kitchen gadgets

Drop Scale Review: no need to weigh your options

Drop Scale Review: no need to weigh your options

Cooking can be confusing and difficult for some, as can technology. So what happens when you merge the two? Will it become a disaster of epic proportions, or do cooking and technology make an odd couple who end up balancing each other out. Drop, a connected kitchen scale that links directly to your iPad, wants answers to those questions. So do we. In our review of Drop, we’re going to run it through its paces, as well as enjoy delicious (or possibly terrible) things we make along the way.

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Chemex gets lazy with Ottomatic coffee brewer

Chemex gets lazy with Ottomatic coffee brewer

Chemex may normally be one of the more labor-intensive ways of making coffee - not to mention one of the more popular - but lazy caffeine addicts can now automate the process with the Ottomatic maker. The new brewer keeps the hourglass-shaped Chemex flask, but replaces the brewer's hand (and their hot-water kettle) with a heating system and "Greedy Cup" sprayhead, that still takes into account factors like pre-infusion time.

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Inside La Marzocco Home, gateway to $7k espresso

Inside La Marzocco Home, gateway to $7k espresso

Coffee is a serious matter to a whole lot of people, but what would persuade you to spend upward of $7,000 on an espresso machine? La Marzocco may already have a huge legacy in professional coffee making, but the company's ambitions aren't ending there. Starting with the coveted GS3, it's launching a new degree of customization while simultaneously hoping to connect directly with coffee fans. I caught up with La Marzocco's marketing chief Scott Callender to find out why the historic brand believes it's the right time to make an official play for the kitchen.

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Drop connected kitchen scale bakes with your iPad

Drop connected kitchen scale bakes with your iPad

Wirelessly-connected scales aren't new, with Withings' model gleefully telling everyone in your social networks just how fat you are for some time now, but Drop aims to do something similar only before the food actually makes it past your lips. The Drop connected kitchen scale claims to take the measuring confusion out of baking, integrating with a companion iPad app that not only shows recipes but gives real-time guidance on how you piece it all together, even automatically adjusting the overall recipe if you're short on an ingredient.

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New Nomiku 2 sous-vide adds WiFi to kitchen favorite

New Nomiku 2 sous-vide adds WiFi to kitchen favorite

Nomiku helped sous-vide go from gastronomic novelty to geek chef must-have, and now the company is back with a second-generation model that adds WiFi, boosts performance, and makes for less chance of steaming your hands. The new Nomiku 2 will be made in the US - right next to the company's San Francisco headquarters, in fact - and, like its predecessor, clips to the side of a pan of water. However, new the second time around is integrated WiFi to hook up to a remote app.

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La Fenice coffee machine promises groundbreaking brewing

La Fenice coffee machine promises groundbreaking brewing

Coffee and crowdfunding aren't new bedfellows, but an Italian project to rethink the espresso machine, La Fenice, may be the most ambitious we've seen so far. The chrome and wood brewer may look retro at first glance, but it claims to house some seriously new tech - in coffee making terms, anyway - relying on electromagnetic induction to heat water almost instantaneously, give incredible control over its temperature, and even save electricity by avoiding keeping a boiler up to temperature all the time, along with some other sprinklings of geek-appeal.

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LG HomeChat talkative kitchen appliances go live

LG HomeChat talkative kitchen appliances go live

LG's HomeChat system of talkative appliances has hit stores, a range of high-tech kitchen kit with which users can have two-way conversations over messaging app LINE, including seeing exactly what's left in your fridge. Previewed at CES, HomeChat - which will be offered in South Korea only, at least initially - uses natural language processing to allow you to confide in your washing machine "much like chatting with a close friend."

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GKILO web connected clock and kitchen scale looks like a wood block

GKILO web connected clock and kitchen scale looks like a wood block

An Italian company called Thingk has hit Indiegogo with an interesting internet of things product that aims at people wanting a dual function object for the kitchen that has more than one use. The product is called the GKILO and while it looks like a block of wood, it is actually two objects in one. Depending on which side you lay the GKILO on, it will perform one of two uses.

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Mellow sous-vide “kitchen robot” makes foodie fave even geekier

Mellow sous-vide “kitchen robot” makes foodie fave even geekier

Sous-vide cooking isn't new, but Mellow aims to make it mainstream with its eponymous "kitchen robot", a smart appliance that can not only cook but cool, and all controlled from your smartphone. Sous-vide, if you've not been keeping up to date with your kitchen trends, epitomizes the "low and slow" method of cooking. Ingredients are vacuum sealed in a plastic bag and then immersed for several hours or even a couple of days in a warm water bath, gently cooking through.

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Keurig 2.0 pod DRM will lock out unofficial coffee pods

Keurig 2.0 pod DRM will lock out unofficial coffee pods

Pod coffee maker Keurig is clamping down on unofficial suppliers for its single-serve machines, confirming that it will be using DRM in its new range - dubbed "Keurig 2.0" - to prevent brewers from working with unlicensed pods. The move is reminiscent of printer ink, many of the cartridges for which have long included a chip that prevents unofficial refills from being installed. In fact, the argument Keurig gives is much the same as that of Epson, HP, and others.

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