overheating? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42541221)

No one ever said that the system must be attached to the oven. It could always be installed into an adjacent counter.

Re:How will they prevent it from overheating? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42541489)

I thought AMD beats Intel at this [ncku.edu.tw] .

An excess of computers, wasting energy (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42541063)

Better to have a $1 low-power embedded CPU with an API, an external interface (Ethernet, USB, WiFi, ...) and no display, so the oven can be integrated into a home network and controlled by a widget running on the user's own computer. Every appliance independently trying to do everything simply adds complication, with no benefit.

And pacing isn't wasting energy? (1)

tepples (727027) | about a year and a half ago | (#42541247)

Better to have a $1 low-power embedded CPU with an API, an external interface (Ethernet, USB, WiFi, ...) and no display, so the oven can be integrated into a home network and controlled by a widget running on the user's own computer.

Which would require the user to pace back and forth between the room with "the user's own computer" and the kitchen with the oven.

Re: And pacing isn't wasting energy? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42541533)

Why pace? My tablet is portable.

Re: And pacing isn't wasting energy? (1)

rikkards (98006) | about a year and a half ago | (#42545801)

Which means you have to remember to always have your tablet handy if you are about to cook something.
Point still stands

Re:An excess of computers, wasting energy (1)

dindi (78034) | about a year and a half ago | (#42541885)

Actually, an atmega368 can comfortably run a serial 20x4 character lcd, a keypad, a serial (xbee) or ethernet, cost lest than $100 ... and you can put it on a motion sensor, so if the oven is off it turns on only when you are nearby.

But being an electric oven it is a watt-hog anyway. I prefer an electric oven, but the top has to be gas. I would be a little worried to have my gas appliance on the net. Maybe even without the net it can silently kill you with a leak.

But I agree with you and I don't get why they cannot put a microcontroller breakout. Then you could buy an ethernet, a USB or a serial module, or connect your own to the optoisolated ttl serial. Would make the devices maybe a few bucks more expensive...

 

When's Thanksgiving? (1)

Impy the Impiuos Imp (442658) | about a year and a half ago | (#42541089)

"I'm just gonna have a piece of that cake you just made. You have to! -- The licenses on derivative works, and all that..."

The new generation (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42541119)

Finally, I can upgrade from my NetBSD running toaster!

"Apple pulp cookies" using Android (3, Funny)

jkrise (535370) | about a year and a half ago | (#42541159)

should be the first recipe on the free book that comes with the oven.

"Apples think too much of themselves. When beaten to pulp however, they are delicious to consume. Apple pulp ideally needs to be roasted slowly to a crisp, using our special Android program. Although this app is free, and we have not applied for any patents, it is unlikely you will get this on an Apple iPhone anytiime soon. So enjoy your daily dose of "Apple pulp cookies" to keep the doctors and lawyers away."

Can you make circuits with it (1)

Zerth (26112) | about a year and a half ago | (#42541171)

If it has custom profiles suitable for doing solder reflow, I could see getting one.

5 years from now (4, Insightful)

Kryptonian Jor-El (970056) | about a year and a half ago | (#42541211)

When android 4.0 is completely obsolete, and so is the hardware in the oven, what are you going to do? No apps will be compatible. This stuff needs to be modular, so you can remove it and upgrade it; the electronics will be outdated loooooong before the oven needs to be replaced

Re:5 years from now (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42541265)

But... but... then how'll they sell you a new and improved overpriced oven?

Re:5 years from now (4, Interesting)

NIK282000 (737852) | about a year and a half ago | (#42541289)

If it's going to be a "smart" device I would expect it to be about the same build quality as phones and MP3 players. In 5 years the batteries wont hold a charge, the door wont stay shut and you'll have to put a rubber band on it to keep the on button pushed in. Then you can justify getting a new one!

Re:5 years from now (1)

Kryptonian Jor-El (970056) | about a year and a half ago | (#42541327)

This is why an all-purpose tablet would be great. Put a long-term wireless standard in these appliances, and sync that up to a tablet. 1 smart device for all appliances, that can be used outside of the kitchen, and can be upgraded as tech improves

Re:5 years from now (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42541433)

Batteries? Are you some kind of nincompoop?

5 years from now? Not a problem. (4, Funny)

Andy Prough (2730467) | about a year and a half ago | (#42541441)

Windows 12 EB (EasyBake version) will be out of beta by then.

