Induction cooking is becoming "all the range"

Chefs have enjoyed induction appliances for years, but now the technology is showing up in homes with increased frequency. Dacor's recently introduced Renaissance 30-inch Induction Range is the first induction model for the brand and it offers four different trim styles and a bunch of neat features. That's a professional-grade range in your kitchen -- for $6,090. And, if you like what you see, it's available for purchase now at Dacor showrooms nationwide.

But first, the basics Price: $6,090 (for all four trims)

Dimensions (WxHxD): 29 15/16x35-37x23 3/8 inches

Electrical requirements: 240V, 50A… Read more

New Dacor induction cooktops look smart, cook smart

A funny thing happened on the way to home automation: dumb appliances got smarter. Now that's not to say everything has up and sprouted a brain, for some of the most useful pieces of kitchen gear are best left dumb, such as the tried and true kitchen knife. (Then again, having password or fingerprint protected cutlery might come in handy...) In any event, a progression has occurred, and one of the more interesting advances of recent years actually has been around for decades.

Induction cooking is nothing new; induction cooking with style, efficiency, and smarts is relatively new. And … Read more

Nexus 7 teardown for 2013: Wireless charging, easy repairs

iFixit said the the 2013 Nexus 7 is pretty easy to repair. And inside it found a rarity in tablets: an inductive charging coil.

The new 7-inch Google tablet received a "Repairability Score" of 7 out of 10 (10 being the easiest to repair), according to iFixit's teardown.

"The rear case is very easy to open, and requires minimal prying effort with a plastic opening tool to remove," the repair site said. Be careful though. "But we cracked it, even though we were quite careful during the opening procedure." … Read more

LED desk lamp wirelessly charges smartphones

One of the fascinating things about living in this era is observing how everyday products can become far more useful with a little infusion of technology.

Konica Minolta today debuted a desk lamp with an ace up its sleeve: it features a built-in induction charging pad for devices that support the Qi wireless charging standard (such as the Nokia Lumia 920 and many other products). It appears to be the first of its kind. … Read more

Kenwood Cooking Chef now available in the U.S.

Way back in October 2009, I wrote about the Kenwood Cooking Chef. The device has finally made it to the U.S. What sort of gadget is this machine that has taken so long to grace our shores? Well, the answer appears to be more of what it isn't as opposed to what it is.

Combining a stand mixer with an induction plate, the multitasking appliance carves out a new niche on the countertop. By allowing chefs to cook directly in the work bowl, the Kenwood Cooking Chef offers a new way to operate in the kitchen.

The highly … Read more

Magnetyze brings conductive charging to iPhone 4/4S

One of the features I was secretly hoping to see in the iPhone 5: induction-powered battery charging.

This already exists in the form of third-party products like the Powermat and Energizer Qi. Alas, Apple missed a chance to wow the world, catch up with smartphones like the Lumia 820 and 920, and perhaps distract from the massive disappointment that is the Lightning connector.

Fortunately, if you own an iPhone 4 or 4S, you still have options for cutting the charging cord. One of the latest: BuQu Tech's Magnetyze, a complete inductive conductive-charging kit priced at $69.99. Update: According … Read more

Apple wins patent for inductive charging docking station

Apple has won a patent for a technology that could help iOS device owners more easily charge their phones and tablets.

Granted to Apple yesterday, Patent No. 8,207,906 is known simply as "Antenna insert" and would outfit a docking station with inductive charging circuits and a reradiating antenna.

The charging circuits would let users place their device on a docking station or other platform where it could be charged wirelessly.

As the patent states: "Devices currently require a physical connection to either a docking station, cable, or other device for battery charging and data transfer. … Read more

Qualcomm Halo charges your car without cables, or even stopping

Qualcomm is working on the second generation of the Halo inductive charging system for electric cars that it acquired last year from HaloIPT.

Like inductive charging systems being worked on at Mercedes-Benz and Nissan, the Halo uses an inductive emitter installed in, or on, the street, and a receiver on the bottom of the car. The new second version uses a smaller car-mounted charging plate, only 14 by 8.5 inches (and one inch thick).

Unlike the inductive "paddle" chargers in the GM EV-1, the Halo system works over a fairly large air gap, up to two feet. … Read more

Thermador opens up the induction cooktop

Cooking is interactive and requires a certain degree of flexibility.

Things don't always go as planned in the kitchen and even when they do, the necessity to be able to hop from one thing to the next is something that is as natural as stirring the sauce while keeping one eye on the meat.

Dealing with variables is a fact of life in the kitchen and the Thermador Freedom Induction Cooktop can accommodate. The new cooktop for home kitchens is designed to allow cookware of any size to be placed anywhere on its surface.

A series of 48 individual … Read more

No strings attached: Inductive coil charges Benz EV

Instead of plugging a cable into an electric vehicle, drivers may some day just need to park it on the right spot.

Daimler yesterday disclosed it is working on a wireless charging system for electric vehicles that uses inductive charging. Nissan is also working on an inductive charging pad, which is expected to be made available with future versions of the Leaf.

In its tests, Daimler is using a modified Mercedes-Benz A-Class E-Cell, which includes a large coil under the car chassis. The car needs to be positioned above another coil placed on, or built into, the pavement. As … Read more