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Soylent: the future of food?

There's a romance to food. It's one of life's great sensory and social pleasures. But a lot of us don't eat healthily, and a lot of us don't enjoy the process of preparing food, especially when we're eating alone. Furthermore, the way we eat today is incredibly wasteful throughout the entire production and consumption process, to the point where it actively damages our bodies and our planet. Enter Soylent: a food engineered to efficiently deliver 100 percent of the healthy body's needs with minimal waste, junk food-beating convenience and a very low cost, or, as the inventors put it, "creating an efficient form of fuel for humanity for the first time in history." Food has always been sexy, and this sounds about as exciting as artificial insemination. But when you check out the details, this ambitious plan actually makes a lot of sense.  Read More

Archos recently unveiled the ChefPad, a 9.7-inch Android tablet designed to act as a cooki...

Archos has made a name for itself by producing a wide range of budget-friendly smart devices, from smartphones to gaming tablets, but now it has its sights set on your kitchen. The French company recently unveiled its new ChefPad, a 9.7-inch Android tablet designed to act as a cooking assistant, with an easy-to-clean protective case and kitchen-centric apps.  Read More

The Arzum Firrin uses a sliding tray instead of a pop-up arrangement

If you find the toast popping up in the morning too much to handle, then the Arzum Firrin toaster may be more your speed. Winner of the 2012 Design Turkey award, the Firrin forgoes alarming pop-out mechanisms for a more sedate sliding tray that is not only easier on the nerves, but also allows the toaster to handle a wide variety of rolls, bagels and other doughy products.  Read More

The Rollie Eggmaster Cooking System serves omelets up in the style of a skinless sausage

The Rollie Eggmaster Cooking System offers a new and rather novel way of cooking eggs, utilizing "vertical cooking technology" to deliver sausage-shaped omelets of all kinds onto your breakfast plate.  Read More

The image-embossed bread popping out of the Super Mega Mega Toaster

Contrary to the impression the name may give, the Super Mega Mega Toaster isn't a giant version of the humble bread-browning electrical appliance, but it does have some big artistic pretensions.  Read More

BioLite users can now grill, sear, boil – and charge their iPhone – with one stove set-up

Since its introduction a few years ago, the BioLite CampStove has received much acclaim, winning multiple nominations and awards, including a selection for our top camping gadgets list. Thanks to the added function of electricity generation, the new stove appeals to more than just crunchy outdoor folks muling sweat-stained packs; it appeals to tech and gadget lovers, too. The BioLite's general market appeal is sure to broaden with the recent addition of a new accessory: a grill.  Read More

Eggxactly is a device that cooks a single egg, without any need for water

Cooking an egg involves using up a pot of water, along with the energy required to boil all of it. What if there were a way to just heat the egg directly, with no need for water? Well, now there is, and it’s known as Eggxactly.  Read More

The fire is barely visible but plenty hot

Ready Fuel is a lightweight gel that burns clean and hot enough to act as fire, as well a fire starter. Tested and approved by the U.S. military, it is a versatile solution that can serve as an emergency survival tool, primary fire starter or a cooking fuel.  Read More

The Grub Hub was designed to travel on all kinds of adventures

We've covered a few camp boxes like the Kanz Field Kitchen and My Camp Kitchen in the past. These boxes serve to organize all of a camper's cooking gear into one box, so as to keep everything easy to transport from garage to campground and prevent things from getting lost. The new Grub Hub is a similar concept but packaged in a softer, more portable package.  Read More

The Pluck (left) and the Yolkr (right)

Whether you’re making a meringue, a low-calorie omelet or any number of other dishes, sometimes you need just an egg white – without the yolk. Once you’ve cracked the egg open, you can try “pouring” off the yolk, or lifting it out with a traditional strainer-style egg yolk separator. Two new products, however, also give you the option of sucking it away.  Read More

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