Highlights from the 2014 LA Auto Show

Kitchen

Spoutnik offers a 360-degree view of the dish being cooked

With a name and design that suggest a Space Age, Barbarella-style design, Fagor’s new Spoutnik microwave could perhaps be mistaken for a cartoon-ish UFO that landed on the kitchen counter. Its bold, fun design is about more than just looks, though – it serves a functional purpose, too.  Read More

A hamburger made using Momentum Machines' automated hamburger maker

Hamburgers are a multi-billion dollar business, and while fast food chains have got the process down to an efficient production line process, making them is still labor intensive with armies of burger flippers and sandwich assemblers. In a move that could put millions of teenagers around the world out of their first job, Momentum Machines is creating a hamburger-making machine that churns out made-to-order burgers at industrial speeds and aims to use it in its own chain of restaurants.  Read More

The 3-in-1 Banana Split Tool has a series of plastic edges allow you to slice the banana n...

Bananas are one of the tastiest and most convenient fruits available. They're easy to carry, come with their own cover, and are sweet enough to eat without the need to be cooked or affected in any way. However, they can be a little messy, especially if they're being eaten in any way other than simply peeled and chewed. The 3-in-1 Banana Split Tool from Amco Houseworks is a cheap and cheerful addition to the arsenal of any finicky fruit fan.  Read More

CIROS intelligently slices a cucumber with a kitchen knife

Researchers from the Korean Institute of Science and Technology's (KIST) Center for Intelligent Robotics (CIR) demonstrated their household service robot, CIROS, at Robot World 2012. CIROS, the third version of the robot since development began in 2005, is intended to help out around the home by performing simple chores. You can watch it prepare a salad by slicing a cucumber and adding dressing in the video after the break.  Read More

The Shelevator in use

When Canadian inventor Shlomo Shwartz saw his elderly mother perching on a small stool to reach a high kitchen shelf, he was inspired to create something that would make such risky maneuvers unnecessary. The result was the Shelevator – a kitchen shelf insert that can be pulled in and out and lowered up and down, from the floor.  Read More

The Compact4All modular kitchen appliance

Compact4All is a space-saving kitchen appliance for breakfast lovers. Designed by Jan des Bouvrie for the Dutch domestic appliance firm Princess, the appliance features four white cubes containing a kettle, toaster, coffee maker and juicer. Each cube measures 20 x 20 x 20 cm (8 x 8 x 8 inches), and they can be stacked neatly together to form one single cube or alternatively positioned side by side.  Read More

The Blossom One Limited affords complete control of the brewing process – including temper...

The Blossom One Limited coffee machine by Blossom Coffee promises to provide connoisseurs of the black stuff an exceptional cup of coffee with every pour, and is designed by former NASA, Apple and Tesla employees as a bespoke product which would add some flair to any kitchen counter. The catch? A cool US$11,111 price tag, barista not included.  Read More

Panasonic has unveiled its new A+++ rated two-door refrigerator, the NR-B55VE1

Appearing at IFA, Panasonic has unveiled a brand new refrigerator which the company states is the first-ever A+++rated two-door refrigerator – making it the most energy-efficient two-door fridge, worldwide. Named the NR-B55VE1, it consumes 262 kWh/year of electricity, which by our reckoning amounts to a mean power consumption of 30 W. Gizmag was on hand to take a look.  Read More

Siemens is displaying some of the home technologies it's developing, in its House of Innov...

What would a trade show be without a “The (BLANK) of Tomorrow” display? They’re always a good way of showing off what a company is working on, in a simulated real-world setting. One such exhibit at IFA 2012 will be Siemens’ House of Innovations. The 70 square-meter (753.5 sq-ft) display illustrates how technologies such as augmented reality and internet connectivity may soon start transforming our households.  Read More

The Critter is a portable modular kitchen for indoor/outdoor use

When you’re looking for more “portable” and less "kitchen," you go with something like the My Camp Kitchen camp box – or a trunk-full of camp stoves, grills, charcoal and propane tanks. On the other hand, if you lean more “kitchen” and less “portable,” you might want to look into the Critter, an elaborate portable kitchen designed for serious cookouts.  Read More

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