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Tag Archives: Appliances

This Blender Can Also Make Soups And Sauces

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It turns out that the next innovation to come to the world of blenders isn’t a more powerful motor, but a heating element. 3 Squares’ new ‘Soup3rb Heat + Blend’ blender features a 450-Watt motor for the blending, and an 800-Watt non-stick heating element in the same jar. This allows the appliance to not only puree your veggies with a normal blending action, but to then combine these veggies with other ingredients and heat them until they transform into soup, or whatever other liquid edible that requires heating. The stainless steel jar doesn’t let you see your concoctions, but the BPA-free lid should still allow you to peek at consistency.

It’s not quite ready for primetime, but it should be ready to launch by Q3 of this year for $150.

[ C|Net ] VIA [ Gizmodo ]

Popcorn Monsoon Puts The Fun In Pop… corn

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Yeah, that’s a sad headline, but there you have it. The Popcorn Monsoon is a little appliance for making popcorn, well, more fun. At least the popping part of it, since eating it is always kind of cool. The conceptual device uses hot air to get the kernels popped, which is healthier than oil. And then the popped corn gets pushed up this bent plastic tube and falls into an awaiting bowl. Kids can watch as the snack gets made, and they may look forward to eating it despite it being bland as heck.

Yes, this particular product has existed for ages, only this one has a longer neck and bright colors. But that’s just it, isn’t it? It’s amazing what a little design change can do to brighten up an otherwise bland and unassuming appliance. Sadly, it’s not a real product, though we suspect it would do well in the marketplace if anyone took the time to manufacture it.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Gizmodo ]

A Fridge With An Integrated Keurig Machine? GE’s Got That

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We have spent the last decade seeing once independent devices slowly converge into one; the calculator, altimeter, telephone, music player, handheld gaming device, digital camera, and more were once standalone products. They are now just a part of a smartphone. Well, it’s conceivable that the same thing could happen with our home appliances, and the first few steps in that direction can be seen in GE’s new Café French Door refrigerator. It looks just about the same as a regular fridge, but comes with an integrated Keurig brewer in the door. Simply pop a K-cup into the receptacle, and the LCD touchscreen will present you with the familiar brewing options that the standalone machines normally give you. A minute later and voila, fresh brewed coffee! GE’s connected fridge also allows you to set brewing times through an application, so that water can be pre-heated the moment you wake up, ready to infuse your morning brew without a moment’s wait.

Seeing as fridges also already make ice, it’s tempting to imagine a future where they also gain something like microwave capabilities. Heck, we can even envision a fridge with a toaster… Or maybe we’re just getting carried away. In any case, the Café French Door refrigerator will go for $3,300 and be available around Fall.

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[ Product Page ] VIA [ Gizmodo ]

Toolbox Fridge Looks Right At Home In Your Garage

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Your garage is like your second home. It’s where you work on your car, and where you go to get away from it all. It’s your sanctuary and you’ve spent a fortune buying only the best tool boxes and tools. You could fit a regular fridge in there for refreshments and such… but why not just go with the Versional Portable Garage Toolbox? It’s a small fridge that looks just like one of your toolboxes, but features a cooling compartment large enough to fit a bunch of stuff. There’s even three drawers up top, so it’s not completely just a gimmick. It’s painted the same kind of red or blue that many of the most popular toolboxes are painted, so you can sneak a beer or five on the sly without the spouse ever knowing a thing. Not that you should have to hide your drinking habits from your significant others, but hey, that’s marriage sometimes. What’re you gonna do?

It’s $400 and measures 17″W x 18 3/4″D x 31 11/16″H.

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[ Product Page ] VIA [ TheAwesomer ]

There’s Nothing Puzzling About This Rubik’s Cube Mini Fridge

Rubik’s Cube Mini FridgeI’ve never mastered the skill of solving Rubik’s cubes, but there should be nothing puzzling about this Rubik’s Cube mini fridge. It’s basically a larger-than-life version of a typical (unsolved) Rubik’s cube. Pull on the discrete handle at the side to reveal the insides of the fridge that can fit up to nine cans of stacked soda cans.

Of course, the exterior doesn’t actually turn, so it will remain unsolved forever–or until you replace it. The fridge also comes with a warm and cool setting, so you can use it to keep stuff like leftovers warm and drinks cool.

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The Only Thing Better Than Waffles Are Waffles On A Stick

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Let’s face it, no one likes to sit down to eat. Why be so formal? Food-on-sticks is the natural evolution of our eating habits, or at least it should be. That’s why we’re very bullish on the above Nostalgia Electrics FTW200 2-in-1 Breakfast Treats Maker. It comes with interchangeable plates so you can just as easily make French Toast or waffles. Included in the box are also 25 sticks, so you can get started on the snacks right away. Perhaps more interestingly, it’s only $32!

[ Product Page ] VIA [ TheGreenHead ]

Would You Pay $1,000 For A Glass Toaster?

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Because that’s apparently how much the Noun, from Bugatti (not the car makers) will cost. It’s a toaster consisting of two panes of glass with a layer of semiconductor heating elements. You can toast bread of course, but also meat if they’re in a heat-resitant bag. The appliance also connects to your smartphone, with which you can select temperatures and cooking times among other things. And it actually looks like this might make it onto the market, since the company is currently seeking regulatory approval. If granted, you could get yourself a fancy see-through toaster to impress all your friends with sometime in 2015.

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[ Reviewed ] VIA [ Psfk ]

iKettle Works With Your Phone, Lets You Stay In Bed A Little Longer

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Everyone knows there are few feelings as great as being able to sleep just a couple more minutes in the morning. With the WiFi connected iKettle, you can press a button on your smartphone and fire up a pot of boiling water across the house without setting one foot on the ground. Setup is simple, and there’s an auto-shutoff protection in case you end up sleeping too long. There are also four temperature settings because apparently, boiling isn’t the ideal temperature for every single hot drink. Huh, you learn something new every day.

It’s $160.

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This Fridge’s Doors Automatically Lock When There’s An Earthquake

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Japan is an earthquake-prone country, and manufacturers are incorporating some features into basic household appliances to account for this fact. For instance, take Sharp’s revamped line of Plasma Cluster refrigerators that are now equipped with smart earthquake detection systems. When the tremors start, some fridges topple over or spill their contents when the doors are opened. That means wasted food, supplies, and a huge mess to clean up. Well, not anymore. Thanks to the detection system, the fridge’s doors will automatically lock, so the food stays in.

Aside from that, these new line of refrigerators will also come with intelligent monitoring systems installed, which will monitor when the fridge is frequently used and open. This information is then used to optimize the fridge’s cooling schedule. Now that’s interactive.

 

VIA [ Gizmodo ]