The impact of such technology on the kitchen and bath market could be huge, as product-to-product communication creates a "smart network" that can simplify home functions like never before. For instance, a frozen dinner could transmit cooking instructions to a "reader" placed inside the microwave, telling the microwave how it should be cooked. A bottle of wine could electronically "see" what's in the refrigerator and communicate what food it works with best.
In the bathroom, drugs in a medicine cabinet could "talk" to each other and let the owner know if there's a combination that could cause a dangerous interaction.
In a home office, filing cabinets could sense with tagged documents are kept in which drawer, with this information communicated to the main computer so the user could always find essential files at a keystroke.
And this is just the beginning.
But, while this new technology is not just on the horizon much of it already exists widespread consumer use will take some time perhaps a decade or more. To stay on top of the trends, kitchen and bath designers need to prepare now. KBDN