You’ve probably heard of a “washer-dryer” combination, an existing one-stop-shop appliance for cleaning clothes. What if we extended this philosophy to other categories of home appliances?
Sometimes, a frozen food requires a lengthy defrosting period. So if you want to eat that item, you must laboriously:
- Remove the item from the freezer
- Place the item either into the fridge compartment or on the counter
- Then, eventually move that item to the microwave
However, we can reduce these unnecessary steps to a single step with the following combination appliance: the “fridge-ro-wave” or “microwave-fridge,” as illustrated in Figure 1.
Fig. 1: This futuristic fridge can automatically move food items to areas of different temperatures on a pre-determined defrosting schedule. It can even automatically start the microwaving at a certain time!
By allowing the fridge-microwave to operate on a pre-determined schedule, this appliance could also help you avoid over-eating; perhaps it could be upgraded to a laboratory-grade fridge that chills ALL your food down to a brisk -80°. Then, you would be unable to casually snack without waiting for the fridge to heat something up according to its schedule.
PROS: You can come home to a perfectly defrosted Thanksgiving turkey every single work day!
CONS: None! The perfect accessory for the modern home.