The E-kitchen program is an Industry 2015 initiative aimed at development of a new "kitchen environment" which, besides rethinking ergonomics by establishing the basic rules of good design and innovation in furniture manufacture, also includes several domotics functions representing the "kitchen" of the future, where comfort, efficiency, usability, safety and interaction with the outside world and the new "smart" functions are combined with the stylishness of a “Made in Italy” product (MI).
The main functions of the E-kitchen system
This innovation provides the technological heart of the e-kitchen: domotics. This is aimed at achieving a high level of integration between perception, senses and intelligence, transforming the input signals from the household appliances and technological devices into actions which produce positive effects on the environment and on humans.
In detail, a simple and intuitive interface makes it possible to:
Our partners at Indesit Company, Spese Telecom have ensured that all the machines present in the kitchen can communicate with each other: the e - kitchen system is based on ZigBee wireless technology and, in particular, on the ZigBee Home@Automation 1.2 standard, created by the Energy@home Consortium, of which Indesit Company and Telecom Italia are founding members. A “smart multiple socket” has also been created to simultaneously supply power and connect any device to the e - kitchen system, even ones which do not actually form part of the system itself, such as the kitchen lighting, the environmental sensor network, the water purifying machine, the coffee machine, etc. The “orchestra conductor” connecting the devices is Smart Gateway, a technology developed by Telecom, which is connected to the Internet via a domestic modem.
The possibilities and potential of e-kitchen are endless
E - kitchen is the result of a project funded by the Ministry for Economic Development, which has encouraged - according to a business network logic - cooperation between the household appliance and telecommunications giants. The companies and institutions involved include: Asset, Avents, De' Longhi, Design Innovation, Faber, Indesit Company, Inoxa, MR&D, Renesas, Sabaf, Spes, Telecom and the Cnr - Ifac, Polimi, Unifi, Unipr, Univpm research centres.