As This Old House editors pounded the aisles at the kitchen and bath show, we found plenty of evidence that manufacturers are on our wavelength—with time-saving innovations, like washing machines that automatically add detergent, ovens that warm up in seconds, and smart wood surfaces that never need maintenance. Not to mention problem-solving solutions, like finishes that keep stainless steel fingerprint-free and faucets that fold up out of the way. Such whiz-bang inventiveness does come at a price. But remember, today's breakthrough is tomorrow's standard fare. So read on for what's to come.