I think everybody has a vision, a dream or some downright far-fetched prediction of the world 30 or 40 years down the line – just look at Back to the Future at how close or far off your ideas can be. Given the fast pace of technological development you will seldom find that your ‘plans’ ever come to fruition. However, it’s not just us individuals who aspire to predict technology, no it seems that businesses don’t just have the customary 3, 5 or 10-year plans anymore; instead IKEA have predicted that in 2040 our kitchens will be a very different place.
The research carried out and the resulting ideas provide some interesting reading to say the least, but suffice it to say, it’s little but a pipedream for the time being. The “SKARP”, or “Smart Kitchen” is said to be intelligent, thinking and caring for its inhabitants. It will adjust the environment based on the mood of those in it, music and lighting will be altered accordingly by it’s artificial intelligence.
While I can’t see any reason why this sort of technology can’t be implemented all over the house or even certain aspects into future car technology, there is some more kitchen/food related stuff too. In addition to a kitchen that monitors our dietary habits and recommends foods, drinks and altogether a healthy diet; we will also be blessed with a holographic presence of future celebrity chefs too, instructing us in a more authentic, professional and just utterly incredible way.
They also, quite misguidedly I must say, predict that devices such as a “sixth-generation Apple iPad” will be a centrepiece to the average kitchen. Now, this technology is already in existence and I have no doubt that it will become even more widespread into ‘households free of geeks’, but the only doubt I do have is that we (hopefully) will see more than just 5 more generations of iPads in the next three decades. Though perhaps I’m just nit picking.
Anyway, on to more pressing issues surrounding this exciting future kitchen, and perhaps the most impressive prediction of them all. It’s called 3D food printing. And that pretty much gives you as much as you need to know, but I will dig a little deeper and say that the device, which will be prevalent in many homes, will store food and ingredients in layers. You decide what you want and they are combined to perfection and deposited in layers and heated as they pass through the Digital Fabricator. Quite literally a mouth-watering proposition and would go some way to providing us with food dispensers such as the food replicators seen in Star Trek.
There are other quite phenomenal ideas included in the report commissioned by IKEA, some of which you can see in the image below, but instead of boring you with the details of what analysts think, why not you let us know what you would want in your ideal, futuristic kitchen in the comments section below?