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Appliances of the Future…

Established in 2003, Electrolux Design Lab is an annual global design competition open to industrial design students who are invited to present innovative, daring ideas and solutions for tomorrow’s home appliances. The 2011 theme is Intelligent Mobility: how people can prepare and store food, clean and do their dishes, both within and beyond the home.

Portable Spot Cleaner (Portable Handheld Washing Machine)

Designed by Adrian Mankovecky of Slovakia

Whether you’re a back packer or a business traveller you will love this small portable cleaner. Separate the two components, place on either side of the garment and choose the suitable cleaning program. Negative Ions and steam refresh clothing and remove stains. Powered with a sugar crystal battery, this device could potentially be used anywhere in the world.

Smoobo Blender (‘Bouncy Ball’ Food Blender)

Designed by Roseanne de Bruin of New Zealand

The Smoobo blender is designed to be enjoyable and easy to use. Simply open the blender, put the ingredients inside and bounce. Each bounce activates the kinetic batteries, which in turn power the rotary blades to create a perfectly blended smoothie that can be enjoyed by opening the pouring cap.

Mobile Induction Heat Plate (Smart Phone Operated Mobile Cooker)

Designed by Tommi Moilanen of Finland

This smart induction hot plate is a compact solution for those on the go. Place the heat plate wherever you want and pair it with your smart-phone to gain a child safe remote control. The smart-phone app is designed to be used with intelligent food packaging where NFC-tags provide instructions on how to heat the food properly. The smart-phone app is also programmed to remember how you previously cooked. The induction plate is a glossy black and white design with a wooden handle that makes it easy to carry and store and can be hung on a wall when charging the battery.

Robo TAP Cleaner (Robotic Vacuum Cleaner)

Designed by Gyu Ha Choi of South Korea

The Robo TAP is a smart evolution of the robotic vacuum cleaner used to target an exact area for cleaning. An IPS system aligned with a simple remote control is attached to the shoe or slipper of the user. Two taps on a dirty spot directs the Robo TAP to the precise area for cleaning. Two more taps will cancel the command and three taps returns the vacuum cleaner to its automatic programme.

Ribbon (Multi-Purpose Heater and Cooler)

Designed by Enzo Kocak of Australia

The Ribbon is a multi-purpose heater and cooler for portable use. Its unique shape and flexibility allows for wrapping around a vessel containing food or drink for heating or chilling. The black side provides heat, whereas the white cools. You can curl it up, take it with you, fold out and even put it together to use as a hotplate. Controls placed on the side facilitate easy use. The chargeable thermoelectric cell battery can also reverse the charging process– whilst not in use the cells convert excess heat back into electricity

Salvé Bagel Toaster

Designed by Kent Madden of Canada

This portable bagel toaster is especially convenient for those who can’t find time to cook. Place a bagel in the toaster and it will automatically start rotating. When happy with the colour of the freshly toasted bagel, simply remove and enjoy. The toaster is very energy efficient being run on sugar crystal batteries or recharged on a ceramic dock using induction. Now there are no excuses for missing the most important meal of the day!

Sous-vide Cell Cooker

Designed by Adam Miklosi of Hungary

The Sous-vide Cellcooker is inspired by the professional trend of slow food cooking. The Sous-vide helps you cook delicious healthy food at pre-indicated times. Personalised internet and smart-phone software helps you plan your food menu a week ahead and aids you in buying the necessary ingredients. Ingredients are sealed in airtight plastic bags and held within a water bath (72 hours is not unusual as a cooking time) at an accurately determined temperature and much lower than normally used for cooking, typically around 60 °C or 140 °F. The intention is to maintain the integrity of ingredients and achieve very precise control of cooking.

Onda Portable Microwave

Designed by Matthew Schwartz of USA

The Onda Portable Microwave oven is a very clever twist on an appliance that was first introduced to homes in 1955. Pre-prepared meals are placed in compatible food packages and warmed with microwaves. Specifically, the Onda is slid on to the packaging and the aluminum contained within the interior of the handheld device creates a circuit connection when the seal of the packaging is broken. Paper batteries are used to produce energy, making the Onda both smart and eco-friendly. The Onda also comes in a range of different colours for personal preference.

Electrolux awards three prizes: 1st place is 5,000 Euros and a 6-month paid internship at an Electrolux global design centre. The 2nd prize of 3,000 Euros and 3rd prize of 2,000 Euros are also on offer. Good luck everyone!

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