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The Samsung Induction Range Projects Virtual LED Flames

10.30.14 | By
The Samsung Induction Range Projects Virtual LED Flames

Induction cooking – an electromagnetic technology which heats faster, is thermally more efficient, and provides more consistent heating across surfaces compared to either gas or traditional electric stovetops – has quickly staked a spot amongst upper tier home kitchen appliances. But one characteristic missing from the induction cooking experience is the age old visual cue of a flame chefs and home cooks use to gauge heat/intensity when sautéing, frying, boiling, or simmering a meal.

What one technology taketh, another technology has giveth back.

Samsung's Induction range directly transfers energy to the cookware for more consistent and instant heat up times; adjust the heat to a low simmer or rapid boil is quicker than either traditional or electric stove tops, but still retains dial analog controls.

Samsung’s Induction range directly transfers energy to the cookware for more consistent and instant heat up times; adjust the heat to a low simmer or rapid boil is quicker than either traditional or electric stove tops. Analog dial controls keep in line with traditional, professional cooking appliances.

The team at Samsung has turned to the “it’s everywhere now” LED technology to simulate the cooking flame with their Chef Collection Induction Slide-in Range. Turn on the stove a ring of bright blue LED lights “ignite” across pots or pans, the brightness of the simulated flames corresponding to the heat intensity of the range top. It’s an ingenious solution which adds back to the precision of gas range control back to what probably will eventually become the standard for all cooking ranges in time (both for efficiency and ease).

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The brighter the simulated LED illuminated flame, the hotter the stove top's temperature.

The brighter the simulated LED illuminated flame, the hotter the stove top’s temperature.

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The new Samsung NE58H9970WS Slide-In Induction Chef Collection Range doesn’t come cheap, available for $3699, but if you’re seeking the latest and greatest in technology in the kitchen, these new appliances sport a feature which will probably impress even those apathetic to the culinary arts.

Gregory Han is Tech Editor of Design Milk. A Los Angeles native with a profound love and curiosity for design, hiking, tide pools, and road trips, a selection of his adventures and musings can be found at gregoryhan.com.