Whirlpool Smart Kitchen Concept Demos the Future of a Day of Care
At this yearâ€™s CES, Whirlpool brandâ€™s Interactive Kitchen of the Future focuses on ways technology can help families care for each other by thinking ahead, guiding and helping personalize the cooking experience â€“ all day long. The Whirlpool Global Consumer Design (GCD) group has evolved its conceptual smart kitchen to learn a familyâ€™s likes and routines so the environment and appliances can anticipate their unique needs and adapt to unforeseen changes â€“ from getting through the morning rush to unexpectedly taking care of a sick child.
â€œWe believe the most powerful innovations are inspired by human behaviors and needs,â€ said Tony Kirk, senior manager, GCD Advanced Studio. â€œA team of dedicated specialists analyzed a typical family routine and matched that with the latest emerging technologies to create Whirlpool brandâ€™s vision of how a family will cook and clean in the near future.â€
Whirlpool brand believes that a smart home should complement what families are already doing to care for each other and adapt with features like:
– Anticipating: The kitchen syncs the familyâ€™s schedule with meal preparation to anticipate when the school bus will arrive or track progress on their â€œto-do list.â€ Recognizing the school bus is only three minutes away and there isnâ€™t enough time for morning oatmeal prompts the suggestion to add a breakfast bar to a bagged lunch. And, a signal from the baby monitor notes when itâ€™s time to warm a baby bottle on the induction cooktop.
– Guided and Personalized Cooking: Using image and speech recognition, the smart system catalogues each family memberâ€™s favorite foods and nutritional goals to create personalized recipe suggestions, and recognizes a change in plan when the cook decides to improvise and make a quesadilla instead of a grilled cheese. The suite also displays cooking alerts and reminders to â€œflipâ€ or â€œstirâ€ displayed on the Smart Backsplash.
– Adapting to Consumer Need: Families can use the in-sink dishwasher to quickly clean a few cups and plates from the morning dash without having to run the entire dishwasher.
– Sensing and Reacting: Smart vessels sense their contents and automatically heat or cool to the ideal temperature, and the presence of packaged goods will auto-set a microwave.
Whirlpool brand also created one of the first immersive virtual reality experiences in the companyâ€™s portfolio, so everyone can step into the Interactive Kitchen of the Future and experience Whirlpool’s vision for tomorrow firsthand at www.whirlpool.com/future.