LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The next generation of cooktop is being developed and marketed in a new model for the appliance industry.

GE Appliance's First Build took the Paragon Induction Cooktop from idea to test market in less than a  year. The process brings together designers, engineers and scientists to fast-track product development.  The products are then produced in small quantities, so the items can be introduced to consumers without a lot of risk.

The Paragon induction cooktop is designed to give home cooks the same precise temperature control that restaurant chefs use. The cooktop is actually a countertop appliance that makes precision cooking more accessible to home cooks.

Induction cooking heats a pot or pan with electrical induction created by an oscillating magnetic field instead of fire or an electric heating element. The one drawback is that the pot must ferromagnetic or be made of stainless steel or contain iron. Copper, glass and aluminum pans don't heat on the induction surface, but there are disks that can be placed on the cooktop to accommodate those materials. 

The initial run from the FirstBuild microfactory goes on sale on Tuesday, February 3rd on a website with a $129 price tag.  Developers say if the product doesn't do well, they'll go back to the drawing board.

About  FirstBuild:

FirstBuild is the innovative microfactory and online community created from the partnership of GE Appliances and Local Motors. They are a new model for the appliance industry, engaging a community of industrial designers, scientists, engineers, makers and early adopters to address some of the toughest engineering challenges and innovations.

For information on the Paragon Induction Cooktop:

Paragon Induction Cooktop Launch Party

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

5:30 PM to 7:30 PM (EST)


Located at the intersection of Floyd and Brandeis by UofL's campus.

333 E Brandeis Ave

Louisville, KY 40217

For tickets to the launch event,

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