Google invests in the connected kitchen

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Google(s goog) is already committed to make our offices, living rooms and automobiles smarter through its innovations on the PC, connected TV and connected car. But now, through its investment arm, Google is taking an interest in a new room: the kitchen.

Google Ventures, along with Spark Labs Global Ventures, is leading a $1.2 million seed round for The Orange Chef, a San Francisco startup connecting ordinary kitchen gadgets to the internet and the wealth of dietary and nutritional information that resides there. Bertelsmann Digital Media Investments, Kima Ventures, The Social+Capital Partnership, Graph Ventures and angel investors also participated in the ongoing round.

Orange Chef Prep Pad

The Orange Chef already sells kitchen accessories for the digitally connected cook, such as a cutting board with a built in tablet stand and iPad covers that protect your slate from grease splatters. But its key product doesn’t arrive until February: a digital scale called the…

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