Electrolux Winner "The Snail" Cooks Without a Stove

The-Snail-Peter-Alwin-02 The Snail, a concept for a sleek, portable cooking device that can be stuck to the side of a pot, pan, or even a mug to heat food without the need for a range, is the winner of the 2010 Electrolux Design Lab competition.

Peter Alwin, of the National Institute of Design in India, created the winning design. The announcement was made at the competition's finals in London on September 23.

According to Electrolux, the device is based on magnetic induction processes and powered by a high density sugar crystal battery:

The Snail converts the energy from the sugar, heating up a coil to conduct the magnetic induction process to the utensil. Integrated sensors detect the food type being heated so as to automatically adjust the time and temperature. A simple touch sensitive display with interface helps to monitor the process.

A very brief promotional video shows how it might work in action:



Where can I buy it, and how much?


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