Wednesday, January 18, 2012


With the advent of many electronic appliances, the life has become more easy for the present generation and the old day home making practices are becoming a part of history. Microwave oven, food processor, Refrigerator and freezer, baking gadgets, bread makers, dish washers, washing machines and many others have reduced the time spent in the kitchen by the modern day house wife to a few minutes, leaving lot of leisure time for spending on professional and family matters. New developments in electronic gadgetry as being reported are taking the concept of kitchen management to a much higher level with more controls and reliability. Here is a report on the new appliances being offered by a leading player as unveiled in an international exhibition. 

"LG has differentiated its smart appliances with its advanced and highly complementary technologies. These four core technologies – the Linear Compressor, the Inverter Direct Drive™, the Infrared Grill and the KOMPRESSOR® – enable superior performance. At the same time, Smart ThinQ™ technologies – Smart Manager, Smart Diagnosis™, Smart Access, Smart Adapt and Smart Grid – bring smart savings and enhanced convenience to consumers. Technology enthusiasts will notice that LG's Smart ThinQ™ technologies have evolved considerably since their introduction at CES 2011. For example, LG's smart refrigerators and smart washing machines are now connected to Smart TVs and smartphones, which enables convenient monitoring of the operational status of the two appliances*. 

Though these developments are creating a flutter among the home makers, it may not be quiet affordable to many middle income families due to high price tag, especially during the first couple of years. A pertinent question that is raised often when "labor sparing" technologies become accepted standards is whether moving in this direction is really desirable, especially for a population adopting more and more sedentary life styles, considered responsible for many health disorders among citizens living in industrialized countries. Cooking and serving food to the family is a prerogative enjoyed by the female head of the family and if the thrill of making a good dish is lost because of the increasing role of appliances what could be its repercussions on the society? Will the emotional linkage between husband and wife or between the mother and children forged through food, already weak because of the intrusion of these gadgets, be further weakened? These are questions for which there is no ready answer.


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