At the 1964 World’s Fair in New York, the high-tech kitchen of the future featured push-button appliances that assembled automated meals made by machines. Fifty years on, technology is giving us more individualized—and efficient—control of home food preparation.
Computerized blenders, juicers and coffeemakers have revolutionized our favorite beverages. WiFi-connected devices, such as the WeMo-enabled Crock-Pot smart slow cooker, can be operated remotely via a smartphone app. Three-dimensional printing has moved into the kitchen, thanks to a product called ChefJet, which molds chocolate and other confections into creative shapes.
In an age in which the origin of our food matters, the AeroGarden Ultra LED—a dirt-free hydroponic system for growing fruits and vegetables—could take a spot by the kitchen window. And water for those plants may be extracted from the air using the Air X water generator, a machine that condenses incoming air to produce water that is subsequently cleaned by a series of filters and ultraviolet light.
What does the future hold? While appliance makers will eventually embed countertops with electronics so devices can run more efficiently, Miele raised eyebrows with talk of a sensor able to scan your hand to measure immediate nutritional needs—and that is about as specific as one can get. Here are ten products to try now.