A new smart kitchen appliance store in the heart of Chicago has been named a ‘best of breed’ by the city’s Best Buy Best Buy Awards.
The store, called A Good Thing Kitchen, is owned by the Canadian firm Kitchen Concepts.
The company specializes in smart kitchen appliances and will be available in the U.S. in mid-January.
“The concept of having a smart kitchen is very important for me, especially for the growing number of Canadians in this country,” Kitchen Concepts founder Michael O’Donnell told CBC News.
“I’ve been working with the smart kitchen brand for a long time, and they’re a big part of my career.”
O’Donnell is a former executive at Kitchen Concepts, which has become one of the leading suppliers of smart kitchen accessories.
The company is also working with local appliance makers and makers of other smart kitchen products, such as smart thermostats, to create new products.
“We have a really good relationship with the makers of the smart home, the makers that are already using the brand, and we are just trying to develop new products that are better for Canadians,” O’Connor said.
“And I think there’s a great opportunity for Canadians in the smart house.”
O’donnell said the company will be offering smart kitchen devices, including appliances such as a dishwasher, thermostat, oven and a freezer.
“You can put a kitchen in a smart home.
You can do a smart washing machine.
You could even do a kitchen that doesn’t have an electric heating system,” he said.
O’dons appliance is called a “smart thermostator,” which is a combination of a thermostatic and a climate control device.
O’donney said the appliance has the ability to adjust the temperature in real-time based on the current time of day and the ambient temperature.
It also can turn off the lights, or turn on the air conditioning, if it detects a low temperature.
O’Connor also said the product can be used as a stand mixer.
“The mixer is actually a smart thertopat,” he explained.
“It’s an extension of the fridge.”
O’monnell added that the smart fridge and the smart washing machines in the store are both made by the same manufacturer.
He also said it will be possible to order a “clean” appliance and have it ready to use in under 30 minutes.
“If you’ve got a really smart kitchen, it’s easy to set it up, and it’s pretty easy to use,” he added.
“It’s going to be the first place we see the adoption of smart home technology in this city, so it’s going be exciting to see how much of a buzz that’s going.”
For more information about the new store, go to: www.goodthingkitchen.ca (CBC News: www;twitter.com/cbcpbc)