The future is wireless. The smart home has been the dream of tech manufacturers over recent years. But one of the worries related to increasing technology is the power and connectivity needed to keep all of these devices running. In addition to this, there will be a huge number of wires needed to power all of these devices, won’t there? Well, as you read through this article, you will see that the need for wires might be obsolete in the next few years.
One of the areas of the home where we have many devices, all plugged into the wall, is the kitchen. As we look for more and more gadgets to make life easier, we inevitably choose electronic. Whether it’s boiling water, chopping food or cooking that chopped food, we look to electric as a means of powering our kitchen activity. Take a quick look around your kitchen now and add up all the items that work by either being plugged into the wall or are cable-free only because they have been plugged to the wall at some stage in the past. The future is changing…
The Kitchen As Part Of The Home
In the past, we tended to look at parts of the home in isolation. The bedroom was where we slept, the living room was where we socialized, and the kitchen was where we prepared food. Modern kitchens are no longer separate silos for the production of food. Interior design trends have meant that the kitchen is now seen as an extension of the living room. But even in more traditional kitchens, those in older homes, the trend has been to serve ourselves with plethora of digital devices.
The Digital Kitchen
The kitchen isn’t usually a room that has masses of space to play with. And this leads to clever design. The likes of IKEA have made billions on the back of thinking cleverly about the way a kitchen is set up. Rather than aesthetics, the kitchen is designed for practicality. Even with the addition of soft color palettes, stylish soft furnishings and tiles of multiple color, the kitchen still has its base in the practicality of making food. So, you see, kitchen appliances are often stored in cupboards, out of the sight of the household and visitors. Keeping the kitchen decluttered and safe has been the way of the world for many years now.
One of the main reasons behind this is the specificity of each kitchen device. For example, you don’t need a juicer to make a cup of coffee. The trailing wires on most devices mean they leave the kitchen looking cluttered as well as make a health and safety risk day after day.
So, like other applications such as mobile phones, wireless charging in the kitchen is seen as the way forward. Let’s take a look in more detail at what this might entail.
What Is Wireless Charging In The Kitchen?
Great question. As wireless technology becomes more widespread, developers are looking at all the applications where this can be used. As inductive wireless charging tech sits in around the 15W mark at the moment in terms of power, this is perfect for a wide range of kitchen devices. Indeed, 'Ki Cordless Kitchen Standard' is fast becoming a reality. The Ki-standard is under development with the aim of transmitting wireless power up to 2,200 watts.
Safety is at the core of wireless tech in the kitchen. There are two angles here –
- Trailing wires causing a trip hazard
- The charge element meaning an exposed part of the device
As we cook, water, food and other liquids are present. This means they can get inside the charging point and possibly cause a short. This is dangerous for all involved. One of the huge benefits of wireless charging is these appliances will be completely sealed to be waterproof, food-proof and other-liquid-proof too. Accidents happen in the kitchen. Reducing the number of opportunities for these accidents to happen is a massive step forward in household safety.
The easiest solution is installing a wireless charging surface in the kitchen, which can be used to restore power to depleted devices as well as being the point of the home where tablets, smartphones and smartwatches are charged at the same time. We spoke earlier about the kitchen being an extension of the living room. It goes without saying that you want the same access to power in the kitchen as you would in the living room.
Inductive tech uses coils in the charger and the device to transfer energy from one to the other, meaning that you can charge devices without them being plugged into the wall. Don’t forget, though, that the charging device will itself be plugged into the wall.
In addition, these wireless charging surfaces deliver a safe supply of power to all devices placed there. Rather than search for a plug (there never seem to be enough) and then have a trailing cable, wireless tech provides power without these risks.Now this has massive benefits for the home kitchen and the hospitality industry too. In addition, the charge for these devices is delivered while you work, ensuring that the device is ready to use as soon as you pick it up. Developing this kind of technology needs a collaboration between wireless charging companies and kitchen appliance manufacturers. But, as the technology gets adopted by home and hospitality users, the result will be kit that is affordable, reliable and practical. And we all want practicality in the kitchen. It’s part of the ever-increasing convenience of life.