In technology’s ever-pressing quest to remove all manual effort from day to day living in homes worldwide, yet another innovation is set to become the rage. But before we go into specifics, let’s say that the heart of the home has always been and will continue to be (until technology finds some quirky way to change it) found within the kitchen.
In the design of many homes, both old and new, the kitchen is often the first real room or “living area” within the home that the family and friends encounter when they enter the house. Sure, there can be mudrooms and halls and other areas. But, generally, the more familiar traffic going into and out of a home will first enter the kitchen, either immediately upon entry or very soon after that.
The Hub of the Home
Thus, it stands to reason that the kitchen is a go-to destination within the home in terms of convenience. The kitchen is where food is prepared and where the majority, if not all of it, is stored. For this reason, the second reason the kitchen is so well and often inhabited is because of food.
Many kitchens have bar areas or are eat-in kitchens, which create even more of a reason for families and friends to gather together there and often. Aside from an adequate bathroom and some semblance of sleeping arrangement, the kitchen is the one room of the house without which there would be nothing but a place where Who could shield you from the weather and wildlife.
Design that Concentrates on the Kitchen
Today’s home designers are taking advantage of all the current technological breakthroughs that seem to be occurring at almost breakneck speed, about kitchen technology being at the forefront in home design.
The kitchen is the location for more appliances and devices that are routinely used for very practical purposes mostly. Perhaps because of all the time necessary to prepare and present quality and good tasting meals in such an overall quantity, the kitchen tends to be the area of greatest need in design innovation and interest in saving time and effort.
In the basics, kitchens share commonalities such as ovens, stovetops, stove hoods, refrigerators, dishwashers, cabinets and shelves, countertops, and other storage areas starters. The level of innovation, the type of fuel needed and other factors like size, shape and colour are all quite varied. Then there are quite a few other new time-saving devices added to today’s modern kitchen design, and these are chronically in a state of changing and improvement.
Do it All Technology
One of the issues that today’s solution-oriented kitchen designers seek to solve is to develop multi-functioning appliances and devices that ultimately save on the space, time and effort required to use them. Some amazing devices have been developed out of this new concept and are becoming kitchen must-haves in most new and newly renovated homes.
Rethinking the Charging Station
One such technology speaks louder than most others, and that is having within a home an easily accessible, safe and convenient location where Who can charge any rechargeable devices. Being that the kitchen is not only a centralized point within the home, as previously mentioned, but the kitchen is also typically the room that everyone exits and enters through.
It would, then, stand to reason that the kitchen would be the ideal place to park and recharge everything in need of a recharge. So the first thing you do when you come home from work or other, as you pass through the kitchen, possibly stopping to fix something to drink or a snack, you can put down your cell phone or other devices immediately, without having to transport them to other areas within the house.
Part of this beauty is that you don’t have time or the opportunity to become absorbed in something else that could result in your forgetting where you put it (whatever your rechargeable device is) as the recharging station is in the kitchen.
Goodbye to Cords and Plug-Ins
Electrical plug-in outlets have come a long way in terms of safety and design; however, the whole way we access electricity will probably experience some radical innovation in the years to come. Until that time, however, most of us have grown accustomed to finding an outlet that still has available space for another plug-in device–every time we need to recharge something, and we are limited, at best, by numbers, as each device heretofore has required its charging cord, requiring its plug-in. However, thanks to the innovation of the wireless charging mat, we can take advantage of a good deal more charging capabilities, and in a more convenient way, than ever before.
New kitchen designs are implementing centralized kitchen charging ports that will accommodate up to several devices at one time, and all in the same location. This has been a real boon to convenient home design. However, we are about to witness an even better concept in recharging our devices in the kitchen. It is surely poised to take over and revolutionize the way we look at charging stations always.
We are now ushering in the age of wireless, remote charging capabilities that minimally require any devices that need recharging to be within a certain vicinity within proximity to the refrigerator. That’s right, the refrigerator.
Even “Smarter” Technology
It may seem more like science fiction than applicable science, but it’s true. One technology company has formed a creative partnership with one of the largest appliance manufacturers in the world to provide something called WattUp wire-free charging transmitters, which are currently being embedded into a wide range of home appliances. These transmitters are already being placed into refrigerators, washing machines, dryers, microwaves, stoves and even more.
The devices that this technology will recharge make up quite an extensive and impressive list, including tablets, smartphones and even items like electric toothbrushes. The current standard distance required for it to work is that any item to be recharged must be within 15 feet of the charging station/appliance, and the recharging is done over the air. Can you imagine not ever again needing to plug-in devices, nor having to place them on a mat?
How it Works
The WattUp technology uses the same radio bands as a WiFi router to deliver intelligent, scalable power. Devices will need to be WattUp enabled, and then to charge them, all you need to do is have it close to the given appliance. Charging is accomplished lying flat on a table or countertop, in a purse or pocket, or even while in use, and is fully capable of charging multiple devices all at the same time.