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The Keurig 2.0 is Here, and it’s Making Smart Simple

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The next generation Keurig coffee machine is here, and its whole purpose to be as simple as it is functional.

After many months of development and research, including creating an entirely newfangled water distribution system, the Keurig team has released this latest version of the at-home coffee maker. The functionality of the 2.0 combines the variety of the small K-Cups, the temperature control and other customizable features of the Vue system and, most interestingly, a way to caffeinate the whole family at once with the new multi-cup pot. As Kevin Sullivan, Chief Technology Officer for Keurig Green Mountain, puts it, “Everything we wanted, which was the best the K-Cup and the best of Vue, we were able to achieve. And then we added on top of that, the carafe.”

Here are some of the features you can expect to get with the 2.0 system: Customizable visual elements like the light reservoir (to give it, you know, some flair), the ability to make one cup for yourself or a whole pot for a larger group by inserting K-Cups or new K-Carafe packs in the one, central receptacle, and, thankfully, a level of simplicity that speaks to even the most technologically stunted users. “It’s hard to be simple… [but] you don’t need complications in your coffee maker,” explains Sullivan.

We’d agree, and the 2.0 does the leg work for you, intuitively “reading” the pack size and type you insert to allow the right coffee recipe nearly every time without any extra effort. Just put the coffee (or tea, or hot cocoa, for that matter) pack into the machine, and hit brew. There’s very little thinking necessary, which is great, because Sullivan knows that nobody likes more work in the morning.

So long, clunky coffee machine you used to keep around for weekends! The new 2.0 is available in three iterations, and can be purchased on the Keurig website for $149.99 - $199.99. 

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|  August 29th, 2014

This is a Motorcycle. That Runs on Bacon.

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The smell of gasoline is a polarizing issue. Some people love it (and can totally relate to the statement, “I smell my hands after pumping gas,”) while others despise it. But you know what smell everybody loves? Bacon.

Enter, the Black Label Bacon Bike. As reported by FWx, this hog is a, “Track T800 CDI diesel motorcycle that has been outfitted to run on a biofuel converted from bacon grease.” Even better, the gas-powered fuel is cheaper than the stuff the rest of us are using at just $3.50 per gallon, and of course, it smells like bacon. That’s enough to make us love ‘cycles alone.

Want to enjoy the Bacon rider without all the risk of, you know, crashing? A film dubbed Driven by Bacon, funded by Hormel, is documenting this one-of-a-kind vehicle, and will premiere at the International Bacon Film Festival. Who knew that existed? 

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|  August 29th, 2014

The German App that Encourages Restaurant to Customer Stalking

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A Frankfurt restaurant group is going to new lengths to offer personalized service to their customers. As Food & Wine’s FWx reports, the German Mook Group has developed a new app designed to track diners’ preferences with regards to seating and dishes to order, and even their bathroom habits. 

The Mook App (free for purchase in the App Store), will harness Apple’s iBeacon technology to track diners’ movements within 10 inches. Further, FWx continues, “the app will also collect information on where you sit most often, dishes you frequently order and how much you spend. “

Thankfully though, for privacy’s sake, all of your data will be held only on your phone, for now, making this an entirely reserved and voluntary experiment – it’ll be a while before the restaurant group has access and is able to know an alarmingly creepy amount about its guests.  But when that day comes, we can’t wait to see where they take their powers. 

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|  August 22nd, 2014

One-Push Pizza has Arrived

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Meet the app that is able to have a hot pizza delivered to your door with just one tap. That’s right, one tap. Not three or four, but one. Because who wants to make their fingers do the work so their stomachs (and taste buds) can be happy?

Introducing the aptly named Push for Pizza, available now in the iTunes store. As Eater reports, this ever-convenient app works hand-in-hand with Ordr.in and takes care of all the little details, including the tip. Just set up your account with a method of payment, and from then on, one tap on the pizza icon will have a large cheese pizza hand-tossed and on its way to you in no time. Though this first iteration doesn’t allow users to choose their pizzeria or add additional toppings, this could be the start of something great. 

Seriously, this is the real deal. Check out the informational Push for Pizza video for more information. 

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|  August 22nd, 2014

The Ice Cream that Changes Color as You Eat It

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FoodBeast as discovered an ice cream for the curious, Bill-Nye-loving child in all of us – and for those of us who just can’t seem to pay attention to something that stands still.

