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The June Oven Is A Smart Oven

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We live in an age of intelligent appliances. The latest to receive the smart treatment is the countertop oven. The June Oven is a connected appliance that helps you cook a meal with sensors, thermometers, HD cameras, and a companion application. Not only does June features six Carbon Fiber Heating Elements that heat up faster and more efficiently than similar machines, two fans for circulating the hot air and keeping an even temperature throughout, an integrated Core Temperature Probe, an HD camera that recognizes popular foods, and a built-in digital scale, it also has an NVIDIA Tegra K1 Quad-Core ARM Cortex-A15 2.3 GHz processor to do all the calculations needed to offer the best possible cooking advice and temperature control. Its WiFi module connects to your network, and allows you to control the device from anywhere. This means better, tastier food, prepared more easily. And for such a high-tech package, you will of course have to spend a pretty penny: $1,495, with a $60 deposit now and shipping in Spring 2016.

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RC R2-D2 Fridge Actually Brings The Beers To You

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It’s one thing to have an R2-D2 fridge, like the one we wrote about back in 2008. It’s quite another to have one that’s capable of bringing its delicious contents to you at will. The R2-D2 mini fridge from Japan-based company Haier Asia’s AQUA brand is most probably the droid you’ve been looking for, as it’ll roll around wherever you want it to, while making all the appropriate sounds, and delivering its cargo wherever you are in your home. It looks a little slow, and we’re not sure how long the batteries last; we suspect it might have to be kept in a ‘home base’ of sorts while cooling your beer until you need it, since batteries alone wouldn’t cut it. And we don’t know how much it’ll cost either. All we know is it exists, at least in prototype stage, and Haier claims it’ll be available at some point in 2016.

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SodaStream Mix Injects Bubbles Into Your Cocktails

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Machines like the SodaStream, which do nothing more than carbonate your water, are of dubious utility in a world where a can of Coke costs next to nothing. That might be why the company has apparently decided to create the SodaStream Mix, an “adult version” of the same machine. Instead of carbonating your water only, this connected device is able to fizz up any alcoholic drink you want; it will adjust its carbonation levels based on the viscosity of the mix you insert. You just have to swipe through the many recipes available, pick the one you’re making, and insert your flat liquid only to have to come out nice and bubbly a few minutes later. There’s no word on price or availability.

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The Smart Artisanal Coffee Machine from Poppy Looks Like The Perfect Coffee Snob’s Brewer

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When it comes to extracting a cup of Joe, there are just about a million ways to go about it. Many of these are considered inferior by coffee snobs, but we suspect The Pour-Over, a Smart Artisanal Coffee Machine from Poppy won’t be one of them. This connected appliance holds 1 1/4 pound of coffee beans which are ground just before extraction to conserve freshness. The grinder uses a crushing rather than a chopping motion, which conserves essential oils. The beans are then dropped onto the awaiting paper filter, and hot water from its 50 fluid ounce reservoir is poured over them to fill the double-walled insulating carafe beneath. Through the app you can adjust variables like grind size, brew time, and water temperature to concoct the perfect coffee.

The appliance itself is a stunner, with its elegant lines clad in copper, and will look great on any discerning customer’s counter. We don’t know exactly when The Poppy Pour-Over will be available, nor for how much, but you can sign up on their website to be notified of this.

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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.

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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.

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

Rubik’s Cube Mini Fridge I’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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