Wireless appliances, a splash-resistant recipe reader, and an interactive oven were among the intriguing new home kitchen products we spotted at CES – the International Consumer Electronics Show – last week. Read on to find out which products are available now, and for a sneak peek at the technologies we'll be seeing in the new decade.
1 eCoupled Wireless Power from Fulton Innovation Of all the new technology at CES, we were most excited by this concept demonstrated by Fulton Innovation. By integrating RF technology with kitchen tools and appliances like a pan, blender, and toaster, the kitchen was made free of power cords. But that was just the beginning. We were amazed to see a pan of water boiling on a simple counter top, eliminating the need for a stove. The possibilities for future small space living and multi-use spaces are just incredible.
• For more information, visit Fulton Innovation or check out the video below
2 Convection Wall Ovens from Jenn-Air: Digital oven screens have been around for awhile, but these ovens, already on the market, go a step further with the addition of a 7-inch touch screen and an interactive, image-driven "Culinary Center." The Culinary Center provides guidance in areas such as food category, food type, doneness, and type of pan used. The ability to connect to the web or other devices would have made it even cooler, but we were still mightily impressed with the level of detail, intuitive design, and ability to customize preferences.
• For more information, vist Jenn-Air
3 Demy by Key Ingredient: Safer than bringing a laptop or smart phone into the kitchen, this digital recipe reader is designed to be splash-proof and easy to read and handle. Recipes may be synced from keyingredient.com or your computer, and the device also includes three timers, a conversion tool, and an ingredient substitution list. The Demy is already on the market, and we hope to test one and report back soon.
• For more information, visit Demy
4 NIMble Kitchen Center from Touch Revolution: This microwave features a web-connected touchscreen (running Google's Android), which enables browsing for recipes and cooking videos, timers, widgets, and even a bar code scanner for processed foods. It's just a concept right now, but we expect to see more web-enabled kitchen appliances like this in the future.
• For more information, visit Touch Revolution or check out the video below
5 Magic Kitchen Alas, we weren't able to see the debut of this concept ourselves, but it got some buzz due to its vision for the not-so-distant future. Texas Instruments, Whirlpool, and other companies are working together to design a high tech kitchen incorporating voice- and motion activated appliances, digital projectors, and other interactive technology. As an example, they say the future kitchen will be able to recognize a family member upon entry, start the coffee, and project the morning newspaper!
• Tech News World has an article with more information
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(Images: Emily Ho, Jenn-Air, Gregory Han, Emily Ho, Tech News World)