If you’re wondering what the next big tech gadget will be, head to the kitchen. As the name suggests, the Dialog oven, unveiled in August by Miele and scheduled for release in Hong Kong in 2019, “talks and listens to food”, be it salmon, pastry or a slab of meat. The oven is able to tell how much of its electromagnetic waves—waves of a different and gentler frequency than in traditional microwave ovens—your food has absorbed, and assess its texture, and then responds by adjusting the cooking power. This is done in tandem with radiant heat and a convection fan. As a result, the food cooks evenly and quickly. For its debut, Miele execs placed an uncooked fish embedded in a block of ice in the Dialog oven, which cooked the fish while the ice remained frozen—modern “witchcraft” possible because the waves pass through the ice and are focused on the food. The oven has a user-friendly touch display, a pyrolytic self-cleaning function, LED lighting, and a smartphone app that can send detailed instructions to the oven and provide recipes.