Re:5 years from now (2)

melchoir55 (218842) | about a year and a half ago | (#42541715)

I have apps on my android phone from about 5 years ago. They work fine. All you are going to want on the thing, presumably, are apps related to cooking or the oven itself.

You won't need to upgrade the hardware, because you aren't going to upgrade the software. You're going to leave the OS on it as-is for 15 years and use it to run super-simple apps which you could probably run on a computer built in 1999.

If I were designing this thing in hobbyist mode I probably wouldn't even have bothered making something with specs as high as the manufacturer is supplying.

Re:5 years from now (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42541941)

Do you really expect these electronics to last 15 years? I have a computer from 1999 in my closet, it hasn't worked for years. My oven is from 1982, it doesn't even have a digital clock/timer, but it still works great.

I'm not against the idea, but I'd rather start with my coffee maker and appliances that I otherwise expect to have to replace in under 10 years.

Re:5 years from now (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42545255)

Not to be too pedantic... but the first Android phone came out in late 2008. Assuming you got one of these, you can't have had your phone (or any apps) for more four years.

Your point still stands, however.

Re:5 years from now (2)

ikaruga (2725453) | about a year and a half ago | (#42543571)

This device is so niche that I'm pretty sure the only people developing apps for it are the maker itself and a small community of fans, both of which know the specs and limitations of the device they are targeting. It's not like there is a standard oven control protocol either so no need for compatibility between other similar devices either. And I'm definitely not running an oven app on my phone either(might consider it for my gaming PC though). Having Android in this oven is like having some form of linux on some washing machines or dvd players. It's there just because the maker though it would be easier to use an open source OS than to build one from scratch.
Also, Android apps tend to be very backwards compatible, and you definitely won't be running anything intensive on an oven either.

Re:5 years from now (1)

thegarbz (1787294) | about a year and a half ago | (#42544001)

With many of the top downloaded Android apps being written for Eclair (2.0 not 2.1) and those which don't actually supporting the even older Donut (1.6) somehow I don't think this is a major problem.

Also why do you suddenly think that the existence of future apps renders the old ones obsolete? Quite the opposite is true. The Android Market or Play Store or whatever the hell they call it will actively block incompatible updates and prevent them from being installed on the device.

At that point all there is to worry about is a security hole in the old app, but then looking at the changelogs I've never seen an app updated due to a security issue, and I've also not heard of an Android device being compromised as a result of a security bug in a 3rd party app, usually just some 3rd party app was written specifically to be the malware.

Re:5 years from now (1)

BlackPignouf (1017012) | about a year and a half ago | (#42544645)

Re:5 years from now (1)

Anonym0us Cow Herd (231084) | about a year and a half ago | (#42546213)

> When android 4.0 is completely obsolete, and so is the hardware in the oven, what are you going to do?

You mean like an iMac that integrates a quickly obsolete computer with an expensive monitor that would normally have economic value over multiple generations of computer? That kind of obsolete? Or did you mean something different?

DIY (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42541343)

What's to keep a resourceful person from rewiring their current oven to a spare phone in order to accomplish the same thing at a fraction of the price?

Re:DIY (1)

dindi (78034) | about a year and a half ago | (#42541953)

The cost of an ESC(kind of)/dimmer device that can be safely controlled without burning themselves to ashes. If the oven already has some kind of timer (chances are good if it is an electric oven, especially if it has microwave) then probably it hasmind-bending proprietary crap running in it you would have to cut in half to interface to it.

But yes, a simple electric oven could be controlled with a few relays and a dimmer. I would be scared to automate my gas oven/burners though. It is OK that sometimes my lights turn on/off (crap X10 and some custom arduino code), but if my oven starts leaking gas .. well .. that is just creepy and bad :)

Re:DIY (1)

vlm (69642) | about a year and a half ago | (#42544515)

The cost of an ESC(kind of)/dimmer device that can be safely controlled without burning themselves to ashes

Cheapie cheapie. You should see what the CNC and PLC guys do cheap. At these "thermal mass" "thermal inertia" you don't do high rate PWM (well, actually thats pretty much what an induction cooktop is, but I digress). An opto isolated SSR is not much higher cost than a physical switch of similar quality / reliability / power level, crazy as that sounds to old timers.

