Going wireless has been a boon for the Internet. Now the wireless movement is targeting your kitchen. This year's Consumer Electronics Show saw several companies demonstrating cord-free appliances and cook-anywhere stovetops powered through radio frequency (RF) technology. That's especially useful in small kitchens, where you'll be able to boil water and do homework on the same surface.
The same technology is already being used to wirelessly charge smart phones and tablets by companies like Powermat and Enerecell. It's going to be a bit longer before larger appliances take advantage of it, though. The electronics industry is still working to develop a standard that will let products be interoperable.