The kitchen of the future

What will cooking be like in 5 or 10 years?
That’s one of the questions i asked myself when i imagined living in the future.
I found some examples of concepts that could change the kitchen if they ever become reality.


First: An interactive touchscreen cooktop that can display recipes, facebook and twitter updates, the news, the weather and more. It is developed by Whirlpool this year to show an idea of the future of the kitchen.
This cooktop has several exciting and innovative options; you can display recipes next to your ingredients and pans instead of keeping a book or laptop/ipad nearby while you’re cooking. You can change your music on your audio system and you can check (which i already mentioned) different feeds of social media without having to walk away from your kitchen to do that. All this stuff can be controlled with your voice as well. (very handy when you’ve got dirty hands)
Representatives said that this technology is in ‘active development’ and that maybe the cooktop will be out in about five years.

Connected kitchen products
Another development is that in the future, all devices in the kitchen can communicate with eachother. Whirlpool is also showing an app which can control these devices.
Can you imagine? A fridge that suggests recipes, an oven that can automatically program itself. It sounds like a fantasy but Whirlpool is working on it. I am very curious and excited about this and i hope that it will be reality soon.

Smart dishwashers and smart fridges
Just easily checking the news, the morning weather or browsing the web on the door of your refridgerator? This is already possible, with the Smart fridge from SamSung.
The fridge has a touchscreen at the door where you can do multiple things with. You can leave a note for your family or check your social networks in an few seconds.


Or take the Smart dishwasher from Miele. This is the most intelligent and quickest dishwasher on earth. It offers energy- efficient options; cleaning settings which allow the consumers to save energy and water when possible.
‘The dishwasher was created with real-world cleaning challenges in mind’ according to Miele.

These products above affect the quality of life in a good way. Mostly the material wellbeing because the producs help you to save time and money. But also your social wellbeing, cooking together is fun, and chatting with friends on facebook while you are cooking is too.

In another post, i wrote about the fact that there will be more and more touchscreens everywhere. With the touchscreen cooktop and the smart wifi enabled refrigerator this will also be a normal thing in the future-kitchens.

The conclusion: our homes and therefore our kitchens will be all High-tech and contain sustainable products to help the environment.



Mobility will be improved by using apps

The way of moving in cities will be different in the future, that’s for sure. But what is the biggest change we see in mobility ?
Technology has been developing itself for a few years now and these developments are mostly focused on making our every-day lives easier.
In a few more years their will be apps for everything. We will be able to control a lot of things with our smartphones, wherever and whenever we want.
Do you need a taxi as soon as possible? There is an app for that.
Travelling in your own car and want to know which is the shortest way with the least obstacles? There is an app for that too. You can easily move from place to place without losing time in a more sustainable way.
A few examples of apps who already get used by a lot of people to improve mobility in cities:

Taxi’s get used a lot in big cities. And they will need to transport more people in a shorter amount of time since cities become more densely populated in the future. There are some easy digital solutions for that.

Get Taxi
With the Get Taxi app users can order a taxi in a fast and easy way. Once an order is placed, the most nearby taxi gets a notification and goes pick the person up. While the costumer is waiting, he or she can check where the taxi is with a GPS tracker. Its like you track your order from a webshop. Also the payment is regulated by the app itself if you synchronised your creditcard with your smartphone.
This app doesn’t only make life easier because you can get a taxi within 2 minutes, it is also more efficient than using your own car, because it’s often very difficult to find a good, unexpensive parking spot. You can’t run out of gas and you will never waste time because their is an 4G Wifi network available in the Get Taxi cars, so that you can work or amuse yourself while you’re moving from place to place. That sounds like a pretty cool way of travelling to me.

The app Uber is another example of an easy to use app to get a taxi. You can also see the price before you leave and you can easily split the bill with your friends because of the link with your creditcards and smartphones. Easy!!

Waze is an app which gives you directions and monitor traffic conditions for others who are on the road at the same time as you are. This app is all about togetherness with your fellow-drivers in order to promote the traffic flow.

Taxi services and apps like this have future growth potential. New apps are invented everyday to make life easier and to make people move faster.

It is also important for many cities to improve urban mobility with sustainable transport options. A normal taxi drives 4 miles extra between orders and got waiting passengers. These services are more efficient. The same number of taxi’s can take more orders and transport more people in the same time. So the emission of Co2 can be reduced as well.
These changes affect the quality of life in several ways. Your physical wellbeing can be improved when you don’t have to wait outside for a long time to get a taxi. Your emotional wellbeing can also be affected positively because of that. You can save time, which makes it possible to do other things and improve your development and activity.
So the next time you’ve got a problem to get somewhere, search in your playstore to find an app for it!


Smart urban furniture and screens in the future city

Technology is taking over. Life in the future cities will be all about techonology and sustainability. I imagine this futuristic city with touchscreens, urban furntiture and gadgets with augmented reality everywhere on the streets.

Eyestop is a busstop. But not a normal busstop , it’s a ‘smart’ busstop which uses technology to give information. Not only advertisements and common information you need if you want to use the public transit, but also touristic information, weather alerts, e-mail access and much more. This Busstop is developed by researchers at the Massachusetss Institue of Technology.


Smart subwaymaps
In New York there are already smart subwaymaps with touchscreen. The first was placed last February in NYC. You just have to tap on the station you want to go and the screen will automatically show you wich route you can follow. The screen shows real time information, so it keeps you up to date about any possible obstacles.


Smart urban furniture like the Eyestop or the subwaymap with touchscreen will be totally normal in the future, but at this point it’s really exciting.
The Eyestop is also powered by sunlight and can detect air pollutants and weather changes. So the concept keeps an eye on the environment and improves sustainability, which is already pretty important but will be even more important in the future.
Plus, we are living in a very busy 24/7 economy where everything is going really fast. These concepts contribute to a quick movement and offer as much efficiency as possible.

Another thing I think we’re going to see a lot are urban screens. Buildings that are made of hundred moving televisions screens to show the work of artists, to give information or to show advertisements. Many people can be reached in a short time by using these buildings.

Urban screens in sydney

So in short, we will be seeing A LOT of screens in the future city. They offer information in a fast way.
If we take a look at the Quality of Life model from Felce & Perry, we see different options why these concepts improve the quality of life.
Development & activity can be improved because your mobility will be enlarged. So you’ll have more opportunities for leisure, education and jobs. It also gives you more idependence when you’re visiting a city. But also your emotional wellbeing can grow when you feel satisfaction because you get to the places where you want to go in a short amount of time.

What do you think about urban screens and smart urban furniture? Do you think it will help us to live an easier life, or do you think it will make the society to fast and gives us too much information?