From Finalist To First: The Snail Wins 2010 Electrolux Design Competition
Sugar may not be good for you, but it sure is expected to be very good for cooking just about everything automatically and quickly. That was the idea behind Peter Alwin's awesome design of the Snail, the 2010 winner of the Electrolux Design Lab Award.
The Snail, named so because it attaches (affixes itself) to a pot or pan or even cup of a food or liquid you want to heat, uses sugar for energy. The high density sugar crystal battery uses magnetic induction to convert energy from the sugar to heat the coil, which transfers the heat to the pot, pan, or cup. The Snail is able to sense what time and temperature are needed to cook or heat the ingredients of the utensil.
The point of the Snail is to help make our future lives more efficient, more environmental, and easier on our lives in 2050, when life and living is expected to be more hectic and more crowded than life today. While the Snail does its cooking and heating automatically, for those who are more obsessive, it also comes with manual controls if you prefer to watch it cook.
Mr. Alwin, a student at the National Institute of Design in India, wins €5000 and a six month internship at the Electrolux Design Lab. You can learn about the other seven finalist designs in the Electrolux Design Lab Competition here.