Miele & Cie has been granted a patent for a method of operating a cooking system. The method involves transmitting instructions from a mobile device to a hob, receiving the instructions by the hob, and transmitting a confirmation request from the hob to the cookware. Upon receiving the confirmation request, the cookware prompts the user to confirm the instructions. If confirmed, a confirmation message is sent from the cookware to the hob, which then executes the instructions. GlobalData’s report on Miele & Cie gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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According to GlobalData’s company profile on Miele & Cie, smart home appliances was a key innovation area identified from patents. Miele & Cie's grant share as of September 2023 was 48%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Method for operating a cooking system using a mobile device

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Miele & Cie KG

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11725829B2) describes a method for operating a cooking system that includes a hob, cookware, and a mobile device. The method involves transmitting a process instruction from the mobile device to the hob, which then sends a confirmation request to the cookware. The cookware prompts the user to carry out the confirmation, and upon receiving confirmation from the user, sends a confirmation message back to the hob. The hob then executes the process instruction from the mobile device.

The patent also includes additional features such as the cookware prompting the user to carry out the confirmation through optical, acoustic, or haptic means. It further describes the activation of a confirmation element in the cookware in response to receiving the confirmation request from the hob or after a successful pairing of the hob and cookware.

The method also allows for changes in the prompting of the user or informing the user about the expiration of a predetermined period of time. The mobile device can also prompt the user to carry out the confirmation and provide notifications to the user about the confirmation status.

The patent claims cover not only the method of operating the cooking system but also the hob and cookware specifically designed to carry out this method. Additionally, the patent mentions that the cooking system described is an inductive cooking system.

Overall, this patent describes a method for operating a cooking system that involves communication between a mobile device, hob, and cookware. The method ensures that the user confirms the process instruction, allowing for precise control and execution of cooking instructions. The patent also includes various features to enhance user experience and provide notifications regarding the confirmation status.

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