Nevermind the sleek looks of the brushed metal housing on the Breville Die-Cast Smart Toaster (2-slice 130; 4-slice $180) — it's the internal smart chip that provides its beauty. The chip automatically lowers bread into the toasting slots at a touch, regulates toasting time, and facilitates the ultra-handy lift-and-look function and the subsequent "a bit more" setting. Meanwhile, the blue LED panels illuminate to the selected setting on the variable browning control, acting as a toasting progress indicator. Basically, if you burn your toast using this, you have only yourself to blame.
Tired of overly-aggressive guest bartenders splashing your martinis all over the kitchen? Check out the Cocktail Shake-O-Matic ($55). This simple device combines retro looks with modern technology to automatically shake your drinks (up to 16 oz. at a time) for the perfect mix. A cool blue light provides ambiance while the shaker is doing its thing, acting like a beacon for all your thirsty houseguests.