The QOOQ (pronounced kook) is a kitchen computer that’s actually designed to withstand the rigours of being used in a kitchen. It’s a very stylish looking piece of kit that is part recipe book, part cooking show and part Filofax.
QOOQ isn’t just a place for a bunch of recipes to live, it’s like a year at cooking school. There are complete meal preparation videos to show you the art of cooking, recipes, ingredient information and a magazine all built-in. It’s not just a dumb terminal either, it connects to the internet over Ethernet or wifi and you can subscribe to monthly updates to ensure you and the family never eat the same meal twice. There’s also a shopping list maker and a meal planner to help you along the way.
The QOOQ runs a dedicated UI driven via a touchscreen and onscreen keyboard and it has a built-in lithium polymer battery so there are no cables. All the messy computer bits are behind covers and the screen is glass so it’s nice and tough for the kitchen. It can sit on the bench or be propped up on a built-in stand, just like a book. Underneath it’s a tablet computer with a 10.2″ glass touchscreen, with Ethernet, USB and SD ports. It can also connect to the internet via wifi and while it doesn’t have an internet browser (keeps the kids off Facebook), it can be used to update your recipes, get weather information, as a digital photo frame and even listen to internet radio stations.
But … and it’s a big but.
At the moment the QOOQ comes in French only, so unless you parlez Francais, or you want to learn it while you learn to cook it’s probably not much good to you. But hey, I’m sure they’ll internationalise it, right? A QOOQ will cost you €349 for the unit with 500 recipes installed and then €12.95 /month for the updates if you want them. Keep your fingers crossed for it to cross the ditch, or the Alps, or the Pyrenees or whatever.
Included in your screen QOOQ: 500 recipes pre-loaded interactive / 10 recipes from chefs in video / possibility to add your own recipes / taking into account your tastes and your level / tool for planning your menus / Automatic creation of shopping lists / Radio / weather station / digital picture frame