The kitchen of the future is in sight. Those post-modern off the wall, hyper-technological households thought of only by our culture’s greatest authors in sci-fi, may not be found only in the realms if fiction any more as we are met with some of the most technologically advanced home appliances yet.
One example of this home ware, technological revolution is the independently designed internet fridge, currently in the form of prototype in Japan. It uses V Sync Technology along with Nihon Silicon Graphics, Cray KK and Sharp. In terms of design it uses a PC mounted on the top of a refrigerator which is connected to the internet. The owner of the fridge of the future can then communicate with their technology using either a touch panel or through voice-recognition.
Network-ready appliances like the internet fridge will have the ability to scan product bar codes and if there has been an elapsed amount of time since the scanning of that particular code the fridge will then automatically send the item to a virtual shopping list. This list can then be uploaded to many e-commerce websites meaning your shopping will be done already by your refrigerator.
Most of this though, does seem a little excessive and perhaps, for the most part, out of the reach of those living within their means but there are some appliances that could become necessity, especially to the thriftier household. A Fridge Freezer from appliancesdirect.co.uk, for example can still be equipped with a digital display but does not have to necessarily be connected to the internet. One of the more appealing traits of a smart appliance is its energy efficiency and its ability to be self-sufficient in the strife towards saving you money on your utility bills.
A Washing Machine found at Appliances Direct would have the same home energy-saving technology to hand and everything about “smart” self-serviceable appliances has been designed specifically with energy conservation I mind.
Mark Kelly, from UK retailer Appliances Direct, is completely behind these technological improvements and said “anything that an everyday appliance can do to make people’s lives easier must be a good thing and it shows how new technologies and innovations can help improve existing pieces of household technology or equipment”