Sony announces a “kitchen tablet,” too; is this now a thing?


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?

Source: Sony

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Stephen Schenck
Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bits Read more about Stephen Schenck!