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With Easter right around the corner, it’s the perfect time to introduce a quirky gadget made just for eggs. With a name like Golden Goose, you would expect to find it among the pages of a children’s fable or scenes of “Game of Thrones” (and really, it is pretty magical), but this appliance is destined for the kitchen.
The Golden Goose, created by Chicago firm Y Line Product Design, is a surprisingly low tech method to making your own Golden Eggs—which are 1.) actual things, and 2.) scrambled eggs that are made in-shell. Golden Eggs are considered delicacies due to a gap in the “in-shell scrambled egg” appliance market, according to the gadget’s Kickstarter campaign.
By using centrifugal force and a carefully designed egg chamber, the Golden Goose shakes everything up without breaking the egg’s shell. After your egg has been sufficiently rattled, you’re free to eat them any way you’d like—soft boiled, fried, hard boiled, deviled, pickled; wherever your taste buds take you.
Whether you’re sporting loafers or a worn-out pair of Chuck Taylors, in the heat of the summer, there are one too many sacrifices that come with the appealing sockless look—blisters, sweat and stink, just to name a few. While no-show socks have been…
« Wish I Was Here » raconte l’histoire d’un père qui ne peut plus payer l’éducation de ses enfants et qui leur fera cours à domicile. Plein d’imagination, ce film a été réalisé par Zach Braff à l’aide de Kickstarter : la sortie est prévue prochainement dans nos salles. Le teaser est à découvrir dans la suite.
The team did some research into mobile printers, finding nothing that really suited their needs. So they decided to build their own.
“Being students, we worked on our laptops in different places, libraries, classrooms, cafes, trains and out in the sunshine,” explained a member of the team.
“We were able to do so because we had everything we needed with us on our phone or laptop. Yet, we always found ourselves struggling to find a place to print once the work was done.”
Measuring ten centimetres high and 11.5 centimetres in diameter, the Mini Mobile weighs 300 grams and comfortably fits into the palm of a hand.
The device connects wirelessly via Bluetooth to smartphones or PCs. When activated a hatch underneath the printer slides open, revealing the inkjet.
The user then places the Mini Mobile onto a piece of paper, using the teardrop’s pointed shape to align it with the top of the page.
Using an omni wheel system that allows it to move in multiple directions, it rolls across the page, printing in a grey-scale. When it reaches the end, the device moves down the page and continues on to the next line.
The machine uses a high resolution optical sensor to control movement, speed and placement of the robot.
“We asked ourselves, ‘why not get rid of the entire device, just put the printhead on a set of small wheels and let it run across a piece of paper’. By doing so, we allow the printer to really be as little as possible,” the team said.
The device also knows when multiple pages require printing, sending a message to the user’s laptop to place the machine on to another piece of paper.
The inkwell inside is capable of printing 1000 pages before needing to be replaced, and the battery will allow continual use for up to an hour.
The machine will print 1.2 pages per minute at a resolution of up to 96 by 192 dots per inch, but the team hopes to increase the speed when the device goes into commercial production.
Made from polycarbonate and available in matte black or white, each Mini Mobile has a thin illuminated blue strip to indicate when it is switched on.
At present, the Mini Mobile is a proof-of-concept, and Zuta Labs are currently raising funds on Kickstarter.
There’s a clear difference in taking some precious morning moments to brew a fresh cup of coffee for yourself and paying a visit to your local caffeine watering hole. I, for one, would choose waking up earlier to make a personalized brew to skip the cellphone clad crowd at the local Starbucks (and I think many of you might agree). In Chicago-based designer Craighton Berman‘s words, making your morning cup from a pour over system is an opportunity to take in “the slowness, the meditative qualities of pouring water by hand, the open-air aromas, and the flavor profiles.” Berman is the guy behind Manual—a series of products aimed at bridging the intersection of slow food and design. You may remember the first two products in the line: Pinch and The Sharpener Jar. His newest addition to the brand comes in the form of Manual Coffeemaker No. 1, which is seeking funding via Kickstarter.
Berman’s design isn’t looking to fool anyone with extravagant features or processes: “There’s a really strong coffee subculture made up of enthusiasts and baristas, and I knew I didn’t want to be so audacious as to assume I could ‘re-invent’ coffee and force it on the community,” he says. “The manual brewing devices that exist today are very ‘pitcher-like’ or ‘funnel-like’ and I wanted something that felt like a proper appliance, in that it lives on the countertop in between uses and gives you the convenience of placing a mug directly under it.” The bamboo base is meant to be oiled and treated as a cutting board. The reward for your extra care: a rich, patina from errant coffee drops.
If your Chinese food vocabulary consists of “General Tso’s” and “orange chicken,” then it’s time to open your eyes to see what the world’s most populous country really has to offer. Lilly Chow, Jonathan White and Iain Shaw—three friends who met six years…
Get ready for the Internet of Rings. Today’s the last day to jump on the earlybird bandwagon for Ring, which has completely cleaned house over on Kickstarter. In case you missed the digital memo, Ring is a wearable device that allows you to “control anything” and “shortcut everything” (or so its creators at Logbar claim). Enticingly vague promises, backed up by tight tech design and a pretty intense bank of R&D. The innovation at the heart of the device is fine gesture recognition—put it on your finger, tap the side to activate and your finger’s moves are registered and transmitted to the device of choice. From there, you get a lot of functionality: control appliances, send texts, make payments through Ring’s gateway, and get vibration or LED notifications. If you can sync it, you can rule it with Ring.
To futz with your Bluetoothed lamp, draw a lamp in the air. To draft a letter, draw a letter and then start spelling. The instant payment feature is a little surprising, but an interesting take on the common interaction. In addition to the “built in” symbols and controls, you can add your own personalized finger-commands. They’re opening the API for app developers who want to get in on the Ring game, and have a store to make Ring-related apps easy to find. The charging dock is pretty boss, and they estimate it can perform about 1,000 gestures per charge. They’re also offering it in a range of sizes, so you apes and dainty types aren’t out of luck.
While there’s been no shortage of innovations in the bike light category in recent years, there’s always room for improvement. Taking a rather unorthodox approach to the bicycle safety essential, UK’s Paul Cocksedge hopes to introduce the );…
These days, shooting film photography is about much more than just taking an analog approach to the activity of capturing images. Every aspect can be savored—from the smell of fresh film to the acute understanding that each frame is precious. And, for Chicago-based…