The ice cream, dubbed Xamaleón, has been described as having a “mixed fruit-like taste.” It starts out a pale shade of blue, and then, with the help of a “love elixir” and, you know, saliva, it changes colors. The magical dessert’s inventor is a Spanish physicist named Manual Linares explains that the color change is rooted in the harnessing of temperature and oxidation.

Next, Linares tells FoodBeast, he’s working on an “ice cream that glows in ultraviolet lights,” to help you ‘scream while you untz untz. 

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|  August 15th, 2014

The Bluetooth-Enabled Way to Measure Your Ingredients

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Measuring is the hardest part of baking (or so we’re told. We’re more of the walk-down-to-Dominique-Ansel folks). Thankfully, here’s now a Kickstarter campaign designed to take the human error – and human mess – out of measuring the ingredients for any recipe.

Meet PantryChic, the new kitchen product just waiting for your dollars and support. This handy gadget stores all the ingredients you’ll ever need in airtight canisters, then, with the touch of a button, can measure out exactly the right amount and dispense it in seconds. The microprocessor “registers” the type of ingredients as soon as the PantryChic-system canister is attached to the standing machine, and can even work with Bluetooth-enabled tablets, phones and computers with a “recipe walk through” system designed to make cooking and baking utterly thoughtless. Now if only we could find a way to make those ooey gooey homemade cookies healthful… 

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|  August 15th, 2014

The Automatic Beer Pong Ball Cleaner

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I mean, talk about an invention that was necessary to society’s daily success.

FoodBeast has reported that company called Clean Cup has invented a new product that is designed at making Beer Pong (or Beruit, or whatever you want to call it, collegiates), easier and more sanity. The product, currently being funded on Kickstarter, uses “high pressure water and air to thoroughly clean the ball,” so never again will you have to stare into the abyss of a water-filled Solo Cup that is filled with the dirt and grime that little plastic ball picked up from the floor. This handy tabletop gadget uses a filter and built-in water tank to clean the ball in just about five seconds, so it won’t delay your game or your beer consumption.

Here’s to more sanitary ways to get wasted! 

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|  August 8th, 2014

Two Kitchen Tools to Help You Count Those Cals

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Two new gadgets are coming onto the market with one common intention – to help you monitor exactly what’s inside, and therefore, what’s going into your body.

The first, called Vessyl, is a “smartcup” that can “impressively identify any liquid that’s poured into it,” according to Eater. The cup, Eater continues, can then actually monitor all the nutritional information, including things like the caloric value, the carbohydrate grams and even the “caffeine content,” in order to help keep your liquid consumption on track.

But we don’t drink all our meals, so we’ll need some help with the solid stuff, too. As The Daily Meal reports, GE has developed a “prototype device” that can measure the calories in the food it’s heating up. While this early-stage model can only test “homogenous” foods – meaning, in other words, you better have a blender (and a strong stomach) to use it to its full advantage – the company hopes to eventually expand the capabilities to individually understand the makeup of a variety of solid foods.

Before you know it, we’ll all be able to track our calorie intake automatically, without the “error” that comes with keeping a food journal. No, Mom, just because you didn’t BUY the fries, doesn’t mean they don’t count. 

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|  August 8th, 2014

The Gadget that Can Detect Date Rape Drugs is Here

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A new, very important gadget has quietly appeared on Indiegogo: A gadget that can help women protect themselves from sexual assault and rape by way of date rape drugs.

The gadget, named “pd.id.” is set to be released next Spring. It’s designed to be submerged into a beverage, and alert you, with an illuminated light and, if you choose, in communication with your smart phone, that your drink has been “tampered with.”

For just $75, this pocket-sized, rechargeable device could potentially stop a devastating amount of sexual assaults. According to the gadget’s crowdfunding page, a study has shown that, “1 in every 4 women will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime. [Further,] 25% of those assaults are facilities by alcohol or compounds known as Date Rape Drugs.”  Hopefully one day they become mandatory on college campuses. 

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|  August 1st, 2014

Apple’s Foray into Health Help

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Apple is constantly raising the bar, and it seems that their next major OS overhaul, iOS 8, will be no exception. According to FWx, this next iteration of iPhone system will come with something called HealthKit, which is said to, “among its other functions… keep a running tally of your caffeine consumption.”

As FWx continues, this isn’t the first app designed to help keep your heart from exploding due to overdoing the expresso on a super stressful Friday, but it is the most comprehensive. The goal is that, based on a little bit of honest personal assessment (yes, you had six cups of coffee today, not four) and data entry on the user’s part, it will be a one-stop shop for assessing medical well-being and health.  

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|  July 25th, 2014