Jawbone, maker of the popular Up24 fitness tracker, has just launched two new pieces of mobile software coded to foster better sleep. Called Up Coffee and Up 3.1, one keeps an eye on your caffeine intake, while the other strives to correlate personal physical movement with sleep performance. … Read more
A fine dance gets orchestrated by baristas every day. It even has a musical accompaniment in the form of grinders grinding and blenders blending. These are the industrial sounds that fuel our modern civilization. Without sounds such as these driving us forward, there is a good chance nobody would get out of bed. The lure of coffee, however, is too strong to ignore and we march collectively forward, eager to face the day, blended coffee drink in hand. And now, that elegant daily ritual can live right on the kitchen counter.
Get a jump on the day with the Hamilton Beach 40918 Java Blend Coffee Brewer ($79.99). … Read more
I've rarely talked about smartwatches in this space, largely because the category is so new, there haven't been any deals. And even today's I offer up with a grain of salt, for reasons I'll explain momentarily.
For now, this: Amazon has the Martian Passport smartwatch for $199.99 shipped. That's the black-and-silver version with the black wristband. (Best Buy has it for the same price, but you'll be on the hook for sales tax.) It lists for $299.99, and I've rarely seen it for much less than that.
So. Smartwatches. Long before … Read more
Technology has had a major impact on the goings-on in the kitchen. However, there are still some things that are hard to improve upon (at least from a preparation perspective). Take French press coffee for example. The simple preparation of steeping ground coffee in hot water produces results that are well respected for a reason: it just works.
Now, that's not to say an automatic plunger and integrated timer that tweets wouldn't improve the device, but for the most part, French press coffee makers are manual creations that do a really good job at what they do. But … Read more
Some things in life are generally unknowable. These range from the meaningless and mundane to the truly deep, philosophical questions of our time. For example, nobody really knows if the refrigerator light turns off when the door is closed. Our greatest minds have joined together on the quest to discover the truth, but usually these meetings disintegrate into someone opening and closing the door really, really fast. To date, nobody can confirm (or deny) the existence of the elusive refrigerator gnome.
All that opening and closing of the refrigerator door is sure to drive up one's thirst, which leads … Read more
This week, Google decided that some people were giving Google Glass such a bad name that it had to release an official guide to good behavior. That got me thinking. There's plenty of bad behavior with tech gadgets and services outside of Glass. Maybe other companies should be offering advice to their users. If so, here are a few pet peeves from me and others that might be worth including.
The kitchen countertop is a dynamic environment. Food, in all of its various forms, finds its way onto the kitchen counter, only to end up eaten. But it's all those steps before the grand finale that keep it interesting. Before the first bite can happen (not counting the nibblers), all the sorting, chopping, and general prep work must take place. With all those moving parts sooner or later something is bound to fall to the floor. More and more, that something is in danger of being a tablet.
Tablets of all sizes have made their way into the kitchen … Read more
Dinner from a vending machine usually evokes images of chips, cookies, frozen burritos, and other junk food. But if Farmer's Fridge has its way, meals from a vending machine could mean organic meats and cheeses and healthy salads full of locally grown veggies, fruit, beans, and seeds.
The Farmer's Fridge vending machines offer a selection of salads, including Antioxidant, High Protein, Detox, Thai, Mediterranean, North Napa, and more. The salads, with dressing included, are presented layered in BPA- and phthalate-free plastic jars. Smaller jars of organic meats -- such as lemon pepper chicken, tuna salad, lemon tofu, and salmon salad -- are sold separately.… Read more