Remember the cartoon shows of the 1950s and 1960s like ‘Richie Rich’ or ‘The Jetsons’? Didn’t we as kids then fantasize about the utopian world those characters lived in or wonder about the ease with which machines did tasks for them? Remember how convenient and hassle-free their life was portrayed as? Voice control and sensors seemed like concepts only fit for the cartoons. But now, here we are, belonging to an era of digitalization and automation – where all that which seemed so farfetched a couple of years ago could be made or brought into the reality. Everything is indeed possible just at the click of a button or is an application away.
Automation or autonomous work stations have conquered every volume of space people occupy today and it all begins at a domestic level – the homes. Home automation comes as a great advantage because it helps one to do all sorts of tasks and save a lot of time and energy. However, the kitchen in the house is a place where one can find the optimum use of automation. With the myriad of functions that occur all at once here, the kitchen has the maximum potential to utilize the boons of mechanization. Long gone will be days when one would have to tire his/her mind thinking about the tasks to be managed both at home and the office. The transference of home and kitchen appliances have enabled effectiveness and productivity. Hence, the benefits of these smart devices are manifold.
Grocery shopping no longer has to be a test of one’s memory skills and ignorance as an app can let you peek into your fridge to check the contents while you are out shopping. The cost of hiring a dietician can be cut as a smart fridge can now map out weekly diet plans required by each family member. Autonomous vacuum cleaners can do a quick sweep of the house floors before one gets home. Cooking and preheating of food could be carried out sitting elsewhere using smartphone application enabled microwaves and ovens. Variable volume ventilation systems can track the cooking load and accordingly vary the exhaust and ventilation supply required. These also come with carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide and methane detectors and thus, help in alarming and controlling the volumes of these gases within the house premises. These are appliances and resources that actually exist in the world today and much more could be brought into existence even if one lets his imagination run wild.
The kitchen is also a space which is the one of most susceptible to fire. But kitchen fires could be a thing of the past with the advent of advanced fire security automation devices. With the availability of appliances like fire ready hoods and ventilation systems, not only does one get alarmed about a fire outbreak in the kitchen, but the machine itself de-energizes the appliances and engages auxiliary building alarms. Some are even equipped with extinguishing chemicals which are released if the fire does not get controlled in time. SThe threat and risk factors inside a kitchen are reduced. The installation of such features enables these products to be friendly to a wide variety of user groups. Regulation of energy consumption and convenience of processes help in saving one from paying exorbitant electricity and water bills. Now cooking and washing no longer have to be arduous manual tasks, but rather activities involving considerations in innovation, versatility and health.
Like Louis I. Kahn once rightly said, “Even a brick wants to be something.” Therefore, the beauty of a designer or an architect lies in exploring the possibilities that he can incorporate into his spaces. Constant efforts must be made to break away from the stereotypical and conventional design practices with every passing day. Automation is the future and the key to the same lies in recognizing the potential hooks where these can be carried out with utmost efficiency.
A young, talented architect with Gold Medalist from GGIU. Though an architect, she wanted to create a niche for herself not only as a designer but also as an architecture journalist who can enlighten young minds and aspiring architects on how to be proficient designers. She would like to help people explore the myriad of other fields present within the architecture profession and ways to figure out their passion through journalism. Along with working on architectural projects, she manages her own blog which goes by the name "The Amateur Architect"