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Any baker will tell you that perfect confectionery is an art. The slightest variance in ingredient or method can make or break your sweets. Inevitably, some smart people realized that technology is the perfect accompaniment to any amateur pastry chef. What better sous chef to have than something that will tell you how much, what and when while making your treats
Welcome to Perfect Bake™, the app-controlled system that helps you make the best goodies in town. Sound familiar? Back in January we wrote about Drop, also an app-accompanied scale. But Perfect Bake is here to offer more. Included is a Smart Scale that connects to your iOS or Android device. The free app then guides you through your baking. Within the app are a variety of recipes to choose from, or add your own. Tell Perfect Bake what quantity you need and it adjusts all aspects of your recipe. Pour ingredients and the Smart Scale tracks it on your device’s screen. So you are baking with weight, not volume, proven to be a more consistent method. And of course baking by weight means no more measuring cups to wash up.
Perfect Bake will time your beating, stirring and oven time as well as telling you which rack in the oven to use. Let’s say you want to bake, but cannot make it to the store. No problem. Perfect Bake’s Pantry feature gives you lists of recipes based on what you do have on hand.
This confectionery companion comes with the scale, connection cable, phone/tablet stand, 3 mixing bowls (whose colors coordinate with what is on screen!) and oven thermometer. The app contains hundreds of baker-tested recipes and does not require an app update to get the latest additions. Perfect Bake has proven an effective tool for bakers young and old, and is available at Brookstone for just $69.99. So whether you are a veteran baker or a beginner in development take this perfect baking companion with you.
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A Cook You Want in the Kitchen
Changing up your diet for the better can be very stressful and time consuming. If you don’t know what you’re doing, it can take weeks to get in the swing of recording your food intake as well as the associated calories, salt, sugars, and more that are in it. Having a food scale handy can help, but that will only give you the weight, and there is a lot more information that you need to keep track of to really improve yourself.
The SITU is a smart food nutrition scale that is hoping to make getting into a healthier diet regimen far easier. When it’s not being used with a tablet, it’s just a regular food scale, but working with an iPad, it can tell you the exact nutrition information for whatever you place on it. This will make eating homemade meals far easier so you don’t feel as though resorting to prepackaged food is your only option. Of course, this can also be used by athletes who want to optimize their nutrient intake, those with diabetes, high blood pressure, or those who just want to know what they’re eating.
If paired with a tablet, this can tell you the specific content of salt, sugar, vitamins, and minerals. It can help you learn about the food you’re eating, and possibly help you to make better decisions when putting things on your plate. On the app, you’ll be able to add your favorite foods so you don’t need to search for anything when making a meal you create often. This will still take a little time to get accustomed to, especially with finding all the specifics if you don’t know what you’re doing, but it is a good start. Those who have interest will be looking at around $116 for the scale.
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The SITU will make calorie counting a breeze
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