8 JANUARY 2024

Home automation kitchens

The term domotics is a neologism that originates from the combination of ‘domus’ (Latin for ‘house’, dwelling) with ‘automatic’ (the set of technologies that allow the autonomous management of particular functions). Home automation is therefore a contemporary discipline that combines different skills with specific applications, aimed at automating domestic functions. Home automation kitchens represent one of the most innovative technological solutions to manage contemporary domestic tasks, especially linked to the multi-functionality of the kitchen environment, which is increasingly becoming the focal point of all activities in the home. Home automation kitchens are capable of supporting the transformation of modern lifestyles thanks to interventions that combine kinematic automation with design. To achieve this, intelligent technological solutions are adopted that are integrated into the elements of the kitchen: mechanics, electronics and hi-tech come together to create human-scale home automation projects.

TM Italia | Dettaglio cucina intelligente con piano di lavoro in acciaio inox

Home automation kitchens: the characteristics

Home automation kitchens allow users to manage a whole range of tasks through different interfaces via appropriate devices connected to a home network or the Internet.

The integrated technologies can be different: proprietary technologies of the various manufacturers of intelligent household appliances, which by connecting to the network can enable various advanced functionalities; automation technologies of architectural elements, such as shutters, lighting or temperature controllers, with which it is possible to manage all the environmental variables; technologies integrated in the furniture, which allow the management of kinematic movements and transformations or integrate advanced functionalities such as recharging or audio diffusion.

All the equipment of the domestic space should then connect with a single home automation interface to manage all the automatic functions of the home. For this, it is important that the technologies are compatible with the most common interfaces, and that the entire home automation project is managed by professionals who can design the systems and the various intelligent functions in an integrated way. However, the various technologies can also co-exist in isolation, each drawing on its own interface, at the expense of simplicity and immediacy of use by the end consumer.

 

 

 

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Internet of things

The presence of appliances connected to the Wi-Fi network can enable advanced functions provided by various manufacturers and can enable remote control through a mobile application or voice assistant. This makes it possible, for example, to switch appliances on and off remotely, programme them to turn on or off, set the temperature of the oven or refrigerator or adjust the power of the extractor hood, monitor energy loads and optimise consumption.

Internet of things, i.e. home devices interconnected via the Internet, enables an advanced approach to kitchen design. Thanks to these smart technologies, compatible devices may also be able to communicate with each other, collect environmental and user data and act based on the information received, optimise maintenance and prevent breakdowns, manage servicing and extend the life cycle of equipment. In addition, some manufacturers allow advanced functionalities that improve the management of routine tasks in domestic life: for example, it is possible to link the refrigerator to the digital shopping list, so that food that is running low is automatically added and food waste is avoided.

 

Due scatti di cucine domotiche

Intelligent systems

Home automation applications were originally developed for the automatic programming of domestic systems, such as the opening and closing of roller shutters, localised control of heating or cooling, and automated control of indoor and outdoor lighting.

By means of a central control system, it is possible to customise pre-configured home scenarios according to individual lifestyles, so that the various rooms in the home automatically configure themselves to offer the highest degree of comfort during the different phases of the day.

Furthermore, the installation of special sensors (such as motion detectors) allows home scenarios to be adapted according to the precise use of the rooms, in addition to the normal periodic programming.

In the kitchen environment, water management systems can also be automated. For example, smart taps can automatically adjust water temperature and flow according to the user’s preferences. Some models can also deliver instant hot water or control the water level in the sink to prevent flooding.

Automated extraction and ventilation systems are another mechanism that can be implemented in kitchens. These systems can automatically detect the presence of fumes, odours or moisture and activate the fume hood or ventilation system to maintain a healthy and odour-free kitchen environment.

 

 

meccanismo scorrevole in domotica

Home automation kitchens

Automatic door and drawer opening and closing systems are one of the automation systems in home automation kitchens. These systems use sensors or electronic controls to open and close doors and drawers without the need to physically touch them, or by simply exerting a light touch to activate the electro-assisted opening, which works through the use of electric motors or hydraulic pistons that provide the force needed to push or pull the drawer automatically.

A button or switch can be used to activate the mechanism and cause the drawer to open or close in a smooth and controlled manner. This also enables safety controls that block openings in the presence of children or strangers, preventing access to the compartments. The electro-assisted opening of drawers can be integrated with other home automation systems or automated mechanisms in the kitchen, such as the combined action of opening and lighting the interiors of drawers, pantries or glass cabinets.

The openings can also be equipped with advanced sensor technology that is activated by sound impulses instead of tactile impulses, so that openings can be made even when both hands are occupied, e.g. when carrying objects during food preparation.

