The modern kitchen is the center of your home, forming a first impression for incoming guests and functioning as a social center during meetings. Purchasing upscale kitchen equipment in the context of “luxury home design” is not new.
But lately, consumers are racing to buy the next generation of “smart” kitchen utensils that can show how to cook, clean, cool, heat, and more. The smarter your kitchen, the more functional it seems, the more futuristic it looks, and the better you feel about it.
Smart kitchens and automation in luxury home designs are becoming more popular, not only because it makes your kitchen look slimmer and more futuristic, but also because it becomes more affordable. Prices for older generation devices have fallen, and even the latest models available to consumers are affordable.
So what kind of technology is currently out there, and what is the future for smart kitchen equipment?
First, let’s look at Oven June, a new hybrid device designed to look futuristic while also providing a variety of high-tech functionality. In fact, it was designed to be seven different equipment in one. Offering the functionality of a convection oven, air fryer, dehydrator, slow cooker, toaster, toaster and heating drawer, this small gadget can be controlled with your smartphone, and gives you a notification when food starts to be cooked. You can even set preferences such as “medium” or “cooked” for your food. Best of all, the oven is connected to your Wi-Fi and can download updates automatically, so it’s never out of date.
Hestan’s Intelligent Cue Cooking System
The Hestan Cue Smart Cooking System is currently the world’s only complete solution for smart stoves – and the desire for modern kitchen designers everywhere. Together, burners and fryers offer various sensors that can intelligently guide you through recipes that you access on your smartphone. You will be able to control and monitor the heat level of your planting stove remotely, all while being trained through all the recipes you have tried unsuccessfully in the past. With thousands of recipes, you will never run out of things to cook, and with real-time recommendations, you will never make too little or eat too much.
Umbra Otto Automatic Hand Soap Dispensers
This might not seem like a lot compared to smart ovens and refrigerators, but smart and automatic hand soap dispensers can make your kitchen more hygienic, more functional and even more stylish. Umbra Otto’s automatic hand soap pump allows you to offer your hands to receive the perfect dose of hand soap – without having to touch the tap or make other parts of your kitchen dirty.
Family Hub Refrigerator
Smart refrigerators are some of the earliest “smart devices” to enter the kitchen, but Samsung is taking a new leap with embedded “Family Hub” technology. The Family Hub Center allows you to quickly see the food currently in your fridge, and plan future shopping trips by registering the new foods and drinks you need. You can also manage and review your recipes in the same place, either in the fridge or with the help of a smartphone application. You can also use it to control lighting and music, or provide other forms of entertainment, and use it as a kind of whiteboard to keep your family up-to-date on each other’s activities and presence.
Looking for the Future
Smart kitchen technology will become more advanced in the coming years, as companies compete to become the most innovative brands on the market. As an example:
- AI chip. Most modern smart equipment has some kind of innate artificial intelligence (AI), but brands like LG are working to create technology that makes this equipment even smarter. Better AI can result in more reliable and more consistent object recognition, which means your equipment will be able to detect exactly what types of food you use, and how they cook.
- Detect damage. Amazon recently won a patent for an upcoming decay detection system built in a refrigerator. Although it will be a long time before it is developed, such a breakthrough can improve kitchen safety and consumer health.
- Smaller, more integrated equipment. Refrigerators and ovens are some of the most popular “smart” developments, but the future might be better for smaller and more integrated appliances such as coffee makers or hand blenders.
The design of luxury homes will increasingly lean towards smarter, more advanced technology – especially in areas such as kitchens. There are already thousands of gadgets and equipment that you can use to make your kitchen look like it belongs to the coming century, but the future will be even more impressive.
Stay tuned for the latest developments so you can stay ahead.