Crazy Steampunk Philips Concept Kitchen is Powered by Poop Gas (Slideshow)
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The European kitchen and appliance designers, like Philips and Electrolux, often try to woo their customers with wild experimentation. At Philips, they are called "Design Probes" -- a research initiative that tracks trends and developments that may turn into real businesses.
Usually they are shiny and plastic; this year Philips designers Clive van Heerden and Jack Mama have created something completely different. They call it the Microbial Home, which sounds more like an antiseptic than a kitchen with such an interesting collection of design ideas, including bees, bioluminescent bacteria fed with poop gas, and a methane digester.