Hannover Messe: Miele and Microsoft unveil smart appliance IoT study

Sean Dudley
Sean Dudley
By Sean Dudley on 13 April 2015
Hannover Messe: Miele and Microsoft unveil smart appliance IoT study

Domestic appliance and commercial equipment manufacturer Miele has developed a new proof-of-concept study based on Microsoft Azure Internet of Things (IoT) services.

Unveiled at this week’s Hannover Messe event, the new concept aims to help bring about a new generation of smart appliances and home cooking, allowing home users to programme ovens and ensure meals will be perfectly cooked.

One new development to emerge from the collaboration between Miele and Microsoft is a new internet-enabled customer concept that allows users to browse recipes on Miele’s website and choose from a selection of meals. Recipes and the necessary food preparation stages can then be downloaded to a user’s smartphone or tablet and the matching programme is loaded onto the oven through the Microsoft Azure cloud platform.

The oven is then programmed to cook the selected meal, with the correct mode, temperature, cooking time and humidity all used to ensure perfect results for users.

“This assistance system incorporates temperature charts, times and the machine’s special features, such as adding steam, to create the optimum roasting, cooking or baking results,” said Dr. Eduard Sailer, executive director of Technical Affairs at Miele. “This allows people to get the best results out of their cooking appliances.”

Azure IoT services offers additional benefits going forward, as it can be scaled and made available to Miele customers globally. While the project is currently classified as a study, other applications such as status report, remote diagnostics and predictive maintenance are all conceivable on the Microsoft platform.

“This is just one example of how the Internet of Things and cloud technology are moving from enterprise experiences to personal experiences,” said Caglayan Arkan, general manager, Worldwide Manufacturing and Resources at Microsoft. “Miele is driving a truly innovative home solution that we are looking forward to experiencing in our own kitchens.”

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