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TRENDS Chef Smart How technology in the kitchen is changing how we cook From FitBit to Nest to iCloud, today's culture lives in a time of data gathering and remote capabilities. The kitchen is no exception. "There are already several products in the marketplace that help consumers with timing and cooking, understanding food expiration dates, as well as overall health tracking," said David Mierke, a senior user experience researcher at ÄKTA, a digital user experience product design and development consultancy in Chicago. "Most of these products are still in their infancy but have begun to evolve from simple data collection to data interpretation." The most up-and-coming products are those that enhance the cooking experience. Some new wall ovens can store recipes and then set the time and temperature based on the meal, and induction burners are beginning to use light to give the user visual feedback on heat use. While it is arguable whether a refrigerator with a built-in screen will be successful in the industry, the sophistication of a refrigerator that stores recipes or notifies the user when items are low has limitless value for a busy homeowner. "More families have two working parents and less time to spend with family," said designer Midori Yoshikawa of Bellevue, Wash.-based Midori Yoshikawa Design Group."Anything that makes preparing meals more fun and functional will improve the quality of their family time." Professional Home Cooking Home cooking is on the rise, along with an emphasis on nutritional value and professional results. In part because of the post-recession economy, Top: The TPB Tech countertop from Top Porzelanik Barcelona introduces the invisible cooktop to the market. Made with a high temperature- and scratch-resistant surface, it contains an induction cooktop under four sheets of material and visible buttons on the surface. Thanks to magnetic wave technology, the surface remains unalterable without scratches or inlays of food. Circle No. 218 or visit kbbonline.com/freeinfo Middle: The Selia faucet from Pfister turns on and off by detecting movement in the sensor range. With its manual override mode, the faucet can also be operated conventionally with its handle and extended pulldown hose. Circle No. 219 or visit kbbonline.com/freeinfo Bottom: GE's ChillHub doubles as a development platform and a smart refrigerator. With two integrated USB hubs, built-in Wi-Fi capability and an open-source iOS-compatible app, ChillHub allows access to sensor data and the ability to control fridge components like the quantity of milk. Circle No. 220 or visit kbbonline.com/freeinfo 44 + K BB April 2015 / www.kbbonline.com / The Official Sponsor of KBIS www.kbis.com http://www.kbbonline.com/freeinfo http://www.kbbonline.com/freeinfo http://www.kbbonline.com/freeinfo http://www.kbbonline.com http://www.kbis.com

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of KBB - April 2015

Contents
Online Contents
Editor’s Note
Show Director’s Note
People & Places
Universal Design
Before & After
Solutions
Special Report
Tech Savvy
ICFF Special Section
Trends
Products
Design
Hidden Agenda
Not Your Typical Kitchen
The Rest Is History
Learning Corner
Last Word

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