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When Ikea rolled out their line of wireless charging furniture and objects, it essentially established that the technology is now mainstream. But as revolutionary as these affordable objects are, they still need to be plugged into the wall, drawing their power from the mains. Interior designer Vihanga Gore and interaction
Knife storage can be a challenge for many home cooks. Since I last wrote about knife blocks and wall racks back in February 2014, a number of additional designs have caught my eye. The Index with Knives from Joseph Joseph allows the knives to be stored along with the chopping
The Auroma One is a coffee science machine that controls the parameters involved in making the perfect cup of coffee. The Auroma One learns your taste preference over time and adjusts brewing parameters to craft a cup tailored to each individual.
Snifters are designed with inwardly-tapered rims to concentrate the vapors; a good Scotch is always better when you "drink" it with your nose before the fluid actually hits your lips. But the scent delivery is only part of the whisky-drinking experience, and a new design called the Norlan Whisky Glass
Yesterday Domino’s Pizza pulled the sheets off of their DXP, a vehicle whose sole purpose is to deliver pizzas. Built from modified Chevy Sparks, the DXP (from “delivery expert,” which is what Domino’s calls their mobile army of pizza deliverypeople) has had its interior modified to carry 80 pizzas on
There's just over ten days left until Halloween, which should give you plenty of time to practice this trick: The always-entertaining Crazy Russian Hacker has devised a way to make a seemingly normal pumpkin spontaneously pop into a jack-o'-lantern—with some help from you, a carving knife, and some dried ice.
In the two years since the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) created the report called, "Edible Insects: Future Prospects for Food and Feed Security," there's been an onslaught of new insects-as-food products. From cricket flour to protein bars, entrepreneurs are having a field day coming up
I suck at cooking, make a mess while doing it, and frequently screw recipes up. Whenever something calls for adding a teaspoon or tablespoon of liquid into something, I always spill while attempting to measure it out. Trying to pour a precise amount of liquid into a spoon requires the
Last summer, my little company launched a Kickstarter campaign for a Bluetooth successor to our Range smartphone thermometer. Unfortunately, as sometimes happens, our campaign failed and everyone went home empty-handed. Failing is part of the process of creating, of course. And if you can handle direct, public interaction with your
When Dan Black—who recently bought out business partner Martin Blum to take on sole ownership of renowned UK industrial design house Black+Blum—launched a dishrack inspired by the skeletal shapes of Calatravan architecture, he knew he'd hit on a new niche. With so many folks investing heavily in their dream luxury
If all cooks had large kitchens with plenty of storage, they might well store their pot lids right on the pots. But that's not reality; many end users need to nest their pots and pans or hang them from pot racks. And then they need to find a way to
When people are differing heights, you've got an ergonomics problem. At a movie theater in Copenhagen, I saw something bizarre (to my American eyes) stacked up in the corner: Adult booster seat cushions. Inevitably some Viking-tall Dane would sit in the fourth row, obscuring the view of those more height-challenged
Tonight at Hand-Eye Supply's Curiosity Club we get a feast of information and art! Marcella Kriebel will share the story of how her cookbook, Mi Comida Latina came to be. From learning recipes as she traveled, to designing page layout on a light table, Marcella's book began as a project
The drill-wielding apple peeler was a silly bit of fun. But it turns out there is actual market demand for an object that will quickly peel apples. One product reviewer on Amazon writes of needing something "to help me get through 147 lbs of apples" in order to make "apple
We're pleased to see that design students around the world are killing it! This year's James Dyson Award received a record 710 entries, and the judges have finally whittled them down to 20 finalists, released today. We're going to show you some of our faves. First up is Chloe Louisin,
If you're not an apartment dweller like me, and thus have a kitchen big enough to support an L-shaped counter, then you have another problem: The dead space in the "blind corner" where the two axes meet. Luckily for you, there are a host of design companies with solutions for
