Hettich, a German diversified company group operating chiefly in the furniture sector, recently launched "Kitchen Concept 2015", forecasting what the kitchen of the not so distant future will be like. If you ask me, it looks good!
Their concept focuses on design, convenience, ergonomics, and multimedia networking. Their kitchen is designed to blend seamlessly in the home instead of being the center of attention. Various items such as the faucet, the fridge, the oven, all disappear when not is use.
In essence, using emerging computer technology, Hettich merged a sleek kitchen with computers, such as surface computing, and made it smarter. Below are examples of some of the features of this new kitchen.
The above cabinets can be lowered to any desired height and independently from one another.
The kitchen island features drawers that can be opened from either side. Even the dishwasher can be opened from both sides. How convenient is that!
Surface computing technology allows the user to check cooking time, temperature, see the inside the oven, and browse the internet on the surface of the cabinets. I wonder if you can also change the look of the surface of the cabinets as you would your computer desktop and change it, from example, from black to red or add a neat pattern for special occasions...
Surface computing is also installed on the island, where the user can perform the same tasks as on the surface of the cabinets, and control the size and temperature of the heating elements of the cooktop.