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While many people may like the "pop-in-your-mouth" texture of caviar,
not everyone likes the taste ... or the price. That's why Montreal
entrepreneur Naor Cohen created the grandly-named Imperial
Spherificator. It takes a liquid of your choice, and converts it into
fish egg-like pearls. Sriracha caviar, anyone?
Few fix-it scenarios are more frustrating than knowing how to repair something, but not having the right tool. This Pro Tech and Jimmy Tool bundle at Gizmag Store takes 39% off a comprehensive electronics screwdriver kit and a jimmy opening tool.
When it comes to hanging things on a wall in a straight line, a laser level can go a long way towards making that easier to accomplish. A new device called Sure Hang aims to make the laser level even more useful by allowing it to integrate directly with a tape measure for hanging things up at a perfect interval along a level, straight line.
In an effort to improve the energy efficiency of building, researchers have sought to develop windows that change transparency to let more light – and therefore heat – through when it's cold, and less when it's hot. Unfortunately, these methods tend to impede the passage of visible light, some by tinting panes and others by complete obscuration. But a team at the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin has developed a "smart window" technology that allows the passage of visible light while blocking heat, or vice versa.
Looking to inject a little more versatility into laundry time, LG has launched a two-drawer, front-loading washing machine that can accommodate small loads, big loads, or both at once.
Do you get itchy, cramped-up or wheezy from even a little bit of wine?
It could be because you have a sulfite sensitivity. Sulfites are
sulfur-based compounds that are added in the wine-making process to
prevent bacterial growth – they keep the wine from spoiling while it's
in transit and storage. Given that they're not needed once the wine has
been poured, however, chemist James Kornacki has developed a device for
reducing them at that point in the game – it's called the Üllo.
Plastic carrier bags are typically petroleum-based, take a long time to decompose and are often imported from distant countries. They're also tricky to carry when cycling. The new PaperJohn tackles all of these issues. It's a backpack made of biodegradable, 100 percent recycled paper.
The number of LED bulbs on the market has exploded in recent years, and with them has come a dizzying array of so-called smart bulbs featuring wireless connectivity and control, allowing users to set options for colors, schedules, and remote on/off functions. Although most of these look and perform similarly, consumer experience still varies as it generally comes down to the execution of the companion app. So how do the devices in MiPow’s Playbulb Studio compare? We lit up these LED bulbs to see how well they shine.
A tornado hitting your house is no joke, but it's not always practical to build a shelter just in case the worst should happen. If the thought of jumping into a protective bag doesn't appeal, a new tough construction panel developed at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) could be a good alternative. UAB's new panels can be retrofitted to existing houses or integrated into new builds, and offer protection even in the most extreme EF5 tornado – that is, in winds over 200 mph (321 km/h).
Preparing food in the kitchen can be a messy and cluttered task. Conscious of this, two German brothers have design a chopping board that seeks to bring order to the kitchen. The Frankfurter Brett has extensible brackets into which kitchen containers can be slotted.