[AI] Induction Cooker

Manish Agrawal manish10 at gmail.com
Fri Jul 9 00:23:39 EDT 2010


The pan heats up just like it would on a gas stove. The outer surface
doesn't remain cool. You have to use pans with handles or use gloves.

-Manish

-----Original Message-----
From: Geetha Shamanna [mailto:geetha at millernorbert.de] 
Sent: Thursday, July 08, 2010 11:10 PM
To: manish10 at gmail.com; accessindia at accessindia.org.in
Subject: Re: [AI] Induction Cooker

Hi Manish,

That was an interesting review, thank you. Although the likelihood of me 
stumbling upon an induction cooker in the UK is low since most houses come 
pre-equipped with hobs, I am curious about one other thing:
When using a normal hob (which I seldom do), more than the flame, it is the 
heat within a pan that is difficult to handle. When stirring something in a 
pan, for example, the heat within the pan is so intense to the hand that I 
can hardly continue holding the stirring spoon. Does heat from the hob rise 
up the same way when cooking on an induction cooker, or is it concentrated 
at the bottom of the pan? Also, does the outer surface of the pan remain 
cool when food is being cooked? Is it possible to remove a pan from the hob 
without using gloves?

Geetha
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Manish Agrawal" <manish10 at gmail.com>
To: <accessindia at accessindia.org.in>
Sent: Thursday, July 08, 2010 5:12 PM
Subject: Re: [AI] Induction Cooker


Hi,
Aman (my wife) and I did get an opportunity to use an induction cooking
range for a few weeks some time ago (don't know the make or
model)....thought will share my experience with the group.
While it is true that the cooking stove was actually very safe and Aman
would not freak out every time I went near the stove while she was working,
we did face the following problems (some of which can be addressed with
small tweaks to the stove):

1. Aman just couldn't find any good way of cooking reasonable chapatis on
the stove. Typically, you would partially cook a chapati on a pan (tava) and
then directly over the flame. In this case, there is no "flame", so, you've
got to figure out a pan-only way of cooking a good chapati. Aman couldn't do
that, although my mother claims that it can be done. Even Aman's "paranthas"
(which are completely cooked on the pan) did not come out right on the
induction stove - the way do on a regular gas stove -- maybe because we had
a round bottom tava and not a flat one (next point).

2. We had several existing Indian cooking utensils - but they were all
unusable because they were all round-bottom. The induction stove is a flat
surface and any round bottom utensil is not stable (and is quite a hazard to
use).

3. As a blind person, I couldn't use the stove at all (not even to make some
tea - just about the only thing I can make on a stove) because the surface
of the stove was completely flat with circular drawings on the surface
indicating where the utensil needs to be placed. Since I could not see the
circular drawings, I didn't really ever get my utensil placed right where it
needed to be. This problem can of course be solved with practice or with
some of the models being produced today where you can place the utensil
anywhere on the surface and there are no circular drawings.

4. The stove we had had several circular push buttons on the wall to turn
individual "burners" (circular drawings) on/off. Since there was no flame
and no heat, the only way of indicating that a particular burner was
switched on at a time was a small light next to the button. The light was so
distant and small that even Aman (who has low vision) found very hard to
see. The temperature controls were next to each such button and those being
turned to a specific point didn't tell if the burner was on or off.

5. The final problem I see in buying an induction stove in India in the near
future is because in Delhi we have very frequent and potentially long power
cuts. I am not sure if an induction stove can run on an inverter.

In summary, I think most of the above problems can be solved by making a
better designed induction stove/utensils and I can live with less than
perfect chapatis to get the safety of no "flame", but I am not sure what we
can do about the power cuts that seem to become worse every year.

BTW, if you are a cleanliness freak, the flat surface of the stove was
amazingly easy to clean and spilled food or milk that inevitably boils over
the top didn't start burning and create a horrid burning smell in the house.

my 2' cents
Manish

-----Original Message-----
From: accessindia-bounces at accessindia.org.in
[mailto:accessindia-bounces at accessindia.org.in] On Behalf Of harish
Sent: Wednesday, July 07, 2010 9:51 PM
To: accessindia at accessindia.org.in
Subject: Re: [AI] Induction Cooker

Dear Vaishnavi

Thanks so much for the investigation. This should indeed be a wonderful
device for the blind and a good candidate for nomination for the NCPEDP
design award.

