If you're tired of your toaster just sitting around wasting counter space after the breakfast rush, you'll appreciate Quirky's Crisp toaster concept. Like playing an accordion, it can be squeezed down to a mere 2.5-inches wide so it's easy to store.
The world may not, but according to Panasonic, Japan certainly does. The company's new SR-SX2 is about as fancy as rice cookers get, since it includes wireless RFID hardware letting it be programmed and configured using an Android smartphone.
Have you seen the amazing refrigerators in some peoples' kitchens these days? They have touch screens, they have doors in surprising places, they have special compartments with precise temperature settings for everything from broccoli to wine. It was not always this way.
You'd think that Samsung would have placed its best industrial designers in divisions that focus on drool-worthy mobile products like smartphones and tablets, but apparently they've instead got them focused on the company's more mundane offerings like hot plates.
When I'm shopping for a new fridge (obviously a frequent occasion) I'm not interested in how much ice it can produce every hour, how crisp it would keep the vegetables I'm probably supposed to be eating, or even how much it will reduce my electricity bill.
The last time you opened your oven was probably pretty dull. You pulled the handle; you stuck something in; you waited for it to cook. Maybe you enjoyed it. But did it slide vertically out of your counter? Probably not.
The only thing more annoying than a beeping alarm clock is a beeping microwave. So with help from their ad agency, an Argentinian appliance maker has created a limited edition model that plays MP3s when cooking is complete.