While we're not sure exactly why anyone would need a retractable kitchen island, it certainly is cool that it's possible. And even cooler for you iPhone users out there is that the mechanism for such an island can be controlled by your mobile device. Yup, there's an app for that.
It's clever that the homeowner disguises the footprint of the island when in its retracted position with carpet tiles. A hydraulic scissor lift controls the movement of the piece, which ducks down into a utility room in the basement.