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Hi, I'm Megan Wollerton for Cnet and I'm here at GE's firstbuild facility in Louisville, Kentucky.
firstbuild is a place where anyone can submit product ideas and work with teams of designers and engineers, to take that product from the design stage on through to production.
Firstbuild just opened it's doors today and to kick everything off they shared a few of their prototypes with us.
One of the prototypes is a smart pitcher.
It's really just a basic pitcher, but they added a bunch of sensors it it, and they also added an auto fill dispenser inside of a refrigerator.
So when you put that pitcher under the dispenser in your refrigerator it will fill water up to a fill line and then automatically stop.
A second prototype is actually a garbage disposal.
Basically, it takes a typical garbage disposal, makes it a lot smaller so it can fit under your sink more easily.
The blades are more powerful, but they are dispersed to the outside of the disposal so it's less likely to cut your hand.
And the design is supposed to be easier to install and not clog as often.
Another prototype is a double oven range, but the top oven actually pulls out like a drawer so you don't have to reach inside the cavity of the oven to pull out your food.
It also has a peek feature.
Basically it just lets you tilt open the door so you can look inside without having to pull the door open.
The final prototype that they showed us today is called the Line Cook.
This is a prototype that was developed by the Level 1 Packer Space here in Louisville.
It is an oven that can read bar codes on food and then autoset the oven's temperature, the time, and the cooking mode that it wants to use.
So those are the prototypes that they showed us here today.
There's no pricing information yet, but these will all be available on the [UNKNOWN] site in limited quantities, and if they really take off, they'll make it to mass production in larger GE facilities.
[UNKNOWN] Thanks for watching.
I'm Megan Morse in for CNET.com.
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