Java in the Kitchen

Is it crazy to think that even though I have five (ok, four really, the other one's on a shelf in the basement) computers in my home already, that I also need a computer in my kitchen? My significant other and I have decided that having a kitchen computer, not as big as this one though, would make our lives more organized and syncronized... I just need an under-counter-tablet-like-thingie that does the following:

  • Allows for family calendars to be kept in sync. This of course would include hot syncing or "beaming" my stuff from our handhelds.
  • Keep lists of family todos. Those things that don't always get on the calendar, but should be kept track of.
  • Place to centrally keep shopping lists.
  • Must be easily used by the family (via stylus, no keyboard... I think) and stowed -- it'd be cool if it flipped up under the cabinet.
  • [OK, even though I don't cook all that much], I suppose it should keep recipes, allow me to index them, sort, and add comments. I definitely compute better than I cook, but maybe computing in the kitchen would help?

I know what I'm asking for is all on my handheld, but for some reason, that size doesn't seem adequate for the kitchen. And a full-blown computer seems like overkill.

Back in early 2000, Sun and Whirlpool teamed up to build networked home solutions. Back then, with me working at Sun and my husband working for Whirlpool, I figured we'd have the first test home on the market ... complete with a refrigerator that tells me when my cheese is going bad and a jetted bathtub I could contact via cell phone on my way home from work to start it filling with water at just the right tempurature... but seems it hasn't happened yet. No mention today on Whirlpool's website of networked home solutions or java-enabled appliances. Hmmm... Looks like I might just ending up having to put a full-blown computer in the kitchen -- perhaps it can also double as a cutting board?

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