From photographic cheese and a carrot sharpener to how to turn your smartphone into a bartender, welcome to the kitchen of the future
Looks like the kitchen of the future might be closer than we thought: you might think that with your spiralizer and coffee grinder you've got everything you needed, but you'd be so wrong.
Here's a lineup of the next must-have gadgets to put on your birthday list ...
The beer fridge that unlocks itself
Who doesn't want a beer fridge that cracks itself open when you tell it to? Using Google's Speech Recognition API, Molson Canadian's Global Beer Fridge opens up once it's heard the phrase "I am Canadian" in six different languages. Now we just need to learn six different languages. And pretend to be Canadian.
Your own personal bartender
Somabar is your new best friend for a party. Type your cocktail request into your iPhone and Somabar creates the perfect mix. It's like having your own bartender minus the flirting and that thing where they throw cocktail shakers over their shoulders.
Your very own 'spice pen'
Is it a pen? Is it a Cinnibird? Is it pointless and do we want one? Yes, yes, yes and yes. Cinnibird is a pen you fill with spices! Now you can draw on anything with anything.
The portable Minipresspo machine
The trusty Thermos has lasted us this long, but now we're all about espresso and we want it anywhere. On a mountain, in a lake, up a tree. Those are all places we go. And now Minipresso can come with us.
The see-through toaster
Why did no one think of this before? This solves literally all the world's problems. Magimix has created what might just be the King of Toasters. It even has an extra wide slot, for the chunkiest of bread, and an extra lift lever for rescuing smaller pieces. Genius.
A heated butter knife
Now that the toast is perfect, the only thing standing in the way is rock-hard butter. But wait! What's this? A butter knife that conducts body heat to make spreading a magical experience? Rejoice!
A stick ...
We're not quite sure how to describe this one. It's called a Miito, and it's a stick that heats anything. It means you can boil exactly one cup of water, heat up soup, make a whole pot of tea. Looks like a little piece of genius to us.
The sonic decanter
What's that? A sonic decantor that uses ultrasonic energy to "make every wine better"? We're very interested.
A sentient pan
This is the Pantelligent pan, which claims to be able to cook everything perfectly, every time. Now if it can just buy the ingredients and wash itself then we're almost there.
The Say Cheese Slicer
Oh we'd really like a Say Cheese Slicer. We'd spend our whole time in the kitchen saying "say cheese" and then there'd be cheese! That would never get old.
The 'let me have my coffee and then we'll talk' mug
Everyone knows someone who needs this mug. Perfect for gauging exactly what mood your boss is in before you tell them you're going to miss that deadline again.
The Four Seasons seasoning shakers
All the seasons! This has made our heart melt. Admittedly you'll never use these seasoning shakers, you'll just have them on display, but every time you see them you'll nod sagely and think "that was an excellent purchase".
A carrot peeler that looks like a pencil sharpener
Oh come on! It's a carrot sharpener.