The Smart Kitchen
The Smart Kitchen
December 25, 2021
Kitchen technology takes some big leaps forward with things like smart refrigerators, ovens, barcode scanning garbage cans, and residential hands-free faucets. Behind these trends, there appears to be a singular need for greater convenience. This is why some experts believe that of all the areas in a future smart home, the kitchen is where the newest developments will really take off, writes Remona Divekar
The smart kitchen follows the evolution of modern lifestyles where smart solutions are integrated into the elements of the kitchen to make life easier. A smart kitchen is a combination of mechanics, electronics, and hi-tech solutions characterised by innovative technologies for living home that allow families to rationalise the consumptions and manage different functions of the house with gadgets.
The era is all about efficiently utilising time and bringing innovation to the kitchen. Technology is already changing the kitchen in many ways. There is a growing interest in cooking, kitchens are leading the way into the future of sustainable, and technology-connected homes where the Internet of Things (IoT) plays a significant role. Interconnected smart appliances, 3-D printers, and touch screen controls are just a few of the technological tools that the next generation cooks use to simplify food preparations, create customised meal solutions, and produce far less waste.
All brands that are coming up in the market with a technology that is innovative, form an apparatus of forward-thinking culture they are catering to. However, if the technology is not in sync with end-user needs or the end-user is not in-sync with the technology being provided, however smart you make the kitchens it is going to be a failure.
Growing acceptance of smart appliances
Even if the smartness and safety form the key components of the modern-day appliances and gadgets as observed by a few, some are also of the opinion that orderly spacey kitchens with high-end integrated gadgets and appliances that seamlessly blend into the layout, preserving the sleek minimalistic design are also achieving the much-needed practicality. “Technology is making significant inroads into the kitchen. The concept of a state-of-the-art smart kitchen has transformed the way that people cook and do up their kitchens. In fact, the kitchen appliance market in India is growing by over 20% percent that is much over the GDP rate. I predict that more and more consumers are going to be joining the bandwagon to embrace this trend,” observes Ankur Agarwal, Marketing Manager, TTK Prestige.
As technology advances, the kitchen is developing and adapting to become more and more efficient and intelligent. From fridges that connect to the internet radio to wifi-enabled fridges, IoT ovens, saucepans that connect to the phone – kitchens are indeed growing smarter by the day. They come equipped with features such as self-cleaning or waste sorting. Using smart ovens, scales and thermometers allow users to measure and monitor cooking. Devices can monitor food ingredients for allergens. Connected fitness technology enables users to monitor and synchronise food consumption with fitness routines.
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Shobhan Kothari, Partner and Co-Founder of ADND says, “Smart Kitchens work wonders if it involves integrating technology in the form of equipment that can help to reduce waste. Any technology introduced in a program facilitates the process of it being creative, more detrimental in the design aspect critical to the end-user. The first thing is the involvement of technology integrating into the form of equipment so on and so forth. I would like to believe that how we can look at being environmentally friendly, reduce the carbon footprint, reduce dry and wet waste, and be more sustainable.”
He further adds, “As a designer, it is important to understand the context where and what we are designing in the kitchens. When consumers head into the kitchen, they are very likely to be getting help from the new generation of smart appliances on things like reducing food waste, cooking to address their personal health profiles, and staying better connected to the origins of their food—issues that are important to consumers and the food industry. Wi-Fi, cameras, software, Bluetooth devices are added to the appliances for multiple reasons, they are those kitchen's gadgets and software designed to save energy and time where the main purpose is to be sustainable and efficient combining electronics, careful design, and environmentally friendly elements.”
The consumer durables industry was never perceived to be a tech-savvy industry with cool technology being used. However, with innovation now entering the kitchen, companies have been able to bring the notion that kitchen appliance companies can also be cool and technology-friendly.