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Egg & Muffin Toaster Part Of This Balanced Breakfast

Bread and Egg Toaster

By Evan Ackerman

My friends, it’s time for toasters to move beyond sliced bread, and take their rightful place as the doitall kitchen appliances of the 21st century. A noble first step has been taken by the TEM4500 Egg & Muffin Toaster, which can, in a mere four minutes, poach or boil two eggs to perfection while simultaneously toasting 4 slices of bread, bagels, English muffins, crumpets, or whatever else you can fit into the Extra Wide, Variable Toasting slots. It’s currently about $60 from Amazon, or you can pick up the TEM500 (2 toaster slots, 1 egg) for (appropriately enough) about half that.

VIA [ About:Housewares ]

Maytag Osiris Drying Cabinet

Maytag Osiris (Images courtesy Maytag)
By Andrew Liszewski

There are a lot of items that get wet that you just can’t stick in the dryer. Whether it be shoes, umbrellas, small animals or even expensive pieces of clothing that you don’t want tumbling around for an hour. So while the Osiris Drying Cabinet from Maytag isn’t exactly compact, it is large enough to accommodate and gently dry a wide variety of large or delicate items.

A row of bars at the top can be used to hang items that are prone to wrinkling, while a series of drying racks on the inside of the door allow you to place gloves, socks and other items so that they dry efficiently. The actual drying itself is accomplished with a constant flow of gently heated air, but with a maximum drying time of up to 4 hours, it won’t get the job done as quickly as a conventional model.

It’s available in a white finish for about $1,051 or stainless steel for about $1,130.

[ Maytag Osiris Drying Cabinet ] VIA [ Born Rich ]

Toast Appliances Are Either Best Or Worst Thing Ever

Toast Phone

By Evan Ackerman

Toast Clock We all know how toast can be an inspiration, but sometimes, you can’t help but asking just what the heck these people were buttering when they came up with this stuff. First we have this toast phone, about which I have no additional information besides the fact that it doesn’t actually exist. Looks like slices/handsets have all the important buttons, and the toaster itself is probably a charging dock. My hope is that instead of ringing, the toastphones just pop up and emit a toasty odor.

This next little gem is a toast clock. It features a clock in the shape of a piece of toast, and it tells time. It’s made of MDF, but you could probably make a more authentic toast clock yourself… Just nail some toast to the wall and stick a clock on it. It’ll be great. Trust me. Or, you can just buy the fake version when it becomes available next month for $22.

[ Toast Phone ] VIA [ Tech Digest ]
[ Toast Clock ] VIA [ Nerd Approved ]

Clean Up To Ten Guns At A Time Without All Of The Work

Gun Cleaner

By Luke Anderson

If there’s one thing in the world I don’t mind doing, it’s cleaning my guns. Of course that’s most likely because I don’t actually own any guns, I’m sure if I did own one, cleaning it would be a pain in the ass. I couldn’t imagine actually sitting down to clean one, let alone 10, I’m a busy guy. Naturally, I’d opt to take the lazy way out, and buy a special dishwasher to do it for me.

The F636HT Heavy Duty Long Gun & Handgun System is a solution for those that have more guns than they have time to clean. Simply load up 10 handguns or 4 of your best long guns and you’re ready to go. You’d better do a lot of cleaning, as the system will set you back $7,100. At least you’ll be set to clean 1,000 guns before you need to reload on chemicals.

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Coleman Battery Powered Blender Makes Roughing It A Bit Less Rough

Coleman Rechargeable Portable Blender (Image courtesy Coleman) By Andrew Liszewski

Everyone has a different idea of what ‘roughing it’ really means. And if your definition includes frozen drinks, milkshakes or other blended treats then this Coleman battery powered blender should be high on your packing list. I mean why settle for a hand-cranked blender when the high RPM motor in this model can make a pitcher full of frozen drinks in just 30 seconds?

