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iPhone-Controlled Retractable Kitchen Bench

The latest innovation in design meets tech is a kitchen island that appears and disappears at your whim.

Claudia Cukrov
Claudia Cukrov on June 17, 2011. @claudiacukrov

Looking for a space-saving solution web-developer Tim Thaler has created a motorized retractable kitchen island completely controlled by an iPhone.

The bench space sits above a utility room moving between spaces via a hydraulic scissor lift table.  Constructed from ‘IKEA boxes and hardware with custom walnut fronts built by Scherrs’ the lift can accommodate up to a 1,500 pounds and cost $4,500 to put together.

Thaler controls the structure using wireless home control Smarthome Insteon light switches – accessible from his computer, a wall mounted control panel and a custom built iPhone app.

Watch the kitchen island in motion below;

[via The New York Times and DesignMilk]

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