We’ve heard of rugged tablets and smartphones built to handle the brutal conditions of the outdoors, but this might be the first time we’ve seen a tablet designed specifically to stand up to all the punishment your kitchen can dish out. The QOOQ tablet is the first tablet designed for and marketed towards those with a flair for the culinary arts (or all aspiring chefs struggling through nights of burned meals and delivered pizzas).
On its own, the QOOQ is at the very least a passable, functional Linux-based tablet, running on a 1 GHz ARM Cortex A9 dual-core processor and sporting a 10.1” mineral glass touchscreen with LED backlighting. That touchscreen is ready to take a culinary beating, as it can resist splashes and stains from fat and oil, is damp-resistant, and can be used with wet fingers. The screen can be cleaned with a wet sponge after use, and the feet at the base won’t slip around when you have the tablet standing up. And, though it is specifically a tablet designed for cooking, mainstays like a web browser, email, a media player, and a photo album are all present. The QOOQ tablet is Wi-Fi enabled, but also has an ethernet port, in addition to a USB port, SD card reader, and 8 GB of flash memory.
The QOOQ tablet really shines with a subscription to QOOQ’s services, though. A subscription will net users 3,500 interactive recipes from some of the world’s top chefs, 1,200 of which include video instructions. Those recipes are accompanied by a comprehensive and detailed wine list and suggestions for each meal. There are also 100 featured chefs that offer up video tutorials for individual cooking techniques, in addition to whole recipes. That by itself isn’t overwhelmingly impressive – those kinds of resources can be found with a little poking around the Internet. The QOOQ tablet does have some more tricks up its sleeve, though, with a cool feature that automatically adjusts recipes to account for how many people are being served. Over time, the tablet will feature recipes and tips tailored to each user’s preferences and habits. The recipes are a nice bonus, but the QOOQ tablet’s main purpose is to make life in the kitchen a little more efficient, and it seems like it will be successful in that effort.
Users can also create weekly meal plans and upload their own recipes to QOOQ’s networks, which can be shared with friends over Twitter or Facebook.
The QOOQ tablet comes in red, black, and cream, and includes full access to QOOQ content for one month. After that, without a subscription, users will still be able to access 500 recipes pre-loaded onto the tablet. The tablet itself is $400, but the pricing scale for the subscription-based content is unknown, as the QOOQ hasn’t hit the United States yet (though it is slated to do so soon).