SCHOTT solutions no. 2/2014 > Living in the Year 2030

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”It’s all about networking and seeing the bigger picture.” Markus Fromm-Wittenberg, Head of Applications and Cooperation at Gira. Photo: Universal Home

Smart scenarios

Universal Home, a group of leading technology companies, is committed to ensuring a bright future. A design study in which glass-ceramic from SCHOTT is intelligently linked shows what innovative ideas for networked living could materialize by 2030.

Christine Fuhr

The dinner guests are still sitting comfortably at the table, laughing, chatting and playing games. ”Let's cook something,” says the good-humored host holding a tablet in his hand. By now it is obvious in the role play at the 2014 Universal Home Future Congress in Essen, Germany, that this is not an ordinary dinner table. It is also a working surface and the cozy center of the home. Multifunctional, smart and networked. Intuitively controllable via the tablet, the table on which the guests are busy preparing food suddenly becomes an intelligent surface, complete with a cooktop panel and a communication zone, networked components and multiple interfaces that even include home and building controls.

Individual ingredients of the meal are identified by sensors, and recipe ideas from the Internet are presented on the display. As soon as the smart home residents begin cooking, the smart desktop switches off the smoke detector and controls the ventilation system. The table and cookware are one unit, and the cooking utensil 2.0 enables precise temperature control. SCHOTT glass-ceramic offers comprehensive cooking convenience, as the multifunctional cooking table is equipped with induction technology that heats according to the recipe’s requirements. Milk doesn’t boil over any more. The moment the cookware is lifted from the cooktop panel, the cooking area can be used again as a working and usable space.
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The multifunctional cooking table features glass-ceramic from SCHOTT including induction technology and can also be used as a countertop. Photo: Universal Home/D. Gulyas
The futuristic kitchen table in which product worlds grow together is the result of a design study from the cross innovation network Universal Home. The team unites companies such as WMF (cooking expertise, cooking utensils), Gira (software, networking, power distribution), Poggenpohl (kitchens and furniture), Miele (kitchen appliances, ergonomics) and SCHOTT (glass-ceramics). ”We inspire one another through collaboration and creative exchange at Universal Home. We receive important suggestions on how to further develop our CERAN® cooktop panels and the entire cooking system,” explains SCHOTT CERAN® Product Manager Ulrike Bader.

”It’s all about networking and seeing the bigger picture,” says Markus Fromm-Wittenberg, Head of Applications and Cooperation at Gira, at the presentation of the design study. He then adds, ”After all, visions are the present of the future.” Networking and good communication pay off too. According to Allied Market Research, revenue in the area of Smart Homes will increase at an annual rate of approximately 30 percent to $35 billion by 2020. Networked Living calls for skills that cannot be provided by one single company – Universal Home provides a forward-looking solution. <
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