Mykie is intended to be humanoid. The 30cm-tall device features a circular screen that can wink, nod and smile, perched atop a one-shaped body that fits on the owner’s counter-top.
A prototype was showcased at the recent IFA electronics fair in Berlin.
Mykie is “a personal assistant that provides lively support for everyday needs as a kitchen specialist”, said Kai Grassie, head of corporate innovation at BSH Home Appliances, the German maker.
The device can control networked kitchen appliances such as the washing machine and oven and can respond to its owner’s voice by suggesting recipes or answering questions about everyday topics such as the weather.
“But we still have a good deal of work ahead of us before Mykie can become a truly interactive partner in the kitchen,” Grassie said.
No date has yet been set for a market launch. – dpa