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What will kitchens of the future look like?

Smart appliances and the interconnectivity they offer will provide new opportunities

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Connectedness is key in the kitchens of the future. Whether you’re looking to reduce food waste, cook to address your personal health profile, or stay better connected to the origins of your food, smart appliances will be at your service. Basically, thanks to Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity, all appliances within the home will be able to “talk” to each other.

The advent of these smart appliances goes hand in hand with the advancement of smart phone technology, according to Brian Jones, director of marketing for appliance brands Sub-Zero and Wolf. “The trend of appliances being controlled by phones is now a reality as phones get smarter and become more integrated into personal lives,” says Jones.

“Homeowners want to manage and control their home features and appliances from anywhere they wish, be it on a command center in their home, on their phones or other devices in the home, or remotely," he says  and in the kitchens of the future, that becomes a possibility. 

Future features

What else is cooking in the kitchens of the future?

  • Appliances will be wired to actively monitor their contents and reorder when it senses supplies are running low. Products that are near their expiration dates would be moved closer to the front.

  • Each family member can print the dinner they want when they want using a countertop 3-D printer that takes likes and dislikes, food allergies, and nutritional needs into account.

  • Induction cooktops using magnetic energy and compatible pans will heat up only the pan placed on it; the rest of the surface can be safely used for other tasks.

  • At the touch of a button, counters, sinks and cooking surfaces can move up or down appealing to the height of people sharing a kitchen as well those with disabilities. Stoves can be moved up so children don’t hurt themselves, while the sink can be lowered so they can easily wash their hands.

  • Integration facial recognition technology will make it so that the kitchen can automatically set itself to a combination of desired settings—from counter height to ambient lighting and background music—as soon as the user is home.

  • Virtual chefs will be projected directly into consumers’ kitchens to guide their cooking.

  • Integrated systems will read data from fitness-monitoring devices and suggest meals appropriate to certain situations, such as muscle recovery after a strenuous workout.

  • Sinks would come equipped with a finger sensor that could read users’ hydration levels, dispensing water when it’s needed.

  • Video monitoring will help consumers see exactly what they have and systems that are linked to ovens and stoves will create recipes that use the meal preparation ingredients that are expiring.

  • A fridge will use ultraviolet light to sterilize food within it, keeping it safe from spoilage. A blast chiller instantly takes leftovers out of the danger zone where bacteria thrive.

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