Cooking All Tile-Like

Another entrant in this year’s Electrolux design contest, the Cooking Tiles concept takes modularity and wireless power (WiTricity) to concept reality. Flexibility and efficiency are key here. The entire system consists of two components; a smart surface containing power and touch interface, and tiles which take the place of burners.

Taking advantage of WiTricity, power is transmitted to tiles wirelessly. You can freely group tiles together to form larger cooking surfaces. Each tile has an embedded OLED screen to display power and heat output as well as flashing to indicate a completed cooking cycle. As long as you arrange the tiles within the smart surface mat, they’ll heat up. Clean up is simple. Each tile is sealed so they’re dishwasher safe and stack for storage.

The smart surface is robust. It not only powers the tiles but also provides touch controls to manipulate power and regular heat. Timer functions and precise temperature control make it far superior to conventional stoves. The surface is even strong enough to use as a cutting board and food prep.

How will our kitchens look when stove tops can be miniturized into such compact systems?

Designer: Federico Weber

12 Comments

  • Looks like a very good idea for the small kitchen, how does the wifi work? could you take this to work etc? this didn’t make the final 9 of the Electrolux Competition did it?

    • Thanks.
      It’s not wifi: it uses WiTricity to power the tiles and transmit informations, regarding position on the surface, amount of heat etc.

      Tiles can’t be operated independently from the dedicated surface.
      In order to doing such a thing it would require battery and control interface on every single tile, adding complexity, size and weight.

      Unluckily it didn’t make it’s way to the top 9 of the Competition ;-).

  • E. says:

    actually, i didn’t get how the tiles can get hot with this transmission of energy…

  • shizzamX says:

    what does ABS stand for? my mind goes straight to anti-lock braking system.. but i don't think these would need that >_>
    also, not sure you would want to use it as a cutting board or for food prep with the dip in the center. looks like it would be a good product, though.

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