So, in honor of winter, today we're talking about fireplaces. The homes of the future (or today, if you're blessed with money) might include:
a) a fire pit embedded in a table*
b) a rotating fire pit suspended from the ceiling** (40 years old, but whatever)
c) a fireplace in a suitcase ***
d) a fireplace that doubles as a dragon's egg *** (click the top box on the linked site for a description)
Of course, if you don't actually want an open combustion reaction in your living room, you can always go with the radiator coffee table.**** This one has the added benefit of looking like ice but never melting. It's shiny.
And if you ever needed to survive on a hostile planet, abandoned space station, or post-apocalyptic Earth, you'd want Wicked Laser's Torch. The Torch flashlight is capable of burning paper, melting plastic, and cooking eggs.****
So, I know all of today's features are out there already, if you can pay, but imagine a world far enough into the future that you and I could afford them. Wouldn't it be nice to come home after a long day, light the table, and cook dinner while watching a holovid from the couch? What a gorgeous way to ward off winter's chill.
… Actually, now that I imagine some of the price tags, we might have climate control before we'll have rotating fires in every home. Winter will be obsolete. Oh well.
* Boing Boing Gadgets
** Boing Boing and Gizmodo