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Ready to Have a Robotic Buddy Help You Shop for Groceries?

Between the surge in popularity of electric vehicles to robots serving burgers, it’s quite apparent we are now living in the future. Today our lives revolve so much around technology, with new norms being accepted at an accelerated rate. But are we ready to have a little robotic buddy following us around to help us with our shopping?

Enter Piaggio Fast Forward, a robotics company that “builds technology products that move the way people move,” and is now selling gita and gitamini, a “first-of-their-kind cargo-carrying robots.” According to the site, the robots follow you around and communicate through colored lights and lighting patterns. It’s like we’re finally living in a Pixar movie, friends, and I’m here for it.

If you check out the clip above, Chef Jordan Andino of Flip Sigi in New York City uses his gitamini out on a trip to the local farmer’s market. As we can see, the gitamini is convenient for carry and storage capabilities without having to fuss over multiple shopping bags and surely takes out the strain of lugging around groceries or any other cargo.

Piaggio Fast Forward indicates on their site that the gita is 40lb and has a capacity of 2630 in3 or approximately 10 days worth of groceries for one person. The gitamini clocks in at 20lb, with a capacity of 990 in3 or around 5 days worth of groceries for a single person.

As someone living in a walkable city, this comes in clutch and would surely take a load off my next shopping trip. But as any other downtown dweller knows, I have to ask — would the gita be able to avoid dog poop? I’m positive likeminded folks would love to know.

If you’re ready to step into the future with a robotic shopping companion check out more on Piaggio Fast Forward’s site.

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T-Pain Battles Olivia Culpo In Foodbeast’s First Celebrity Kitchen League Match

Foodbeast’s Twitch cooking competition show, Kitchen League, is geared up for its first celebrity battle, with music icon T-Pain and supermodel and actress Olivia Culpo duking it out against each other this Thursday at 2pm PST. Kitchen League veteran chefs, Malika Lim of HyperRPG and Leon C. Brunson will be serving as the coaches to each respective contestant.

LG’s decided to join in on all the fun for this special Kitchen League Homestyle Challenge by providing a host of next-level appliances that introduce state-of-the-art technology to the Foodbeast kitchen arena.

For the unfamiliar, Kitchen League is a battle arena on the Foodbeast Twitch channel that is equal parts cooking and hijinks, with the audience given the power to either sabotage or protect the contestants. Sabotages can come in the form of chefs being forced to cook blindfolded or even have the use of kitchen utensils taken away from them for a period of time. Whatever the shenanigans, trust that the results are always entertaining and chaotic.

How T-Pain and Olivia Culpo can handle that type of heat in the Foodbeast Kitchen League arena remains to be seen, but know that we’re all in for a dynamic matchup that pits T-Pain’s appetite and cocktail-making prowess against Culpo’s kitchen skills and restaurateur experience. It’s Kitchen League, of course, so trust we’ll be wowed throughout much of the competition.

Catch this much-anticipate livestream on the Foodbeast Twitch channel here at 2pm PST.

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This French Press Brews Coffee In Your Car Or With Solar Power

Photo courtesy of GoSun

If you’re camping or on a road trip, a steaming pot of coffee is one of the things many of us look forward to in the morning. A new crowd-funded device could make it possible to brew your coffee from your car, or entirely on solar power.

This new coffee maker comes from GoSun, a company known for making solar-powered cooking tech — like stoves powered by the sun. Their new GoSun Brew, which launched recently on Kickstarter, combines a French press and a coffee brewer together while making power options easily accessible.

If you have a car charger port, the coffee maker can plug into that to charge. You then just need to add coffee grounds and water, heat up the device, and plunge to get that French press coffee experience.

GoSun also has a solar-charged power bank that can charge or power the coffee maker as well as charge a bunch of other devices, making it clutch for when you need your phone in the wild.

Both of these products are available as part of GoSun’s Kickstarter, which is fully funded but still actively running. The GoSun Brew is available at a pledge of $59 or more, and has a suggested market price of $99. Getting the power bank thrown in requires a pledge of $269 or more, with a suggested retail price of $499.

It’s definitely expensive in terms of both coffee makers and power banks, but the solar powered aspect, allowing you to self-charge whenever the sun is out, comes in clutch. Plus, there’s not exactly a Starbucks on every street corner when you’re on a trip — so what’s that phone charge and coffee worth to ya?!

