Back from the Future: A Few Cool Kitchen Innovations from CES 2014

Consumer Electronics Show 2014

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The CES is an annual electronics convention held in Las Vegas. It's the biggest of its kind, with nearly every major retailer showcasing new products or concepts across over 2 million square feet of exhibit space. With technology intersecting just about every area of our lives, CES covers everything from televisions to cars and now, of course, our own kitchens. Here's a look at some of the new products and concepts displayed at this year's show, giving us all a peek into what cooking in the future may be like.

Concept: Whirlpool 20/20 Interactive Cooktop

One of the most striking concepts presented at the CES was Whirlpool's vision for the kitchen of year 2020. Underneath a marble countertop was an induction cooktop with smart sensors and embedded displays. The large surface dynamically detects when pots and pans are placed atop it and heats them accordingly. At your fingertips there's also a control panel that gives access to online recipes, Pinterest boards, weather, and your Spotify playlists.

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Concept: Whirlpool 20/20 Connected Refrigerator

Also on display in the Whirlpool 20/20 showroom was a bevy of connected appliances, including a smart refrigerator concept. Through a Whirlpool designed app, users can scan items placed in the refrigerator to maintain an inventory and keep track of expiration dates. Through the app, which can control other Whirlpool appliances like ovens and dishwashers, you can control the temperature of fridge and freezer compartments, and even set your appliance into vacation mode.

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Coming Soon: Samsung Chef Collection Refrigerator

Samsung plans to expand into the kitchen space with its Chef Collection set of appliances, and their premier 4-door refrigerator may come as soon as Spring 2014. Featuring an integrated SodaStream for sparkling water from the door of your refrigerator and extra large compartments for trays and platters, the Chef Collection has convenient features for the ever-ambitious home cook. Neat trick: The temperature of the bottom right door can be changed so you can use it as either a fridge or freezer.

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Concept: Lynx Smart Grill

Not all cooking is done in the kitchen, and Lynx is sure to satisfy future grill-masters with their Smart Grill concept. Through an app and voice recognition the grill can be preheated for whatever you may be preparing. The grill sends you text messages when it is time to turn food, and recipes can be tuned and saved so that you get the perfect doneness every time. For instance, you can adjust the time for cooking each side of steak, save it, and then even send to friends. Want my recipe for a hamburger? Or perhaps a local chef's recipe for a filet mignon? This grill concept provides the tools to share, deliver, and cook items by those specific instructions so you can enjoy that taste at home.

Are you excited about the future of cooking? Which concept do you want in your home?

(Image credits: Chris Perez)