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Qooq culinary tablet: recipes and videos in a kitchen-safe enclosure (hands-on video)

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The Qooq tablet is designed for the kitchen, and serves up recipes and multimedia in its heat- and water-resistant enclosure.

Qooq tablet
Qooq tablet

The Qooq (pronounced "cook") culinary tablet is a slate designed specifically for the kitchen. The device has a heat- and water-resistant enclosure with a kickstand around back, as well as an SD card slot, Ethernet port, USB port, and headphone jack under a protective cover. Its 10.1-inch display has a 1024 x 600 resolution, which runs atop a 1GHz Cortex A9 dual-core processor.

The OS is a customized version of Linux with a heavy emphasis on cooking; it's essentially a souped-up digital cookbook and more. Qook commissions chefs to produce recipes for the device, and offers up preparation steps, ingredient lists, and videos of the items being prepared. It has a nifty feature that allows for recipes to be scaled automatically, as well as the option to plan meals for an entire week and generate a shopping list. The main homescreen has a sliding bar along the right side for widgets like weather and web shortcuts. Despite the cooking emphasis, it also has familiar tablet functionality including a Flash-ready browser and an MP3 player. It's been around in France for a couple of years now, but the device will finally be available stateside some time in September for around $400.