Bose wants to help you boil water faster
Framingham-based Bose Corp. has mastered audio equipment. Now the company wants to get into your kitchen.
Recent patent filings reveal that Bose is working on an induction cooktop system that includes smart burners and sensor-equipped cookware that would compete with products from appliance makers General Electric and Bosch.
The technology, which uses high-frequencyThe number of complete cycles or vibrations per unit of time. Rate of alternation in an AC current. Expressed in cycles per second or hertz (Hz). induction coil below the surface to heat cookware via magnetic field, makes it possible to boil water faster than a gas or electric cooktops. But Bose’s system takes it a step further by integrating sensors to make sure temperatures are maintained while you’re cooking.
Bose recently filed a patent application for a "cooktop control system." According to the June 4 filing with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the company says that a "high power cooktop with multiple burners can require more power than the electrical outlet can deliver."
Bose said available power must be shared between burners when all burners on an electrical cooktop are being used. The company in its filing said that its smart technology can automatically alter the power delivered from at least one of the active burners to other burners that are emitting the temperature that’s needed.
Bose filed another similar patent application on March 26 for a "cooking temperature and power control." And last year, the company filed a patent for induction cookware — pots and pans that cooks food while maintaining a relatively cool outer surface.
A Bose spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Bose generated $3.4 billion in revenue last year and as 2,870 employees in Massachusetts out of 11,000 worldwide.