Automated sliding worktops represent an innovative solution to optimise space and improve efficiency in home automation kitchens, capable of transforming themselves according to the changing multifaceted needs of the environment during the various phases of the day. Thus, sliding worktops can be mechanised to reveal or conceal appliances, cover the sink, extract convivial worktops as needed, and generally transform the geometry of cabinets to accommodate integrated functions.

These systems can be controlled in homopresence via electronic controls such as pushbuttons, remotely via a remote control or via an app on a smartphone, which reacts to tactile or vocal impulses. The system can also be connected to home automation systems operated via voice commands. In addition to space optimisation and ease of use, automated sliding tops generate an almost magical amazement in observers, making the space immersive and fascinating.

These mechanisms are made of high-quality materials and can be customised to suit the style and design of the kitchen. This results in a modern, sophisticated kitchen where every detail is carefully considered.

Cucine con domotica

The kinematics can also be applied to other elements, such as pull-out storage compartments, vertically extractable appliances such as hoods, ovens, coffee machines or wine coolers. This makes it possible to alternate between a monolithic aesthetics used during convivial moments (an elegant and always tidy environment) and a fully functional operational set-up (with all equipment in operation at your fingertips).

All these mechanisms can also be applied to stone kitchens thanks to the company’s know-how and the technology used, which is capable of moving even heavy weights with great lightness. The combination of smart technology and precious natural materials represents the utmost level of sophistication, sought after by the most demanding international public.

TM Italia | Schema Petra

Over 15 years of home automation experiments in the kitchen

TM Italia produced the first stone kitchen integrated with home automation elements in 2008.

The Petra kitchen features a travertine island made with a layering of materials that guarantee lightness and solidity. The travertine doors are made with aeronautical technology using aluminium honeycomb to allow lightness and structural solidity, increasing the longevity of the mobile connections.

In just a few seconds, the monolith is transformed into an articulated system equipped with a rotating oven, a television, and a sliding worktop that reveals the sink with pull-out taps and the induction hob. All the drawers are equipped with electro-assisted opening and internal LED lighting. The doors of the Corten metal tall units are electrified and controlled by a remote control.

la cucina ecosostenibile in domotica - Oreadi

Oreadi is an example of sustainable design, where eco-innovation of technical solutions is combined with high aesthetic quality and the search for new, more sustainable lifestyles in the kitchen. In addition to being made of ecological and recyclable materials, the cabinet is equipped with an innovative water reading system, connected under the sink: white water is channelled into a tank that will irrigate the green area and the zeerpot, a terracotta container that allows natural cooling by exploiting the evaporation of the green area; water contaminated with chemical agents such as soaps or detergents, on the other hand, flows into the normal black water drain.

These intelligent applications optimise water consumption and are an excellent example of the responsible application of technology to produce environmental benefits.

Schema della cucina automatizzata FX Carbon

FX Carbon, developed in 2012 represented at the time a futuristic vision of the domestic scenario, under the banner of relationships, multitasking, and smart technology: the Internet of Things has been on TM Italia’s research agenda for over a decade. A concentrate of applied technology that transforms food preparation into a unique experience.

The large console integrates the extraction system with a touch screen, which allows control of every element in the kitchen as well as access to various technological devices. The console allows access to the Internet, e-mail, Bluetooth, TV, game consoles, media centres, remote controls, child safety devices, and home automation control systems for the kitchen and home.

The island is equipped with a pull-out sink with automated control, drawers and deep drawers with electro-assisted opening. The columns entirely suspended from the floor are fitted with electro-assisted opening storage compartments, a backlit vertical pantry with automatic opening and a battery of concealed appliances. The opening systems of the cabinets are electro-pneumatic.

Petra, Oreadi and FX Carbon are just some of the fruits of the research that is carried out daily at TM Italia. These concepts are collected in the LAB collection, which represents a wealth of knowledge and methodological culture that the company transfers vertically to each kitchen project.

Particolari di Cucina con isola e tavolo con domotica, design Avignon

Avignon designed in 2022, is the latest project of TM Italia reflecting the philosophy of TM Italia in combining finely crafted details with an advanced design approach, offering technological integrations and new functional scenarios required from the kitchen space. A concentrate of invisible technology enables different functions through remote controls or voice-controlled home automation interfaces.

The island houses two hidden vertically-extractable units complete with electro-assisted mechanisms: one contains a multimedia monitor that can rotate to face the table or the island; the other is a storage designed to keep an extensive collection of spices and kitchen utensils. The table is fitted with technical equipment that allows differentiated use, becoming, alternatively or simultaneously, a place for gathering and conviviality, work, play and entertainment.

The HomeOffice equipment accommodates a laptop, mouse, keyboard, notebooks, and pens. It also features USB slots and ports. The PlayGround equipment includes space for a game console, tablet, and drawing tools. The Convivio extractable unit holds cocktail accessories, glasses and bottles.