Now I can finally play stovetop Tetris!

CES (The Consumer Electronics Show) is going on right now, and there’s some pretty cool stuff coming out of it. Tablets, 3D TVs, cell phones that last 15 years on a single AA battery, etc. Out of all that I’ve seen so far, the thing that has perhaps most captivated my attention is this kitchen gadget. I have no experience whatsoever in induction cooking, but it looks like the future and I’m excited. By way of explanation of the picture above, this cooktop doesn’t have burners per se, but rather senses where your pots are using magic, or maybe magnetism. It’s a toss-up. Now that it knows where your cookery is, it heats up the pan itself with more magic (could be magnets here too), rather than the cooking surface like in conventional gas or electric ranges. This wastes less energy than electric or gas because it doesn’t heat up the air around the pan.

Induction cooktops are nothing new. In fact, they’ve been around since the early 1900s (thanks Wikipedia!), but they’re definitely seen as a high-end kitchen appliance, if only because they’re generally pretty expensive. Maybe also because they use magic. Regardless, the Thermador Freedom cooktop is definitely for high-end kitchens, since it’s going to cost $5,000 when it comes out in July of this year. Engadget has a lot more pictures of the thing in their gallery.

via Engadget: Thermador Freedom full-surface inductive cooktop oven mitts-on.

Image via Engadget

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