IKEA’s Kitchen Of The Future: Design Challenges For Intelligent Homes
An exploration of what the future could look like, as home environments become more intelligent.
IKEA has commissioned a report with The Future Laboratory to explore what the kitchen of the future could potentially look like. This reactive environment takes advantage of a number of sensor-based technologies designed to help users make more sustainable and healthy decisions around food, from EEG-based readers tuned to individual brainwaves to intelligent virtual chefs that deliver recipe recommendations. The Future Laboratory explains in a press release below:
In thirty years time, the kitchen will be so technologically advanced that it will almost be alive, responding actively to our needs like only a mother could. To reflect this IKEA has created an image of the future kitchen – INTUITIV. As you walk into the INTUITIV kitchen of the future, LED light projections adjust to your mood – it will know if you have a hangover via sensors that will read your brainwaves. Aromatherapy infused walls will be synced to your calendar, calming you before a big meeting or energising you before a gym session. The fridge will have selected some breakfast options, identifying the essential vitamins for your day via sensors. When you get home, a hologrammed chef will be on hand for recipe inspiration. This kitchen will be intelligent, predicting its inhabitants’ needs with smart technology. Synchronized appliances will make everything happen at the touch of a button, communicating through iPad style devices which will act as the brain of the kitchen, making our lives easier.