Nearly everything is getting the smart treatment these days.
Except cutting boards. Those are still pretty dumb. Just flat pieces of wood or plastic.
Enter Blok, a new cutting board that features a digital display so you can stream classes and tutorials while you cook. It's been fully funded on Kickstarter and is available to preorder now for an estimated April 2022 delivery.
Blok has two main components. The board is a dark walnut wood, and it connects to a removable, waterproof screen where you can watch videos and consult recipes, all without having to look at your phone, laptop or cookbook. So, you can keep your attention on the task at hand—without losing a hand.
There's a docking station to hold and charge the contraption when not in use. That station also includes speakers to stream the audio portion of your cooking classes, plus a camera and a microphone to engage with your friends or ask questions during a live cooking class.
The Blok team is working on corresponding iOS and Android apps, which will control all the digital components in the cutting board and docking station. If you’re too busy to hit the store before making dinner, you can even order all of the ingredients via the app and get your groceries delivered.
You'll still have to do the actual work. You know, chopping and cooking and whatnot. But now an expert will appear in your cutting board to help you along the way with helpful tips and advice.
"Step one: watch your fingers."