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Thermador Freedom auto-sensing induction cooktop hands-on (video)

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Here's Thermador's Freedom Induction Cooktop, a stove that senses your pots and heats accordingly.

Gallery Photo: Thermidor Freedom auto-sensing induction cooktop hands-on pictures
Gallery Photo: Thermidor Freedom auto-sensing induction cooktop hands-on pictures

Perhaps you're familiar with how an induction stove uses electromagnets to heat cookware, reducing the risk of burning your hands? Thermador's high-tech Freedom Induction cooktop kicks it up a notch by detecting the actual position of your pans, up to four at a time. Rather than put a single inductor under each burner and limit you to pre-determined locations to fry and simmer, 48 auto-sensing inductors under this stove light up (metaphorically) to match the size and location of your cookware. You can even move a pot from place to place and the computer will update its position. There's also a handy touchscreen for setting timers for your cuisine. You'll pay a price for convenience, though: the freedom to place your cuisine anywhere will cost $4,949, when the stove goes on sale this July.

Billy Disney contributed to this post