It uses 2, 6V 4.5AH rechargeable batteries that hold enough of a charge to blend 20-30 pitchers. Obviously your mileage will vary depending on what you put in the pitcher, so if you’ve decided to shoot some ‘Will It Blend‘ videos on the road, it might not last as long. Of course if it does run out before the weekend’s over you can always recharge it using the 12V or 120V chargers stored in the base. Backpackers might also be happy to hear the polycarbonate pitcher is light and durable, making it a cinch to throw in your pack instead of clothes, food or other more essential items.

You can find the Rechargeable Blender on the Coleman website for $77.49.

[ Coleman Rechargeable Portable Blender ] VIA [ DVICE ]

L’Equip R.P.M. Blender Includes Working Tachometer

L'Equip R.P.M. Blender (Image courtesy Tabletools) By Andrew Liszewski

While it might seem like a leftover prop from the Tim Allen sitcom, Home Improvement, the L’Equip R.P.M. Blender is as real as it gets. Besides the industrial looking stainless steel base and angular design, the blender includes a tachometer on the front showing the operating speed in R.P.M.’s. It’s powered by a 900-watt motor and has variable speed control ranging from 500 to 20,000 R.P.M.’s making it the perfect tool if you’re in the mood for a delicious bowl of dust.

The blender also features a commercial grade stainless steel blade, and the polycarbonate pitcher can be attached to the base on any angle without having to properly line it up first. When you think about it, all that power coupled with the 6 year warranty makes this an ideal choice if you’re looking to start your own ‘Will It Blend‘ website.

You can get the L’Equip R.P.M. Blender from Tabletools.com for $134.

[ L'Equip R.P.M. Blender ] VIA [ Cribcandy ]

Modulo Portable Radiator Concept

Modulo

By Evan Ackerman

Unless you live in the southern hemisphere (in which case I’m wicked jealous), it’s winter outside, and that means it’s cold, even here in less-than-sunny California. My temperature tolerance is pretty bad: I’m only happy when it’s 76F plus or minus 2 degrees. My laptop and powerbrick help, but what I really need is a good old fashioned radiator. Or even better, a new fashioned radiator, which is what Modulo is. As a concept, Modulo doesn’t have to explain exactly how it works, but the principle is this: you can attach however many Modulo radiator modules you feel like you need, and they’ll radiate heat from your wall. Each module contains an aluminum core wrapped in a cushion, so whenever you get especially chilly, you can take one out of its module and stuff it down your pants. Or, you know, wherever. No word on price or availability, of course.

Modulo

[ Anna Gotha ] VIA [ Yanko Design ]

Electrolux Iron Aid Steam Dryer

Electrolux Iron Aid (Images courtesy Electrolux)
By Andrew Liszewski

If you hate having to iron your clothes after doing the laundry you might want to upgrade your dryer to the new iron Aid from Electrolux. At the end of the regular drying cycle you can choose to add an extra 20 minute steam phase, which serves to actually de-wrinkle your clothes. The steam phase can also be used to refresh a dry-clean-only item, reducing your trips to the local cleaners. Of course I managed to find an even better way to get out of having to iron my clothes, by simply not ironing my clothes. That’s right, I’m lazy and disheveled.

From what I can tell the Iron Aid is actually designed for small European homes so it might not be ideal if you’re doing the laundry for a large family. And the $1,145 price tag isn’t cheap either.

[ Electrolux Iron Aid ] VIA [ Crave ]

Kenwood’s Color Changing Response Kettle

Kenwood Response Kettle (Image courtesy Kenwood)
By Andrew Liszewski

The Response Kettle from Kenwood makes a good attempt to appeal to the gadget crowd with a couple of nifty features. The first, and most obvious is that the inside of the kettle changes color as the water heats up. It goes from blue indicating the water is cold, to a bright red indicating the water is boiled and ready to scald.

But if you’re not a fan of drinking boiling hot liquids the kettle can also be set to only heat the water to 80 degrees and it will maintain this constant temperature until you shut it off. That way you can top up your hot drink without having to completely reheat the water and waste energy.

[ Kenwood Response Kettle Press Release ] VIA [ Chip Chick ]