Cameras in the oven, weight sensors in the fridge and monitor screens in the backsplash are just some of the high-tech gadgets integrated into the ultra-smart FutureHAUS kitchen.
Designed by a team of Virginia Tech architecture students, in collaboration with the Modular Building Institute, the futuristic kitchen is set to make its first exhibition during the Las Vegas Kitchen & Bathroom Industry Show in January next year.
The fully automated, fully integrated, prefabricated module boasts an abundance of smart amenities, designed to make cooking, cleaning and shopping easier.
A central “social table” that houses a horizontal 55-inch Microsoft Touch display that connects your appliances with your smartphones and tablets.
A Wi-Fi-enabled camera in your oven, which allows you to see your food baking in real time while you watch TV, thanks to picture-in-picture technology.
A hands free Kohler Sensate faucet.
Horizontal monitors embedded into the backsplash so you can read and research recipes while cooking.
Weight sensors embedded in your refrigerator shelves that tell you remotely when the milk is running low.
A scanner for your foods’ barcodes that monitors the contents of your pantry and makes suggestions based on nutritional goals.
The overall kitchen aesthetic is minimalist, with a white, unadorned surface and a stove concealed beneath a fully integrated glass cooktop.
The prototype being showcased in 2015 is part of the Virginia Tech team’s medium- to high-density modular FutureHAUS project, which will eventually also include a state-of-the-art living room and bedrooms.