This is a video by Tim Thaler, who designed and built an iPhone controlled retractable kitchen island. While admittedly an interesting concept, YOUR ISLAND COUNTERTOP IS THE FLOOR HALF THE TIME. I don't know how things work in your house, but in my house the kitchen floor is a place dogs scoot their asses across because they suck at wiping. Overall, I give the design a D for "dog raisins".
Hit the jump for a short video of the highly questionable countertop in action.
Thanks to James, who has a retractable couch in his living room. Yeaaaaaah, you could have told me before throwing myself down. I think I cracked a rib.