HotSpot is dedicated to helping people re-discover the joy of cooking at home. The best way to achieve this is to empowering people to create meals they never before thought possible without the mess. Our flagship product the HotSpot CookTop opens up an entirely new world of recipe options while eliminating most of the messy cleanup from pans by combining the functionalities of a conventional cooktop for everyday use with a flat top grill for those special occasions when more cooking area is needed.
To accomplish this our team invented the BurnerPixel as well as sophisticated software algorithms and an intuitive touchscreen user interface. A BurnerPixel is a miniature electric burner element with an embedded sensor. A grid of these 2” by 2” BurnerPixels comprise a HotSpot CookTop that optimizes both precision, enabling temperature to be controlled BurnerPixel by BurnerPixel, and freedom, by allowing users to place pots, pans and even FOOD anywhere on the cooking surface by creating cooking regions of any shape or size.
The sensors embedded in each BurnerPixel use a proprietary capacitive sensor geometry that is able to detect both metallic and organics materials on the cooking surface. HotSpot uses the data from these sensors to detect the presence and position of pots, pans, and food so that cooking regions can be automatically generated for the user to control.
Furthermore, the sensors record detailed data about the characteristics of what is being cooked and user’s cooking habits. HotSpot is using this data to enhance the user experience by creating premium features such as EvenCooking which uses the sensors to detect the thickness profiles of meats so that the temperatures of the BurnerPixels can be adjusted to create a heating gradient. This heating gradient compensates for meats of uneven thickness to ensure they are evenly cooked throughout helping both professionals and amateurs avoid under or over cooking their meals. more