My stove already has nice controls. Give me something new and useful.

I think controlling the oven is nearly useless to me. What I would like is 1980s era computation levels like "convert from C to F in a chart or whatever", the infinitely complicated sugar cooking temp level chart, and ESPECIALLY a nice GUI timer with individual timers for EACH burner and shelf of the oven. Also may as well install decent speakers so I can stream music. Basically this is all stuff I do while in the kitchen with my current array of tablets/phones, except this would cost a lot more money and theoretically be easier to clean and more food-proof.

Awesome! (2)

GODISNOWHERE (2741453) | about a year and a half ago | (#42541399)

Now all it needs is some hot new apps!


*Ducks*

Next thing (1)

viperidaenz (2515578) | about a year and a half ago | (#42541485)

Android powered kitchen sink

Re:Next thing (2)

webmistressrachel (903577) | about a year and a half ago | (#42541553)

Will it have arms and hands to do the dishes?? I'm in... OH wait, if it gets hacked it could attack me while I'm using "manual mode"...

Finally! (4, Interesting)

istartedi (132515) | about a year and a half ago | (#42541543)

Finally! Appliances that last less than two years. Regular shoddy merchandise cut the replacement time to about 5 years, but that wasn't good enough. We need appliances on a two year update cycle. This is especially true for the refrigerator. The damned things last for decades. Decades, I tell you! That lousy refrigerant that also lubricates the pump. Awful stuff. Finally we can get those on a two-year upgrade cycle too.

Oh, BTW, "we" are the manufacturers. Customers? I think we heard of those one time. We turned them into "consumers". They WILL comply.

Could be useful (4, Interesting)

steveha (103154) | about a year and a half ago | (#42541565)

I know the consensus on /. is going to be that this idea is totally silly.

But, I can think of a few features I wouldn't mind having on a smart oven:

* It joins my home network, and I can put a widget on my desktop showing current oven temperature and the value of any countdown timers running.

* It has optional temperature probes, so if you want to do your meat right, instead of cooking by time you cook until the meat hits the correct temperature. And the current temperature appears on the desktop widget I mentioned above, and an alert fires when the temperature hits a certain value.

I have a meat temperature probe that came complete with a remote display/alarm. (The worst thing about it: if you take it out of range, it never goes off. It really should have a "watchdog" feature where it says "hey, I haven't received a heartbeat in a while, I must be out of range or something" and the alarm goes off.) I would love having the oven on my home network, using open protocols; let's face it, if I'm waiting for a pie to cook or something I'm going to be at my computer.

I can think of sillier ideas.

* Lots of fancy cook cycles. I looked at TFA and it seems they already have this one covered.

* QR codes on foods you cook in the oven, and you wave them past a cheap camera on the oven and it sets up the cook cycle!

* Multiple, convenient, named timers. The "Pie0" timer is almost done, but the "Pie1" timer has another ten minutes on it. I wouldn't buy one just for this, but I'd use it if I had it.

* Voice input for things like setting timer names?

This isn't the hottest idea I've ever heard, but it's not completely half-baked.

Re:Could be useful (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42541653)

Smart oven, as in oven with a microcontroller and net connectivity would be nice, together with other home appliance smarting up like that. But "oven + built-in tablet" is dumb and overpriced gimmick.

Seeing that kitchen's conditions are rather rough - heat, steam, water and oil drops, accidental dropped pans and banged knees, they'll have to make it pretty durable. So may be it'll be a hit amongst geeks - you buy an oven, rip out a nice rugged tablet and put in a plain old door.

Re:Could be useful (4, Interesting)

RCSInfo (847666) | about a year and a half ago | (#42541673)

I like where you are going. The idea of an oven with Android isn't bad, but it should do a lot more than the oven in the article. I'd definitely add one thing to the wish list - a camera. At the very least it could give me a video feed of what is cooking that I could stream to my desktop or phone.

After the technology takes off, I then would like to get some photo recognition software going. My ideal oven will indicate when food is done by using color and pattern recognition that it downloaded from the Internet along with the recipe.

Re:Could be useful (3, Funny)

ClosedEyesSeeing (1278938) | about a year and a half ago | (#42542293)

This isn't the hottest idea I've ever heard, but it's not completely half-baked.

Yeah, I'm starting to warm up to the idea.

