Usage Example One: Groceries are delivered to the
automated food preparation station, are separated if necessary and sent to the freezer/refrigerator or pantry/cupboard areas.
Usage Example Two: New Dishes, Pots, Pan, and
utensil are cleaned, dried and delivered to the pantry/cupboard area.
Usage Example Three: Cold food such as fresh fruits
and even fresh ice cream is prepared and sent back to the freezer/refrigerator for temporary storage. More temperature gradations will be available than
today in both cooling and warming areas for different food needs. Food is moved back to the automated food preparation area for final delivery just before
Usage Example Four: Food is moved from both the
pantry/cupboard and freezer/refrigerator to the automated food preparation station, unpacked, prepared for cooking, and then sent to the cooking station where
it is cooked. Refuse from unpacking, slicing and dicing is put into appropriate refuse/recycle/sewage areas just below the automated food preparation area.
After cooking, food is sent to the warming area just below cooking. Food is moved back to the automated food preparation area for delivery just before
consumption. Final food presentation can be tuned at this time.
Usage Example Five: The automated food preparation
area is used both for final food delivery as well and a retrieval area for dirty dishes and unfinished portions. Both water pressure and heated air are used in
this area to clean dishes, which are then automatically returned to the cupboard/pantry area for storage.
Usage Example Six: Packaging is automatically
removed and sorted into trash and recyclables. Separate recycling bins are available for paper, metal, and plastic containers. Preparation of produce produces
bio-refuse which can be stored for reuse as fertilizer. Water pressure takes other bio-refuse into the sewage system.
Usage Example Seven: Dishes, Pots, Pan, utensil,
and storage containers are delivered from and returned to the cupboard/pantry area for usage in the automated food preparation area.
Usage Example Eight: Mobile phones, web and
computer based applications, microphones, and phones, can be used both in written and auditory form to communicate desired food, quantity and timing.
Interfaces include menu options based upon food stores, dietary constraints, dietary preferences, nutrition needs, variety, weather conditions, holidays and
Usage Example Nine: The system monitors food store
levels, food spoilage/expiration, dish breakage and other issues. Providing notifications such as grocery lists when appropriate.
Usage Example Ten: The automated food preparation
area can store left overs in containers retrieved from the cupboard/pantry and then send the load over to the freezer/refrigerator.
Usage Example Eleven: Owners of automated food
preparation systems can provide low-level catering services. There are many web-based services that now offer rental of personal vehicles and homes on short
term bases. Similar web-based services can be created for personal catering and pooling of catering. As software is used to maintain cleanliness and
quality of food in these systems, safety and quality can be assured and authenticated.
Usage Example Twelve: The kitchen preparation area
will require less floor space for counters and cabinets as storage will be optimized around automated retrieval as opposed to immediate and regular human
access. Social and eating areas will be expanded. More in home entertainment will occur, due to the massive reduction of effort required for preparation.
Larger in-home social gatherings will occur through web-based sharing of resource such as coop catering.
Winners: Mechanisms and software manufacturers, as
more of both components will be in use. Repair services, as more complex elements will be in the home. Automated cabinet, refrigerator, food preparation, and
oven manufactures. The general public will win significant amounts of time, money, and space in the long term. Kitchen re-designers will be busy remaking the
world’s food spaces.
Losers: Old style
cabinets/counters, dishwashers, stoves/ovens, and refrigerator manufactures will be left in the dust. Dish and food implement manufacturers that do not adapt
to the new paradigm will become like the buggy whip manufacturers of old and go out of business. Fast food as well as many other restaurants will become less
needed. They will start disappearing, just as many other types of store fronts have started to be replaced by web-based enterprises. Only social and
entertainment based restaurants will remain and actually thrive as more leisure time becomes available for the larger community. Even food manufactures will
feel a major squeeze, as home automated food processing starts migrating to preparation from fresh produce.