Heat grenades, wrist cookers – futuristic cooking devices selected in design competition
Wednesday 15 June 2011
Heat grenades, energy-generating bracelets and warming bags are just some of the portable cooking devices designed for this year's Electrolux Design Lab Competition.
Created in 2003 and now in its eighth year, the Electrolux Design Lab Competition is open to undergraduate and graduate industrial design students around the world.
This year entrants were tasked with designing a home appliance that considers "intelligent mobility " solutions for domestic appliances and "shapes how people prepare and store food [and] clean their dishes, both within and beyond their home."
On June 13 Electrolux announced that 25 designs had been selected from the 1,300 entrants from 14 countries that entered this year's competition.
These 25 entrants will be reduced to eight finalists in the week beginning July 11: these eight finalists will then present their designs to an expert jury in the hopes of winning €5,000 and a paid internship.
Among the 25 designs selected by Electrolux is a bracelet which, according to the designer Simona Hruskova from the Czech Republic, could use the body's kinetic energy to heat food and Heat Grenades designed by Sam Evans in New Zealand. Heat Grenades resemble small silver eggs which open in a flower shape to form a portable cooking device.
Other designs include a bag capable of warming food called the Mohe, a handheld microwave, a portable cooker and a wireless kitchen assistant. All 25 selected designs can be viewed via the competition's website.
Last year's winner was Peter Alwin from India who invented a portable cooking and heating device called the Snail which is capable of attaching to cups, saucepans and other containers.
Later this year, some of the most technologically advanced household appliances will be exhibited at IFA in Berlin, September 2-7. One of the world's biggest consumer electronics showcases, IFA attracts over 235,000 visitors and generates several billion worth of product orders.
At this year's IFA, resource-saving next-generation appliances, the roles of apps and cloud computing in the home and other innovations will be discussed as products are presented in the Tec Watch section.
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