Smart technology with remote capabilities has been rolled out for everything from workplaces to home heating. Now it's even lending a hand in the kitchen.
A clever array of cooktops is entering the market, offering anyone the opportunity to be a culinary expert.
Induction cooktops are a growing trend thanks to their aesthetically sleek design, automation and easy to clean functions. They also offer greater energy efficiency and safety by using magnetic technology to only heat up when a physical vessel is placed on them.
French company De Dietrich has unveiled a super smart cooktop that allows up to five different vessels to be cooking at various temperatures simultaneously.
The Le Piano Zoneless Induction Cooktop is primarly targeted to residential users, offering auto sensing technology that is fairly new to the industry and in high demand in Australia.
The clever cooktop enables the user to place pots or saucepans anywhere on the hob with the cooktop determining where each sits and adjusting the temperature for each accordingly.
It also offers pre-set cooking modes from a uniform temperature and features an expert mode which can recognise preferred settings for individual vessels.
Whirlpool predicts a future that promises completely interactive cooktops.
Earlier this year the company unveiled its Whirlpool Interactive Cooktop at the Consumer Electronics Show. A marble countertop with an embedded display allows the cooktop to work as an interactive touchscreen. While cooking effortlessly on an automatic sensor-equipped cooktop, users can multi-task, logging into their email, accessing social media or review recipes right beside their cooking pot.
Whirlpool’s concept removes the need for an add-on device such as a smart phone; the cooktops can connect directly to Wi-Fi and deliver digital content direct from the countertop.
Daniel Bertuccio, marketing manager at Eurolinx, the company behind the Le Piano Cooktop, believes cooktops will need to compete with smart technology to serve tomorrow’s kitchen – with the induction feature leading the way.
“Cooktops with clelver features are definitely in high demand; when customers choose to purchase an induction cooktop they expect sophsitcated features and cutting edge technology,” he said. “The benefit of induction – particularly electric cooktops – is that is it easier to include modern technological features like automatic timers, heat sensors, boil sensors, memory settings, various cooking programs and more.”
These innovative cooktops can also reduce energy consumption, emissions and indoor air pollutants produced by conventional cooking means.
Like most smart technology, induction cooking works to deliver automation, user and environmental efficiency – all of which have become a vital ingredient to getting through a modern day.