Washing machines, blenders, stoves; just about every household appliance is associated with some form of electrical power. But what would household appliances look like if you removed the power cord and need for energy standards altogether?
Created by German designer Manuel Immler, Pino is an electricity-free, multi-tool kitchen appliance that can be fitted with several standard kitchen tools such as a whisk or a grinder.
Using a special three-gear hand crank, Pino converts manual exertion into energy which powers the attachments up to 1,000 rpm per minute. It doesn’t look like it stores the energy mind you, so be prepared to work for your scrambled eggs and coffee grounds in the morning.
Immler’s design philosophy with the Pino was to make something long-lasting and environment-friendly. While most of the housing is made from wood, the inner gears are made of brass, the connecting metals are made from sheet steel, and the base is crafted from cast iron.
Unlike conventional mass-manufactured kitchen appliances which are mostly made of plastic, Immler’s concept appears as though it could stand the test of time, be repaired, and even be fully recycled once it reaches its end of life.
Find more about the early prototypes, fabricating process, and photos of the final Pino machine over at Manuel Immler’s webpage.