Swedish kitchen appliance and vacuum heavyweight Electrolux’s annual design competition, Electrolux Design Lab, produces some of the weirdest and wildest design concepts out there. This year — the fifth annual installment — was no different.
Your ideas will shape how people prepare and store food, wash clothes, and do dishes in the homes of 2050 when 74% of the world’s population are predicted to live in an urban environment. Growing populations living in concentrated areas dictate a need for greater space efficiency. This year, special consideration will be given to designers that submit a design within the context of a range or suite of solutions/appliances. Your design ideas should address key consumer requirements; being green, adaptive to time and space, and allowing for individualization.
The Snail is a portable heating and cooking device based on magnetic induction processes. Such is the size and versatility of the Snail, it can be stuck directly on to a pot, a pan, a mug etc. to heat the contents. Thisreduces the amount of space required for conventional cooking whilst adding portability to the process. Powered by a high density sugar crystal
battery, the Snail converts the energy from the sugar, heating up a coil to conduct the magnetic induction process to the utensil. Integrated sensors detect the food type being heated; automatically adjusting the time and temperature. A simple touch sensitive display with interface helps to monitor the process.