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17 April 2009

Dave. Your coffee is ready. Dave?

“Good morning Kevin” comes a disembodied voice similar to HAL, the self awarded computer from 2001. “You're up early today…did you sleep well?” “Just fine Kitchen” I respond “I have an early morning meeting at the office…so I’m in a hurry”. “Coffee or Cappuccino?” comes the voice…”Coffee please” says I…”Cereal or eggs?” asks the Kitchen. “Just toast this morning” I answer…”CNN or Sponge Bob” as the screen on the refrigerator comes to life…and so my day begins. Science Fiction? No, just a glimpse of things to come.

Fugoo, in partership with Microsoft has developed a new applications platform for the development of a new generation of neo-diginet (digital Internet) devices. These new devices will deliver rich information and content to "anyware" and "everyware" in the home. A myriad of different styles and form factors will be available to personalize your experience from the comfort of your kitchen. This groundbreaking application will allow appliance and kitchen designers to easily create new products that are "smart" as well as internet enabled.

Just imagine for a moment in the not so distant future when your Fugoo enabled home will permit your dishwasher to call you at work to let you know that it has sprang a leak…but not to worry, it has already informed the service company and they will be out between 9 and 12 on Tuesday.

Or maybe you are caught in rush-hour traffic and you will be 30 minutes late…so you call your oven from your cell phone to recalibrate the cooking time on your roast to be ready at 8:30. Even better your oven will be able to connect with the manufacturer to self-diagnose it-self as well as down-load new recipes and cooking instruction

With this new networking application your refrigerator will be able to take inventory of itself and has placed an order for all pre-programmed items to be replenished automatically with an online grocery service. It has also ordered a few additional items that will be needed for tonight’s dinner party. It may even make a few suggestions for wine.Networked appliances will be the next big thing to hit your kitchen…with “Fugoo” technology slowly creeping into all of our home electronics…it will be just a matter of time before the kitchen, once again becomes the central core of family life.
Appliances that think and plan-out menus, re-order and re-stock are already on the assembly lines. The next wave of microwaves will have a scanner to read the package of chili or popcorn and then preset itself for operation.

The family calendar on the refrigerator will update everyone’s calendar, from Mom’s computer at work to sis’s cell phone. It will be able to download and update brother’s ipod with all of his favorites and Dad can check on the solar collectors on the roof as well as the energy consumption for the entire house…he will even be able to turn off lights from his cell. It will keep everyone informed with all of the days events and activities, including soccer practice and dental appointments…It will even remind Grandma to take her pills and Grandpa that he has a 6:30 Tee-Time.

As for the other appliances…as they are connected to the internet…they will received electronic up-grades and they can self diagnose problems and download cures. One day your kitchen will read your personal electro-magnetic field when you enter the kitchen and begin to brew your favorite beverage and up-date your portfolio, all while you wait for your bagel to be toasted.
Eventually the kitchen itself will become one huge, connected appliance that reads your lifestyle patterns, anticipates your needs for food, lighting, entertainment, and cleanup, and performs functions automatically -- all without an explicit human command.Whether this kitchen comes to pass, the modern kitchen will continue to be the heart, if not the hub, of the modern home, an essential element in our daily lives that touches and affects us both physically and emotionally, a place where we seek communion, rejuvenation, and sanctuary. Of all the items we will choose for our home, today’s kitchen will provide us with a unique outlet for creation and self-expression.