Manufacturers are scrambling to be first past the post with innovative ideas that can transform our kitchens into technological hubs, a lifestyle expert has told Sky News.
The kitchen is already fast becoming a haven for gadgets and new technology, with those in the UK currently housing around seven gadgets each, according to a study.
But in years to come, we are set to see internet-connected smaller devices merging together – and even the onset of “holographic dining”.
Hayley Ard, senior editor of Consumer Lifestyle at Stylus.com, told Sky News: “There is a lot of competition between different manufacturers at the moment, not least because there are so many exciting innovations out there that everyone is scrambling to be first past the post.
“There’s a huge amount of evidence to suggest that disconnected diners are going to be united by holographic technology. You might be able to beam grandma in from somewhere very far away and she can be a real part of your eating experience.”
Other concepts that could become commonplace include: interactive touchscreen cooktops that allow you to prepare food while browsing the web, 3D printers that create food, and appliances that can send messages to smartphones telling us how many bottles of beer are left in the fridge, among other things.
Thomas Johansson, design director at Electrolux, believes kitchens may not even exist by the year 2025.
“Probably we’re talking about a living space and not a separate kitchen. This gives a lot of challenges to design but a lot of possibilities also.
“We are probably going to see drones which connect you to your local market store … more robotics in homes connected to cooking and also 3D food printing.”
Not everyone is entirely convinced of the benefits of kitchen tech though.
Food writer and blogger Niamh Shields, from eatlikeagirl.com, told Sky News the idea of holographic chefs is a “nightmare”.
She said: “What really disturbs me about technology and food now is people have become so far removed from actually just cooking their dinner everyone thinks now that it’s super complicated to cook at home.
“If someone is going in to a kitchen they need the basic skills first, they need to be able to cook a steak, and they need to be able to cook their potatoes and their pasta. Everything else is secondary.”
But for culinary technology lovers, like Duncan Bell, futuristic modifications cannot come quickly enough.
“I guess if you’re really into technology and you’re really into time-saving it’s almost like you’re not going to be quite satisfied until you’ve got the point where the food is being – like in Star Trek – beamed into your fridge. And then a robot prepares it, and then the robot serves it to you whilst you sit on your sofa watching Sky News.”