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The Coffee Mug That Also Brews

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It’s time to toss that old plastic coffee mug you’ve had since your corporate retreat to Williamsburg, Virginia. Meet your new coffee mate, the Hey Joe Coffee Mug, available now for a small donation of $49 on Kickstarter. But this isn’t just an ordinary coffee carrier, designed to caffeinate you on the go. Rather, the Hey Joe actually brews coffee in itself, and, even better, “heats the water precisely” to 140 or 155 degrees Fahrenheit, so you’ll never burn your taste buds off again.

The Hey Joe company also creates its very own coffee pods designed to work hand-in-hand with the brew-master mug, but if you are brand-loyal to a particular bean, never fear! You can also import your own grounds and make the coffee of your choice with Hey Joe’s rechargeable battery-operated mug.

Click here to learn more about the Hey Joe and to become an “early-bird “supporter with a first-edition mug all your own. 

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|  July 18th, 2014

Aerate Your Wine Before You Even Pour It

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As cNet points out, there are tons (and tons) of gadgets out there designed to help you enjoy that splurge-worthy bottle of wine sitting in your kitchen – and we’ve highlighted several. Now, here’s another.

The Vinaera is an uber-effective aeration system that aerates your wine expertly as you pour it, taking out that pesky middle man, the decanter, and eliminating those painful minutes of waiting for your wine to “breathe” as you stare at it longingly. With the “touch of a button,” a long straw reaches into the bottle, sucks up that delicious Pinot and adds in the perfect amount of air for optimal flavor. Then, in seconds, it seamlessly pours it into your waiting wine glass for you to sip away on and enjoy. Voila! 

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|  July 18th, 2014

This App May Very Well Replace Sommeliers, Apparently

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Ever had a conversation with a sommelier that leaves you feeling uneducated, unsophisticated and super confused? You’re not alone. Enter WineGlass, the new app that, according to Eater, is the next step in automated replacement of restaurant-industry human staff.

While it may not be entirely eliminating the need for wine experts in the flesh any time soon, this handy wine app will, certainly, empower the average, amateur oenophile no matter how complex the wine list.  Just scan the wine list at the table, and you’ll instantly see lists of suggested food pairings, wine reviews, commentary and more, furnished by CellarTracker. Here’s to your informed ordering independence! 

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|  July 11th, 2014

The At-Home Dry-Aging Fridge You Must Have

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True carnivores have lots of pride in their at-home steak grilling abilities. In fact, how one may prepare that filet has even become a competitive sport, and one worthy of bragging rights on the golf course. Up the ante of your next barbeque with a little help from the Steaklocker, at “world’s first chef-inspired fridge,” to dry-age your steaks to savory perfection, available now with a pledge of $599 or more on Kickstarter.

The machine uses a variety of “fan forced air technology” to keep your meat resting comfortably, and communicates with you with a proprietary app if your edible prized possessions should require your attention. 

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|  July 11th, 2014

Brighten Up Your Steak

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Some people have a nose for steak. There are some fortunate souls who can literally smell when their ribeye has hit that ideal, almost-medium-rare state at which it should be pulled off the grill and set to rest.

But for the rest of us (there’s no shame in admitting you’re no such connoisseur), there are a ton of temperature-taking gadgets out there to help us grill that filet to tender perfection without slicing it open to look at the color. One of our new favorites keeps things as simple as can be: the Inno-Labs SteakChamp’s sole purpose is in using an LED light to alert the grill master when the meat is ready to be taken off the grill.

As cNet explains, each thermometer can only be used for one selected level of doneness (which you program in advance), so it may not make pleasing the whole dinner party easy – but at least you’ll know that you prepared your steak like a pro. Now we just have to practice our patience in the face of hunger as we wait for that little red light to glow.

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|  July 4th, 2014

How the 3D Printer Will Print Edible Beauty

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3D printing enthusiast, prepare to have your conceptions on its limitations blown out of the water. A product called the Discov3ry Extruder, available for backing on Kickstarter now, has developed a way to take pastes and turn them into beautiful works of printed art, in the form of icing sugar, nutella, and more. 

