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Kitchen

The ButterUp butter knife has a built-in grater to make cold butter easier to spread

Many a sandwich has been ruined by overzealous buttering with fridge-cold butter. The anguish of torn bread may now be a thing of the past, though, thanks to a newly-designed butter knife. The ButterUp knife has a built-in grater to soften butter for spreading.  Read More

The Wassily fruit bowl features silicone elastic webbing designed to prolong the life of f...

There aren't many ways in which the design of the humble fruit bowl can be improved upon. You can change the shape, size, and material it's made from, but it's still just a vessel in which to store fruit. However, designers at Scaleno have added one simple element to its fruit bowl which improves it in a number of different ways.  Read More

The Flare Pan is based on jet engine-cooling technology

When the University of Oxford's Dr. Thomas Povey was on a mountaineering trip several years ago, he became acutely aware of how much fuel was required to boil water using his conventional cookware. This inspired the professor of engineering to develop a new type of cooking pan, that would make better use of available heat. The result is the "finned" Flare Pan, which requires 40 percent less heat than a regular pan to get just as hot.  Read More

Invergo is a new home-use pour-over coffee-maker

Coffee fans always appreciate a nicely brewed cup of java, and these days you don’t need to be sitting outside a café on a quaint Italian square to enjoy one. Some models such as Bonaverde and Immerset promise a rewarding coffee experience, and they are now being joined by a new design called Invergo. The folks behind it are targeting the consumer market with a pour-over machine that improves extraction and saturation. What's more, it doesn’t cost a fortune to run.  Read More

Cornell researchers have developed a robot that follows spoken instructions to learn new t...

Many robots today are able to follow verbal instructions. However, the robot first has to be programmed with software code that allows it to respond to those instructions in some predetermined way, and that software must be added to every time the robot's task list is enhanced. Wouldn’t it be easier if we could just avoid all that messy fiddling about with software and talk to a machine as we would a human and explain what we wanted it to do? Researchers at Cornell University thought so, that’s why they designed and built a learning robot as part of their "Tell me Dave" project.  Read More

The Rmdlo is a lightweight folding colander

The colander (strainer) is unlikely to be top of many people's list of things that need reinventing. That said, a folding, lightweight take on the utensil called the Rmdlo seems to have captured people's imaginations, having exceeded its Kickstarter campaign target with time left to run.  Read More

The Flatev makes fresh-baked tortillas from individual dough pods

Say what you will about the wastefulness of Keurig coffee-makers, you've gotta admit that the things are convenient – you just stick a K-Cup in the top, and a single serving of coffee comes out the bottom. Well, inventor Carlos Ruiz is now hoping to bring that same convenience to freshly-baked flatbreads, with his Flatev tortilla-maker.  Read More

Mellow is a kitchen gadget designed to sit on a countertop and cook your food exactly how ...

Many people aren't fortunate enough to have a partner both willing and able to prepare delicious meals on a regular basis. Those who are blessed in such a way can stop reading right now. Everyone else will surely be interested to hear about Mellow, a smart sous-vide machine that is able to prepare meals as and when you want them.  Read More

The Bugatti Noun ceramic glass toaster

Before you get too excited, it's not that Bugatti. Nonetheless, the Bugatti appliance company's transparent Noun toaster does sport some quite remarkable features, including the ability to very precisely cook foods other than toast – and at a price of a thousand bucks, you'd expect it to.  Read More

The SITU Scale allows users to weigh food while also getting nutritional information on th...

The SITU Scale is bringing Bluetooth connectivity to food scales, allowing users to weigh their food and instantly see nutritional information via a companion app running on their connected tablet. For people on a diet, this could prove to be quite useful as it allows them to more accurately keep track of their food consumption.  Read More

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