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$2,351
pledged of $10,000pledged of $10,000 goal
20
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sun, May 10 2015 10:00 PM UTC +00:00

About

The Smart Kitchen Assistant

The kitchen is a place where we usually have our hands busy, so we thought that to have a hands-free device, with the ability to help people cook better and with more understanding, was the right way to do things.

Babs tries to change the way people cook and eat. Babs is about culture, about how to cook better, and how to eat healthier. Babs is about how people can gain culinary knowledge in more natural and intuitive ways.

Babs takes care of you.

Cooking with Babs

Babs provides step-by-step instructions for recipes, which makes them easy to replicate, and explanations of methods and techniques that help you cook properly.

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You can request recipes by ingredients, nutritional facts, and much more (e.g., tell me a low-sodium recipe with tomatoes and salmon).

Babs helps by automatically updating the quantities in the recipes according to the number of servings.

A tool for creative cooking

We also wanted to create a device that helps you to innovate while cooking.

Babs has expert knowledge about food pairings that can help you modify and improve existing recipes.

Babs learns new food pairings according to your taste.

You can modify recipes on-the-go, and Babs will make logical deductions about them (e.g., after adding a new ingredient to a recipe users can ask: Babs, is this recipe low in sodium?).

Eating better with Babs

Babs can help you learn about nutrition and understand how to eat healthy. It analyzes the composition of food in order to provide detailed nutritional information about recipes that helps you to eat better.

You can ask things like:

Babs learns with you

Babs is the first voice-controlled assistant for the kitchen that acts intelligently, according to what it knows and what it learns from you.

Other voice-controlled assistants just respond to commands that have already been programmed into them. They are more or less advanced and friendly in the way they interact with people, but they are not able to learn from users and act logically according to what they have learned.

A generic smart assistant

Although Babs has been designed as a smart kitchen assistant, it can also answer general questions and respond to specific commands.

Babs is also integrated with services such as weather, news, emails…

We will be automatically updating Babs over time with new features, new languages, etc.

A voice-controlled interface for home devices

You do not just buy an intelligent device that helps you in the kitchen, you buy an interface to control the Smart Home. At SaltedWire, we see the future of the Internet of Things in Babs.

Imagine that you enter the kitchen. You want to prepare something for dinner. It is late, the room is dark…and you say: Babs, turn on the lights. It’s just that simple.

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At first, Babs will not be able to control other devices. But in the near future, it will control commercial home devices like the Nest thermostat.

Why a voice-controlled assistant for the kitchen?

Babs is always ready to help

You can naturally interact with Babs without the need to use anything else; you just ask and you just get.

Babs is an assistant for the entire family

Imagine that one day you are going to make dinner, so you ask Babs for a recipe with some special characteristics. When Babs tells you the recipe, it also alerts you that your father is following a low sodium diet, and that the recipe is not appropriate for him. You had forgotten about that! Luckily, Babs reminded you.

When talking about health and nutrition is really important to consider all the family members and their necessities.

If it does not have a display, how am I going to see pictures of the recipes?

We know that there are a lot of people who love to see pictures of the new recipes they are going to cook.

Because Babs is connected to the Internet of Things, it is able to interact with other devices in order to solve your problems. If you want to see pictures of a specific recipe you can just say: Babs, show me this recipe, and a complete description, with images, will appear on your TV, your tablet, or smartphone.

Besides, you do not need to be close to your phone or tablet. You can just put them in a safe place away from the fire, the food, or liquids, and just talk to Babs.

In the beginning, Babs will be able to interact with TVs with Chromecast, Android devices, and iPhones/iPads. In the future, it will be compatible with other systems and Smart TVs.

Language

In the beginning, Babs will just speak English. However, we are planning to automatically update it in 2016 so it will also speak and understand Spanish.

Timeline

We will ship Babs in the fourth quarter of 2015.

Here is our roadmap.

Shipping

The shipping will be free in the USA and Spain.

The cost of shipping to other countries is $50  (just choose THE INTERNATIONAL PACK).

Technical specs


What your support gives us

We have invested a lot of time and effort in order to create a great and unique product. With your help, we will be able to finish the design for manufacturing, to manufacture it, and to finish the smartphone app (both for Android and iOS devices) that will connect with Babs to exchange information.

We are working very hard to make Babs a reality…

THE TEAM: We are a startup made up of three engineers (J. Juarez, J. Galar and S. Arroyo) and one expert in communications and advertising management (J. Guerra).

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The prototype
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J. Juarez and J. Galar working in the prototype
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Risks and challenges

We have a functional prototype already finished. However, we still need to expand its internal knowledge about food and cooking with great and accurate recipes. We are working with the best food bloggers and experts in order to accomplish the task.

The main risks are in manufacturing. We have to deal with a lot of different suppliers, and problems in the manufacturing chain can create delays in the process. However, we will start manufacturing as soon as possible in order to minimize the risk.

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    FRIENDS - You will receive all updates around Babs and SaltedWire, and a special spot on our website. Thanks for believing in us!

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    THE KITCHEN APRON - You will get a great kitchen apron. All good home cooks need a nice one!

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    THE EARLY BIRD -You will be one of the first people to own a Babs.

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    BABS -You will get a fantastic Babs!

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    THE CHEF PACK -You will receive a Babs, the chef's hat and the kitchen apron. A great combination!

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Funding period

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