Sooner or later the USB, FireWire Bluetooth and Airport technologies will find their way into the kitchen. Right now there is no incentive to do this because we are all used to operating microwaves, toasters, ovens, water boilers and fridges the way that we have grown up using them. In the future these devices could change for the better. Let us start with the toaster: you place your bread-slice, select a time and pull the lever to toast it. Great, only it becomes a hit & miss experience when you try to toast a different type of bread. A computer could configure the toaster for the optimal toasting of whatever you put in there: so long as it had a bar code on the packaging. The microwave is very much hit & miss with the variety of foods that go into it. Again, the computer could configure the microwave to cook the food in the ideal settings. It could also monitor the microwave and notify you when those micro-waves start leaking out (I admit, I have had this fear all my life). The computer could also power the microwave through a FireWire connection. Surelly this would lead to better power management. This leads me to the fridge. The fridge is the giant of the kitchen. It could include an all-in-one computer (liquid-cooled, of course) with all the wireless networking and ports like USB and FireWire. The ports could power and communicate with the smaller devices like the oven, microwave, toaster etc. Devices like electric egg beaters could be recharged on docking stations connected by FW or USB. The screen would be usefull for viewing recipes, to-do lists and telecommunications. There is a world (or kitchen) of possibilities for ways to improve the experience of cooking. These are only a few ideas from the top of my head but I am certain that more innovative uses of these technologies will soon find their way into our kitchens.