The Digital Revolution, also called the Third Industrial Revolution, is the change from analog, mechanical and electronic technology to digital technology which began from the late 1940s to the late 1980s with the adoption and proliferation of digital computers and digital record-keeping that continues to the present day. Implicitly, the term also refers to the sweeping changes brought about by digital computing and communication technology during(and after) the later half of the 20th century.
Analogous to the Agricultural Revolution and the Industrial Revolution, the Digital Revolution marked the beginning of the Information Age. Central to this revolution is the mass production and widespread use of digital logic circuits, and its derived technologies, including the computer, digital phone, and the Internet. All these have been referred to as ‘Digital Transformation’, which the scientists have given a third term for Digital Revolution.
Digital Transformation refers to the changes associated with the application of digital technology in all aspects of human society. Today, digital usages inherently enable new types of innovation and creativity in a particular domain, rather than simply enhance and support the traditional methods. In a narrower sense, digital transformation may refer to the concept of ‘going paperless’.
Keeping in mind the advent and modifications done during the ‘golden era’ of this revolution, it has also affected our basic cooking skills. Basically, cooking means the process of preparing food for consumption with the use of heat. The basic items needed for cooking are utensils, woks, pans and many more. But in this ever changing digital world, we would no longer have to cook traditionally. With great discoveries, inventions and upgradations of certain machines, it is possible to cook delicious food items in ‘one-touch mode’. Amazing to hear all this, isn’t it folks?
Well, everybody including me, are surprised to hear that cooking techniques today, have undergone plenty of changes as a result of better and quicker technological methods, which are also scientifically proven and good for human health too. It can also actually check whether a particular fruit, vegetable or any food item is edible for human beings. The Digital Revolution continues to have a huge impact on all aspects of modern life and home cooking, which is no exception. Cutting edge innovations are transforming our behaviour in the kitchens everywhere. Here are the six proven technologies and tools that are turning people into super-smart cooks, which is given below:-
- Google Glass is a piece of wearable tech spectacles, developed by the company giant Google and could really shake things up in the kitchen. This smart eyewear has the ability to put users in the shoes of their all-time favourite chefs, watching live or filmed tutorials as they cook new recipes. It also allows users to find and share recipes instantly. The device is hands-free, making it ideal for the kitchen use perfectly.
- Today, tablets, laptops and smartphones are offering endless number of new recipes for people to try it out by using new cooking techniques. Even in televisions, various cookery channels have been launched. While we all love the feeling of buying and beholding a brand new cookbook, the wealth of recipes and cookery tips that can now be accessed online. Savvy chefs and publishers are ensuring that their recipes are available online in mobile and tablet friendly formats, appealing to today’s ‘always on’ consumers.
- Social media have really changed our lives today in this rapid changing world. The proliferation of social platforms like Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, Google+ and Facebook have unleashed our sharing culture, making it easier to share recipes, foodie news and top hints and tips. In addition, social channels are making it possible for the public to interact with professional cooks and industry experts, in a more direct and immediate manner than ever before.
- YouTube videos are being used by chefs as a way of bringing recipes to life and bridging the gap between cookbooks and cookery classes. It’s now also possible to join in with live cookery demonstrations using Google Hangouts, allowing for even greater interaction between the pros and their audience at home.
- With more and more people following recipes on tablets and phones, the ‘iSpoon Kitchen Stylus’ is a must for any contemporary kitchen. Cooks can now scroll through recipes and photos without getting their tablets dirty.
- Described as a kitchen nutritionist, ‘Prep Pad’ is a smart food scale that connects with the iPad over Bluetooth to show the nutritional value of food. It offers a breakdown of calories, fat, protein, carbs and vitamins, helping users to create balanced meals.
- The super-flexi saucepans are a recent modern invention in the cooking world. It consists of Flare with Fin-X technology, which is the name of a new range of saucepans that claim to cook 40% faster than traditional pans, thus saving both time and energy. Also, as the name goes, they are quite flexible, thus, allowing the food to cook evenly and quickly too.
There are a few number of devices, which also helps to enhance our cooking techniques. However, most of them are still in the developing stage. While some of these have been overdesigned, others serve a real purpose and are already becoming a common place in homes and restaurants. The important thing is to ensure that we are using new technologies and tools as a way of enhancing the cookery experience and not as a way of replacing the skill and fun of cooking. If they are used in combination with our natural senses and instincts, then they are certainly a recipe for success.