LAS VEGAS — Here at the Consumer Electronic Show, there have been a lot of phablets and TVs and phones and the usual upgrades. And, you know, Snooki. But from a slightly less dorky version of the Segway to an electronic fireplace, a few new products have been out of the ordinary enough to catch our eye on the floor.
The home appliance company got pretty high-tech this week: In addition to a fridge that played Adel, Whirlpool offered this concept of a "fireplace" that's more like a Benihana for your kitchen. The table-top device has a hot plate in the center, with a touchable outer rim that lights up on demand. Twist your beverage clockwise and the table gently warms it from below; twist your glass the other way and it cools down. Above is a fume hood with cameras that can read the hand gestures of people sitting around the table. Yes, the Whirlpool Fireplace is only a concept right now with red lights standing in for actual heat, but who could resist a glowing ovular table — part Swiss fondue night, part California fire pit — right there in your home? Here's a quick video demo:
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