It would certainly be out of the blue recognition to them, folks at Chennai
need to check on its accessibility and nominate it accordingly.

When main stream products take the extra step in accessibility we should
reward the effort enthusiastically.

I would also urge our members to support this product in their own little
ways.

Harish.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "V. Jayakumar" <jayakumar.vaishnavi at gmail.com>
To: <accessindia at accessindia.org.in>
Cc: "Senthil Kumar" <senthil at qubecinema.com>; <manoj17 at gmail.com>;
<madanmenon at gmail.com>
Sent: Wednesday, July 07, 2010 9:12 PM
Subject: Re: [AI] Induction Cooker


Dear Harish,

I deserve the needle in the haystack award for this find! There is a talking
induction cooker already available for Rs 3000. Made by a Chennai
export-oriented company called Shadows Ltronix - they are open to adapting
and customizing their unit range to suit specific needs -so this particular
model SLS-2030 can be tweaked further! Details via links at eom.

Strangely, models available abroad advertising accessibility seem to use
tactile features only, though talking microwaves, kettles etc are easily
available.  For eg this model from
http://www.independentliving.com/prodinfo.asp?number=201106 : This 12"
square cooktop only heats when a pan made of stainless steel, enamelware or
iron meets the surface which makes it safe to touch without getting burned.
You can cook and warm foods almost as quickly as with a gas stove adjusting
the settings from 120 to 420 degrees. There are 3 temperature settings,
L/M/H for keeping foods warm and a 99 minute timer. The unit has an auto
shut-off and overheat protection functions. The control panel can be
tactually marked making it accessible as well as safe, fast and energy
efficient. This item includes a covered frypan.

Since you've already figured the accessible blog for AI, perhaps you could
start an AI Accessible Tech blog (Called @ India!) with consumer feedback
and reviews from Indian disabled community. The AI group is very tech-savvy
- this knowledge should be shared with the outside world, don't you think?
For eg, this link explains the accessible induction cooker safety features
across models is a very simple, readable way:
http://www.fredshead.info/2006/09/using-flat-cooktop-stove.html


Hope this helps! Links follow*...
*
Vaishnavi*

ACCESSIBLE PRODUCT REFERENCE LINKS FOR FURTHER CUSTOMISATION
*http://www.accessible-devices.com/appliances.html<%20http://www.shadowsltro
nix.com/pcat-docs/2030.pdf>
http://www.accessible-devices.com/SaferCooking.html
http://www.accessible-devices.com/cooktop.html<http://www.fredshead.info/200
6/09/using-flat-cooktop-stove.html>
http://www.accessible-devices.com/kitchen.html
*
LINKS: TALKING INDUCTION COOKER SLS-2030*
Product Leaflet (Inaccessible Image
Pdf)<%20http://www.shadowsltronix.com/pcat-docs/2030.pdf>
Shadows Ltronix Chennai Contacts <http://www.shadows.net.in/contact-us.htm>
*
SLS 2030*
# Power : 2000 Watts, Power Range 200W - 2000W
# Temperature range: 60C-280C, 5 modes of cooking
# 24Hrs booking function, booking function for auto On & Off
# Quick cooking, consumes less power & time
# Non fire cooking no smoke, high heat efficiency and no radiation
# Smooth surface and easy to clean

*Found this model after seeing image in classifieds ad below!
*Home appliances for sales. Talking Induction Cooker for sale in Chennai.
06-Jul-2010   |   Tamil Nadu > Chennai

TALKING INDUCTION COOKER SLS-2030 - Rs. 2999
For More Information about Induction cooker contact Raji Chandran:
Mobile: 9841828875 / 9841828879
Email: craji09 at gmail.com


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On 7 July 2010 00:30, <accessindia-request at accessindia.org.in> wrote:

>
>
> On 7/6/10, Kotian, H P <hpkotian at rbi.org.in> wrote:
> > Hello All
> >
> > I just heard about this induction cooker. I am told it is available in
> our
> > Indian market for Rs. 1,700 upwards.
> >
> > I suppose it is well suited to the blind and there is good scope to make
> it
> > talking as well.
> >
> > Anyone using it? Please share your experience.
> > For more:
> >
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Induction_cooker\<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/
Induction_cooker%5C>
> >
> > Harish Kotian
> >
>
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