kb-network    News 03 May 2016

Whirlpool foresees the future of the kitchen with new interactive splash back and cook top

There are more than 2.5 billion people worldwide who are connected to the Internet, says Whirlpool.

Back in 2008, the number of Internet-connected things overtook the number of people in the world, and at this moment, there are over 10 billion things connected to the Internet. This ever-increasing ‘Internet of Things’ continues to grow every single minute.

Whirlpool has foreseen the future kitchen as a natural progression from where we are now and developed a concept kitchen to demonstrate where we might be in the near future. The Whirlpool Interactive Kitchen of the Future concept features an interactive splash back and cooktop that connects the consumer to their social networks, favourite websites, and recipes, for meal and guest planning with no additional devices or books required.

The interactive splash back features a personalised touch screen which facilitates live ‘chats’ with mum for secret recipe tips and offers wine recommendations for the selected meal, while the future kitchen hob lists the dishes’ ingredients and tells you where to place each saucepan automatically.

The Interactive Kitchen of the Future is a project that explores how connectivity and sensorial interaction could evolve in the kitchen and our home environment in the near future.

The ever-increasing complexity in the home with multiple schedules, the need for multi-tasking, pressure of time constraints and contemporary living are making home life and free-time increasingly precious.

The way we lead our lives has changed profoundly over the last decade. People now need to stay in constant communication, maintaining minute-to-minute schedule flexibility and having the ability to adapt fast.

Using a smart backsplash and countertop, Whirlpool has evolved their conceptual smart kitchen to learn a family’s likes and routines so the environment and appliances can anticipate their unique needs and adapt to unforeseen changes such as unexpectedly caring for a sick child or the need to adapt a favourite recipe based on the ingredients available.

Alessandro Finetto, senior director of global consumer design at Whirlpool EMEA, said: “We have observed among our consumers that key concerns when running their homes are cost and environmental impact. Investments in innovation and improved energy efficiency in economic appliances has greatly reduced energy consumption, however to improve further in these fields we have recognised the need to take the next step.

“It is important that the most powerful innovations are inspired by human behaviours and a real need. We began with a team of dedicated specialists who analysed a typical family routine and matched that with the latest emerging technologies to create Whirlpool brand’s vision of how a family will cook and clean in the near future.

“The future, according to Whirlpool, envisages more products that help you enjoy living today, releasing time to spend with friends and family, and with one foot going forward to tomorrow.”