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This is my concept for the Electrolux Design Lab 2011, the Onda Portable Microwave.
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Since introduced in 1955, the microwave has transformed from a refrigerator-sized experimentation to an efficient and popular appliance permanently integrated into most kitchens. What is the next step in the evolution of the microwave?
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The Onda is a lightweight and portable microwave that works in conjunction with compatible food containers, offering the convenience we've come to rely upon and mobility to accommodate our active lifestyles. When attached, this small device transmits microwaves into the food container, which doubles as the cooking chamber where the food is warmed.
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The Onda can be used with either prepackaged meals or additional food and liquid storage containers available for any home-cooked item you desire to reheat. These options, along with the recyclability of the aluminum-lined containers, make it a versatile, eco-friendly food preparation system.
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The Onda's potential benefits make it a significant tool for use at home, in the office, at school, or outdoors. The Onda can also be adapted for use in remote outdoor areas for military personnel or victims of natural disasters as well.
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I referenced a number of subjects that exhibit Scandinavian design values, such as modern architecture, expanding urban environments, portability, mobility, and current Electrolux products.
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The Onda is simple to use. The action of sliding it onto the food package seals the two components together, opening a window for the microwaves to pass through once the cooking options have been programmed.
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The Onda quickly and safely warms the food contents, by containing all microwaves inside of the food package. After the cooking cycle ends, simply disengage the components and the meal is ready to serve.
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Paper batteries power the Onda, which are sheets "painted" with conductive ink, creating a rechargeable storage device. They do not contain harmful chemicals of cell batteries, so they are biodegradable, and by not requiring a metal case to contain the ink substance, they are as lightweight and flexible as paper. They are extremely efficient and durable throughout their recharge cycles, and the ideal option for powering small portable devices such as the Onda.
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The Onda Portable Microwave is a smart step in the evolution of a highly useful and popular product. Rather than restricting us to the confines of the kitchen, it offers convenience and versatility in a package that is no longer just a "home" appliance, but a complete cooking system.
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Electrolux Design Lab 2011
Matthew Schwartz
Industrial Designer Long Beach, CA