I am helping a friend with her move into a smaller apartment. They will be renovating the kitchen, so I have been looking at various cabinetry, tiles etc. There is this new line of drawers with little servo-motors inside, so that they open fully when triggered by a slight bump, and close as well, like the CD drawer on a DVD player. I can't find the site at the moment; I've just seen ads in print mags and my friend's sister-in-law or someone has them. Does anyone know about these? It sounds like a pointless waste of money to me, but maybe I underestimate the wonderfulness of opening drawers with a mere hip-bump while my hands are covered with raw pork. But then, how am I going to get anything out of the drawer without getting raw pork on the inside stuff? Along the same lines, I am dubious about induction hobs. I've never used them, though, and maybe I just have a misdirected animus more rightly turned against electric stovetops, which are the worst thing ever. So, what say you, readers? Have anyone used an induction hob? How is the temperature control? I hate electric burners because they are so unresponsive compared with gas.
One thing that's interesting about SE Asian homes is that they usually have two kitchens, a "wet" and a "dry". The wet kitchen (usually just a veranda-like area outside the dry kitchen) is for cleaning fish, meat and vegetables, grilling, and frying things on the giant wok burner. We hoped to include this feature in her kitchen by dividing the dry kitchen from the laundry/oven area and back bathroom with glass and glass doors. Unfortunately she's prohibited by condo rules from hanging the laundry out the window (usually Singaporeans hang laundry on bamboo poles, which fit into built-in holders outside the back windows.) Since there will be laundry hanging on racks in that area it can't also be the place where the wok-cooking goes on. Oh, well, the principle is sound and seems like it might have further application in apartment living in the tropics.