Hovercars may not quite have worked out as predictions for the future goes, but if a study by Miele (the appliance company) is correct, dinnertime will be something quite extraordinary.
It has been heralded as a glimpse into what kitchens of the future will look like, and Fresh Home magazine takes us through some forthcoming kitchen design features -- growing our own fish in home aquariums, hologram cookbooks, and sharing 3D printed food.
Yep, it blows our mind too. Take a look at where the kitchen is headed by 2063 - this article originally featured on HuffPost US:
Saturated In Sunlight
External walls and roofs will be made of glass-like materials which will attempt to harness the sunlight - your appliances can then run off this clean, green energy. The renewable energy source will also maximise plant growth, so you'll be able to instantly harvest fresh fruit and veg.
Growing Your Own Produce
With supermarkets already making staff redundant by introducing self-serve machines, will they die out altogether? The Miele survey predicts that we will prefer to grow our own than buying it at Tesco or Sainsbury's. Computer systems within these walls will be able to control the speed at which vegetables grow, meaning that if owners head out of town for a week, they can digitally slow the growth of their plants by controlling their metabolism.
Full Steam Ahead
By 2063, our diets will be lighter and generally more natural, and steaming will be the cooking method of choice. That means kitchens will be equipped with in-counter steamers, or Fresh Home describes, "attractively laid out holes will allow for food to be steamed simply by placing a plate over the steaming perforations." Built-in extractors will then collect the unused steam, transform it to a liquid state and allow for it to be used to water plants or for general water use.
Fresh Fish At Your Fingertips
In the kitchen of the future, edible fish and sea vegetation will be home grown with aquariums built into our kitchen walls.
15 Percent Ice Cream Spoon
The 15 Percent Ice Cream Spoon makes eating ice cream easier. According to the site "the spoon is made of solid aluminum. With a high thermal conductivity of aluminum, the temperature of the hand holding the spoon will slowly melt the ice cream making it easier to scoop it out." <strong>Check out the <a href="http://" target="_hplink">15 Percent Ice Cream Spoon by lemnos</a></strong>
The biggest problem with a toaster is all the counter space it takes up. Well, that's no longer an issue with this toaster that rolls up and stores easily. <strong>Check out the <a href="http://www.yankodesign.com/2010/10/25/toasted-wrap/" target="_hplink">Toasted Wrap at Yanko Design</a></strong>
Divisible -- The Easy To Wash Balloon Whisk
Divisible, the easy to wash balloon whisk, may not seem like such a futuristic kitchen gadget, but if you've ever had the misfortune of having to clean out a sticky whisk, you know how helpful this small innovation can be. <strong>Check out <a href="http://www.red-dot.sg/concept/porfolio/o_e/DA/B013.htm" target="_hplink">the Divisible whisk at red dot</a></strong>
Cutting Board With Scale
Who needs measuring cups when this cutting board exists? You can chop your ingredients and then measure them all on this one board. We can't wait till it comes out! <strong>Check out the <a href="http://www.designboom.com/contest/view.php?contest_pk=11&item_pk=8191&p=1" target="_hplink">cutting board with a scale</a> at Design Boom</strong>
How many of us say we just can't live without our cellphones? And now, with the Qumi, we can't cook without them either. This cooking device can be used for heating, frying and steaming and can only be controlled through your mobile device. <strong>Check out <a href="http://www.yankodesign.com/2010/06/14/the-top-25-entries-of-electrolux-design-lab-2010/" target="_hplink">The Qumi</a> by Ilia Vostrov</strong>
HALO Heating Spoon
You might not think you need a heating spoon, but trust us, you do. This spoon comes in handy when your morning cup of coffee cools to that disagreeable room temperature. And it's also handy for cooking when you don't want to use the stove top for a small task -- especially if you don't have a microwave. <strong>Check out the <a href="http://www.yankodesign.com/2011/10/11/an-angel-in-the-morning/" target="_hplink">HALO Heating Spoon at Yanko Design</a></strong>
You won't have to worry about not knowing when your milk is going to spoil. The milkmaid sends an alert to your iPad letting you know when it's time to get a new carton. <strong>Check out <a href="http://www.quirky.com/products/327-The-Milkmaid-smart-milk-jug" target="_hplink">the Milkmaid</a> at Quirky</strong>
902 Mobile Induction Heat Plate
This mobile induction plate is easy to take with you wherever you go, making cooking anywhere a real possibility. It's also a great solution for small apartment living (in those spaces that are so small they don't have a kitchen). The best part is that you control the heat level and time with your cellphone. <strong>Check out the <a href="http://www.id-mag.com/gallery/902-Mobile-Induction-Hot-Plate/1566857" target="_hplink">902 Mobile Induction Heat Plate</a> by Electrolux</strong>
No need to waste your time or energy stirring that pot of soup, this little gadget can do it for you. <strong>Check out the <a href="http://www.electroluxdesignlab.com/?s=cooking" target="_hplink">Easy Stir</a> at Electrolux</strong>
The Portable Toaster
You will never have to be without toast again with this portable toaster. <strong>Check out <a href="http://www.designlaunches.com/gadgets/a_crisp_cut_with_the_portable_toaster.php" target="_hplink">The Portable Toaster</a> at Design Launches</strong>
Cruet Salt & Pepper
You've never seen salt and pepper shakers like these. Not only do they dispense salt and pepper, but they also play music (streaming from your cellphone). And, their round shape means you can roll them across they table when diners need them. <strong>Check out the<a href="http://www.electroluxdesignlab.com/?s=cooking" target="_hplink"> Cruet Salt & Pepper </a>by Electrolux</strong>
Taylor Digital Measuring Cup And Scale
This measuring cup gives you traditional measurements and also offers a digital reading of your measurements, making it easier to ensure accuracy. One thing we love about this gadget, which is on the market already, is that it calculates conversions for you. <strong>Get the<a href="http://www.amazon.com/Taylor-Digital-Measuring-Cup-Scale/dp/B002E1AVTI&tag=aolfood-20" target="_hplink"> Taylor Digital Measuring Cup and Scale</a> at Amazon, $12.18</strong>