Kitchens and homes of the future: Everything in store at Electrolux’s 2019 product showcase

As we prepare to head down to Stockholm to see what Electrolux’s plans for our future homes and kitchens are, here’s what we know. Considered one of the biggest names in home appliances, Electrolux has, for long, had an approach that is best described as design-forward. As an organizer of the Electrolux Design Lab, a competition that encouraged innovative designers to help Electrolux envision the future of home technology, the company has always had an affinity for conceptual designs that push boundaries, resulting in products that have redefined categories. We got a look at how Electrolux redefined home and kitchen appliances with their showcase at IFA 2018 (under their German sub-brand AEG), with everything from ovens you could control with your voice, induction plates that could turn off when your food’s cooked, and some of the most incredible design details one could imagine in a refrigerator.

Electrolux’s 2019 showcase in Stockholm aims at solidifying its place in every house and kitchen, with products that combine remarkable tech with remarkable usability. Their Intuit range of kitchenware aims at bridging the gap between artificial intelligence and expert cooking. This bridge allows users to rely on AI to assist in meal preparation. The all-knowing AI helps with multitasking, knowing and optimizing cooking processes for taste, and even guiding the user through the process of meal preparation and cooking. Electrolux’s Intuit Range comprises a series of smart-kitchen appliances, featuring the SteamPro oven that’s capable of cooking with steam (an essential for baking soft, delicious bread) as well as performing sous-vide operations to sheer perfection. The oven is even designed to work with Google Assistant, allowing you to simply tell the oven to preheat itself before you use it. Voice commands allow the AI to perfectly execute tasks without having the user to interact with a complex, feature-filled interface. Electrolux’s CookView oven allows you to take your confectionery skills to the next level by remotely viewing what’s happening inside your oven using the oven’s inbuilt camera that lets you keep an eye on your food on a mobile device, even while not in the kitchen.

The SensePro induction hob also forms an integral part of Electrolux’s vision for the future, with a wireless food thermometer that actively tells the induction plate when to increase/decrease the temperature, or when to switch off the stove completely. Imagine never undercooking or overcooking your meat ever again, because the stove ‘keeps an eye on itself for you’. That’s exactly how smart the SensePro aims at being.

The SensePro induction plate even pairs with Electrolux’s Hob2Hood chimney that can intuitively switch on or off depending on what the induction hob tells it. The hob comes with a feature that allows it to distinguish between boiling, steaming, roasting, frying, grilling, and other tasks, giving it the ability to know when to power the hood and clear the kitchen of smoke or smell.

Forming an integral part of Electrolux’s intuitive kitchen is its refrigerator, resplendent with rotating shelves that make sure you don’t forget about stuff kept in the back of the fridge, along with modular containers to mount on the fridge’s door, detachable trays that you can carry to your kitchen counter, and the new UltraFresh+ fridge-freezer that keeps ingredients fresh for longer by offering smart temperature and humidity adjusting capabilities to preserve perishables for longer.

We’re especially excited to see the iF 2019 Award winning ComfortLift dishwasher, that sits on the ground level, but utilizes a clever mechanism to allow the door to open upwards, lifting the trays to an optimal height so you can load and unload the dishwasher without bending down. Using their technical prowess as well as their knack for problem-solving, Electrolux’s products are functional in many ways, offering ease-of-use as well as having a keen eye for small interaction problems that we’ve lived with for years, be it something as taxing as bending down to load or unload the dishwasher, or as critical as leaving the oven on for too long and burning your food to a crisp. We’re headed to Stockholm not to just see Electrolux’s latest products, but to actually use them too. I mean, who wouldn’t want to bake bread with their voice?!

The Cooking M3 lets you cook individual parts of a full meal together

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Built with multi-unit cooking control, the Cooking M3 lets you prepare entire meals at once. Its innovative 3-compartment structure allows you to cook separate dishes (two small accompaniments and a main dish) at the same time in one single unit, allowing you to look at the bigger picture of preparing a full meal in one appliance, rather than individually cooking different elements.

The three compartments come with their own induction-ready containers (like in a rice cooker) that can be placed into the M3. The M3 uses induction technology to heat the food and even contains a steamer unit that lets you prepare rice or steam-cook vegetables (I imagine with a little practice, you could use it as a sous-vide machine too. Armed with voice control, the Cooking M3 lets you talk to it, passing down instructions to start or end a cook, or even heat up your food minutes before eating!

The Cooking M3 is a winner of the Red Dot Design Concept Award for the year 2018.

Designers: Xiao Zhihua, Gao Junwu, Li Lei & Xu Qinqin.

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The AEG SensePro cooktop gives us a literal taste of the future

In a rather intriguing sneak-peek, AEG reveals its plans to revolutionize cooking by making food preparation perfect. With a stovetop/cooktop that is in itself intelligent, AEG’s SensePro Induction Hob wants to be the AI that quite simply, watches the boiling kettle so you don’t have to.

Made with a companion wireless, battery-less sensor that communicates with the cooktop, the SensePro can actively monitor your food from the inside, knowing exactly when to increase, decrease, or regulate the heat with complete precision (accurate to +/- 1°C). With different functions, ranging from frying, to boiling, to even the extremely tricky sous-vide technique, the SensePro can let you select cooking techniques and food ingredients (using a simple, intuitive interface) that then let the induction cooktop’s smart AI determine how to control and distribute the heat. The AI relies on the input from the wireless food sensor (transmitted ultrasonically) to help cook dishes to perfection every single time, eliminating the chances of human error, and bringing professionalism and consistency to all the food you make.

