The observant may have noticed that I have just moved house. My new place has an induction cooker and, impressed with the speed and efficiency of this way of cooking (but not with having to replace my pots and pans), I decided to look in more detail about the history of this particular spin-off from Tesla's ideas.
So I was both amused and saddened to see this:
First patents date from the early 1900s. Demonstration stoves were shown by the Frigidaire division of General Motors in the mid 1950 on a touring GM showcase in North America. The induction stove was shown heating a pot of water with a newspaper placed between the stove and the pot. It was never put into production. Modern implementation in the USA dates from the early 1970s, with work done at the Research & Development Center of Westinghouse Electric Corporation at Churchill Borough, near Pittsburgh, PA, USA.
What, GM take a brilliant and revolutionary idea to improve the efficiency of an everyday object and sit on it while they get overtaken by the competition?
Will they ever change...