Can you imagine a kitchen design that functions through interactive tables and drone-delivered groceries?
As part of the Milan Design Week 2015, global furniture leader IKEA revealed their Concept Kitchen 2025, created in collaboration with London-based design firm IDEO and students from Sweden’s Lund and Eindhoven universities.
The futuristic smart kitchen prototype visualizes the way kitchen operations would run ten years from now. The concept is based on the assumption that we will be living a greener and minimalist lifestyle and daily errands like groceries shall totally be controlled by technology.
The concept features a smart table/cook top with a responsive surface that operates with induction coils below and a projector above that displays an interactive control center. Everytime food is placed on the table, a camera scans and registers it suggesting recipes based on a timer you can set depending on how quick you want it prepared. The coils are connected to computer networks, which can heat cookware like a traditional range or do more high-tech duties like charge portable devices.
The weekly trips to the grocery store would be entirely eliminated by drone-delivered food supplies. Refrigerators and call cabinets are replaced with a simple storage system made of open shelves on an adjustable peg board. Inside the shelves are sensors and smart induction cooling technology for perishable foods and small, self-refrigerating containers that display the temperature at which they should be stored. There’s also terracotta boxes that provide a naturally cool spot for perishable items like potatoes and garlic.
Additionally, the smart disposal system would replace the old-school black, blue and green bins. According to Gizmag, “The Thoughtful Disposal system takes over, with the householder manually sorting recycling from rubbish in a sort of home bottle bank. These are then crushed, vacuum-packed into a bio-polymer tube, and labeled for pick-up after which the householder is either credited or fined, depending on how wasteful the rubbish to recycling balance is”. A smart composting system transforms the organic waste in to a dry, odourless mass which can be picked up by the city. To manage water waste, the sink is designed in a way that it can be tilted on the left to collect the grey water that can be reused for watering plants or it can be tilted on the right for the black water to be flushed down the sewer.
Watch the video below to see how it works: