By Andrew Liszewski
Not to be out-tech’d by the refrigerator, it looks like stoves, and rangehoods in particular, are finally fighting back when it comes to useless upgrades and enhancements. Australian appliance maker ILVE has designed the VELA rangehood which incorporates a 10-inch LCD monitor on top that would probably end up perched near the ceiling in most kitchens. And just in case your last kitchen renovation didn’t include the addition of cable jacks, the LCD screen has the appropriate AV inputs for connecting a DVD player or other video source.
The display is also easy to clean given all the airborne foodstuffs the rangehood might miss, and it obviously comes with a remote control so you don’t need to keep pulling out the stepladder just to adjust the volume. As for the price, your guess is as good as mine (if not better) but given such a “high-tech” upgrade I’m sure the VELA will be sold at a premium.