Kitchen Automation | High Tech, Mind Blowing Kitchen Gadgets
It’s no secret that the world is changing, and its changing fast. One of the places that the rapid rate at which technology is advancing is in the home kitchen. This article explores some of the newest kitchen appliances on the bleeding edge of kitchen automation; and many of which seem to be pulled right out of the pages of science fiction. But unlike science fiction, these appliances are real, and theyre changing the way people live and utilize kitchen space. Kitchen Autiomation allows people to live today, in the world of tomorrow.
We will jump right in with this fantastic all-in-one kitchen appliance. And when we say “all-in-one” we mean it. So what does a thermomix do? The better question is what doesn’t it do? The appliance comes with a huge built-in library of recipes, and all you have to do is put the ingredients into the designated areas, and push a single button. That’s it. The thermomix can do it all- mixing, steaming, blending, weighing, stirring, grinding, whipping, emulsifying, heating, kneading, cooking and chopping. All in a package hardly larger than a blender. And the recipes are virtually endless. For a little extra, you can get an adapter that allows you to send your own favorite recipes to the thermomix via wifi. How much will this ridiculously convenient machine cost you? Average price in the US is around $1,800-$2,000; not exactly cheap, but it is the convenience that people are willing to spend on, and these nifty machines are becoming more and more popular as Americans have less and less time for preparing homecooked meals.
Meet the Samsung Family Hub. I hesitate to call this a fridge, because this absolutely stunning piece of machinery takes kitchen automation to a whole new level. This refrigerator offers the following features:
- 21.5″ HD screen
- 4 separate refrigeration areas, each of which can be independently controlled to whatever tempurature you want.
- Streaming Capabilities – Stream your favorite tv shows, movies, music and more all through built in speakers.
- Food Management – When you purchase items, scan them with the QR scanner, and this fridge will monitor how long each individual item has been in the fridge, and will warn you when items are nearing their expiration date, or when you’re running low on a certain item
- Cameras inside the fridge units allow you to view the contents from outside the closed door, you know, to save energy that would be wasted by opening the door to browse the contents
- Store recipes, and get step by step instructions while you cook
- Voice and touch controlled
- In conjunction with a mobile app, this fridge can also help keep food diaries and help manage diets by offering food suggestions that are based on the ingredients you have in the fridge
All of this technology does not come cheap. Expect to pay around $4,000-5,000 for one of these Family Hub Refrigeration Systems.
Not everyone can be Wolfgang Puck, but with PanTelligent, you can get pretty close. Although not as mind bending as the family hub, this frying pan is so practical, and such a user friendly gadget that it really needed to be mentioned. This frying pan has built in sensors that monitor time and tempurature, and tells you when it is time to flip, stir, add ingredients and warns when the pan is too hot or too cool. The pan has to be synced with a mobile app, which is how the pan communicates with the user.
It’s so easy. You choose what you’re cooking, how you like it cooked, a recipe if you have one, (or it can suggest recipes based on what you input, and that’s it. As you cook, the pan sends real time temperature info to your phone and all you have to do is stay near the target temperature and flip when it says flip, or add ingredients when it says to do that. Your meals end up perfect… no more under cooked or over cooked meats.
First of all, let’s discuss what induction heating is. Induction cooking heats a cooking vessel by magnetic induction, instead of by thermal conduction from a flame, or an electrical heating element. Because inductive heating directly heats the vessel, very rapid increases in temperature can be achieved. So, the stove top doesn’t get hot except for in the areas where a piece of cookware is. This cooktop can have any configuration- anywhere it senses a pot or pan is a “burner”. 48 auto-sensing inductors under this stove light up (metaphorically) to match the size and location of your cookware. You can even move a pot from place to place and the computer will update its position. There’s also a handy touchscreen for setting timers for your cuisine. You’ll pay a price for convenience, though: the freedom to place your cuisine anywhere will cost $4,949, when the stove goes on sale this July. You can view a video of this revolutionary cooktop here: Thermador Induction Cooktop
Your eyes are not fooling you…. those are actual robot arms. Moley Robotics declares check-mate on the kitchen automation from with this nearly incomprehensible fully automatic kitchen. How does it work?
1.) The kitchen will come complete with a pair of robot arms, oven, a shelf for holding food and utensils, and a touch screen. The robot arms will retract when not in use.
2.) Users can operate the kitchen with a smartphone or via the included touch screen. Simply pull up a recipe on either platform and have the Moley Robot do the rest of the work.
3.) Users can choose from a selection of included recipes, which the robot knows how to cook because a chef prepared it wearing special gloves while being filmed by 3D motion capture technology. In doing so, the robot knows how to cook the recipe exactly like the human that first demonstrated it.
You must watch the demonstration video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BSBTCOEdLkA
Coming in at $75,000 per unit to start (expected to drop to around $30,000 in the first 5 years); this kitchen revolution is not exactly accessible to everyone, but in time, products like these may become the norm
Kitchen Automation is no longer science fiction-
and its coming to homes across the nation and across the world at an ever increasing pace. Whether its a pan that guides you through cooking a steak, or your robot has robot arms, consumers are flocking towards companies with innovation, and seek out these increible appliances that are truly and indication of exciting things to come.