Here's a sneak peek at what's in store.
The Magic Kitchen Project
As of 2010, Texas Instruments, Whirlpool, Verizon and other companies have been working together to design a high tech kitchen that incorporates voice- and motion-activated appliances, digital projectors, and interactive technology. The project is called the "Magic Kitchen," and one of its applications converts your kitchen wall, countertop, or tabletop into something akin to an iPad. The writers at TechWorldNews talk about "embedded mini computers outputting to digital light projectors under cabinets, on appliance doors and on counter tops." Technospeak aside, it means that you can display all manner of information, retrieved from the Internet or elsewhere, on pretty much any kitchen surface.
Even more magical, the Magic Kitchen will recognize any family member as soon as he or she enters the kitchen, and will automatically adjust the computer to display images and information relevant to that person. So, The New York Times and the day's appointments pop up when mom enters the room, Sports Illustrated and a class schedule and homework assignments are projected as soon as the high school lacrosse star saunters across the threshold.
Graphic courtesy of technewsworld.com
The Cook as Conductor
Not sure what to have for dinner? Call your kitchen. The kitchen of the future will be able to let you know what is already on hand in the refrigerator and pantry, and can suggest recipes and generate shopping lists based on what's available.
This is just one of the ideas dreamed up by the folks at GE's Industrial Design Operation group for their Kitchen of the Future. The way they see it, tomorrow's cook will be akin to a conductor, standing smack in the middle of a panoramic touch-sensor computer display that is essentially "command central" for the kitchen. They see kitchen appliances as an interconnected, interactive suite of products that communicate with one another and, by using predictive computing models, anticipate your needs. This opens up new possibilities for the way a kitchen is run. The user can look up recipes, check to see which ingredients are already at home, generate a shopping list, send that list to an online grocery store and set up home delivery, set the oven to preheat, get wine reviews and recommendations, watch a step-by-step cooking guide, project seating charts and table settings directly onto the tabletop, and a whole host of other possibilities that have yet to be considered
Graphic courtesy of geconsumerproducts.com