Highlights from the 2014 LA Auto Show

Kitchen

The Perfect Portions Digital Food Scale doesn't just weigh out food, it also gives importa...

Most U.S. shoppers will be familiar with the Nutrition Facts label on foods which, amongst other things, tells consumers how much fat and salt is in their food. With the Digital Food Scale from Perfect Portions, users can obtain that information whilst weighing out their serving. Ten key nutritional elements are displayed when users type in an appropriate food code from a database of nearly 2,000 foods, empowering users to take control of their daily intake or cut down on foods that may do more harm than good.  Read More

Sanyo home cooker first makes bread from rice grain

Rice is the second highest produced grain in the world after corn. With a large portion of corn crops grown for purposes other than human consumption, rice takes the title of the most important grain with regards to human nutrition and caloric intake. It is especially important in Asian counties such as Japan, however, the consumption of domestic rice in Japan has decreased by half compared to 1962. In an effort to arrest this decline, Japan’s Sanyo has committed to creating products that contribute to increasing rice consumption. The latest is the GOPAN, the world’s first home cooker that makes bread from rice grain. It should also appeal to those on a gluten-free diet.  Read More

Bowlboard helps you to prepare food quickly and easily

Whether it be high-tech automation or just clever design, I love gadgets that make life in the kitchen easier. So you’ll understand why I’m enamored with the Bowlboard – it’s a clever take on the chopping board which will have you preparing food like a real professional in no time.  Read More

Moving the hand away from the tap alters the stream type

Traditional taps run the risk of transmitting dirt and germs from the hand to the tap when turning it on, and transmitting them back to the just washed hand when turning the tap off. Kind of counter-productive. Touch sensitive taps like Delta’s Pilar kitchen faucet are one solution and the sensor activated taps often found in public toilets are another. Designer Jasper Dekker has come up with an even better solution with his Spatial Interaction faucet that allows users to control not only flow, but also temperature and stream type with a wave of a hand.  Read More

Breville's One Touch Tea Maker

Even that most basic of kitchen appliances, the humble teakettle, is getting a high-tech makeover in the form of Breville’s One-Touch Tea Maker. The fully programmable unit takes the guesswork out of brewing that perfect cuppa by providing the right water temperatures and brewing times to suit different tea varieties. The device even does the “jiggling” for you thanks to a fully automated tea basket that moves up and down to gently agitate the leaves to precisely infuse your tea.  Read More

TricorBraun Oil Only Spray System delivers pure cooking oil without the need for propellan...

TricorBraun’s Oil Only Spray System is a new way to dispense pure cooking oil by using air rather than a propellant. It uses a special valve system and a unique actuator that is capable of atomizing 100% pure oil without the need for additives. So you still get all the benefits of a cooking oil spray without any unwanted chemicals.  Read More

The Autonomous Saucier automatically stirs sauce in the pan, freeing you up for other kitc...

If I had to choose a job in a restaurant kitchen, then the saucier or sauce chef would be my last choice. Considered inferior to the sous-chef and head-chef, the saucier is responsible for preparing all the accompanying sauces for meals…making sure they aren’t lumpy, they don’t stick to the pan or worse, burn. I’ve seen enough TV celebrity chefs abusing their kitchen staff to know this is one job I would refuse. However, if I had the Autonomous Saucier at hand - all would be fine. This clever kitchen device automatically stirs your sauce whilst you get on with other food preparation. Pure genius…  Read More

The Transfer cutting board helps a novice chef look like a professional

I’m not sure about TV celebrity chefs any more…nothing personal, but they have really raised the bar when it comes to preparing food for guests. Are we expected to smear, tower or stack all our food - or do we just arrange it in one messy heap? Who knows? However, if you do want to look like a professional - the Transfer board could help. Its simple but clever design helps you move chopped food to a single plate quickly and effortlessly - which will make it easier to cook…and to impress.  Read More

Cornucopia: Digital Gastronomy - a 3D printer to create unimaginable new foods.

Wouldn't it be great to have a digital food machine sitting in your kitchen that could create any dish, real or imagined, from scratch at the touch of a button? Cornucopia: Digital Gastronomy is a concept design that uses the well-established principles of 3D printing - plus precisely timed and temperature-controlled mixing and cooking - to open the door to a virtually limitless realm of replicable, creative cuisine in shapes and combinations that are simply impossible using our current, centuries-old cooking techniques. It's a wonderful look into the future of cooking, from the creative food lover's perspective.  Read More

The Robo Cafe's waiter-bots

Back in the 70s, the robots were coming for our crappy manufacturing jobs. Now, it seems, they're coming for our crappy table service jobs. Korean company ITM Technology has developed a restaurant concept around a cute little robot that fulfills the role of a waiter - it takes orders from customers, either verbally or through a touch screen, then relays them to the kitchen, and brings the food out when it's ready. Robo Cafe eliminates ordering errors, reduces staffing costs dramatically for restaurant owners, and even brings the boss all the tips. It's probably not going to be nearly as interesting to Tiger Woods, though.  Read More

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