Re:Could be useful (1)

grumpy_old_grandpa (2634187) | about a year and a half ago | (#42543157)

> Voice input for things like setting timer names?

Yes, I can see how that goes:
- nineteen minutes, please

Starting ninety minute program...
OTA update started. Please to not shut down the own while this is in progress

Re:Could be useful (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42543339)


It has optional temperature probes, so if you want to do your meat right, instead of cooking by time you cook until the meat hits the correct temperature. And the current temperature appears on the desktop widget I mentioned above, and an alert fires when the temperature hits a certain value.

My AEG oven from three years ago is not "smart" in any way, but it has a similar feature: it has an internal temperature probe that you stick in the food you're cooking -- then you set the desired temperature, and the oven will stop by itself when that temperature is reached. No need for Android for that...

Re:Could be useful (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42543463)

the oven will stop by itself when that temperature is reached. No need for Android for that...

Yeah, but you left out the part about the oven joining the home network, and the desktop widget repeating current temperature from the probe. Those would be nice too.

And you could join the oven to a network without Android, but on the other hand, why not Android?

... you must like your meat really rare (1)

SmallFurryCreature (593017) | about a year and a half ago | (#42544113)

Look, if you stick a probe into a piece of meat, and it then wanders out of the closed oven, your meat is to rare! Either kill it more or don't leave it outside the fridge for so long.

Developer = german? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42541581)

Is it still uncool to make jokes about germans and ovens?

Not as long as... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42546079)

Is it still uncool to make jokes about germans and ovens?

Not as long as they plan on making one large enough to cremate libtard politicians in.

What next??? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42541651)

A gun, an oven, what next? The toilet will run Android to help me aim...

This will be awesome ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42541657)

... next to my webOS toaster!

Other apps = Angry Birds? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42541667)

How do you prepare Angry Birds in an Android oven? 450 degrees for an hour per every 4 lbs?

I assume they taste like chicken...

Great for Jokesters... & even arsonists...? (1)

ivi (126837) | about a year and a half ago | (#42541727)

So, expect someone to cook your breakfast on your Birthday, etc (a nice enough event).

But, on Apr Fool's Day, someone could set-off smoke detectors (worse if they also open
fire-sprinklers, that could damage furnishings, etc.)

And, arsonists could set a fire remotely... from many Km's ago (creating a bullet-proof
alibi). ...otherwise, a cool toy / tool.

Enhancement suggestion (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42541911)

Can you replace the oven with a replicator a la Star Trek? That would definitely interest me.

YUO FAIl IT (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42542069)

Clarice: video call from Hannibal's Oven. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42542153)

Accept?

Processor running a bit hot... (1)

jrumney (197329) | about a year and a half ago | (#42542359)

I'm glad someone has finally found a use for Intel's Android port [01.org] .

Batteries? (1)

DarwinSurvivor (1752106) | about a year and a half ago | (#42542441)

Am I the only one seeing a battery status incon in the bottom-right corner in that first big screenshot. Why in world would an electric appliance have a battery powered interface?!? Also, next to it appears to be a cell phone reception indicator. I can understand wifi (which is also there), but why does your OVEN need a MOBILE networking interface?!?

That settles it. BSD has lost, and will die. (1)

wvmarle (1070040) | about a year and a half ago | (#42542477)

Of course, it's a troll: BSD is dying. But this one settles it once and for all.

After all, BSD can only run on a lowly toaster [slashdot.org] , now Android totally eclipses them by running on an oven! I don't think BSD can ever recover from such a smack in the face.

Android is for Wimps (1)

RudyHartmann (1032120) | about a year and a half ago | (#42542663)

I control my oven using DOS and DESQview with the command line. Weasels!

I feel like such a loser. (1)

Andy Prough (2730467) | about a year and a half ago | (#42544003)

I just have my gas grill in the backyard. Can't even play Angry Birds on it, or Pandora, or send a Tweet from it. It just sits there like a dumb hunk of metal.

Meal Privacy Issues (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42542967)

And google will track every one of your meals.

Just what my oven needs (0)

AlphaBro (2809233) | about a year and a half ago | (#42543015)

Just what my oven needs: a hopelessly fragmented, privacy invading, bug riddled operating system.

FU google (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42543761)

great, an oven that will force me to watch adds before letting me open the door. and then report my diet back to google. How long before we have the android toilet?

