Samsung’s new induction stovetop projects ‘virtual flames’ onto pots and pans

Since the dawn of man, we’ve associated flames with heat. But since induction stovetops don’t emit any flames, it seems like they’re just waiting to roast your hand. That’s why Samsung’s latest induction range has “Virtual Flame Technology.” A set of blue LEDs around the edge of each burner projects “flames” onto the side of your pots and pans. In addition to letting you know that the burner’s on, the “flames” actually increase in size to give you an idea of the relative heat. And, of course, since it’s an induction range, the burners only get hot if you actually have a metal pan on them. You will have to pay for the privilege, however: the range is part of Samsung’s pricey Chef’s Collection, and starts at $ 3,699.

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