Technology seems poised to transform pretty much everything, including the kitchen. Of course, we've been living in the digital era for decades, but according to Maykut, "we've only seen the beginning" when it comes to the seamless integration of technology into the home. A few years ago, Maykut remembers, "people were certainly aware" of the latest and greatest gadgets—things like ovens that could be operated remotely and refrigerators that could track inventory. For the time being, sales of Wi-Fi-enabled appliances still comprise only a sliver of the total market, but 2017 may prove to be a turning point. Maykut says, "This may be the year when all that changes" and the novel becomes the norm.