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I am quite sure that back when you were a wee little kid in school, you realized that different levels of water in glasses could create various “notes” whenever your finger rubs on the rims of the glass. Why not be a whole lot more professional now that you are all grown up, with money in the bank to spare? I am referring to the £39.99 Musical Wine Glasses, where it puts a new spin on an age old trick, making a set of these spit out plenty of notes if you are musically inclined.
Each of the shapely glass will come finished with a gold luster, featuring musical notations that let you know which corresponds with various levels of liquid. As an example, a nice full glass might be a B flat, and when you have had your fill of fruit from the vine, you will end up playing a G sharp. Just make sure your finger is wet beforehand, while taking a firm grip on the base of the glass with the other while gently running the wet finger around the lip.
Musical Wine Glasses
How many times have you woken up in the morning and yawned your way into the kitchen and filled a giant bowl with some Nutty-O’s or Fruity Pebbles, opened the fridge door and saw that you didn’t have enough milk? or worse, that the milk you did have had expired the day before! Begrudgingly you attempted the sniff test and while it seemed a little “off” you tasted it anyway. I hate those mornings… and the taste test only seems to go well about 1 out of 10 times.
Welcome the Milkmaid Milk Jug, a quart size glass container that you pour your milk into, and keep in the fridge. The Milkmaid utilizes specialized PH sensors that can not only tell if the milk is spoiled, but it can tell you how soon it will spoil if you don’t use it up! Unique temperature sensors even let you know if your moo juice has been left out too long and the jug also comes with a weight sensing base that measures just how much milk you have left.
All of this milk information can be accessed easily via a free iPhone app or you can enable the base to contact you at a pre-selected number for all your urgent milk messages. Currently, the Milkmaid Jug is only in its prototype stage, with a few of the products being tested by the masses as we speak, obviously if it garners enough attention and some nice reviews by the testers, the Jug may actually become a reality. Is this a useful product ,or simply a fun-for-a minute novelty? If you’d like to have one someday, check out quirky.com and let them know. I have to go, my milk is calling.
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Milkmaid Milk Jug – Honey… I just got a Text from the Milk
I know I am not alone when I tell you that I can’t even begin to engage my brain in the morning without a cup of coffee. Okay, truth be told, it’s two cups of coffee and without it, everyone knows to not even talk to me. I often wonder how caffeine-free people make it through their day, or how they get anything done. One of these days I’m going to have to quit drinking coffee, but it’s not going to be today!
Especially since Lavazza (famous coffee maker) is making the first ever car coffee maker, to be offered as an option on the brand new Fiat 500L. Imagine, cruising down the road, with the aroma of freshly brewed espresso wafting through your luxurious new Fiat. With your brew bubbling right between your front seats, and plugged into its very own power source, you will have everything you need to keep you going.
Called the “coffee experience kit” it comes with two auto friendly cups, an espresso making base with a spoon and sugar holder (no word about milk or cream) Simply snap the new Lavazza into your Fiat’s secure center docking station and let Lavazza work its magic as your coffee pod is steeped in perfectly heated water, making an awesome cup of fresh espresso. Who needs Starbucks’s?
Well, I guess I do. While it seems like the new Fiat will soon be available in the U.S., it doesn’t look like the Lavazza coffee maker will be an available option for us. It appears that our sue-happy society (think McDonalds coffee on lap disaster) has got corporate attorneys too nervous to let us actually have an on-board coffee maker, but I’m not going to count out finding a retrofit kit on e-bay and hey, espresso is small darn it, I can drink it at a red light, as soon as I’m finished making my calls, putting on my make-up and finding a good radio station. For those that can, the kit is expected to be around 300 bucks and the new Fiat to go with it, $22,500.
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Lavazza makes Coffee for your Fiat
I have some fantastic childhood memories. I don’t know why, but one of my fondest memories is of my father and I hiding candy from each other . Both of us had a sweet tooth and if you just put your stash in the regular cabinet, lets just say, your goodies didn’t last very long. So we hid candy and cookies everywhere, in tins, behind books in oatmeal containers, but when it came to ice cream… that was fair game, I mean it had to go in the freezer right?… what else could you do?
Well heres a nifty gadget that can protect your favorite frozen delicacy from your Dad, pesky brother, freezer raiding co-worker or roommate or last but not least, your kid. Ben & Jerry’s Euphori-Lock is an ingenious little device that can actually secure your favorite pint of ice cream with a three digit combination lock.
Sure, the more hardcore criminals will simply saw the side of the carton or drill through the bottom, but for the rest of us, a locked up pint of ice cream certainly says NO! much better than a threatening sign.So while not its not foolproof, it is fairly easy, simply attach the device to your favorite pint and let guilt do its job. (no one want to get caught hysterically sawing through an ice cream container)
Now that I am an adult, I would personally like to see a device that might taser or otherwise electrocute a freezer thief, but I can see some relatively unpleasant legal ramifications of such strong deterrent measures, so for now I’ll just go with the Euphori-lock, only $6.64 at Ben&jerrys.com and maybe just tell my kid it will electrocute her if she gets the combination wrong… that could work.
