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This will be a portable and an interactive food scale. A smart internet connected food scale that talks to your mobile phone. Ideal for home kitchen use. Sensitive enough to weigh herbs and spices. It will also have a wide range, so you can weigh heavy things like flour and rice. It will enable people to weigh ingredients and snacks and then determine the exact amount of fat, proteins, carbohydrates and calories in the ingredients they’re using in recipes or the snacks they’re eating ...
Pi Chef Design Challenge: Bake Mate #1 - Introduction  This project aims to solve a couple of real world problems (and inconveniences) associated with baking. This blog post summarizes my application:     The problems people currently face:   Need to keep referring to the recipe on the cookbook or computer. All those different units from different systems(metric, imperial): Weights in grams, ounces or pounds Volumes in ml, pints, quarts, gallons, cups or tablespoons Tem ...
Background During a recent visit to my in-laws, who own and operate a commercial kitchen, I noticed as part of the morning opening procedure the observation and recording of the cool-room and other fridge and freezer temperatures. My curiosity kicked in and asked why the recording of the temperatures to be told it is a council requirement to log temperatures as it is to do with their food handling licence. Whilst this process took only about 5 minutes of a staff members time, my inner geek start ...
Package arrival!   On Friday I received my challenger kit (massive thanks to Element 14 and Raspberry pi foundation).       I really love the carry bag that came with it   Voice recognition   This week i got started on implementing the voice recognition portion of my project. I started this before my challenger kit arrived so i began using the pi i had previously dedicated to running emulation station. Naturally the first step was a clean install of the lat ...
This challenge gives me an opportunity to implement some ideas I have had to assist my wife in the Kitchen as well as take some new technology equipment and work them into a Cool Design Challenge!   With my family, any involved cooking usually ends up with a laptop being dragged onto a counter to look up information and recipes.  And most likely provide cooking music appropriate to the theme.  December is a big month for Christmas songs to go with the pies and cookies and fudge.&# ...
Hello!   Busy times here in the household! Wife is very "excited" to finally have a range hood after almost a year without   Edit: Updates on scope of project - Goal: a smart, connected range hood to send images of what's cooking and to alert the user if something doesn't seem right. First post - Smart Range Hood - Pi Chef Challenge Blog post #1   I am planning on integrating this with my home automation system but that brings a lot of questions as to how exactly it ties i ...
Background Some people love eating while many more people love cooking and/or baking. This cooking hobbyist is not limited to just housewives or professional chefs. There are many different reasons why they love this activity. Besides, there are also many different opinions about a fun part of cooking such as we can eat as we go, do an experiment likes a scientist, enjoy the process even just cleaning activity. Moreover, some of them, posses as an amateur chef.   However, some of these cook ...
Wow, I'm so excited to be doing this challenge! But I'm also really nervous. There are a lot of more experienced engineers and this will be the most complicated project I've done on my own. But what better project to do than a fun and not quite impossible challenge? Well, here I go - to the finish line!   Project Overview:   As stated in the synopsis, I'm basically making a cnc cookie machine. Dough goes in, cookies come out. It easily extends to other baked goods as well, like homem ...
For who is this project meant for (and how will it help)? Ever went to the store and started thinking if you had some ingredient at home, or even worse came back home with your hands full of groceries ready to prepare that meal you've been wanting to make for so long just to see that you were wrong when you thought that you had that ingredient that you didn't buy? Or you just maybe want to keep track of how much something you consume. The idea of this project is to make a low cost smart shelf wh ...
    Food. It is what we eat. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack, meal, whatever you name it, food is a very important factor in our daily routine.   Humans are a particularly interesting species when it comes our diets.  From the first hunter, and fisher, and farmer, the evolution of our species has been driven by the pursuit of the things we eat and drink. Walking to the refrigerator for a cold beverage and snack, or taking the family and friends out for lunch or dinner, we a ...
First of all, big thanks to Element 14 for the opportunity! The kit is awesome and I’m looking forward to using all the components in upcoming projects.   Just a quick update here since the kit has arrived.     Here is a video of unboxing the kit which arrived in the mail this week. Very excited to get going on this project.   I've been giving a lot of thought to the idea of incorporating a fire suppression system into the hood. I like the idea very much but would ...
The Problem: When cooking for a large group of people, the pressure is on. Home cooks and professionals multitask to ensure every dish is ready to serve at the same time. Small mistakes can lead to cold or overcooked dishes, hangry guests, and wasted food.   When I’m cooking something that takes several hours, I waste time and energy when I have to constantly check the temperature of my oven, smoker, or grill. If I’m hosting a dinner party, I want to spend my time entertaining g ...
Do you crack pepper?      I do.   Do you know what over engineering is?      I don't.   An age old problem in the kitchen has been that of obtaining freshly cracked pepper. Throughout human history this have been a gruelling, difficult task requiring a high level of dexterity. This process is in such high demand that many restaurants will provide waiters to save the diners from undertaking the task themselves. My project aims to simplify this ...
*Ding*   "Honey - Your donuts are ready!"   The project scope: Provide a smarter home by utilizing the range hood. It will monitor environmental conditions; provide smarthome integration; and provide a quick way for my wife to summon me for dinner. This will be a real life project that will get used on a daily basis, so it must be robust enough in design to provide longevity and sustainability.   This project will complete our kitchen renovation which still requires a new range ho ...
Some of my colleagues here in Chicago at the element14 offices know that I took up cooking this past fall when I subscribed to a food delivery service called, Home Chef, that sends not only the food but the recipes as well. All I have to do is cook it up.   I figured that anyone can cook. Just follow the directions. A quarter cup of sauce here, 2 tablespoons of olive oil there. Pre-heat the over to 375F.  Cut the carrots in one half inch dice. That sort of thing. A piece of cake, righ ...