The founders, tired of “printing plastic Yoda heads,” and in search of something more useful – and edible – to produce, created a new delivery and extrusion process that allows a variety of these pastes to pass through the 3D printing system without any trouble. Even further than sugary sweetness, this extruder can print materials like silicone, clay, ceramics, and the list goes on, proving that the 3D printing craze is just beginning to take off. 

Take a look at some of the other examples they’ve printed here

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|  July 4th, 2014

How to Save Your Wine: WIRED Video

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As our big brother points out, “Oxygen is your friend. Unless you’re wine.” So to save your beloved libation from interacting with its enemy, put the Coravin 1000 system to work. This unique wine accessory allows you to puncture the bottle’s cork with a long, skinny needle, so that the delicious wine will easily pour out, without letting that pesky oxygen back in.

Watch the video here for a play-by-play look at how this handy gadget works, and why it will change the way you store and sip vino.

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|  June 27th, 2014

The First Ever Scent-Tagged Images, Now on Your iPhone

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You know that feeling, when you send a picture of the gooey, delicious grilled cheese you’re about to devour to a friend, but you just can’t get the envious reaction you’re looking for without sending its mouthwatering scent? The folks at Vapor Communications do, and that’s why they have just started an Indiegogo campaign for the revolutionary oPhone.

This is a two-part story (and yes, it smells great). First, there is oSnap, the iPhone app that you can download today (to that iPhone you’re already grasping). With oSnap, you can take a picture of your savory or sweet cuisine and actually tag it with unique flavor smells. That’s right, smells. To “build” your own smell, simply choose whichever combination of 32 scents speaks to you most, and voila – the smell that says a thousand words.

Then comes the second part of this fragrant tale – the reception of your oSnap messages. The average Joe will be able to download your message, take it to within Bluetooth range of the nearest “hotspot” (currently, hotspots are available in New York and Paris, with many more in the works) and sniff away. However, you’re not the average Joe, and you want the scent-delivery system in your very own home, right? So take a look at the online crowd-funded efforts of the company, and donate $149 or more to sign yourself up to receive an oPhone duo – the at-home gadget that allows you to download those scent-laden “oNotes” in the comfort of your living room – so you’ll never have to receive a smell-free messages again. 

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|  June 27th, 2014

The World’s Neatest Indoor Garden

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Growing herbs and greens in the comfort of your own home (and, in some cases, tiny kitchen) can be tougher than it may seem. The folks at Tomorrow Machine didn’t think it seemed fair that only those with an affinity towards all things green should be able to have homegrown delicious produce at their disposal, so they invented a handy little growing kit that not only produces, but also looks awesome in the process.

As FoodRepublic notes, the Microgarden is, “the brainchild of the Swedish food and packaging design firm,” and microgreen seeds and seaweed-based agar for foolproof growing; and, to boot, the aesthetic ain’t half bad, using foldable, opaque walls that keep everything tucked in and clean.

Learn more on the company website.    

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|  June 20th, 2014

An Easy Way to Make Fresh Tortillas at Home

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You know that age-old problem, when you want to make fajitas at home but just don’t want to settle for store-bought tortillas? We’ve all been there.

Thankfully, a new company has the solution, with its, as Eater termed it, “Keurig-like” machine called Flatev. As we learned in their simple and catchy instructional video, this new kitchen gadget, sure to be beloved by fajita, burrito and taco fans everywhere, uses small pods of fresh dough to produce nearly handmade tortillas. With the touch of a button, they’re cooked before your very eyes and ejected, flat and warm, in no time, so you can pretend you’re an authentic Mexican chef and your guests will be none the wiser.

While they’re not readily available yet, you can pre-order them on the Flatev website, and be one of the first to make “homemade” tortillas to your heart’s content. 

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|  June 20th, 2014