Table can either show you how to make a recipe or suggest meals to make based on what ingredients you have
Ikea has predicted how the kitchen of the future will look, and its most revolutionary idea is a table that teaches you how to cook.
Futuristic features include cooling containers to keep food fresher for longer and a recycling system that automatically separates materials.
However, the highlight is entitled A Table For Living. Using a projector suspended above a table, the technology can “draw” on the table’s surface to either show you how to make a recipe or suggest meals to make based on what ingredients you have.
The table will also weigh your ingredients and teach you how to cut them. It also features a built-in hob, so food could be cooked simply by placing a saucepan or pan directly onto the table.
“This is ‘Casual Technology’: tools that give us control and guidance when we need it, but are otherwise hidden – a surface simplicity that minimises distractions and allows for mindful engagement with food,” Ikea says.
Ikea sees it as a “preparation surface, hob, dining table, work bench and children’s play area”, with a view to “helping make us more confident cooks, while letting less food go to waste”.
The retailer worked with with design company IDEO as well as students at the School of Industrial Design at the Ingvar Kamprad Design Centre at Lund University, in Sweden, and the Industrial Design department at Eindhoven University of Technology., in the Netherlands.
Other ideas from students included Hannah, an interactive mirror that teaches children how food is used by the human body; and Tom, a hi-tech soft toy that encourages kids to learn about what they eat.
Although A Table For Living is currently just a concept and connot be bought, Ikea regularly attempts to push the boundariesof technology.
Last month it announced it would launch a range of furniture complete with inbuilt wireless charging spots in a bid to create the ultimate connected home.
The range integrates subtle white charging pads into lamps for the floor and table, two desks and two bedside tables. Alternatively, the Jyssen wireless charger can be attached to any flat surface to recharge enabled smartphones, bypassing the need for unsightly cables.
This article was written by Andrew Trotman from The Daily Telegraph and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.