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GE's New Sensor Turns Induction Cooktops Into Compact Sous Vide Machines

Revived sometime in the mid-1960s, sous vide is a method of evenly cooking food using an airtight vacuum-sealed plastic bag submerged in a temperature-controlled water bath, and it’s become increasingly popular for home use in recent years. But instead of requiring yet another appliance that occupies precious kitchen counter real estate, GE has developed a wireless sensor that turns its new range of induction cooktops into space-saving sous vide machines.


This Toaster Turns Tortillas Into Tasty Taco Shells

As far as kitchen unitaskers go, Alton Brown would be horrified at this toaster that’s actually only able to turn fresh home-made flour or corn tortillas into hard-shelled tacos. You cram a piece of bread in there and you’ll probably be getting a (much appreciated) visit from your local fire station.


GE's New Fridge Has A Keurig Coffee Machine Built Right Into The Door

You can complain about the quality of the coffee they produce all you want, but now that those pod-based Keurig hot beverage machines come built right in to GE’s new Café French Door refrigerator, they aren’t going to disappear anytime soon. And if you think the Keurig machine is the greatest thing since sliced bread, you can now reclaim some valuable counter space the next time you upgrade your fridge.


This Samsung Washer Has Its Own Built-in Sink For Pre-Treating Stains

In a perfect world every stain and spill would come out of your clothes after just a single wash. But the same way a dish washer works best after you’ve scraped the plates clean, pre-treating your clothes is the only way to help guarantee a stain comes out. And for homes that are lacking a sink in the laundry room, Samsung’s gone and built one right in to its new activewash washing machine.


1950s Homes Of The Future Were Going To Push-Button All The Things

After World War II, we were promised that pretty soon everything would be operated by push-button. Push-button cars, push-button schools — and a push-button for nearly every moving thing in your futuristic home.


This Ultra-Flat Air Conditioner That Could Be Mistaken For Artwork

Those living in apartments or homes without central air have to come to terms with ugly, boxy air conditioners hanging out their windows. It’s either that, or be roasted alive in the summer. But it doesn’t have to be that way, not when LG is somehow packing air conditioners into these ultra-slim housings that hang on your wall like artwork.


Whirlpool's New Dryer Recycles Hot Humid Air So It Doesn't Need A Vent

With a breakthrough that will no doubt be lauded by every apartment dweller who has to trudge to a laundromat to clean their clothes, Whirlpool’s new HybridCare Heat Pump dryer is actually able to recycle its own hot exhaust which not only makes it more energy-efficient, it also means it doesn’t need to vent all that humid air outside. In other words, you can install it pretty much anywhere.


You Can Almost Finally Buy That Keyboard-Shaped Waffle Maker

It first graced the Gizmodo front page way back in 2007, but finally, seven years after we all first really wanted one for ourselves, that keyboard-shaped waffle maker could really be yours. Assuming, of course, its creator’s $US50,000 Kickstarter campaign reaches its funding goal — so close, but yet still so far.


You Can Daisy-Chain These Crock Pots So You Only Need One Outlet

As you prepare an amazing feast, you’ll probably realise there’s something missing in your kitchen. But it’s not a key side dish you’ve forgotten — it’s enough power outlets to keep hot plates, slow cookers, coffee makers and all your other appliances running. The folks behind the Crock-Pot have got your back though, with a modular set of slow cookers that can be daisy-chained so they only need a single outlet.


Real Life Scientist Suing Over The Microwave Scene In American Hustle

Remember that scene in American Hustle when Jennifer Lawrence’s character sticks some metal in the microwave? It starts a fire and Lawrence’s character dismisses the entire technology, claiming that it zaps the nutrition out of food. She even has an article to back up her claim. Now the real life scientist who was quoted for that real life article is suing for $US1 million, claiming libel and defamation.