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Taking a look at GE's compacted kitchen module (pictures)

In their model for a micro kitchen, GE's microfactory team packs a fridge, freezer, sink, dishwasher, oven, microwave, and stove into a single 6-foot-wide unit designed to look like the cabinets. Check out this compact "monoblock."

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The initial model of the micro kitchen includes all of your appliances in a single unit. Those drawers pull out to reveal everything from a dishwasher to an oven. Click through to find out more.

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Starting at the top right, you find a sink with a cutting board.

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The walnut cutting board is thick and moveable.

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The pull-out faucet features a capacitive touch temperature control.

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Beneath the sink, pull out a drawer and you'll find a dishwasher.

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Moving to the left, both drawers are dedicated to cooling. You have a freezer and fridge along with the ability to customize the temperature of each to make them interchangeable.

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At the top of the far left column, that glass surface covers an induction heating element. Any size pan or multiple pans will be heated directly by this advanced technology.

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A vent as the backboard keeps it all cool.

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Moving down from the cooktop, an advantium microwave offers multiple kinds of heat for extremely fast cooking.

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Finally, a normal oven beneath the advantium gives you more room for your larger meals and standard cooking needs.

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Touch screens above each of the columns give you control.

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These screens, along with everything else, might change as the design becomes more finalized.

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At an estimated retail of 15,000, GE plans to have its first models of the micro kitchen ready to sell by the fourth quarter of this year.

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