kitchen gadgets

Sanyo GOPAN rice-bread machine is crazy sales success in Japan [Video]

Sanyo GOPAN rice-bread machine is crazy sales success in Japan [Video]

We generally associate Sanyo with HD camcorders, but Japan is actually going wild for the company's kitchen appliances instead. The Sanyo GOPAN looks like a regular bread maker, but it actually bakes rice bread from grains of rice rather than pre-milled rice flour. That might not sound like much, but it's enough to make the $612 GOPAN a massive best-seller in Japan and force the company to freeze sales until April so that production can catch up with demand.

Video demo after the cut

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Quirky outs cool modular cooking utensil

Quirky outs cool modular cooking utensil

I like to cook, but I hate having to dig in the drawer to find the utensil I need. We have like 100 plastic spoons that always seem to bury the spatulas when I need them. Quirky has all sorts of cool products and one of the more recent offerings from the company is the Click n Cook spatula.

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ThinkGeek boldly cuts where no man has cut before

ThinkGeek boldly cuts where no man has cut before

I like Star Trek and I like pizza, not the overacted original series, but Piccard and Number Two mind you. ThinkGeek really has my attention with its latest product with is a pizza cutter that looks like the Enterprise NCC-1701.

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Quirky unveils strange BoilBuoy device

Quirky unveils strange BoilBuoy device

I am sure that we have all had to boil water for one thing or another at some point and ended up coming back and forth from the living room or office a bunch of times to check of the water was boiling yet. For me I always end up coming back several times before the water is boiling and then somehow miss the water starting to boil and only hear it when it boils over and hits the burner with a hiss.

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iCoffee concept takes Nespresso mobile

iCoffee concept takes Nespresso mobile

Making coffee on the move generally means a thermos flask, an AeroPress, Handpresso or MyPressi Twist, but not if designer Gerda Hopfgartner has her way.  We'll forgive her iCoffee concept for the tired Apple-knock-off name seeing as it's a way to make up to four cups of fresh coffee when you don't have access to a power socket, water or a stove.

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Samsung Zipel Oven Goes for Under $600, Combines Microwave and Traditional Oven with Steamer

Samsung Zipel Oven Goes for Under $600, Combines Microwave and Traditional Oven with Steamer

Having all-in-one gadgets doesn't just mean for your PC or printer. At least, it shouldn't. And we're glad to see that Samsung shares our same ideas, as they've just begun to show off their Zipel oven. It's designed for Koreans, as the company is marketing it for "Korean tastes," but just looking at this perfectly sized device, and considering everything it can do, we're pretty sure this will get eyeballed by a lot more folks than just Koreans.

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Concept nutcracker uses gravity and metal to do the deed

Concept nutcracker uses gravity and metal to do the deed

When I was a kid, we used to pick up all the pecans behind my grandmother's house and mostly we threw them at each other's heads. On occasion, we would try to crack them for a snack. Typically, that involved stomping on them until the shell broke and we could eat the nut.

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Bamboo bottle is a green way to get your liquid intake

Bamboo bottle is a green way to get your liquid intake

If you are the green type, you know that bottles from bottled water typically end up in landfills. If you are looking for an alternative to those plastic water bottles that you can refill with a bit more green in its design the Bamboo Bottle may be exactly what you need.

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Defibrillator-shaped toaster crying out for a Steve Martin film to goof in

Defibrillator-shaped toaster crying out for a Steve Martin film to goof in

While we wouldn't argue with some kitchen/hospital crossovers - better food while you're recuperating would be nice - we can't help but think designing a toaster to look like a defibrillator opens up all manner of potential pratfalls. The handiwork of Shay Carmon, toast/e/r is tongue-in-cheek billed as a way to "revive your old bread".

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Espresso machine made from concrete sounds gross

Espresso machine made from concrete sounds gross

I'm not a coffee drinker, but until my wife has a few cups I don’t even like to look at her lest she smite me with early morning grumpiness. She uses a coffee maker made from plastic like most things today. If you like your coffee, but prefer it in a stronger espresso form and like really industrial looking designs the Lavazza is for you.

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Hammacher Schlemmer offers Healthiest Deep Fryer

Hammacher Schlemmer offers Healthiest Deep Fryer

If you are trying to get healthy and have a penchant for fried foods like fries and chicken things can be rough. Fired foods tend to have more fat and calories than baked stuff thanks to all the oil needed to deep-fry something.

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Waffle on a stick is perfect for carnies

Waffle on a stick is perfect for carnies

Summer is here and the kids are under my feet constantly as I try to work every day. One thing I can count on as soon as my 5-year-old daughter rolls her crazy-haired head out of bed is that she will want her "waftuls" otherwise known as waffles. Shortly after the waffles are eaten, she will want her first of 157 popsicles of the day.

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