With the first day of Spring behind us, it's time for some start thinking about ways to refresh their homes for the new season. These 5 tech gagdets aim to help with the process and minimize the amount of elbow grease needed to get your space in its best shape. Like my product reviews of the past, I tested each item in my own home. Keep in mind that my experience is based on a "cleaning-for-one" basis, and that I used these items for less than 2 months. Other peoples' experiences may vary.Read More
Your holiday season shopping might include gifts for someone who enjoys cooking or being in the kitchen. With that in mind, I tested a number of items that could make it onto your gift list.
Keep in mind that my experience is based on a "cooking-for-one" basis, and that I used these items for less than 2 months. Many of these gifts are investment appliances that will last you many years, which make them great things to treat yourself or others to this holiday season.
Are you ready to rove? A number of companies are selling a new breed of personal transportation devices. Dubbed 'hoverboards' by some, these devices, such as the MonoRover R2, are actually self-balancing scooters.
Described by manufacturer MonoRover as "a Segway without the bulk" the R2, like a Segway, uses gyroscopic technology to maneuver, but has no handlebars, and is easier to manage, size-wise than a Segway. The board has sensors under each foot pad that detect micro-movements in your feet and ankles and relay the information to two powerful motors.
So, what is it like to ride a MonoRover R2? It looks easy, but, I felt very unbalanced when I first got onto the board. It is an interesting sensation - being somewhat out of control until I got my balance. My first few times, I clung to a wall and went a few feet at a time unassisted.Read More
Worrying about the health of your aquarium fish could be a thing of the past. Step Ahead Innovations has started a Kickstarter campaign to launch its high-tech MindStream Aquarium Monitor that replaces manual testing in salt water aquariums.
The monitor accurately measures up to 10 critical water parameters important to the health of fish and coral, and delivers constantly updated data to computers and smartphones, according to Step Ahead Innovations.Read More
In our high-tech world, technology is constantly evolving, along with intelligent household products. We tested out a few to see if they would make a valuable addition to your home.Read More
The knife is a chef's most important tool, yet it hasn't changed much over the centuries.
Knife specialist NextGen believes that it's time for knives to get a high-tech design upgrade. Ask almost any chef to show you their hand, for example, and you'll see a callus on their index finger. Somerville, Massachusetts-based NextGen has designed a knife that aims to correct this problem.
Chefs are taught to hold their knives with their thumb and index finger on the blade for maximum control, yet chef's knives are not designed for this. When you try to hold a regular knife properly, pressure builds up in the pad and heel of your hand and it can start to hurt. The results are unsightly calluses that most chefs wear proudly, and lingering hand pain for the rest of us.
NextGen's custom knife is call the San Sebastian Custom. It has a personalized NextGrip, which is custom-made for your hand, and a specially-built NextSteel blade, which is designed for precision cutting and chopping The NextSteel blade is the result of a collaboration with Carpenter Technology Corporation.
The NextGrip design extends into the blade area to provide comfortable resting places for your thumb and index finger. It also provides broad areas of support for your index finger and hand, reducing stress and pain.
I wanted to try this knife for myself to see if it lived up to its billing.
I was instructed to send in a photo scan of my hand next to a U.S. quarter for size reference. In just a few weeks, I had a custom-made knife, ready to use.
When it arrived, I was immediately impressed by the presentation of the knife, particularly the Burmese Teak NextGrip, and shiny NextSteel blade with my name etched into it. The knife would certainly make a nice gift for someone.
I was keen to get behind the cutting board and see what the knife could do. I bought the biggest watermelon I could find and started slicing. It felt like I was cutting a stick of butter. The knife performs with ease and cleaned like a dream.
I would recommend these U.S.-made knives to chefs, both at home and in professional kitchens. The hand scanning technology was incredibly accurate in capturing my exact grip. Please visit NextGen's Kickstarter page to support this incredible product.