Drop teams up with Bosch to bring its tech to ovens

31 Aug 2016

The Drop app working with the Bosch Series 8 oven

At Berlin’s major IFA 2016 conference, Irish start-up Drop revealed an expansion of its smart kitchen technology, starting with Bosch ovens.

Irish start-up Drop has announced a new internet of things (IoT) partnership to ‘tip the scales’ in its favour.

Following on from the success of its smart home kitchen scales, Drop travelled to Berlin for IFA 2016 to reveal that its technology is now fully integrated with the Bosch Series 8 oven.

Change oven settings with Drop app

As part of the integration, owners of the Series 8 oven – which connects to a home Wi-Fi network – will gain access to Drop’s interactive cookbook layer for a smart kitchen.

Additionally, owners of this particular connected Bosch oven will be able to control oven settings such as temperature and time  through the Drop Recipes app.

Until now, the Dublin and San Francisco-based company has solely been shipping its flaghsip smart scale, with development help from the international design powerhouse PCH. The Drop kitchen scale has been featured on more than one occasion on Siliconrepublic.com, with its companion app that hat lets users follow a simple recipe guide with instructions for exact measurements of ingredients.

Kitchens of the future

Speaking of what this partnership will do for Drop, CEO Ben Harris said: “Imagine your blender knowing how much of each ingredient you need for your favorite smoothie, or your oven preheating at the right time for the recipe you are making and turning off when your food is ready, or even being able to filter your recipes by what you have in your smart fridge. These ideas no longer seem fantastical.”

Adding to that, Bosch’s head of global brand communications for its home appliances division, Johannes Müller, said, “By adding the intuitive recipe experience that Drop has created to our products, it will allow us to continue to drive product innovation forward and make cooking a truly stress-free and seamless experience.”

Prior to the official announcement, Harris spoke with journalists about where Drop’s technology could be going in the years ahead and discussed further possibilities within the app.

The possibility of ordering ingredients directly through the app is one area the company is looking at. In the short-term, agreeing deals with celebrity chefs to share their recipes directly through Drop is considered important for the company’s future.

Colm Gorey was a senior journalist with Silicon Republic