Millo, which is best known for its wireless upside down blender (and winner of the Startup Innovation Award at our Smart Kitchen Summit last year), showed off a new product category for the company at CES last week. It’s a kitchen table that sports wireless power for appliances as well as an induction heating surface.
The company posted a video on LinkedIn demoing how the table works:
Granted, this is a controlled demo, but it looks really cool. At first, it’s just a regular table, albeit a very sleek and modern one. Wave your hand over it and areas of the table light up to act as either a cooking surface or a wireless power generator. Run your finger over another set of controls to increase the heat or amount of power. In the demo they blend up and cook a crepe all on the same surface, no wires or plugs (though we wonder how many crepes the Millo person had to eat over the course of the week).
That Millo introduced this smart table at CES isn’t a surprise. The company had teased it in advance of the show. Millo didn’t offer up many details other than that it’s powered by Millo’s Magnetic Air Drive (MAD) technology.
While the Millo demo certainly looks cool, we’ll have to see how many appliance makers choose to adopt the technology. The Wireless Power Consortium has been working on wireless power in the kitchen for years. It’s behind the already adopted Qi mobile wireless power standard, has a ton of industry partners, and in 2019 announced its Ki wireless power standard for the kitchen.
Still. It’s nice to see a scrappy blender startup aim big and try to, uhh, mix things up.