QOOQ, a tablet for the kitchen

Published: 26th November 2012 01:57 PM  |   Last Updated: 26th November 2012 01:57 PM   |  A+A-

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Worried that your iPad or Nexus 7 might get covered in spaghetti sauce while you use it in your kitchen? Enter QOOQ, a tablet built specifically for the chef in you.

The French made, bright red slate not only matches your favorite apron, but also sports a heat, humidity and water resistant design, along with a handy kickstand. The OS is also designed for the kitchen as it is centered around helping users with a host of essential cooking functions.

So how does this $399 slate help users with the culinary arts? Apart from providing them with thousands of recipes, the device offers rich and exclusive culinary content like QOOQ mag, which contains chef portraits, innovative video coverage, and interactive files on the French art de vivre and gastronomy. It also comes with an encyclopedia that contains detailed cards on essential kitchen techniques and ingredients. The tablet can also help you plan meals for the rest of the week and calculate the quantity of ingredients required for a dish if the number of guests is specified. The company says that the QOOQ will inspire users to find inspiration, develop culinary culture and create menus.

The tablet can also be used for other purposes like email, watching videos and more, but they are only secondary features and are not the main focus of the device.

Moving on to the device's software and hardware. It comes as a surprise that QOOQ doesn't use a customized version of Android, which even snappers like Samsung's Galaxy Camera have embraced. Instead, it comes with a customized version of Linux. The OS looks to be quick and snappy. The slate runs on an ARM Cortex A9 Dual-core 1GHz processor, uses a 10.1-inch TFT LCD display and 8GB of internal memory, plus SD. For connectivity, the device uses Wi-Fi.

It shines as cooking companion, is built to face any kind of kitchen-related calamity and has some unique content offerings. Can it replace tablets like the Ipad or Nexus 10? No, but it performs most of the features that users will need for everyday use.

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