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— Environment

Short Circuit project reuses unwanted kitchen appliances

In recent years, repairing and upgrading electronics has largely given way to a trend of disposable gadgets which fill up landfills – especially with regard to home appliances like coffee makers and toasters. However, French designer Gaspard Tiné-Berès proposes to repair and re-use discarded and damaged appliances, with readily available reclaimed materials providing the necessary components, and the bodies constructed from cork. Read More

Uuni: the wood-fired pizza oven that fits inside a suitcase

For a top-notch pizza, the best places to go usually make theirs the old-fashioned way, in a wood-fire oven. Unfortuantely, unless you've got the budget and space to build a full-sized brick oven, you're not going to be able to make your own pizzas at home the same way. It's a gap the Uuni is looking to fill. The Uuni is a lightweight, wood-burning pizza oven that's small enough to fit in a kitchen and cooks a pizza in under three minutes. Read More
— Good Thinking

Hamburger-making machine churns out custom burgers at industrial speeds

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

All-in-one tool peels, splits, and slices bananas

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
— Robotics

Korea shows off salad-tossing robot at Robot World 2012

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

Compact4All kitchen appliance is everything you need for breakfast

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