Take, for example, the "Intelligent Oven" by TMIO: It can refrigerate and cook in the same space, which can be controlled over the Internet or cell phone. And lest you think all this is some cheap parlor trick, Gizmodo says the uber-oven employs "NASA-based command and control engineering," as well as "green" technologies developed by the space agency. If you'… Read more
I'm female. I don't mind pink. In fact, I kind of like it. I wore a pink shirt the other day, and my iPod is housed in a hot pink iSkin. I wouldn't buy a pink RAZR (the quintessential example of a pink gadget) but if someone gave one to me along with a nice fat data plan, I'd take it. Basically, what I'm trying to say is that I'm not a pink-hater.
We hadn't realized that the Age of Transparency had made its way into the kitchen, but apparently it has in Japan. On prominent display at the National Electronics' Invention Station in Tokyo were a refrigerator, a washing machine and an air conditioner all with completely transparent casings, according to Gizmodo.
It's interesting to note that, while the trend in many domestic products seems to be leaning toward the neon, these Japanese appliances have gone the opposite route altogether with no color at all. That would be OK with us in theory, but we wouldn't want to subject … Read more
It's Friday, so it must be time for a vodcast! James and I get into a little argument about bicycle safety (he clearly doesn't know what he's talking about), but otherwise I'd say it was a very informative show. I learned, for example, that fridge + minibar = perfect bachelor pad appliance! Here are the links:Bring nature into the shower Stereo speakers for your bike Finally, a combo fridge-bar Bar codes can be your friends Doodling, with a digital twist Whew! That was exhausting; someone pour me a cold one! See you next week.
No, these aren't the lockers from "Napoleon Dynamite," but they're close. They are architect-designed refrigerators that will go head to head with yesterday's Big Chill coolers in Crave's first and possibly last weekend Domestic Appliance Faceoff.
These vibrant appliances are manufactured by Smeg (could they please change their name?) and come in dozens of Crayola colors plus models clad in rainbow stripes and even the Union Jack, a la Austin Powers.
As every worthy domestic god or goddess knows, kitchen appliances are everything. And they must be as fashionable as they are practical.
Alas, few companies truly understand this aesthetic--but, thankfully, D.R. Cooker is one of them. The latest display of the appliance designer's creative prowess is the crystal ball range hood. The look of this "remote-controlled extractor hood" is surprisingly versatile: As Appliancist points out, it can be interpreted as a disco ball or a chandelier, making it appropriate for a kegger or a cotillion. Our take: It would be the perfect companion to this designer washing machine.… Read more
Cell phones and MP3 players aren't the only things that can be gussied up. Yes, even the lowly washing machine can become a swan with the right wardrobe. Well, sort of.
Samsung is apparently taking a Vegas approach to domestic appliances with this red washing machine (or is it magenta?) by Korean designer Andre Kim. By the looks of this photo, he and Samsung apparently think the stainless-steel Viking-range look is out. (If this is the alternative, we beg to differ.)
Here in the States, LG's latest buzzworthy item is the Shine phone, but the Korean electronics company is making waves overseas with...designer fridges. Luxury-gadget blog Born Rich has alerted us to LG's "Art Cool" line. The latest addition to this swanky collection is this fancy refrigerator, decorated with a floral design by Korean painter Seung-rim Ha and spiced up with embedded Swarovski crystals.
Not exactly the sort of place where you'd stash your leftover take-out food and six-packs of Bud Light.
The Art Cool fridge may never be sold stateside, but something tells me … Read more