kitchen gadgets

Multitasking Toaster Plays Tunes While You Toast

Multitasking Toaster Plays Tunes While You Toast

This could be a fun and useful space-saving appliance, or it could be one of those items that tries to do too many things and does none of them very well.  But for around $80, we hope it will at least do a good job on the toast. The Breville Radio Toaster features an FM radio as well as an auxilliary input so you can plug in your mp3 player.

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Cap Storing Bottle opener will keep track of how many you have

Cap Storing Bottle opener will keep track of how many you have

My uncle is a professional beer drinker. You can tell that because his shop floor is littered with caps from the bottles he prefers. The caps at his place either end up tossed in the yard or littering the floor of the shop until the twice-annual sweep up. If you are the sort that likes your beer and other beverages that come in bottles with caps that you need to pop open this is the bottle opening concept for you.

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SmartShopper gets new design and other enhancements

SmartShopper gets new design and other enhancements

One of the things that I hate most about having to go shopping is having to make a list of what I need. I know that I will forget something between looking in the pantry and writing the stuff down. I also have bad handwriting and end up not being able to read my own list a lot of the time. If you are like me and want a easier way to make your shopping lists the cool SmartShopper may be just the ticket.

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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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