Download Meals from Your Refrigerator Computer
Is your kitchen a throwback to the 70s? Pick up the high-tech
appliances shown at the recent Kitchen and Bath Industry Show.
Microwave your lunch in a drawer; rapid roast a whole chicken in
30 minutes; and e-mail your shopping list right from your
refrigerator door to your grocery store for home delivery. It's
not as far out as it sounds. Very soon, some of these products
will be on the market and installed in new model homes and
Perhaps the most fanciful product is Frigidaire's "online"
refrigerator with a flat-screen
computer monitor on the door. Computer nuts will be able to
digitize everything in the kitchen. Your bar code reader will
scan your food for freshness dates and tell you when to reorder
via e-mail to the grocery store. And forget about recipe books.
Download your favorite recipes from the Internet and display them
on your frig.
Frigidaire's "tekkie toy" may not be ready today, but for many
other appliances, the future is now. Start with General
Electric's Advantium, a new speed-cooking system that combines
heat from halogen lights with microwaves to zap, bake, roast or
broil your favorite food four to five times faster than ordinary
ovens. Coming in October, 1999.
Maytag has come up with a double-oven that piggybacks a
convenient mini-size unit on top of a larger oven. At waist
level, the 1.2 cubic foot oven works better for everyday
meals than bending over for the typical conventional oven, while
the four cubic foot oven below is the workhorse for bigger,
holiday-sized jobs like turkey or pot roasts. The Gemini Range
is available now.
Soon your microwave won't have to sit on the counter or over the
range anymore. At the Orlando trade show, Sharp unveiled a
prototype, top-loading "microwave in a drawer." A new space-
saving twist for microwaves, the drawer microwave follows the
lead of dishwashers and refrigerators that pull out from under
the counter. But the food goes in from the top instead of the
Finally, there's the interactive kitchen computer from CMi
Worldwide, available now. With different size screens to choose
from, you have the capability to watch cable TV, surf the
Internet, listen to your CDs, watch a video or do your shopping
and banking online.
For basic necessities such as cabinets, the fashion continues
to be good old hardwoods--maple, cherry and birch, for example. That trend
will tilt slightly toward vibrant, contrasting hues for trims, panels and
appliance fronts. Stainless steel, metallic
finishes and concrete dyed in a plethora of colors are
on the cutting edge for countertop materials.