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InducTable Serves Up a Meal, Charges Gadgets

From Switzerland comes the InducTable, a tablet concept that's in the running for the 2010 James Dyson award. The InducTable is a steel table equipped with an array of multi-purpose inductive coils, embedded directly beneath the "thermochromic glass-ceramic".

Aside from actually cooking food, the inductive coil array also charges gadgets and even compatible rechargeable batteries placed on the tabletop. Last but not least, the coils also allow the user to actually move objects around via remote controls. It won't go as far as set the table all by itself, but this potentially allows homeowners to make sure everything is neatly aligned. Just be careful not to cook your arms while eating.

InducTable Project Details (German)