Every year, Electrolux's Design Lab competition throws up some amazing inventions, but sadly, most never make it further than the designer's CAD program. This year's winner is a nifty portable magnetic induction heater for heating up pots, pans and mugs.
It could save money in the home by cutting down on electricity or gas when firing up the ol' stove, and it could have nice repercussions for the environment too. Working just like a magnetic induction stove, only smaller, it can be placed on the side of something like a pot or pan to heat up the contents. Sensors would be able to recognise what type of food is being cooked, adjusting the temperature and time accordingly.
The Snail has netted designer Peter Alwin (from the National Institute of Design in India) a prize of €5000 ($7000) and a paid six-month internship at Electrolux's design centre. [Electrolux Design Lab]