Throughout the course of writing this blog The Mogul has uncovered many different kinds of Shape Shifting kitchens, all of which are progressive and all of which are aspiring to the ultimate objective; the creation of a versatile and individually adaptive functional space.
Concepts give birth to trends and this Electrolux H20 kitchen introduces us to the possibility that in only a few short decades’ kitchens as we know them today will become social artistic artefacts! The future kitchen consumer will demand flexibility and customisation and just like users of modern technology today will not accept anything which is dated. Imagine getting hold of your new I-Pad 2 and finding that you need to load the App’s by cassette tape.. Not cool!
This H20 kitchen uses Claytronics to create a responsive, organic reaction to the user and its environment through the use of programmable matter.
Claytronics is an abstract future concept that combines nanoscale robotics and computer science to create individual nanometer-scale computers called claytronic atoms, or catoms, which can interact with each other to form tangible 3-D objects that a user can interact with. See video below:
This concept kitchen begins as an easily transportable cube which contains all of the basic elements required to define it as a kitchen. The cube is made of heat conductive metal to allow for induction cooking. The claytronic atoms have the ability to absorb food waste processing it to the correct waste disposal element and making the functional aspect of the design super efficient and completely green. The kitchen can have applications added making it even more client specific and offering the opportunity to purchase upgrades.
This idea may seem farfetched but so was the notion of travelling into space! Funny how we have just celebrated the 50th Anniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s first manned flight into Space.