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Smart Kitchen Tools of the Future

Ideas for tomorrow's cooking tools are coming from an unlikely source: MIT's Media Lab, a group of professors and students who usually focus on high-tech inventions such as stackable electric cars and house-trained robots. Get ready to see these gizmos in your kitchen soon.
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In the future: Silicone is already used for muffin cups, spaghetti strainers...and your sink is next. It's antifungal, and better yet, it cleans up in a flash. Right now:


In the future: Soon your oven mitt will double as a meat thermometer. Simply grab your steak with the electronic mitt, and the screen tells you how much cooking time remains. Right now:


In the future: The Dishmaker will melt dirty acrylic dishes, then create new ones to order, using less energy and water than a dishwasher -- and saving kids everywhere from cleanup duty. Right now: