Get Cookin’
Kitchen design gets a digital renovation
Tech / 16 May 2012
Even with the advancing versatility of tablet computers, it still may feel counterintuitive to set a boiling pot or slice a juicy tomato atop one. However, technologically-inclined home chefs will be able to expand their arsenal of digital cooking tools beyond recipe apps and connected cookbooks in the not-too-distant future. As demonstrated by the below design concepts, the tablet-powered kitchen is looming.
The Almighty Board: Designer Jaewan Jeong’s Almighty Board is a multifunctional tablet that suits any kitchen. When placed flat on a counter, the double-faced concept device’s scratch-proof glass surface can be used as a cutting board. For an enhanced cooking experience, its touchscreen system will concurrently display the food’s weight, a correlating recipe, and a checklist of ingredients. The Almighty Board also will display instructional videos with step-by-step directions, making it perfect for the timid cook. The waterproof tablet even indicates whether or not it has been properly washed, thus alerting cooks to any hygienic risks such as the presence of salmonella.
A watched pot never boils...but a forgotten pot can lead to a real disaster. Should it hit the production line, design group Gorenje’s IQcook will bring an end to any such kitchen nightmares. The self-cooking stovetop allows users to boil, fry, steam and grill from any location. After one of the five preset modes (IQboil, IQpro, IQsteam, IQfry, and IQgrill) is selected, a magnetic sensor that attaches to any type of lid communicates wirelessly with the induction stove. The automatic controls adjust timing and temperature to prevent food from burning or pots from boiling over, and even optimizes the temperature to save up to 40% in energy consumption compared to the average stove.
Prisma Smart Kitchen:
Italian kitchen manufacturer Toncelli unveiled its lustrous Prisma smart kitchen at this year’s Eurocucina trade show. Powered by Samsung Galaxy Tab technology, this kitchen island boasts a countertop-embedded tablet that both connects to the Web, allowing chefs to surf recipes and view demos while cooking, and controls basic kitchen functions, like fridge settings and stove temperature. Its exterior may appear austere, but the Prisma is subtly equipped with a cache of gadgetry, including a sliding cutting board, sleek door open/close mechanisms, invisible handles, and a built-in sink. While it’s difficult to imagine the preparation of farm-to-table fare in this Jetsons-style kitchen, its functionality is simplistic enough for even the staunchest culinary minimalist.
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