There is no substitute for a hot meal. Though there are plenty of things worse than cold mashed potatoes, it is a travesty of dinner that can easily be avoided. Certainly the most desirable outcome of mealtime is setting down to a hot plate of food right out of the kitchen. Sadly, this cannot always be. When life gets in the way of dinner, a warming tray can come to the rescue.
LAS VEGAS--"OMG, stop everything, there's no need to invent anything else," was what we said when we got to the eCoupled stand at CES. And when you see these photos and video, we're sure you'll agree.
Fulton Innovation--don't worry, we hadn't heard of them either--was out here in Vegas demonstrating wireless charging tech that has blown our tiny, gambling-addled minds. Its fabulous packaging uses induction power to create, among lots of other things, some of the most amazing cereal boxes we've ever seen that can illuminate in stages to create an … Read more
"Bones," Kirk said quietly. "This odd-looking Klingon dish is--too large--for one man to eat. They call it Pi'Zza. We must consume it to prove our honor to the Klingon high council. But how?"
"Dammit, Jim, I'm a doctor, not a chef."
"Captain," Spock interjected. "Perhaps the toy model of the Enterprise that you cut your hand on last week might be of use. Its blade is sharp enough to cut this--what is it?--food?"
"That's it, Spock! Scotty, bring my toy chest," Kirk said into … Read more
Modern supermarkets are wonderlands of variety. Countless options line the shelves, from ready-to-cook whole meals to exotic ingredients that expand culinary possibilities. Even when you locate a particular item, you then have to face a whole new batch of options in the form of different flavors or styles. A quick walk down the salad dressing aisle will confirm this. However, as diverse as the choices may be, sometimes the flavor are looking for isn't there--simply because it doesn't exist yet.
A lazy Susan can make organizing the kitchen a little easier, whether it's placed on the counter or on the table. But only a few lazy Susans are really attractive enough that you might want to put them out when you're entertaining. The Stainless-Steel Lazy Susan is one of those: with its shining base, it looks good anywhere. The actual surface of the lazy Susan is nonslip silicone that will keep bottles and other items upright even if you build up a little speed spinning it around. The surface is gray and blends nicely, especially when you place … Read more
In my head, I plan elaborate, healthy meals. And then I sit down to dinner, and I get distracted by the potatoes and overlook the string beans. I'm not alone; many people have great intentions that somehow fizzle away when it's time to actually, you know, bring it to the table.
The Design for Health plate, made by designer Jeffrey Harris, puts your meals back in proportion, with a visual cue reminding you that you want your meal to be a quarter protein, a quarter starch, and half vegetables. At 9.5 inches, this plate is smaller than … Read more
When it's too hot to even get off your ass and stick your head in the freezer, who ya gonna call?
PR2, that's who.
Engineers at Menlo Park, Calif., robot start-up Willow Garage have hacked their PR2 humanoid platform to make it deliver fridge-fresh, cool beer straight to their desks. The droid even wields a bottle opener for easy access.
PR2 can fold towels like nobody's business. While 11 PR2s are being loaned to universities around the world as part of an open-source research project, beer-fetching chops will doubtless make them more popular.
We've seen some … Read more
Ah, the Fourth of July holiday weekend, when we celebrate our freedom by drinking beer. But really, how free are you if you have to get up and get your own beer?
Developer Steve Norris, who has an absolutely fabulous sense of humor, is hard at work on a Beverage Delivery System (BDS), a fully automated inter-home delivery system he hopes will solve the "problem that has plagued mankind since the invention of the canned beverage."
The system comprises two discrete elements working in tandem: Baxter, the transport component, and RoboFridge, a fixed location dispenser robot. You sit … Read more
I have a house full of the pickiest eaters in the entire world. One of the few foods everyone here will eat is a banana, provided that there is not even a hint of a bruise on it. Hanging my bananas up has become a necessity. The Kamenstein Banana Hanger with Slicer provides a nice alternative to the many less-than-elegant banana hangers out there. It is constructed from stainless steel, and is weighty enough that it won't tip over if you get a particularly hefty bunch of bananas.
The Kamenstein Banana Hanger with Slicer offers an additional feature not … Read more
It's summertime, and that means salads for more meals than the rest of the year. My set of salad utensils is getting quite a workout. In order to make sure that my hands aren't getting the wrong kind of work out, though, it's important to look at the ergonomics of serving salad. Those long-handled spoons and forks just aren't always ideal. The Ergonomic Salad Hands offer an alternative. These salad hands have ergonomic nonslip grips that fit right into the palm of your hand. You're not limited to using these salad hands with salad, either: … Read more