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Digital Cooking Tables

The New Concept Table from IKEA Will Suggest Recipes Based on Leftovers

— May 27, 2015 — Art & Design
A team of students at Lund University and the Eindhoven University of Technology have designed a concept table for IKEA that has the ability to suggest recipes based on the ingredients placed on its digital surface. Collaborating with the design firm 'IDEO,' the students developed an all-in-one-kitchen table to promote home cooking and to try and reduce the amount of household food waste.

The digital table features a built-in camera and image recognition technology that allows it to identify any ingredient placed on its surface. The smart table will then suggest other complementary ingredients and bring forth a full recipe by digitally projecting the instructions on the tabletop.

The table also features magnetic coils built into the surface of the table so that it can be used as an induction hub for cooking. The many different capabilities built directly into the IKEA concept table make it a multifunctional surface that is built for everything from preparing food to cooking and dining.
Trend Themes
1. Smart Surfaces - Opportunity for the development of surfaces with built-in cameras and image recognition technology to enhance functionality and provide personalized suggestions.
2. Food Waste Reduction - Potential for innovative solutions that help consumers reduce food waste through technology-driven suggestions and recipes.
3. Multifunctional Furniture - Emerging market for furniture that integrates various functionalities, such as cooking, dining, and entertainment, into a single design.
Industry Implications
1. Smart Home Technology - Smart home tech companies can explore incorporating image recognition technology into surfaces and furniture to create more interactive and personalized experiences.
2. Food and Beverage - Food and beverage companies can collaborate with technology firms to develop platforms and products that reduce food waste and provide customized recipes based on available ingredients.
3. Furniture and Interior Design - Furniture manufacturers and interior design companies can explore the market for multifunctional furniture that caters to the evolving needs and lifestyles of consumers.
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