Whirlpool’s Vision of the Future Kitchen is ‘Unreal’
Whirlpool demo at CES 2014 shows magical stovetop that transforms into email station, inventories groceries and more, but what’s behind the curtain?
A woman at the booth pressed buttons on the stovetop to transform it into a keypad. She pulled up her recipes to find something good to make with the items currently in the fridge.
Forgetting wine for dinner, she used voice commands to ask her husband to pick up a bottle on his way home.
Meanwhile, she built hotspots on the virtual stove to accommodate pots of various sizes placed exactly where she wanted. And she swiped the stovetop to adjust the temperature.
This vision of the smart kitchen would be realized in about five or 10 years, she explained.
Asked what technology Whirlpool was using to run the demo, she showed me a big metal ring on her finger, which I assumed was for gesture control. No, it was actually just a mouse that controlled the video projector that was running the demo in a loop.
Damn, she got me!
Even so, I do believe this kitchen will materialize in a decade. Sure beats the heck out of this Whirlpool disaster at CES 2008.
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Julie Jacobson is founding editor of CE Pro, the leading media brand for the home-technology channel. She has covered the smart-home industry since 1994, long before there was much of an Internet, let alone an Internet of things. Currently she studies, speaks, writes and rabble-rouses in the areas of home automation, security, networked A/V, wellness-related technology, biophilic design, and the business of home technology. Julie majored in Economics at the University of Michigan, spent a year abroad at Cambridge University, and earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a recipient of the annual CTA TechHome Leadership Award, and a CEDIA Fellows honoree. A washed-up Ultimate Frisbee player, Julie currently resides in San Antonio, Texas and sometimes St. Paul, Minn. Follow on Twitter: @juliejacobson Email Julie at email@example.com
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