The SensePro will debut at IFA 2018 in Berlin this September and Yanko Design will get a chance to see (and probably taste!) the SensePro in action. Stay tuned for more!

Designer: AEG

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Panasonic makes the first countertop induction oven

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These Pants Wirelessly Charge Your Nokia Lumia As You Walk

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The pants you’re looking at have an integrated 2,400mAh battery as well as a DC-50 Induction Charging Plate sewn right in. With this setup, your Nokia Lumia 930 phone will start charging as soon as you put it in your pocket, with no need to plug any wires or do anything. Granted, it also means your pants will need a charge from time to time, but if that means a longer battery life, we suppose we can live with it. “Created by British designer Adrien Sauvage in collaboration with Nokia for London Collections: ‘Modern Man’”, the pants will actually be available for pre-order on Amazon soon for £200 (approx. $350).

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Cook Like A Fakir

The Yacht uses the principle of electro-magnetic induction as maglev feature for automatic cooking. Presently, the induction cooker uses magnetic field to heat pots containing iron. Adding the maglev feature (departure mode), this new concept levitates a pot using magnetic force. Awesome! Just like a levitating fakir!

Designer: Lee Dawi

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Single-Person Cooking

S.I.A.M. fits perfectly into the kitchen of a singleton. It’s basically a built-in hood and induction cooker. Ideal for quick dishes that require stir-frying, the cooker folds up when not in use. The action of opening and closing the cooker, automatically switches it on or off. I kinda like its form and I think it will fit well in a compact kitchen.

Designers: Hye-Rim Lee and Tae-Ryung Byun

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Cookware Evolution

Stone is a project that looks at how induction cooking hobs could be used to power everyday kitchen appliances like toasters and kettles, as well as how induction cooking could improve everyday cooking instruments such as grills and saucepans. The result is an aesthetic and functional evolution of cookware that is made of sustainable porcelain and birch, completely wireless, free of electrical components, and capable of being served directly from the stove to the table!

Designers: Angry Bananas- Jack Holloway, Donato Santoro, Vina Kosasih, Jo Chang, Yelena Bushueva, & Sarah Lynn Pesek

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A look around Haier’s CES 2013 booth: HaiPads, plenty of panels and a wireless blender

A look around Haier's CES 2013 booth plenty of panels and a wireless blender

Haier had a pretty formidable booth here at CES, so naturally, we had to swing by and cast our eyeballs over anything and everything there. A wall of TVs greeted us, which turned out to be the company's 2013 Roku-ready HDTVs and Android-packing smart models. Screens were everywhere, but there was also a table with some finger-friendly equipment like 9.7-, 7- and 5.3-inch HaiPads, as well as a Windows 8 laptop, touchscreen all-in-one and tab / laptop slider. The slider looked pretty nice, but all the aforementioned hardware was set up in Chinese, so we lost interest pretty quickly. A central hall booth wouldn't be the same without a 4K TV, but not to worry, Haier had a couple on display -- unfortunately, glare from all the other screens dotted around kind of dampened their impact.

What we were most interested in was all the prototype technologies on show, but all the Haier reps were from the US sales department, so not a soul could talk about the demonstrations. The eye-controlled TV we saw at IFA last year was getting quite a lot of attention, while the mind-controlled set we've also seen before was almost certainly playing a looping video to give the illusion something was happening. There were also several gesture-controlled models, but one wasn't working and the other was hosting a very basic Kinect-type game. A ping-pong game played with a "Sensory Remote" was also up on one TV, but looked unresponsive and therefore, unfun. A multi-view demo using dual 3D specs did what it was supposed to, and a glasses-free 3D TV prototype showed nice depth as long as you were 12+ ft away (the camera can't really replicate the effect, but there's a quick video of it below anyway).

The booth also had a household section which we thought was safe to ignore, until a "wireless blender" caught the eye. "It's just a blender with a battery in it, surely?" this editor asked. "No, there's an inductive coil built into to the underside of the counter," was the reply. Thus was our Haier experience at CES, and to revisit it through our eyes lens, check out the gallery below.

Kevin Wong contributed to this report.

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Apple trying for patent on electromotive charging, could use that confident stride to charge iPhones

Apple trying for patent on electromotive charging, could use that confident stride to charge iPhones

We've seen the concept of electromotive (movement-based) charging before, but it usually comes at the cost of either a clunky design or a limitation to very low-power devices like watches. Apple has been experimenting with a concept that could power gadgets as big as iPhones and iPods with that spring in your step -- and without the bulk of any extra wires. A newly published patent application uses flat, printed coils to generate electromagnetic induction through movable magnets; as the device bounces around in your pocket, the magnets slide past the coils and run them through the magnetic fields they need to build electricity. It all sounds grand, but it's hard to tell from the very recent June filing whether the technology is enough to keep devices completely powered or simply delays the inevitable. We'd still suggest getting back into shape, though, in the event that morning run can one day save you from hunting down a wall outlet.

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