Looking to find out what the technology trends are for 2016, and find out how they can be expanded into the kitchen? GE teamed up with TrendHunters to give us 5 of the top tech trends for the home:
Dual Purpose Prep
Nowadays, appliances have to have more than one purpose. And that’s because the age group that’s coming up as home buyers are some of the most tech-savvy, and have shorter attention spans. Millennials (1982-1994) work on an average of 3 screens (I know I use two), and Gen Z’s (1995-2009) have an average 8-second attention span.
The evolution of the phone and the tablets show how clean designs are more intuitive for users. If a design isn’t intuitive, many would argue that it’s poorly designed.
There is nothing like bringing back classics designs, even if they were before your time. There’s a huge appeal for retro looking technology – but that’s brought into the 21st century.
As information becomes more and more accessible, and consumers are looking for ways to take control of their own health, there’s a surge in the desire to bring back a more DIY approach to health. Whether it’s simply growing fresh herbs in a window sill, or using less chemicals when cleaning.
There’s been a huge focus on the connected home, and how every piece of technology in the home can talk together. From biometric security systems to connecting thermostats and lighting to help reduce energy costs by connecting them to your smartphone.
The GE Cafe with Keurig
This is a first-of-its kind technology, coming out in May. You can free up some counter-space by bringing the Keurig brewing system right into your refrigerator door. This is your fridge doing Dual Purpose Prep.
I absolutely love this. The fridge no longer just dispenses water and ice, but your fresh coffee and hot water (with 4 preprogrammed temperature settings). And the Precise Fill setting, will give you the exact amount of water you need – no guessing or holding down a button.
And to top it all off, GE’s Master Filtration System removes 15 different contaminants, and a minimum 94% of 5 trace pharmaceuticals from the water. So you know you’re getting good clean water.
Having your fridge do more than just keep your food cold is brilliant.