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The food replicators on Star Trek that produce piping hot, perfectly cooked food in seconds or the thinking, talking kitchen appliances of The Jetsons’ family home may seem like science fiction but the truth is, the idea behind these “smart” appliances are not so far fetched.
In fact, home appliance manufacturers including GE, Maytag, Samsung and Whirlpool are now teaming up with the technology giants like Cisco, Microsoft and Sun Microsystems to bring futuristic kitchen appliances into today’s homes. These smart appliances can keep notes, generate recipe ideas, calculate cooking times and heat food at warp speed. Oh – and some of these kitchen appliances can even play movies while you wait.
A lot of the prototypes under development will never see the outside of the lab since studies show that homeowners aren’t quite ready to fork over the big bucks required to bring these smart appliances into their homes. So for now an oven that starts cooking with a telephone call or kitchen appliances that are networked to a laptop computer will not be available to the average consumer.
But don’t worry tech-savvy gourmets, there are some kitchen appliances on the market that integrate high-tech gadgetry that can make your time in the kitchen convenient and fun.
Samsung produces a barcode-reading microwave in partnership with a grocery chain in Europe that estimates and sets the proper cooking time automatically when the frozen item is scanned.
They’ve also developed a wireless-enabled refrigerator that features a removable LCD (liquid crystal display screen) that can be used to leave voice messages, post notes, manage a family calendar and even play TV shows or DVDs.
Tired of having to wash your dishes after they’ve been through the dishwasher? Those days are over now that the latest dishwashers have built-in sensors that can estimate how dirty the dishes are, select the right water softness and cycles for the types of dishes (plastic or china), and dispense the correct amount of detergent to reduce waste.
Wine lovers might like GE’s new intelligent wine vault, a free-standing home appliance with cool features programmed at the factory. With a price tag of over $30,000, the wine vault tracks details such as the name, vineyard and year and generate barcodes for each bottle. All the data is backed up on a GE server through an online connection.
Induction ovens, which have been found in European kitchens for more than 15 years have finally made their way into Canadian homes. Instead of the burners generating the temperature, induction technology creates an electro-magnetic response in iron or stainless steel cooking vessels so the “burner” stays cool to the touch from start to finish. The technology is reported to be 25 to 30 per cent more energy efficient than a standard stovetop – and it’s fast. A large stockpot of water can be brought to a boil in as little as two minutes.… Read More
In the summer of 1980
Once upon a time, a long, long time ago, there was a little town nestled in the Coastal Range Mountains called Alta Lake BC. The town was home to a diverse group of hippies, rednecks, and other assorted characters who collectively called themselves locals. These locals loved to ski and they knew they lived the best ski town in the world.
The town existed only to give the locals a place to eat and sleep when they weren’t skiing. The mountain had been developed specially for them. Every now and then someone from out of town would show up to pay money to ski but they were generally discouraged. These annoying visitors were known to the locals as turkeys. It wasn’t good to be a turkey in Alta Lake BC.
The inhabitants of this little town spent their winters skiing and their summers recovering. There were no grocery stores in town. There were no red lights. There was no police station. There was no bank (there had been but someone stole it). There was no laundromat. Almost nobody had a television. Nobody cared. It was about the skiing and in all likelihood the challenges of living in this town selected only the lunatic fringe that would look past the multitude of inconveniences and focus on the incredible skiing. Whatever the reason the locals were a fairly cohesive if somewhat eccentric group of people
They lived on L’Apres pizza and Peterburgers, wore clothing made by T Shirt Al, went to Cosmic Fred’s movie nights every Sunday evening, and they skied. And skied. They hung out at Peak Corner with Rox , Bino, So and Swilly or in one of the blowbooths with Rabbit and Longbranch Mike and skied some more. They discussed philosophy with Bosco at Chateau Ghetto and watched Peter Helicopter do prairie chickens and then skied some more. Locals could always be recognized by the special sunglasses, Vuarnet #4002H that they all wore almost all the time. Those sunglasses served as a form of identification – they let everyone know the wearer belonged to the tribe.
In Alta Lake BC there used to be a sign at the top of GS (a run off a lift called the Blue Chair) that proclaimed “CAUTION! Fast Skiing Area, Long Skis Only!” This was strictly enforced. Locals liked to ski fast. Skiing Don’t Miss under a full moon was popular with some.
The locals had the entire alpine pretty much to themselves as it took between a half an hour to an hour to hike up Little Whistler and drop into one of the bowls. There was always a crucial chute full of untracked powder to be had. Then there was the incredibly long run down the north side of the mountain that was little more than a vehicle access road to the town’s garbage dump – and in this dump one could buy a piping hot cappuccino or hot chocolate. There was Franz’ run … Read More