The strawberry slicer. The veggetti. The Rollie. We totally feel Alton Brown’s pain about the poor design and general uselessness of some of these gadgets. Good thing that only applies to gadgets, not tech, right?

Well, not exactly. Here at The Spoon we spend an inordinate amount of time thinking about the line between gadget and technology. Is it the use of electricity? Batteries? The implementation of higher-level concepts? We’re still sorting all of this out, and we’d love to hear what you think in the comments below.

But here’s a bigger problem that Alton raises so clearly: “unitaskers,” as he calls them, or anything that can only do one job. They take up space in the kitchen and usually only solve one fairly minor problem. Unfortunately most connected kitchen tech falls into this category at the moment: connected coffee makers, pancakebots, sous vide machines, the list goes on. Will that change, or, as we become more acquainted with technology in the kitchen, will we simply build more counters and storage space?