Kitchens of the Future
The kitchen will embrace technology and change drastically from what we see today. According to IKEA, the world’s largest furniture store, the time to design how the future kitchens will look like is now. Students from the universities of Lund and Eindhoven together with IDEO did a research recently, to explore the social, technological and demographic factors that will impact on how human beings behave around food in 2025. How will kitchens of the future look like and what are some of the current things that will have changed by then?
How will kitchens of the future look like?
In the near future a lot of changes will have occurred in our kitchens. These changes will have come by in an effort to avoid food, water and energy wastages. These changes will include;
The future fridges unlike the current fridges will be transparent, therefore a person will be able to see what is inside the fridge thus people won’t overbuy. The fridges will also be energy efficient minimizing on energy wastages. They will have wooden shelves and terracotta storage boxes. The wooden shelves will have hidden sensors and smart induction cooling technology. This will minimize food wastages, especially perishable foods such vegetables and meat products. Fridges will also have inductive cooling containers, which will be inexpensive and multifunctional. These storage containers allow wireless cooling of food and at the right temperature. The containers will also have stainless steel gadolinium alloy bases which are cooled inductively when put on shelves and can switch to heating when placed on kitchen tables.
Future refrigerators will also allow for smart packaging, which can allow for remote controlled temperature of the container. An RFID (radio-frequency identification) sticker is placed on the packaged food and the fridge will read the sticker and adjust the temperature accordingly.
Future dining tables will be fitted with cameras that recognize what has been placed on them and therefore can provide recipes, cooking instructions and also timers on the surface. The tables will also be fitted with induction coils which can cool the surface when it is not being used. This types of tables will be suitable for those who live in houses with small spaces since they will be multipurpose.
The future sinks will be designed in such a way that there is maximal water conservation and minimal wastages. The sinks will be fitted with two plug holes, each serving different purposes. The sink will either be tilted to the left or to the right. On the right side will be the grey water system plug hole. Water drained through this plug hole can still be used for other domestic uses such as irrigation of plants. To the left side of the sink will be the plug hole for black water system. Water drained through here is too contaminated for any domestic use. The water will be drained to the sewerage system for treatment.
In future there will be a need for people to reuse some things and also recycle them, so as to minimize environmental pollution. The kitchen wastes will be separated into organic and inorganic wastes. The organic waste will be washed into the compost waste system, where it is blended and the water extracted. The remaining materials are then compressed into dry and odorless pucks which can be picked by the municipal authorities. The extracted water can be used for irrigation.
The inorganic waste products will be sorted, depending on the type of materials they are made up of. The wastes will be crashed and scanned to identify what they are composed of. The waste is then vacuum-packed and sealed in biopolymer tube. A record of what is disposed is taken by a thermo-printed label and potential future uses are also determined.
The other features that will be seen in future kitchens is the integration of systems which will enable reading of data from fitness monitoring devices and therefore suggest the most suitable meals, depending on a person’s nutrient demands. This will enable people to eat well balanced diets.
I wonder if some people will opt for a TECHNOLOGY-FREE kitchen in 2025?!