appliances

Portable Ice Maker – Great for outdoor parties

Portable Ice Maker – Great for outdoor parties

Summertime is always a great time for cookouts and barbecues, which always seem to be planned on the hottest day of the year. Usually the easiest way to cool down is with something cold to drink. Unfortunately, you need to have a lot of ice to keep all of the drinks cold.

Surface-saving built in coffee machine for tiny kitchens

Surface-saving built in coffee machine for tiny kitchens

Built-in coffee machines for luxury kitchens are nothing new, but this is the first time I've seen a drip-percolator used rather than the typical bean-to-cup espresso machine.  Made by Lance Larkin, it's not just inset into the tiling but hooks up to your cold water supply, so the only thing you have to add is ground coffee.

 

USB mini fridge – is it really worth it?

USB mini fridge – is it really worth it?

I tend to get in a rush when I get home from stocking up on food for the week, so I tend to forget to toss my Mountain Dew in the fridge. So then when I get thirsty I get to play the freezer game where I put it in and try to remember to take it out before it becomes a big chunk of ice.

Penguin Thermostat – why?

Penguin Thermostat – why?

Need a family-friendly way to keep the temperature of your house regulated? Well if you enjoy touchscreen interfaces and anime-style penguins, I have got a treat for you.

Toasty the Toaster: It makes toast!

Toasty the Toaster: It makes toast!

It’s always interesting to see all the design concepts, then to watch to see what actually gets created. Well for some reason people have a fascination with toast, and Toasty is no different.

TV-Fridges: Latest Home Appliance Trend?

TV-Fridges: Latest Home Appliance Trend?

I frequent the refrigerator several times a day and I find that I'm really only there for a quick moment, just long enough to get what I need and I'm on my way. Apparently the rest of the world has a craving watch television while "fridging?" fridging - v. To stand near a refrigerator and long for something to do.

This latest product from LG, a TV-fridge "convergence appliance" comes complete with a 15-inch LCD including HDTV capabilities. For $4,000 though, one would expect at least DVD playback capabilities.

One potential flaw in the design is the TV is right next to the ice dispenser; not only is this a poor height for anyone over 4 feet in height, but should you ever be watching a channel about an ice dispenser someone could mistakenly put a glass through the screen.

The latest convergence trend: fridge TVs [via cnet]

Philips helps consumers go green

Philips helps consumers go green

Lately companies have put out more and more products that are considered green. Philips has now released the Green Tick logo to help consumers recognize products that are a bit more environmentally friendly.

This logo is placed on products that are 10% better in comparison to other products on the market. However, they only have to be better in one of these five categories: hazardous substances, energy efficiency, weight, packaging and recycling. Although it is great that Philips is taking a step in the right direction, the logo does not mean that the product is completely green. It just means in comparison to other products it is the lesser evil.

Although there are not all that many products with the Green Tick logo, Philips intends to bring up that number by the end of this year.

Philips helps buyers pick green gadgets
[via crave]

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