Smartphones and tablets are some of the most useful gadgets you can have in the kitchen. Sure, they won’t brown dough to crispy perfection or de-vein your shrimp (and unless you have some serious faith in Gorilla Glass, we wouldn’t recommend using one as a cutting board, either), but recipes can be a whole lot easier to follow when you’ve got the entirety of the internet to refer to for your questions, and voice assistants like Google Now do a bang-up job of helping you convert ounces to tablespoons while keeping your hands mostly free. Back at IFA, we took the time to check out a special tablet from Archos designed specifically for use in the kitchen. Now Sony’s following suit, announcing its own kitchen edition of the Xperia Tablet Z.
The Xperia Tablet Z: Kitchen Edition is the 32GB version of the tablet, bundled with what Sony claims to be $115 worth of accessories and content, yet only selling for $650, a $50 premium over the regular 32GB tablet.
Those accessories include a stand, to keep recipes available at a glance, as well as a Bluetooth iGrill wireless thermometer. There are a bunch of cooking apps pre-loaded, like BigOven and Evernote Food, and the tablet comes with 260 recipes, one for each weekday of the year. The iGrill thermometer alone retails for more than $50, making this all sound like a decent deal.
We wonder if these kitchen tablets are just the start, and if we’ll start seeing other bundles tailored for other hobbies. Maybe a grease monkey tablet with a ruggedized case and wireless OBD tool for reading car diagnostic data?