1. Panasonic’s induction hob concept
Prepare to be amazed! Though it’s still a prototype, this induction hob doubles as a power unit, so you can place small appliances on it and they will work without you having to plug them in. Panasonic demoed this technology at IFA 2014 with a blender, a 3D grill (above right) that cooks both sides of the food at once, and a self-stirring cooking pot that uses electromagnetism to rotate a small spatula. Let’s hope it’s not a flash in the pan…
2. Samsung’s game-changing dishwasher
Next, we have a product that is coming to market – in October, to be exact – and it’s a true innovation in dishwashing. Part of Samsung’s posh new Chef Collection appliance line-up, it’s the first model to ditch the traditional rotary spray arm that flings out water like a whirling dervish.
Instead, it’s got a bar of powerful vertical water jets, which moves back and forth along the bottom of the machine. This ‘WaterWall’ gives a corner-to-corner clean, and there’s a Zone Booster, so that you can place your dirtiest dishes on one side of the dishwasher and blast them with a more powerful spray. No price has been given yet, but I don’t expect it to be cheap, especially not with that smart steel trim.
3. Haier’s see-through fridge freezer
The S100 ‘Smart Windows’ fridge freezer has a nifty panel in the fridge door, which switches from opaque to transparent when you get close to it. So rather than open the door to check whether you’ve got the right ingredients for tonight’s dinner – and let all that cold air out, wasting energy – you can just gaze through the glass.
The Smart doesn’t end there. The fridge freezer is Wi-Fi connected so you can control its temperatures, alarm and so on using an app on your phone or tablet, and it will alert the Haier after-sales team if a fault is detected.
Like Samsung’s Food ShowCase model, the fridge also has two layers of doors. Open the first to grab your favourite drinks and snacks from easy-reach sections in front of you, while the rest of your food stays nice and cool behind a second door.
4. Panasonic and AEG’s Smart ovens
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Apologies for the terrible images here people, but in case you can’t tell, these two prototype ovens by AEG (left) and Panasonic (right) can both be controlled by an app. They even have a camera built in, so you can get a live view of your food as its cooking, and get alerts when it’s done. Think your chicken needs another five minutes? Don’t worry about getting up. Just check the live view, adjust the timer, and relax…