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The inventor of the personal microwave is… Heinz?

Heinz Beanzawave

There are portable microwaves already on the market, but those suck up a lot of juice. Since these contraptions require a lot of power, you see them designed for cars, boats and the like. The Beanzawave changes all that and brings microwaveability to the desktop, powered only by a USB connection.

The mini-mic is only a prototype for now, but apparently Heinz and partners claim the technology is ready. Heinz says they will usher in production dependent on consumer feedback. C’mon, who wouldn’t want a low-powered microwave (that works)? Adapting it for battery use (also in the plans) would unleash the microwave and bring true portability to the market. I’ll believe it when I see it. Chances are it will turn out to be a glorified Easy Bake Oven.

(Via Gizmodo)

***UPDATE 7/2/15***
Try this one on for size.
RoadPro 12-Volt Portable Stove, Black
Not a microwave, but highly rated and most importantly, real!

June 9, 2009   2 Comments

O-Grill on the go


Finally, an answer to true grill portability. Anybody who has ever tried lugging around the top and bottom of a grill will understand; most grills don’t clasp shut, meaning that two hands are necessary to carry it ultimately resulting in two greasy hands.

Instead of grabbing the grill at all angles in an attempt to keep it from falling over, clasp the O-Grill shut and get on the road. The whole contraption folds up and fits in an optional bag for easy portability. Just attach a propane bottle and you are good to go – literally.

(Via Dvice)

April 9, 2009   No Comments

Handpresso: Espresso to go…anywhere

Handpresso Wild Portable Espresso Machine

If you’re like everybody else (and really, who isn’t?), then you are sure to have more than a mild appreciation for coffee. Unfortunately, there is not always a coffee house nearby to fuel our caffeine needs. The Handpresso Wild Portable Espresso Machine solves this problem by working without electricity. With only hot water, an ESE coffee pod and some elbow grease, you could have espresso style drinks anywhere.

All you need to do to enjoy espresso anywhere is pump up the machine until the pressure indicator is at 16 bar, and then press the start button. Up to 1.5-ounces of smooth espresso is served in an instant. As we all know: when it comes to coffee, soon can never be soon enough.

March 24, 2009   No Comments

Loopa Spill-Resistant Bowl

Loopa Spill-Resistant Bowl

Some kids never learn. Or at least it seems like they never learn. Either way, if you are a young parent sick of holding back the tears over spilled milk, check out the Loopa Spill-Resistant Bowl. Working like a gyroscope, the brightly colored bowl steadies itself whenever handled. Now when your young one picks up the bowl, the food stays on the inside and not over everything else.

Of course the handles encourage your child to actually grab at the bowl, so there may be some (even greater) awkward dining moments in their teen years. By then of course, you’ll be actively condemning their choice of dates, so really it’s a win-win.

(Via Gizmodo)

March 10, 2009   No Comments

Pack up the cool with the Circulon Induction Burner

Infinite Circulon Portable Induction BurnerIt looks cool, and it is cool. This 15-inch Infinite Circulon Portable Induction Burner stays cool to the touch when cooking. Instead of a traditional gas flame or electric burner, the portable cooker works via induction, which transfers heat directly into the cooking vessel. Why waste all that energy heating up the air around your cooking pot? Other cooking methods may only use 55% of the generated energy, but induction cookers are capable of 90% efficiency.

With nine preset power levels, and seven preset cooking temperatures, the cooker is not only efficient, but also precise. Capable of a temperature range of 150 to 430 degrees, the cooker also includes a timer that can be set for up to ten hours. From slow cooking to entertaining to just having an extra cooktop available, induction cooking with a portable cooker makes it easy to cook precisely what you want.

Since the cooker does not become hot, there will be no baked on foods; simply wipe to clean. As a nice feature, the control panel slides in and out for easy use and storage. All good things, because with ease of use and portability, you’ll be taking this cooker everywhere.

February 27, 2009   No Comments