Home automation systems already have made houses pretty smart. But one room inside that house, the kitchen, is about to get a huge boost in IQ. Take a look at these concept, prototype and soon-to-be-debuting appliances.
In 2014, FirstBuild teamed with MakerBot, the 3D-printing company, to launch a "Chilling Thingiverse Challenge" to would-be inventors. The goal: Create new ways to optimize the fridge using 3D printing.
Of course one brainstorm had to be a pizza box storage rack, that white whale of takeout warriors everywhere.
To cook a meal, a user loads the machine with fresh, packaged ingredients (such as the ones shown in the tray pod here); syncs a smart device to Sereneti Kitchen's Foodi recipe engine;
and pushes one button to enable cooking.
The machine adds each ingredient at precisely the right time.
When the dish is finished, a message is delivered back to the user's smartphone, telling them dinner is served.
Inventor Chen Levin has created a hand-cranked, water-efficient machine that doubles as a drying rack and that uses centrifugal force to get the job done. The Circo dishwasher is reportedly in the final prototype stage.
And speaking of centrifugal force: Your coffeemaker may soon benefit from it, too. Spinn is working on a coffee maker that uses no pods or filters (but does use centrifugal force) and that automatically orders new beans from local roasters when the household supply gets low.
The sensor, worn on the wrist, uses unique electromagnetic radiation signatures generated by electrical components to pinpoint when someone flicks a light switch, turns on a stove or even boards a train.
The idea: Track a user's carbon footprint. Suddenly that hand-cranked dishwasher is looking even better.
We're thinking that in-kitchen gardens may be the first futuristic appliance on the market; Doug Holbrook (center), of Louisville, demonstrated his team's own self-contained kitchen cabinet garden at the FirstBuild Hackathon.