back to article Just what the world needs: Android in the rice cooker

Less than a fortnight into 2013, we have a candidate for the year’s silliest product: a networked, Android-sporting rice cooker. Readers will remember some chilling demonstrations during 2012: the vulnerability of pacemakers to outside attack, for example (insulin pumps were already compromised in 2011), while McAfee (the …

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Awfully cynical point of view there....

What could possibly go wrong with driverless cars?

What could possibly go wrong with Android powered ovens?

What could possibly go wrong with AI infused devices / robots?

I'd be much more concerned about the proliferation of WiFi enabled light switches and the likes - I see major problems looming on the horizon for that type of kit....

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If it did more than cook rice then maybe.

This is right up there with the internet connected fork...

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The internet fork...

Just yesterday I saw on the telly that at CES there is a diet fork that vibrates if you eat too fast, and it of course comes with the obligatory iPhone app to upload your eating habits to the cloud.

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Re: The internet fork...

I'm waiting for the internet connected socks, with separate IPv6 addresses for left and right. Comes with an app that tells you when it's time to wash them and, optionally (but the default), posts it to Facebook.

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Will it tell me where the other one is?

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Takes

Less than 20 minutes to cook rice.

If you need it quicker buy the ready made stuff.

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Re: The internet socks...

We've already had that one:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/09/28/auto_pairing_socks/

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Re: The internet fork...

I eagerly await the Rhod Gilbert comedy routine, along the lines of his girlfriend buying him a 200 quid toothbrush, LOL

I wonder if it will include "Fork off".

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Yeah...

...'cos human driven cars have proved to be so very, very safe, haven't they?

GJC

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I for one

welcome our new glutinously fluffy overlords.

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Re: Takes

Depends upon the type of rice. Basmati rice takes about 12 minutes, brown rice takes about 30 minutes, long grain or wild rice is inbetween, depends how much it has been washed or polished.

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Re: Takes

I have a rice cooker at home and, whilst it's certainly no quicker than using the hob, the results are better - no more stodgy, overcooked rice, no pan boiling over, pre-marked lines so I don't need to measure the water, and no need for a timer.

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Re: Takes

A proper rice cooker cooks the rice and then keeps it warm - ours can keep rice good for 72 hours, with a little digital counter on the front to tell you how long it's been. This is with Asian sticky rice, though - I haven't been brave enough to test with long-grain or Basmati yet.

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Re: The internet fork...

"Just yesterday I saw on the telly that at CES there is a diet fork that vibrates if you eat too fast, and it of course comes with the obligatory iPhone app to upload your eating habits to the cloud."

And it links to facebook so if you eat too much it changes your status to "John Smith is a fatty fat fat"...

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my forks are all wireless.....

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Er an android controlling rice cooker.

Sold.

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Er an android in the rice cooker.

I'm selling the movie rights.

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So

Soon we really will have the pot calling the kettle black.

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Re: So

Wait until they have lasers...

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Re: So

Special offer in the Daily Mail; Collect tokens, get your free EDL pot. Comes pre-programmed with a rich vocabulary for describing non-whites, Eastern Europeans and appliances made in Asia.

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Cooking with Google: one of the simplest appliances possible ...

The Japanese invented the electric rice cooker, and Apple copied their safety connector. Cooking rice is not such an easy job.

Don't believe me?

Take a cup of rice, place in microwave proof dish, wash the dust off and leave about one-half inch of water above the rice. Cook for 10 minutes at 80% power.

Remove, stir rice, and leave standing. The rice will continue to 'cook; and absorb water for about 5 minutes.

Just think - all this is done automatically, by your 'simple' rice cooker. And it gets it perfect most every time!

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Re: Cooking with Google: one of the simplest appliances possible ...

>The Japanese invented the electric rice cooker, and Apple copied their safety connector.

I'm not sure the magnetic connector was invented for rice cookers as many people seem to think. We have an induction hot plate and hot water pot with the same connector. Japan has a bunch of standard connectors that I haven't seen anywhere else.. for example if you rent an apartment that isn't furnished you probably won't get any lights in the rooms. Instead you get a modified AC socket with locking supports in the ceiling.

>Cooking rice is not such an easy job.

It's not so hard to get edible cooked riced but the Japanese can be very anal about their rice which is why there are rice cookers for about 50 quid for the "don't cares" and several hundred quid cookers for the people that want the "traditional cooked in a massive pot by a jiji" flavour. Considering there are hot water pots that can be remote controlled so that your elderly parents don't go without hot water (saw it advertised on TV yesterday) I don't see a rice cooker with Android as being all that "weird".

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Re: Cooking with Google: one of the simplest appliances possible ...

@JaitcH "Cooking rice is not such an easy job" Really ? 8 mins in a pan of boiling water works for me every time

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Re: Cooking with Google: one of the simplest appliances possible ...

