When you hear the word 'tech,' you probably imagine fancy TVs, state of the art sound systems, and razor sharp smartphones. But there's more lurking beyond that horizon. In fact, there are enough crazy, mind-bending gadgets out there to turn your entire home into a shiny, automated futurescape.
Today, we want to focus on those gizmos specifically designed to spice up your kitchen, so whether you're an culinary whizz or someone who prefers a lovely cuppa and a few slices of toast, we've got tech that'll suit you all. Take a look.
Cuisinart ViewPro Glass 2-Slice Toaster
We've all been there, you pop some bread in the toaster, turn around to make your coffee and have a quick flick through Facebook, and before you know it your nostrils are being assaulted by the worrying scent of smouldering loaf. You rush to the toaster, praying your seeded slice hasn't burnt to a crisp, but it's too late. There's nothing left of the bread you loved, only some charred remains and the taste of regret.
If only there was a way to prevent those kitchen calamities… well actually, there is! The Cuisinart ViewPro Glass 2 is the toaster you've been praying for. As the name suggests, the ViewPro comes fitted with a window into the very heart of your toaster, allowing your to see the progress of your bread's toasting cycle so you can pop it out at precisely the right moment. Beautiful.
Orange Chef Prep Pad Smart Food Scale
The Orange Chef Prep Pad is the stuff of electric dreams. By linking up with a iPad or iPhone, the nifty smart scale gives your real-time insights into the food you're about to scoff. With a food library of more than 300,000 items, the pad accurately tracks how much calories, fat, protein, and carbs are in any given meal, making it an essential companion if you're watching your weight, or trying to stick to a specific dietary regime.
Even if you're not in the middle of a dietary revolution, using the pad is a great way to learn more about the food you're munching, and will no doubt spur you on to become more mindful about your daily eating habits.
Appkettle WiFi Smart Kettle
You've heard of Smart TVs, maybe you've even encountered the lesser-spotted Smart Fridge, but batten down the hatches and brace yourselves for impact, because it's about time I introduced you to the latest in smart tech. Ladies and gentleman, meet the Smart Kettle.
The Appkettle Wifi Smart Kettle is a super-intelligent boiling machine that can be controlled anywhere using Wifi, 3G or 4G, and even Amazon Alexa. The Appkettle makes making the perfect brew a doddle by taking into account what drink you want to make and heating up water to the perfect temperature.
You can set schedules to ensure the kettle's ready and waiting when you get home from the office (or when you roll out of bed), and parents can even use the device's Baby Bottle Mode to check water levels and set bottle size to boil and cool the exact amount of water that suits them. This bad boy has plenty more tricks up it sleeves, but we don't want to ruin all the surprises.
Kenwood Excel Juicer
Is there anything better than waking up to an ice-cold cup of freshly squeeze juice? It was a rhetorical question, but if you're sat there shaking your head while the little voice inside screams 'no there isn't!' then the Kenwood Excel Juicer might be the Kitchen gadget you've been waiting for.
Basically the Lamborghini of juicers, the Excel is a high performance, continuous juicers featuring Kenwoods latest Apex-advanced pulp extraction tech. Okay, that sentence was filled with a lot of buzzwords, but it basically means the Excel is designed to give you more juice while cutting down on the pulp (and the messy clean-up).
The 1500W juicer features two speeds for juicing hard and soft fruit and vegetables (yes veg! what do you mean you hate carrot juice?), and sports an extra large metal feed tube that'll take even the most misshapen grub.
If you're more of a get-up-and-go type, the NurtriBullet Rx is the blender for you. Sleek, compact, and portable, the Rx is perfect for making nutrient-packed superfood drinks you can take on your travels.
It's also a breeze to use. You see, the Rx doesn't have an on/off switch, speed adjustment feature, or time settings, and that's because it's been pre-programmed to spin, slice, and dice your fruit and veg at the right intervals for exactly the right amount of time. It's a brainy beast that does all of the legwork for you, which is the very definition of 'smart tech.'
The icing on the proverbial cake, though, is the Rx's nifty Souperblast heating function. The pun-heavy mode allows you to create fresh, piping hot soup in seven minutes. Just add your favourite ingredients, along with some broth or water, to the Souperblast pitcher and marvel as the bullet whips up super-healthy soups and sauces. Tasty!
Chris Kerr is a blogger with an interest in all things tech. From gadgets to gaming, he is always on the look-out for the next big thing. When not testing the latest FPS or RPG, he can be found watching Sean Bean films and contributing to publications including Gamasutra, Stuff and IB Times. Find out more at http://www.chriskerrwriter.com/