I saw a wireless power concept kitchen from Philips many years ago but it never arrived, so I began to think it was something that would sooner be in George Jetson’s kitchen than mine. Then, I came across this series of YouTube presentations from CES 2011 in which eCoupled demos a bunch of wireless power kitchen products.
The idea is similar to the induction power, wireless charging mats that you see being sold by Duracell and others but in this case built into the furniture.
There are some radically new applications though. For instance, check out this self-heating soup can. You place it on your countertop and it heats itself – supposedly in a faster, more efficient and more eco-friendly manner than using a microwave:
Then there is the predictable, but no less remarkable, self-heating frying pan and self-operating blender:
The frying pan is actually quite interesting, because the handle contains the controls that tell it how hot to get:
An unusual application is the ability to print illuminating materials onto packaging that light up when on the shelf but, also, provide you with information about the product. In this example of a Cheerios box, it wirelessly offers information about it’s expiry date and nutritional contents, so that you can manage your cupboard inventory better.
It seems that my kitchen is going to be a whole lot easier to clean with fewer wires hanging around.