It’s CES week, and we have a new Google-powered smart display to talk about. A big feature of these smart displays is a visual and audio walkthrough of cooking recipes, and with Google’s platform open to third parties, it only makes sense that traditional kitchen appliance manufacturers would want to get in on the action, right? Enter the KitchenAid Smart Display, which takes all the features and functionality of Google’s smart display platform (reference the Google Home Hub and Lenovo Smart Display) and wraps it up with an appliance name that will feel right at home next to your mixer or refrigerator.
The KitchenAid Smart Display sounds a lot like the other third-party Google Smart Displays, with a 10-inch touchscreen and the usual Google Assistant software with smart home controls. KitchenAid is bringing two big hardware features to the table, though. First, compared to other third-party Google Smart Displays from JBL, LG, and Lenovo, this is a very compact design for something with a 10-inch display. Second, the KitchenAid has an IPX-5 water resistance rating. KitchenAid says the device is “rated for resistance to faucet water,” so you can actually wash the smart display in the sink after a messy cooking session (though you should probably unplug it first).
Besides running the same interface you’d find on the Google Home Hub or the Lenovo Smart Display, KitchenAid is throwing in extra voice commands for its Yummly cooking app. The press release says you’ll get “Yummly voice and visual meal planning and guided cooking functionality,” but keep in mind this is in addition to the usual cooking guidance that is already built into the Google smart display software.
There’s no word on the release date or price in the press release, but a report from Cnet says the device will be out in the second half of 2019 and cost between $200 and $300.