For me- 30 minutes slow cook- 1 part rice to 2 parts water.

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Re: Cooking with Google: one of the simplest appliances possible ...

Rip the top off the packet, two minutes in the microwave and pour onto the plate works for me....

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I for one..

Welcome our Android Rice Cooking Overlords.

Skynet Rice Cookers FTW

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I just created this account to say this...

Android is in the smartphone, not in the rice cooker, and the only communication the cooker has with the outside world is through an NFC chip that pairs with your smartphone to download cooking program settings and upload usage information.

As for a rice cooker being simple, there's differences for white rice or brown, keeping it warm all evening, designer burnt bits, adding veggies to the pot, adding shop-bought rice-mix flavours (frozen and vacuum-sealed), etc, etc.

Indeed, one of the use cases is buying food with a QR code on the box, popping onto the scanned website to get the ideal recipie, then bonk-to-scoff.

(And yes, I do work there...)

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Re: I just created this account to say this...

I think a lot of reporting on stuff "in Japan!" is intentional mis-reporting to make things seem more weird/unusual than they actually are.

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Re: " bonk-to-scoff"

I'm having mental images that I don't want to talk about. Thank you.

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Re: " bonk-to-scoff"

I'll buy one :D

Anyone for special risotto?

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Re: As for a rice cooker being simple...

Agreed. Also, they can be set like alarm clocks to ensure the rice is ready when you want it. I wouldn't be without my Zojirushi cooked rice at 7:00 each morning.

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Oh god.... fuck.

"“Panasonic’s Android-controlled SR-SX2 rice cooker lets users search for recipes on their Android phones and then transmit them to the cooker. It also provides information such as how much electricity it has used,”"

Lays face on keyboard and groans......

Timer, Temp, and a loud - "Ping!" when done.

Some of these fucking idiots should be taught how to cook, "Joan of Arc" style - "Here, let me show you where to stick the thermometer."

Satan - because she blazingly approves.

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Re: I just created this account to say this...

Ok, I get it but 600 smacks is a bit much considering my Tatung was only 100. That's a pretty heavy premium for bonking a QR.

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Sweet gods - It's *rice.* Any moron can cook it, if they bother to learn. Which learning takes about two minutes.

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Re: I just created this account to say this...

Sweet gods - it's <insert food here>!

Any fool can cook stuff badly. You can do a prime steak in a microwave. However, those who appreciate our meat, rice, food will want to do it properly. This isn't being ped pedantic or anal, it's just not being willing to put up with rubbish.

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The kids today!

while McAfee (the company, not the nominative fugitive)

Oh dear, oh dear... only a hapless blogger for El Reg could so thoroughly balls up such a golden opportunity to deploy eponymous.

In the article, McAfee (the company) is the nominative case as it's McAfee (the company) you're describing as having "maintained its long campaign..."

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It's nice to know that Android gets really dumb accessories too.

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You laugh

What I want most of my modern science and appliances is that whether I am there or not, they obey me. I bought them. I own them. It is my right. If I'm bringing home a notable personage I need to be able to tell my home to light the top lights, dim the bottom lights, light the driveway strobe and turn off the farking dishwasher so we can talk. APICs are the slaves or the modern era, and we need not feel guilt about imposing on their needs.

A few years hence when AIs are given sufferance and protection, that is a different question.

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"What I want most of my modern science and appliances is that whether I am there or not, they obey me. I bought them. I own them."

No no no no no no no no........ That was then. Now your $600 just gets you a license to cook rice. Dont try and cook any for someone else or the MPAA / RIAA will ........... :-)

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The new Yakuza offer you cannot refuse...

"You better pay up or our hacker will make your rice cooker EXPLODE!"

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I think the question we all want answered

Will it blend?

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Re: I think the question we all want answered

No, but it does cook.

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The Windows rice cooker...

... keeps serving potatoes, because it knows that's what you really wanted.

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Re: The Windows rice cooker...

And the Apple rice cooker does exactly the same as the android one, but costs twice as much.

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Re: The Windows rice cooker...

The RIM version is currantly delayed, but will rock your socks off when it does arrive

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Re: The Windows rice cooker...

Raw potatoes though- where's the bloody start button?

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Re: The Windows rice cooker...

And the latest version serves it up in little square shapes whether you like it or not, and you have to guess how to use the bloody thing.

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Re: ...latest version serves it up in little square shapes...

They're called waffles.

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"And the Apple rice cooker does exactly the same as the android one, but costs twice as much."

You forgot it only cooks organic fair trade certified iRice available from your local iStore

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It's easy to be cynical

But I could see a huge benefit to appliances - TVs, lights, washing machines, cookers etc. offering remote monitoring and / or control interfaces. They don't need to be running a full blown OS underneath that but just providing the data in an industry standard protocol over bluetooth could mean that your phone / tablet / thing bolted on the wall could be used in all sorts of cool ways.

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