Re:FU google (1)

Andy Prough (2730467) | about a year and a half ago | (#42543983)

Oh, you are WAY behind on the times, aren't you? Android toilet will be released in February: http://techland.time.com/2012/12/17/android-controlled-toilet-makes-your-non-android-toilet-seem-like-a-throne-of-spikes-sandpaper-and-lameness/ [time.com] . Don't you have your pre-order in yet??

cooling (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42543883)

How do you keep the processor cool enough in an oven? That sure adds another meaning to the sentence 'my CPU got toasted'

Perfect! I want (the buggy) one! (1)

freaker_TuC (7632) | about a year and a half ago | (#42543961)

No more christmas dinners to cook anymore, with the help from Google calendar :p

Oh dearie, dearie me... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42544141)

Yet moe over engineered, badly coded, crap to go wrong.

First it was a car that I can no longer tinker with without forking out for specialist PC diagnostic kit.

Then they put this crap onto motor bikes.

Next fridges.

Now ovens. WTF ???

Soon there'lll be no device left which doesn't feature some retarded code written by some fresh out of college twerp which doesn't work and ends up destroying the device.

Oh well at least I can always cook over a real fire.

Re:Oh dearie, dearie me... (1)

vlm (69642) | about a year and a half ago | (#42544579)

Soon there'lll be no device left which doesn't feature some

Its a fad thing. About a generation. In the 80s/90s you couldn't buy a kitchen appliance without a shitty two button clock that would never be set and was completely useless for everyone, although it meet the "checkbox" requirement for all appliances to have a shitty digital clock. Stove, microwave, breadmaker, stand mixer, coffee maker, old fashioned cord phone, fridge, heck I bet there were hand miixers and blenders with shitty digital clocks.

That is mostly dead and if you want a modern kitchen you only get a clock in the stove, or you buy one and hang it up. Thats it.

This will be the same way. Soon you'll have to wait 5 minutes for android to boot on your hand mixer and apply all recent app updates before you can mix some cake batter. Then next time it'll complain that you didn't properly spend 2 minutes shutting down before pulling the plug. Don't worry this all makes it convenient and "better". And a generation beyond that, people will be doing something equally stupid, yet different, and be all "WTF were you thinking?"

blast from the past (3, Interesting)

plaut (42347) | about a year and a half ago | (#42544335)

"In the future, the proof of a person's technical skill will be based on their
ability to boot linux on random objects. Those who are able to get a bash
prompt on a toaster oven will be gods that walk among us, constantly harping
on our choice of distribution."

                                --deathbyzen (slashdot.org 14-Dec-05)

not the first embedded linux oven (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42544529)

http://www.turbochef.com/residential/default.aspx runs embedded linux. So what.

Excessive heat and electrocis? (1)

SGDarkKnight (253157) | about a year and a half ago | (#42544633)

I'm just curious how the electronics would handle the excessive heat over the course of time.

Re:Excessive heat and electrocis? (1)

P-niiice (1703362) | about a year and a half ago | (#42545153)

Insulation, the same as any other electronic range I'd imagine.

Quit trying to make computerized kitchens happen! (2)

RevWaldo (1186281) | about a year and a half ago | (#42544741)

It's never going to happen!

OK, maybe not never, but they've been pushing the idea of computers making life in the kitchen for Suzie Homemaker a breeze since practically the days of Bletchley Park and its never completely taken off. "It can keep an inventory of ingredients you have on hand! A full database of recipes! Develop nutritionally complete meal plans! Automatic shopping lists! Step-by-step cooking instructions with automated temperature controls!"

And the people saw these innovations, and thought....meh.

Probably everyone here has a microwave that let's you put in the time/power for dozens of food items with the mere push of a couple of buttons - "press Potato once for one potato, twice for two potatoes" - and we can barely be bothered to even use that. (I used the Water button on mine for my morning cuppa tea, but that's it.) We just go "eeeeehhh, three minutes sounds about right." Cooking is still a realm where people are perfectly comfortable with winging it.

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a solution in need of a problem (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42545171)

fuck off. everything doesn't need to have a computer or a net connection

Asteroid? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42546113)

i'm stoned and I read that as an "Over that runs astroid" and I thought they used a 1ghz process to predict it.

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