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This Kitchen Appliance Acts As A Fridge AND Cooks Your Meals

Photo courtesy of Suvie

With the amount of work folks do these days, whether at home or braving to go into offices and factories, there’s usually not a lot of time left for meal prep.

There’s plenty of companies that capitalize like that, such as Blue Apron. Not many, however, have a device that’s capable of refrigerating and cooking your food, timed to when you want it.

Photo courtesy of Suvie

The team at Suvie has built such a device. Their combo fridge/sous vide oven can keep your food at fridge-cold temperatures, then begins cooking it to time it to whenever you program it to. Theoretically, this could let you set prepared meals in the kitchen gadget, program it to cook when you’re home from work, and not have to worry about making dinner at all.

Suvie’s appliance has multiple functions: it uses water to keep your food cold, then heats it up to start boiling and steaming to bring everything up to temperature. It can then drain that water, if you’re making something like pasta, and even broil foods like chicken or vegetables to give them caramelization and color.

Each of the four drawers inside can be controlled independently, ensuring that each part of the meal cooks to where it needs to be, rather than overcooking to whatever needs the most time.

Photo courtesy of Suvie

A device like this does come with a hefty price tag: $1,200, to be exact (there are sometimes discounts available). Suvie also does prepare a bunch of meal kits that can be delivered to your home, further removing you from the cooking process if needed.

Nonetheless, a device that can cook everything for you, as long as you stick everything in it at the beginning of the day, sounds like a potentially useful gadget for those trying to spend less time in the kitchen.

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Futuristic ‘Smart Toaster’ Is Programmed To Perfectly Toast Baked Goods

To be honest, toasters really haven’t changed much in the past couple of decades. Thus, it was only a matter of time before we got a futuristic “smart toaster” that takes technology possible with a toaster and puts it over the top.

Photo courtesy of Revolution Cooking

Created by Revolution Cooking, the toaster comes with a touch screen that lets you control the level of browning on your bread. It even has a function that lets you see how brown the bread is without having to restart your toaster completely.

Is it extra AF? Absolutely. But, it also addresses problems with toasters that we may never really think about, and yet would welcome some pretty intriguing solutions too.

The smart toaster is designed to get a variety of baked goods, including bread, waffles, bagels, and more, to the shade of brown you want it to be. It can also customize based on whether what you throw inside is fresh, frozen, or being simply reheated, and comes with a digital or analog clock, in case you need your toaster to tell time as well.

Admittedly, the auto lowering and lifting mechanism is pretty cool, as you can see in the above video of the toaster in action.

While you can get a basic toaster for as little as $10 today, this smart toaster comes in at a whopping $300. If you’re obsessed with smart gadgets and having that level of control on your bread, however, it may well be worth the cost to you.

You can purchase the smart toaster on Revolution Cooking’s website, as well as at places like Amazon, Best Buy, and other retailers and online websites.

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MAC ON TAP: Stouffer’s Unveils Mac & Cheese Tap Pour Prototype

At bars and convenience stores alike, you can find some interesting things on tap beyond beer and wine. Kombucha, nacho cheese, and chili are just some of the dispensers out there today.

Stouffer’s has made an addition to that lineup of out-there food dispensing gadgets with a tap that pours mac & cheese on anything you can imagine.

The gadget appears to be in its final phases of testing and perfecting, but Stouffer’s has built one out that they’re ready to share with the masses. How they manage to get the pressure to dispense creamy, rich mac and cheese, I don’t know, but to be able to pour out something that viscous from a dispenser is quite impressive.

Stouffer’s has yet to announce where they will be rolling this device out at, instead calling on folks to let them know on social media where they should set one of these mac and cheese “taps” up at.

This is still a prototype that hasn’t been fully unveiled, so we don’t know exactly how viable it is yet. However, if it lives up to the hype, hopefully there’s an eventual at-home purchase option too. I could see myself smothering many a food item with some custom mac if possible.

