Wolf Gourmet’s Countertop Multi-Function Cooker

With seven modes, this dynamic appliance won't take over too much space

Countertop appliances rarely solve several confounding issues; they’re one-dimensional and space-saving or they aim to serve multiple functions and end up being too big for their own intentions. But Wolf Gourmet‘s multi-function cooker (which is a sous vide, slow cooker, rice cooker and Dutch oven) comes closest to being both useful and practical. Measuring 17 by 12 inches, the cooker isn’t overbearing for most cramped …

A DIY Smart-Home Built with Smartians

Triggers, hubs and trinkets to build your own smart-home

Thus far, the terms “smart-home” and DIY haven’t been synonymous.  Consumers are able to purchase products that make mundane tasks around the house a bit easier, but the process of bringing a home into the 21st century is generally costly and pre-designed. However, Smartians, from Amsterdam-based FROLIC Studio, is a set of motorized knobs and switches meant for making the most of offline products you …

SproutsIO

Growing produce in the kitchen with an automated, soil-free indoor gardening system

From Click & Grow to Urban Cultivator, technology is increasingly being used to bring the backyard garden closer than previously imaginable—to the heart of the kitchen. Another contender, Cambridge, MA-based SproutsIO, is coming close to launching their premium-level, all-in-one indoor gardening system that helps grow produce as efficiently as possible. Fully automated, the smart appliance grows plants soil-free via a proprietary “hybrid hydroculture system” (combining …