It seems like there’s a Keurig-type machine for almost everything these days. Whether it’s coffee, juice, or cocktails, you can have your vices made instantaneously as long as you have the right pod for it.
What if you’re itching for some cookies though?
A new smart cookie oven, appropriately named CHiP, is designed to create gourmet cookies in less than 10 minutes. You just open up a cookie pod and pop in a pre-measured amount of cookie dough. Consumers can use one of CHiP’s many flavors, or their own cookie dough for the device.
The cookie oven lets you control and keep track of your baked goods through your smart device. Who doesn’t want cookies in less than 10 minutes?
Currently a Kickstarter campaign, CHiP has raised a little under $40,000 at the time of publication with more 23 days left to go.
A new invention promising to be the Keurig of cocktails seems to have solved that, says Dose.
The Somabar is essentially a robotic bartender that will make cocktails for you the way a pod coffeemaker would. The machine operates six refillable “Soma Pods”, which are similar to K-Cups. Different kinds of liqueurs, bitters, syrups, and mixers are available to play with.
The Somabar even goes one step further than a Keurig in that it is Wi-Fi operated. This means you can create your drink from anywhere in the house with your smartphone and just come pick it up when you’re ready.
If the trend of turning any kind of beverage into a Keurig-like machine continues, we may never have to interact with a living person to quench our thirst ever again. Though, unfortunately, you will have to add garnishes and shake the drinks yourself.
It seems like there’s a pod for everything these days. The latest addition to the K-Cup-familar line is one that brews beef broth. No, you heard right. Beef Broth.
Food Business News reports that the company LonoLife are now offering bone broth K-cups that come in both beef and chicken flavors. A few flavors in development include another variety of chicken, mushroom and a vegetable medley.
While not a part of Keurig, the product can be used in Keurig brewing machines. LonoLife hopes to differentiate from the K-cup brand by making their pods recyclable.
The broth pods are designed to be great for paleo-based diets.
Every sushi lover has that one spot they love to indulge themselves in every so often. Sure, it may not be a world-class restaurant or a questionable all-you-can-eat buffet, but it’s usually a place that’s a perfect harmony of both.
For perspective, my local sushi watering hole has a four-page menu of colorful sushi rolls that you can order individually, or pay up to thirty bucks for the all you can eat option. The choices for rolls seemed endless thanks to the chef’s creativity in building a menu and his constant desire to create something new. Sure, he’ll take his sweet time and I’ll probably be full by the time he’s brought out the fifth batch of rolls, but the quality and care is definitely noticeable.
Now, what if that kindly old chef was replaced with a sushi-making machine?
That’s kind of what this new Sushi Robot is doing:
Created by the Japanese firm Suzumo, the latest Sushi Robot can create about 4,000 pieces of sushi every hour or one complete roll of sushi every 12 seconds. All they need is the tiniest of human assistance to feed them the ingredients.
So far, the machines are marketed to high-volume supermarkets, all-you-can-eat buffets, schools, sporting venues and hospitals. Typically anywhere that needs a large amount of sushi in a short amount of time.
Still, with the massive amounts of sushi a robot is capable of producing, there still remains a need for real chefs. There’s something special about eating a roll prepared and cut by a professionally-trained sushi chef than a mound of rolls cranked out by a machine.
The purpose of the machines is to create a massive amount of sushi in bulk for a cheaper price. So when you’re feeding it ingredients, you tend to use cuts of fish that probably won’t cost as much as a traditional sushi spot. You’ll see thinner slivers of sashimi rather than a thicker cut on top of your rolls.
I spoke to Kaiser Noriesta, a sushi chef of five years, on whether or not machines like the Sushi Bot would ever replace a traditional sushiman.
I don’t think it will. I’ve seen those machines. I can see super cheap sushi places that’ll have those machines. They have some perks like being fast and sanitary but it’ll only help pop up more gimmicky restaurants or sushi restaurants that sell for super cheap.
When it comes to the art of sushi, you still need experience on how soft the rice is or the feel and temperature. You also need to know the quality of the fish you’re using and the feel of the flesh etc. But yeah more power to them if they create affordable sushi that reaches out to a wider audience
As dope as a machine that pumps rolls after roll in a matter of seconds sounds, it still can’t replace the love and care that a sushi chef provides. Humans with the proper training can improvise and adapt to any sushi-making situation that machines can’t quite handle yet.
If a machine were to cater to a picky customer’s specific requests, it would have to shut down production, be reprogramed for that one customer and then reset itself.
Sure, there are ramen vending machines out there. If you’re craving beef noodle soup, however, you’re usually shit out of luck. Well, stress no further. The world’s first beef noodle soup vending machine is set to hit Shanghai, reports Shanghaiist.
Created by four guys from China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, the machine is set to launch this October. They’ve since secured 6,210,050 yuan ($1 million US) to help produce them.
All customers need to do is make their selection, pay and the machine will produce a hot bowl of beef noodle soup in merely a couple minutes.
Sounds like a great way to satiate those beef noodle cravings on the fly.
Looks like having a coffee pod machine, a soda stream and a juicer all separately is no longer necessary. A new beverage appliancance found in Sao Paolo, Brazil, works as all three in one.
Kind of like a Keurig, all consumers need to do is insert a capsule into a slot and the machine starts brewing drinks. The options also include a cold and a fizzy option, according to Reuters.
The B.blend machine was created to compete with all the coffee and soda making machines currently in the market. Taking the purpose of the two machines, combining them and even adding a third juice function, the B.blend is said to be the first ever of its kind.
Designed by Design Inverso in a partnership with Whirlpool, the machine looks to only be available in Brazilian markets currently.
However, unlike the Keurig machine which runs for $199, the B.blend will set you back about $1,150. Guess that’s the price that comes with convenience.
When a robot is capable of performing one of the most human crafts of all, one should definitely be worried. However, if you’re a chef at a busy restaurant and you can use an extra pair of hands, looking into one might not be so bad. It’ll soon be on the market.
The chef-like robot is able to cook up to 2,000 different dishes on command. Created by Moley Robotics, the machine responds to user commands sent via mobile device. The robot follows the instructions and incorporates technique and timing to produce a dish.
Moley plans to release the machine in 2017 for commercial use. If successful, it can definitely change the way the restaurant industry is run.
While not a completely humanoid machine, the robot is mostly two arms utilizing 20 motors, 24 joints and 129 sensors. All those parts, however, is capable of replicating the actions of a human hand.
Watch the robot in action as it prepares watch appears to be an Italian dish.
For anyone who has walked past their Keurig machine in the middle of the night and thought that it’s hiding something, you’re absolutely right. Turns out, the K-Cup machines hold a special DRM (digital rights management) sensor that only allows the machine to brew “real” K-Cups and not homemade ones.
The sensor visually identifies a unique ink on the lid of the K-cups. So any cup, off-brand or homemade, without this ink is rejected by the machine.
Contesting this impasse, the owners of Gourmet-Coffee.com have produced what they aptly call the Freedom Clip to bypass Keurig’s design. Essentially, the clip attaches to a Keurig machine and fools the sensor into thinking each cup is an approved K-Cup.
The Rogers Family Company, which runs Gourmet, says they believe in consumers’ right to choose. For this reason, they developed the Freedom Clip. The clips are offered, at no cost, at the Gourmet Coffee site.
Who would have thought there was a war silently brewing in your coffee machine?