Whirlpool’s Interactive Cooktop Concept at CES

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One of the cool things about going to CES every year is that you are able to see all the “concept” products.  What this means is that the products haven’t been completed, whether they are still developing the technology to make it actually happen, or they are still fleshing out the design of the product.  Either way, it’s a way to show the consumers what kinds of products they are looking to create in the very near future.

Last year at CES Whirlpool had the concept product of a CoolVox refrigerator.  This is a fridge that can stream your music, with it’s built in speakers.  I can honestly say I don’t know a single one of my friends that doesn’t have some sort of way to listen to music in the kitchen.  Whether it’s a docking station, or a full computer right in the kitchen, when they are cooking, they are moving.  You can listen to podcasts while you cook, your “get up and get moving” playlist when you are cleaning, or just some nice classical background music for during dinner.  To be able to eliminate the docking station from a vital electrical outlet, and free up some counter top real estate is awesome!  Last year it was concept… this year, it’s a reality.

Which leads me to the concept they were showing off at CES this year… which (crossing my fingers and toes) means it COULD be a reality next year (probably several years down the road though)!  The concept is an interactive cooktop.

As you can see from the video above, you can access recipes, pinterest, get Facebook and text notifications, and so much more.  Plus the stove top is induction, so it’s never going to be too hot to touch.  The pans can be placed anywhere, and you can sync your recipe directly with the cooktop so it can tell you how long you have left to simmer this particular pot and when it’s time to stir this other pot.

I was literally blown away by this concept and am twiddling my thumbs just waiting for it to become a reality.  I love how Whirlpool is bringing interactivity with the things we do online to it’s appliances (such as streaming music to our fridge and following along a recipe in the cooktop).  It’s just going to continue to become more integrated, and I couldn’t be more excited!

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Sarah Werle Kimmel

Sarah Werle Kimmel is a digital parenting coach and family tech expert. She has spent the last 20 years of her career working as a Microsoft Certified IT Manager supporting over 100 small businesses. During that time she started Family Tech LLC to help families understand and manage the technology in their home. She has regularly appeared as a family tech expert on local NBC, CBS, ABC and FOX news affiliates, BYUtv and Studio 5, and has been invited all over the world from tech companies like Lenovo, Verizon, Microsoft, Dell, and Samsung. Find out more on her website SarahKimmel.com


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