Appliances

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Not surprisingly, Germany is on the cutting edge of sausage technology.

Forschungszentrum Informatik (FZI) is applying robotics to bratwurst in the form of “BratWurst Bot” – a one-armed automated machine that can take orders and prepare and serve sausages without any human intervention.

The device was constructed entirely with off-the-shelf parts, including a Universal Robots UR-10 arm, Schunk PG-70 standard parallel gripper, two RGB cameras and a conventional pair of tongs.

Customers can place custom orders using a tablet that will sync with a tablet carried by the robot. They’re served based on their order in the queue.

Even if you don’t understand all the technical details, you can still be wowed by the demo video below, which is intended to show how the device could benefit the service industry down the road. Sausages are only the beginning people. [click to continue…]

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Someone made an R2-D2 popcorn popper because they love us and want us to have nice, healthy, Star Wars droid made, air popped popcorn for Star Wars movie nights.

Isn’t that sweet?

See Also: All Of The Star Wars Kitchen Appliances You Can Handle

Plus, this air popping droid stands a little over a foot tall, so he doesn’t take up much space and he’ll look cute on your counter.

Gimme. [click to continue…]

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Over a 1,000 hour period, 69-year-old Peter Browne and his friend Mervyn Huggett crafted a Wallace and Gromit-style “Sunday Morning Breakfast Making Machine”.

Although created mainly for laughs, the device reportedly prepares “perfect” soft-boiled eggs, toast, tea and coffee and will also clear the table once the meal is complete.

Check out the video below to learn more and see the machine in action. [click to continue…]

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Welcome to the PizzaDome.

The portable wood burning stove from BioLite includes an integrated thermometer to monitor temperatures and ensure even cooking while offering a foodsafe ceramic stone to preserve crispness. Its dome can also be used as a traditional lid to speed up the process.

However, the biggest draw will be its charger for mobile devices that is powered by heat produced from the fire – a must for those who want to enjoy the outdoors without completely immersing oneself in the atmosphere.

Check out the promo video below. [click to continue…]

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Trembling? Your blood sugar is probably low. The Death Star Toaster will annihilate your hunger. It even stamps the Star Wars logo onto your bread.

Granted, it kinda doesn’t make sense to model a toaster on a round object like the Death Star, but dammit—the Empire leaves no stone unturned:

Check out more pics below. [click to continue…]

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Robot manufacturer Boston Dynamics has created a new contraption dubbed “SpotMini”. It’s kind of like a robot dog dinosaur thing that does all of your chores and humiliates itself for your amusement.

The device, which weighs between 55-65lbs, uses a long articulated arm, electric motors, and a bevy of sensors to navigate various environments and can stay active for a full 90 minutes on a single charge.

As you’ll see in the demo video below, the SpotMini can climb stairs, do the dishes, recycle and deliver snacks and drinks – it can even conquer a slip on a banana peel. If that’s not enough, its googly eyes will ensure comedic relief wherever it goes. [click to continue…]

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Eat a Buckethead for breakfast thanks to these new Stormtrooper toaster and waffle makers. Other Empire-approved breakfast appliances include:

Clearly, the Rebellion has completely neglected breakfast. It could be their downfall. [click to continue…]

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There are already so many ways you can own BB-8. You can get him as a lamp, as a remote control toy, a big cuddly plush, and more besides. Now you can have a teeny-tiny BB-8 monitor your fridge.

See Also: ‘Star Wars’ R2-D2 And BB-8 Mini Fridges

The little scamp detects when the refrigerator door opens and greets you with one of 20+ pre-recorded bleepy-bloopy droid noises. Leave the door open for too long and it’ll wail to get your attention. It has an ickle-wickle motorized head, uses three AAA batteries which can last up to three months, and you can position it anywhere you like in your fridge.

There’s just one catch – it’s currently available exclusively in Japan, where it sells for ¥4,860 (roughly $45 US).

(via Technabob)

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If you were unaware that a Pixar slow cooker came out back in February, then let me enlighten you. This wondrous product will imbue your stews with the magic of Pixar thanks to characters from such films as Toy Story, Finding Nemo and Wall-E.

Product Pages: Pixar Slow Cooker ($39.92) / Pixar Slow Cooker-Amazon ($35)

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Mike Warren (a.k.a. “mikeasaurus”) has created a terrifying super blender that combines the appliance with a gasoline-powered chainsaw and a motorcycle throttle.

The device is said to produce the “most extreme” margaritas, daiquiris, and other blended drinks with 37cc two-stroke power. However, he thankfully opted to replace the chainsaw blade with a conventional bike chain.

Check out the awesome demo/promo video below.

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