Home of the future: moveable cook tops, a door that knows you

Network World | Feb 18, 2015

At an open house in Tokyo, Mitsubishi introduced a concept home with a door that automatically unlocks when its camera recognizes a family member.

Mitsubishi Electric is showing off its latest vision for the smart home of the future. At an open house in Tokyo, the Japanese manufacturer introduced a concept home with a door that automatically unlocks when its camera recognizes a family member.

Health information can be collected by sensors in the door handle or smart bands worn by users. The data is then displayed in the entrance, showing how each family member is feeling along with his or her daily schedule.

In the mockup of a smart kitchen, overhead projectors display information about ingredients and recipes on the fridge door and cooking surfaces. The system would track what ingredients are on hand and automatically suggest a menu for dinner based on what it knows about the family’s health.

The cooking area features induction heating elements that slide as well as a wireless power system that can provide electricity to appliances such as mixers, a rice cooker and a lettuce planter.

Mitsubishi also showed off a mobile security camera concept. The idea is to take 3-meter-tall camera masts and set them up in a temporary network for events like marathons or outdoor concerts.

The masts are light enough to be carried by two people and use multi-hop networking technology to transmit data.

The company hopes to commercialize the mobile cameras in the next few years, in time for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

Mitsubishi is also exploring 3D mapping. By attaching a 3D sensor from Asus to a tablet, indoor areas can be mapped and measured quickly. The data can then be used to reconstruct accurate 3D models.