Talk about an in-demand craftsman: After knifemaker Bob Kramer was first featured in Saveur Magazine in the '90s, he was so deluged with orders that it took him ten years to catch up. Of all the certified Master Bladesmiths in the United States--there were 67 when he started out, and
This is my favorite kind of industrial design, the humble kind. Here's a great example of how adding a simple innovation to an existing product can vastly improve its function. Plastic beverage coolers have existed for decades with the same basic design: Interior and exterior polypropylene walls, with a
Every culture relies on its bread. Bread unfolds the story and essence of culture and people. Injera—a regional sourdough flatbread with a slight spongy texture—unfolds the story of Ethiopia and its people. Teff is the traditional grain used to make Injera. It is gluten-free, with high values of fiber,
Here's one of those bread-and-butter design problems that alerts you to the importance of context. It's simple enough to design a coffee dispenser in a studio, where you've worked out people's average heights and eyelines and calculated how they'll interact with the device. Then it goes out into the real
Carbon fiber is awesome stuff, being both lightweight and strong. It's also a difficult-to-produce, non-renewable material. But for over a decade two material scientists from Scotland, David Hepworth and Eric Whale, have been working on a natural alternative made from, believe it or not, carrots. To be clear, Hepworth and
Remember Bottoms Up Beer? That was the system we showed you a few years ago, whereby the company invented a way to fill cups of beer from the bottom of the cup. To refresh your memory: Obviously that's sped up, but while it looks gimmicky, it's all about efficiency: The
Remember the Hoosier Cabinet, the all-in-one piece of kitchen furniture that predated modern kitchens? Austrian company Camp Champ has a similar offering, this one designed for modern-day camping: Obviously that's for vehicle-based camping, as you and your mates won't want to haul something built out of marine plywood, even if
I cook three nights a week out of necessity and I hate it. I am a horrible cook. The prep work takes me forever, and I lack the patience and dexterity to chop, dice or mince vegetables into consistent sizes. That's why this Tupperware Chop 'N Prep contraption looks pretty
I keep vegetables in the crisper drawer and put the eggs in that thing that's shaped like eggs. Other than that my refrigerator is a total free-for-all, with the beer, meat, snacks, beer, leftovers, milk, beer, and juice all just wedged wherever it will fit, usually centered around the beer.
It doesn't take you long to realize this is a gag, but it's a funny one, particularly for those of us that well remember eating plenty of dorm-cooked ramen noodles. A fictional South Korean company called "Natural Waters'" asks, why do we have machines to dispense coffee, water and ice
With a new SoHo showroom now open in New York City, the CEO of Henrybuilt took a moment to chat with Core77 about the rise of the kitchen as a tool, the R&D process for new Henrybuilt products, and why integrating technology into the cabinetry may not be the answer home cooks are looking for.
People often say "There's more than one way to skin a cat," but no one ever talks about how many ways there are to scale a fish. And in general, when there's a lot of different ways to do something, in means no one's designed the perfect tool for it
Icicles I get: Water drips downward and freezes. But I've often wondered how the HELL water drips upwards and freezes, forming those weird spikes I occasionally find on ice cubes in the ice tray. Man of science that I am, I always assumed that either a) My freezer contains
In July of this year, camping goods company Sea to Summit will release their full line of collapsible X-Pots. By combining an aluminum base with a silicone body, the company has created pots that compress flat; a steel ring embedded in the pot's lip gives it the ridigity needed
Many areas of design are already saturated. Want to get into furniture design? You've got thousands of competitors to contend with. But if you can bring your design talent to bear on an undiscovered niche, as the aptly-named Jim Cash has, you stand to make a mint. Cash wasn't even
Kaiten or rotating/conveyor belt sushi restaurants were invented in Japan in the 1950s. More recently, a Japanese entrepreneur has put the concept on steroids, rolling out a chain of highly automated—and profitable—restaurants that go way beyond a mere conveyor belt. At branches of the Muten Kurazushi Sushi Restaurant, which has
You know when you see a new product design and think "Wow that's dumb," but then you look into it and realize "Hey, this is actually super cool?" That's the feeling I got when checking out the Butter Boss. Designed by Chicago-based Y Line Product Design, this dispenser accepts a
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