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September 02, 2016

Mykie: A personal assistant for the kitchen

BSH demonstrates with its concept of a personal assistant how communication and networking may shape the kitchen experience in the future

Munich, September 2, 2016 (bsh) – If the innovation managers at BSH Hausgeräte GmbH have their way, Mykie will in future be the smart and interactive partner in the kitchen. In today's opening keynote address at IFA 2016 in Berlin, CEO Dr. Karsten Ottenberg presented the concept of a personal assistant: Connected and voice-controlled, it provides a fascinating kitchen experience. That's because Mykie not only communicates with his user through facial expressions, movement and speech, but also provides whole new possibilities for bringing people together to share joint experiences in the kitchen.

Mykie is a concept from Home Connect, with which BSH Hausgeräte GmbH is embarking into the world of personal assistants. He responds to the user's voice by means of voice recognition. Mykie listens to the user, answers their questions and offers support for a host of everyday topics – he knows immediately, for example, what's in the fridge, how much longer the cake still has to bake in the oven, and whether the sun will still be shining in the afternoon. The user can use the connected Mykie to conveniently control the entire range of home appliance functions. In addition, Mykie will provide attractive and varied services to make organizing everyday life easier. [...]

And he also brings his users together virtually, if they so desire with cooking together or sharing recipe ideas becoming child's play.

"Mykie stands for 'my kitchen elf' – a personal assistant that provides lively support for everyday needs as a kitchen specialist," is how Dr. Kai Grassie, Head of Corporate Innovation at BSH Hausgeräte GmbH, describes the concept: "But we still have a good deal of work ahead of us before Mykie can become a truly interactive partner in the kitchen."

When communicating with the user, Mykie uses his voice and head movements, as well as characteristic facial expressions and varying light signals to express a wide range of emotions and signal that he's paying attention.

Mykie's integrated camera allows people to share their cooking experiences with each other even when they're at completely different locations. Mykie will make it easy to bring his users together and allow them to cook together via projection technology and real-time communication capabilities – regardless of time and place.

Mykie stands for maximum flexibility and independence, offering quick and easy answers to questions and meeting spontaneous wishes that arise in life in the kitchen. Mykie opens up fascinating new opportunities for people to liven up their daily cooking experience. They can directly access music, videos or other entertainment offerings available online by voice control. Mykie even answers questions about the weather or the latest stock market prices. Anyone looking for fast and uncomplicated support for cooking will receive simple and structured instructions from Mykie. Alternatively, additional services such as recipe ideas or suggestions from online cooking shows can also be called up. If ingredients are still missing, they can be ordered online via Mykie and delivered directly. Mykie sends the recommended settings from the recipe straight to the connected appliances.

Mykie provides the user with convenient access to all the benefits of the digital Home Connect ecosystem. The fully connected kitchen, irrespective of the appliance brand, can be controlled via the app. The next steps in the development of the personal assistant will now focus on the further integration of attractive functions and services from partners. Intensive market studies serve as the basis for this with a clear focus on delivering real added value to the consumer.

The Mykie concept can be seen at the stands for the BSH brands:

  • Siemens: Hall 1.1, Stand 101
  • Bosch: Hall 3.1, Stand 101
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Sobre BSH:

BSH Hausgeräte GmbH es una de las empresas líderes del sector en todo el mundo con una facturación de aproximadamente 13.100 millones de euros en 2016 y más de 58.000 empleados. BSH fabrica sus productos en unas 40 fábricas y esta presente en 50 países con una extensa red de 80 empresas de ventas, producción y servicios. BSH Electrodomésticos España encabeza el mercado español de electrodomésticos a través de sus marcas Bosch, Siemens, Gaggenau, Neff, Ufesa y Balay. En España cuenta con una amplia presencia, empleando a unas 4.000 personas. Posee siete fábricas: dos plantas en Montañana y una en La Cartuja (Zaragoza), dos en Navarra (Esquíroz), una en Santander y otra en Vitoria. Además, tiene dos centros operativos en Zaragoza y Huarte (Navarra) y un almacén central, el Centro Logístico PLA-ZA (CLP), desde donde BSH distribuye sus electrodomésticos a los mercados español y de exportación. En el CLP se encuentra también la central del Servicio BSH al Cliente que proporciona el soporte de servicio para todos los productos de BSH a través de 252 centros especializados en todo el país.

Contacto para periodistas:

BSH Hausgeräte GmbH
Corporate Communications
Stephanie Fröhling
Teléfono: +49 (0)89 4590-4682
E-mail: stephanie.froehling@bshg.com

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