Desktop (or would that be counter-top?) kitchens are so 2000s. Drawing design inspiration from that most familiar of everyday portable devices, this conceptual portable kitchen contains a four-tier induction cooking element, built-in cutting board, ingredient grater and, of course, a touchscreen interface and wireless connectivity.
A few button touches bring up favorite recipes or new cooking ideas and nutritional information on ingredients or menus. Bluetooth, wifi and camera included, of course (what device doesn’t come with those these days?).
It may yet be a bit of a daydream, though, to suppose that such a thing would really work – there are issues such as safety (including separation of the heating element), power requirements and, maybe most of all, cleaning that need to be contended with before this work by Dragan Trenchevski could become a reality. And, alas, food means weight and space, as do pots and pans, so the portability needs some additional thought as well.
Whatever you may think of its practicality, this weird laptop kitchen was a finalist in the 2011 Electrolux Design Lab Awards.
From Pocket Lint:
“The idea is that the display is touchscreen and, with mobile (3G) and Wi-Fi connectivity on board, the laptop can access a vast database of recipes and cooking tips so that you can see instructions as you go. A webcam is also housed at the top of the screen so that you can video-call a friend while cooking, either for advice, or a cook-off.”
“Trenchevski suggests that it could come with different coloured trims, and has even added a cheese grater to the chopping board element, giving you as many options for portable cookery as possible in such a small form factor. Of course, there’s plenty of pitfalls involved: Would you really want to splash a touchscreen display with boiling oil? And wouldn’t the induction plates overheat any computer gubbins inside?”