A view to the future with the Electrolux Design Lab 2012 semifinalists
The current Electrolux Design Lab competition recently announced 30 semifinalists. Here, we take a look at a few examples that may one day show up in the kitchen.
The Electrolux Design Lab is a yearly competition that challenges design students across the globe. This year's competition asked students to create home appliances that would "provide a fuller sensory experience." Perhaps one day, some of these entries will be used in the home kitchen. Below are a few highlights:
Ingresure (seen above) is by Jongwoo Choi. It is a gadget designed to be a taste tester. Instead of chef's tasting their own creation, they would use the device to taste it for them. The idea is that the Ingresure would give amateur chefs the assurance that they were following a recipe correctly. The Tastee (pictured below) from Christopher Holm-Hansen is another similar concept that also relies on taste sensors to assist home chefs.
The Fridge Nose (below) by Vilius Dringelis would be a refrigerator magnet that knows what is going on inside the fridge. Designed to keep track of perishables, the unobtrusive gadget would rely on sensors placed in the refrigerator to monitor food. When foods expire, the device would alert users, without the need to test the real thing.
Combining food storage with cooking, Treat by Amy Mon-Chu Liu is a device that can be controlled remotely by a mobile device. As a food storage unit, the appliance would keep food under a vacuum seal, and the containers would change colors as food freshness deteriorated, until eventually it would fall from the treelike structure. Food preparation could be controlled via a mobile app that could start the cooking process for individual pods remotely.
Using haptic technology, the Smart Embossed Blender by HwaJin Ock would provide feedback to users by manipulating the handle of the stick blender. As the consistency of the blended food or beverage changes, the handle of the blender would alter its texture to suit. The idea would be that users could sense when their food or beverage has reached the desired consistency.
As with any design competition, some cuts will have to be made. Electrolux has posted a list of 30 semifinalists. Of the list, 10 will be chosen for the final held in Milan on October 25.