The Weekly Spoon for 03/16/17 : 3D Printed Food & Millennials, Vitamix's IoT Evolution, Whirlpool's Connected Microwave

Just a short note today before I head on out to Chicago for the big Housewares Show. 

I definitely had a blast at SXSW, where I got to eat at Franlkin BBQ, meet Chef José Andrés, moderate a fun panel on the future of the kitchen and cooking, and see Panasonic's cool future-kitchen concepts first hand.

If you're going to be in Chicago, I'll be spending much of my time at the Smart Home Pavilion. I'll also be moderating the keynote panel on the smart home and smart kitchen and giving a talk on how the kitchen will be reinvented over the next decade. 

Stop by, say hi and email me if you have any news or products you want me to check out. 

As always, we have great pieces below to catch you up on what's happening in the world of foodtech and the smart kitchen, including a look at how chatbots could be the story of 2017, Whirlpool's new connected (and camera-less) microwave oven, Vitamix's IoT evolution, a look at who is curious about 3D printed food and more. 

Just a reminder on Smart Kitchen Summit: March 31st is the final day for super early bird tickets. You'll want to scoop your's up while they last, and you can do so with a discount code for newsletter readers.You can use this link which has the discount automatically applied, or simply go to the SKS17 website and use the code NEWSLETTER at checkout.

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Talk to you next week.


In the 03/16/2017 edition:

Whirlpool Is Launching A Connected Microwave (And No, It Doesn’t Have A Camera)

By Michael Wolf on Mar 15, 2017 11:26 am
It won't spy on you, but you'll be able to talk to it with Alexa.
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Why The Chatbot Interface Might Just Be The Smart Home Story of 2017

By Michael Wolf on Mar 15, 2017 06:16 am
Voice interfaces are so 2016. Not that Alexa and Google’s voice assistant won’t grow a bunch more in 2017, they will. But the reality is the smart home continues to evolve at a rapid clip, and one of the early trends I’ve noticed for 2017 is the emergence of the social messaging chatbot as a natural language […]
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Turning Text Messages Into Machine Language For The Smart Home

By Lauren Knope on Mar 15, 2017 04:51 am
There’s a new race in the smart home – it’s not about who will control your home but rather how. The introduction of voice assistant devices Amazon Echo and Google Home have definitely changed the conversation and the market for how we interact with the tech inside our homes. But if speaking commands to things […]
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Want To Eat Like A Star Quarterback? There’s A Meal Kit For That

By Lauren Knope on Mar 14, 2017 09:10 am
Tom Brady and the New England Patriots in general usually elicit one of two reactions: complete fanboy love or abject hatred. But if you’re in the love fan group or you’re just someone who wants to follow the diet plan of a superstar athlete, then meal kit delivery service Purple Carrot has a new product […]
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Who Is Interested in 3D Food Printing? Young People, That’s Who

By Michael Wolf on Mar 13, 2017 11:56 am
3D food printing is still one of those futuristic technologies that most people have yet to experience and many think sounds kinda weird, but with more investment dollars flowing into startups to help us print our food, there’s a good chance many of us might just eat ‘printed’ food in the next few years. We decided to […]
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Vitamix’s Ascent Series Is Focused on Using IoT to Create Memorable Kitchen Experiences

By Allen Weiner on Mar 13, 2017 06:29 am
As the premier name in high-performance kitchen blenders, Cleveland-based Vitamix has consistently shown its ability to stay close to and understand its customer base. The company was among the first to use television infomercials to illustrate its benefits. Much of Vitamix’s brand persona is linked to healthy lifestyles as demonstrated in their series of raw, […]
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Alcohol Brands Turning to Chatbots for Creative Marketing

By Amy Cravens on Mar 11, 2017 09:13 am
It seems chatbots are popping up everywhere in the food and beverage industry, and now they’re finding their way to the liquor cabinet. Chatbots are applications that combine Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Natural Language Processing (NLP) to simulate human conversation.  They are an innovative way for marketers to reach out to target audiences and to support purchases. As […]
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The Food Delivery Boom Comes At A Price

By Ashley Daigneault on Mar 10, 2017 07:16 am
Food delivery startups have been all the rage, dominating food tech investment for the last several years. In what has become an extremely crowded market, there are signs that the market is shifting, with companies like Square reportedly looking to sell off its food delivery business Caviar and competitors like Postmates struggling to raise more […]
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Sudden Coffee Looks to Disrupt A $9.9 Billion Market

By Ashley Daigneault on Mar 10, 2017 05:44 am
Instant coffee is not a celebrated food item. It’s cheap and convenient but that’s where the accolades end – which made a perfect challenge for entrepreneurs Kalle Freese and Joshua Zloof to tackle with their new startup. Sudden Coffee launched with the mission to find new ways and technologies that could make instant coffee better. Why? […]
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