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This New Cooler Is Powered By The Sun, So Forget About Those Soggy Ice Bags

Summer is finally on its way, which means you probably have a few beach days or barbecues in the works. (Hooray, warm weather!) Before you pack your old cooler with soggy bags of ice, check out the GoSun Chill. It’s a solar-powered cooler that doesn’t require any ice at all (seriously), which means you can pack your frozen goods without squeezing them into piles of melting cubes. Yup, that means you can kiss the days of wet food and overflowing coolers goodbye.

The GoSun Chill was announced on May 7 by GoSun, the company behind those solar cookers you know and love. Similar to GoSun’s ovens and grills, the Chill can be powered by the sun. Yes, that means you won’t have to stop at the grocery store for three bags of ice on your way to the beach. Instead, you can charge up your GoSun Chill cooler using solar energy.

Thankfully, charging the GoSun Chill is really easy. TBH, there are a few ways you can do it — but I’ll start with the solar option. (That’s the point, isn’t it?) According to GoSun, the cooler’s Lithium Powerbank (which powers the device) can be charged with a solar table or a solar panel. Thankfully, both devices come with the purchase of a GoSun Chill, which means you can pick whichever one is more convenient for you.

Once your Powerbank is charged, it’ll run your cooler for up to 14 hours in 80-degree weather. So, yes, it’s safe to say that your beers will stay cold (even during those long, steamy beach days).

Courtesy of GoSun

The Lithium Powerbank can also be charged with an AC Adapter (aka a wall outlet), which leads me to my next point. If you’d rather bypass the whole “solar” part, you can use an AC Adapter or 12 Volt Cord to plug your cooler directly into your outlet or car. That way, you won’t need a charged Powerbank to run your mini fridge.

Even so, using the Lithium Powerbank sounds like a pretty convenient option. In addition to powering your GoSun Chill, the Powerbank can be used to charge cell phones and laptops (thanks to its convenient USB ports). Therefore, if you need a quick charge during your camping trip, go ahead and use the Lithium Powerbank after cooling down your Chill.

Courtesy of GoSun

If you want to give the GoSun Chill a try, you can order one for $479 on Indiegogo. However they probably won’t be shipped until August 2019 — so plan your summer beach days accordingly.

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New Smart Tupperware Alerts You When Food Has Gone Bad

Photo: Smarterware

Life sometimes feels like an endless loop of grocery shopping, stocking up the fridge with the best intentions, but still feeling like there’s nothing to eat. I see the food, I recognize the food, and yet it sits there daunting and questionable. When did I buy that? Is it even good? You take a whiff, but doubt how much you can trust your nose. Plus, depending how organized you keep your fridge, food is hidden behind other food and some of it is in jars or Tupperware you’re afraid to open and quite frankly, it’s all a little bit terrifying.

It always seemed like one of those problems with no real answer. In our modern day we’re beginning to have smart-everything and now here comes the next thing we didn’t know we needed — Smarterware!

Smarterware works using a system of “SmartTags” that can be linked to Alexa. The idea is that you get back from the grocery store and grab your smart tag, say “Alexa this is a bell pepper” and it will light up green. The smart tag changes from green to yellow to red as the days pass pulling the data on the life span of food from their database (which they are updating regularly). When the food is reaching its final days you’ll receive a notification on your phone along with recipe recommendations using what you have in your fridge. No more helplessly wondering what to do with what you got, Smarterware will help you out.

For those who don’t have access to Alexa, fear not, using these does not require its assistance, as you have the option to input what food you have right through the app. Also, as their database grows, they’re not going to have everything just yet, but you can easily add any obscure food item and its lifespan.

If you’re clueless like me it will default to three days. Not only that, but you can customize your preference for food freshness in case you think certain foods just shouldn’t last that long.

By the way, this isn’t just for grocery fresh food, SmartTags are designed to stick on your Chinese takeout box, too. Ovie’s goal is to utilize what you have in a smarter way to prevent food waste in the home and eventually make a difference on a larger scale. Co-founder and head of brand for Ovie, Stacie Thompson, stated that, “Most Americans don’t know what they’re having for dinner at 4pm, but we think dinner is already in your fridge. So we want to help you find it!”

Smarterware is designed to accommodate everything in your fridge. The SmartTags can be used in a clip, on a Smarterware container, or with a small connecter that can stick to anything. There are kits available for pre-order online at ovie.life ranging from $130-$300 depending how many you need with an option to build your own kit if you’d like. Pre-orders are expected to ship in March this year.