Do we ever think about the tragedies that we narrowly escape everyday? Do we lie in bed at night and realize what could have been, and say “Thank you” for every unspeakable horror that we somehow avoided. I do, and today I actually know one disaster I was cosmically saved from. My daughter put an unprotected banana in her backpack, with her textbooks, her iPad and her brand new gym sneakers. Gasp!
It was luck that saved me this time, but I wont leave it to chance again, as now I know about… The Banana Bunker! A Company called Cultured Containers developed the Banana Bunker to protect your luscious fruit from smooshing and bruising when carried for lunch or snack, of course if you’ve ever had the misfortune of a squished banana in your purse, backpack or briefcase you already know that the loss of the banana was the least of the problem.
Now I know what this thing looks like… and I also know thats probably the only reason you’ve read this far… but the Banana Bunker is in fact, a specialty container designed specifically for almost any size banana. The open ends accomadate different lengths while the ribbed center allows you to bend the case to encompass your own personal banana’s gentle curves.
So get your minds out of the gutter and start thinking in terms of fresh and healthy snacks that wont leak all over the contents of your lunchbox or bag. Is it overkill? I guess the answer will be yes for many of you, but only for those of you that never have experienced the horror of an ill handled banana. Save yourself while there’s still time.
Get yours at bananabunker.com for just under 7 bucks, available in blue, orange, green, yellow and clear. Seriously?
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Banana Bunker – Practice Safe Snacking
Kids these days are extremely hard to please. When Christmas comes around and they do not find the new iPad underneath the Christmas tree, expect them to throw a tantrum that you would never have dared to back in your younger days. The trick is to insulate them from all of these gadgets and gizmos that they would spend just a few days with before they get bored of it and lust after another device that they saw on the TV, being advertised as the “only gadget they will ever need”. Well, you cannot be a Luddite, so how about taking a different approach during their formative years?
This is where the $19.99 Light Up Big Bang Rocket comes in handy, where it is ideal to amuse kids of different ages, and you need not put in that much effort as well. All you need to do is trim old newspaper into squares, snap the top closed, grab the tail, toss it in the air and be patient – albeit for a while, as the big bang is about to arrive! The moment it is launched into the air, it will light up in multicolored animated light, and when the law of gravity takes over eventually, it will deliver a rather satisfying BANG sound!! You will need a trio of AAA batteries to go along with this puppy though.
Light Up Big Bang Rocket
Electrolux has a Design contest every year, and I take it that they just love concept designs. This laptop is one of the more unusual ones.
I don’t know how practical it is, and you can see how easy it is to describe. It is a laptop that has a stove on it, for crying out loud.
The first thing I could think of was “where is the keyboard”? I was guessing that it needed a separate keyboard, preferably wireless. Yet I have heard that it has touchscreen computer touch controls. You better make sure the burner is off before you start to type.
I have to admit that I like the idea of a stove laptop. I have gone to many conferences, and I wouldn’t mind cooking my own meals instead of eating the high-priced meals around the conferences. The designer, Dagan Trenchevski, has stated that this is exactly what this is supposed to do, and it is good for campers as well.
I don’t know how the battery can work with the burner on. Also, if you shut this thing while the burner is on, will the screen melt? I’m not looking forward to 911 calls where someone says: “I burnt my hand on my laptop!”
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Electrolux concept laptop is also a stove
Every year, Electrolux Design Lab has a a design contest where they challenge students to come up with new home appliances for a future era.
In keeping with this year’s theme, the Second Space Age, Yuriy Dmitriev submitted the Bio Robot Fridge. This Fridge really challenges the idea of a fridge as it doesn’t even look like a refrigerator, or any other household appliance for that matter. There is no motor, no door, only a layer of gel where you put things in and keep them fresh.
Don’t ask me how this keeps things cold, or how it keeps it in there. I have never seen this substance before, but I am told that the user can take stuff out without getting any excess residue on their edibles. I am told that this leaves a smaller carbon footprint than your average refrigerator.
As you can see in the photo, the Bio Robot Fridge can be mounted on a wall, but it can also be mounted on a ceiling. Yeah, the astronauts should love that. I guess that’s one way of keeping your food away from the kids.
This is still a concept for now, but it feels like the episode of The Office where Jim pranked Dwight by putting his supplies in Jello.
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Bio Robot Fridge keeps food cold in gelatin
Considering that most of us have Roombas or other robot vacuums patrolling our floors in search of stray dirt, it almost seems like they are pets in some households. This particular concept device really takes the pet vacuum cleaner to a whole new level with Puppy Robotic. You can probably see how it works.
Puppy Robotic has a quartet of robotic pups that are dependent on one mother dog. The robo puppies are dispatched in teams in order to take on very small dust and debris, and they can enter into a lot of nooks and crannies that other robot vacuum cleaners cannot enter. Once the puppies are full, or if their batteries get too low, they go to the mother pup to empty their load and/or recharge.
Apparently, these puppies can do more than just suck. Feel free to ignore that bad joke and understand that the pups can be “played with”.
This is one of those devices that feels like it is out of that scene in The Fifth Element, where Zorg smashes a glass just to see the robot cleaners. “What a lovely ballet ensues”, he says. This is what these puppies would be.
Yes, it’s nice to see puppies that can clean up a mess for once. I don’t know why the docking station thing doesn’t look more like a real dog, like the individual pups look like puppies.
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