The Snail – Micro Induction Heating

1)The winner of the 2010 Electrolux Design Lab Competition, the Snail, addresses the sustainability issue of energy.

2) Article:

  • The Snail, a micro induction heating system, uses high-density sugar crystal batteries for its energy source.
  • The device attaches by magnets to the side of a cooking container and its built-in sensors detect what you would like to heat and adjust the settings for food, time, and temperature appropriately.
  • The miniature design of the product allows for it to be utilized anywhere, in any condition or location.
  • While the Snail is still in the prototype stage, the device has the potential to replace modern-day products such as microwaves, stovetops, and ovens.

3) Stakeholders may include: developing countries, homeowners, and appliance manufacturing companies.


Stage 1: Conduct additional research and create test models.

Stage 2: Establish a pilot program in a local community or developing region.

Stage 3: Monitor and analyze results. Make necessary adjustments to product before becoming readily available to consumers.


One thought on “The Snail – Micro Induction Heating

  1. This is an ingenious application of high-density sugar crystal batteries to heat/cook food. Given the Snail’s product specifications (energy source, portability, use in small spaces, etc.) it will be interesting to track its development and whether it can be adapted and brought cost-effectively to market. Although it has high-end applications, it could possibly help address the environmental and human toll from having people in developing countries use biomass as fuel for open air fires.


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