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Six things about kitchen gadgets

The Scanomat TopBrewer—coffee, on tap // SuppliedThe Scanomat TopBrewer—coffee, on tap // Supplied

Ditch the taps
A company called COMPAC Digital Surface has designed a sink that doesn’t use traditional taps—because they’re so difficult to turn, right? Instead, an electronic touch keypad is built into your countertop. It looks like it’s going to be on the pricey side, so it’s not likely to come standard in homes any time soon.

Convenience, redefined
BrainWave has created a device that means workaholics and those glued to social media won’t have to get up from their desks to prepare lunch. Its a desktop microwave, and you can even sync it up to you computer so it an tell you when your food will be done.

Preventative measures
It’s still in development, but the Boil Buoy—you can check it out on quirky.com and see all the project updates—is supposedly going to float in a pot of boiling water and ring when it reaches a boil in order to prevent overcooking. The projected price is set at about $8, so it could be an affordable addition to the kitchen.

Fuelling your coffee habit
Single-serve coffee pods were beneficial for convenience, but are undeniably hard on the environment. A company called Scanomat has invented a way to produce coffee on tap with its TopBrewer. All you’ll see on your counter is a curved spout, while the heavy-duty stuff, like a professional-grade grinder, is hidden in the cabinet below. To make a drink, you’ll need to use the accompanying app with an iPad or iPhone, which allows you to choose from a list of items including standard brewed coffee, lattes, machiattos and cappuccinos. If only it didn’t cost $6500.

Artificial intelligence
The Futura Diamond Dishwasher, designed my Miele, is pretty smart. It can automatically sense load sizes, close its door on its own, monitor its performance and contact the company to schedule maintenance thanks to a built in Wi-Fi connection. It’ll set you back about $2500, though.

You still have to do the cooking
Fridges don’t just hold food anymore. Oh, no, the Fridge of the Future suggests what you should cook based on when items are going to expire and can even order you groceries. It’s currently being designed by a company in the UK called Ocado, but its creators are aiming to make it self-cleaning. On top of that, the doors are fitted with HD touchscreen displays, which can show menu suggestions, shopping lists and photos. The screens are also capable of streaming web-based cooking shows. V

 
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