Android-based microwave with voice assistance launched in India
| by Naina Khedekar |
SectorQube Technolabs, a new IT company in Technopark, Kerala, plans to take the Android operating system beyond smartphones and apps with the launch of Microwave Android Integrated Device (MAID) – a microwave that runs on Android and is capable of cooking up all your favorite delicacies. Touted as India’s first Android-integrated microwave oven, MAID incorporates a voice assistant that will guide you throughout the cooking procedure. "A consumer using MAID would be able to prepare as many as 52,000 recipes, all of which are available online and which could be downloaded after connecting to the internet," said Sabarish Prakash, CEO.
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MAID was developed through a period of six months by seven engineers who set up SectorQube. Although the microwave is currently a prototype, the company plans to go ahead and manufacture it large-scale by December. Reportedly, the company has spent Rs.20,000 to develop the software and integrate it into the microwave, and is planning to sell MAID for around Rs.7,000-Rs.8,000. "The idea branched out of the thought that beyond smart phones and tablets, the ‘Android beyond apps’ concept has not been used to its full potential," said Prakash. Nibu Alias, Chief Technology Officer. The company has also revealed that MAID is just the first of many android-powered products that it plans to bring to store shelves.
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