Technology has progressed at a rapid pace in the recent decades. Quickly we have zapped ourselves into the future.
Although we do not see flying cars or transplanetary transportation… our devices are becoming smarter, more interconnected, and more interactive. These features will soon be a common theme in technology and will revolutionize the way we live our lives.
A great case in point is the increasing popularity of smart technology. Especially over the last few years, smart technology has been a growing trend. Our mobile phones started the trend of being ‘smart’ followed by cars, nanny cameras, and now… kitchen appliances.
Let’s see just how ‘smart’ the kitchen appliances of the future really are by exploring some common themes.
Connectivity plays a major role in many of the kitchen devices that are coming out now. Gadgets and appliances are being connected making things more and more convenient. For example, a new model of refrigerator has just been released that is able to communicate with our smartphones and tell us what we need to buy. This removes the painful chore of having to write down a grocery list or run out to the grocery store at the last minute because we ran out of milk, eggs, or butter right before we decided to cook a meal.
2. AutomationThere has been a lot of concern about the rise of automation. Many extremists predict that it will be the greatest threat to many of our jobs. That prediction may could be accurate, but automation is not all that bad. For one thing, automation means less interference and mistakes made by humans, thereby creating more efficient processes.
In the kitchen, automation will mean an automatic light adjustment for when people enter and leave the kitchen. Automated refrigerators will also mean saving energy as it automatically regulates temperature based on the items inside. Automation will mean the coffee is already ready before a person gets out of bed. Automation means many wonderful benefits and the threats are too distant or far off for any real concern. Furthermore, it is unlikely that kitchen automation is where it all starts.
When it comes to style, everyone gravitates towards the sleek design of modern appliances. Popular material is usually metal or chrome, mixed with rustic material such as wood. This will create a harmonious balance between modern and traditional design as well as comfort and style.
What many people want can be summed up into one word–convenience. People want convenience in every area of their lives. This means convenience in the kitchen as well.
Adjusting the lighting with a smartphone offers a convenient way to set the mood of the kitchen. WiFi-enabled coffee machines offer a hassle-free way to prepare coffee in the morning. Smart weighing devices provide the convenience of not having to measure out every single baking ingredient using a different vessel.
When the microwave first came out, it was revolutionary. It was such a convenient way of cooking food. Anyone who has been without a microwave for a few days understands now just how inconvenient it is not to have a microwave. New kitchen technology will be no different. Right now it seems revolutionary but soon we will all feel inconvenienced if we do not have it.
Convenience goes hand-in-hand with efficiency. As evidenced today, it has become a norm to get kitchen appliances that are efficient as well as convenient.
Dishwashers are now able to clean dishes quickly using as little water as possible. Refrigerators have transparent doors to minimize opening and closing, thus reducing energy cost. Even relatively old food processors have made it possible for homes and restaurants to prepare and serve food efficiently.
It stands to reason that smart appliances have always been (and will as be) viewed as a hallmark of luxury. It was true a couple of decades before, and it still holds true now. Having the most technological and smartest kitchen appliances in your home is the pinnacle of a luxurious life, setting oneself apart from the rest.
Modern kitchen technology is in a word, fast. This also plays in to the whole idea of being convenient and efficient. However, speed also means spending less time doing the prep work preparing a meal, for instance. It means being able to use as many kitchen gadgets and tools without worrying too much about the cleanup. It also means being able to prepare a healthy and delicious breakfast smoothie just by dropping the ingredients in, letting the machine dispense the smoothie, and then letting the machine clean itself.
About the Author: Eliza Brooks is an ardent blogger and frequent traveler who writes about home improvement, travel, and the latest trends in emerging technologies. She currently works with EyeSpySupply, which offers a wide range of surveillance equipment and tracking device, including spy wireless camera, nanny camera, GPS trackers, and voice-activated audio recorders and more.