Showing that Internet connections are spreading beyond computers and smartphones, electronics company Philips has brought networking to a handful of gadgets for the home.
That fabled failure of techno-enthusiasm, the Internet-enabled refrigerator, remains a thing of the future. But at the IFA electronics show in Berlin, Philips announced a Wi-Fi-enabled air purifier that can be controlled over the Internet, a baby monitor that can use cellular data networks, and a cooker that can use online recipes.
"The Internet of things is quickly becoming a reality, and Philips will drive that change," he said said Pieter Nota, executive vice … Read more
When you stare into the inky depths of a cup of coffee, you see a mystery. Just how much caffeine is lurking in there? A team of scientists has developed a way to find the answer with Caffeine Orange, a caffeine detection kit.
Caffeine levels are detected using a lab-on-a-disc. The user places a sample of the coffee into a chamber on the disc and spins it. This extracts the caffeine in the liquid and allows for measuring it.… Read more
Did you know there's a long list of drinks that Starbucks offers that you'll never find on the menu? Truth be told, with the various flavors, the combinations are near endless.
Walking into Starbucks and sticking to its traditional menu can get boring. Sure, the seasonal menu does bring a long list of flavorful drinks to the menu for a limited time (you can actually order those same drinks year round), but wouldn't it be great if you could expand the menu?
The secret menu, as it's called, is nothing more than flavor combinations coffee enthusiasts … Read more
At first glance, the maroon Douwe Egberts coffee machine at the O.R. Tambo International Airport in South Africa looks pretty normal. On close inspection, it's missing something important. There's no place to put money. The only currency the machine deals in is yawns.
Facial-recognition software built into the machine looks for people standing in front of it. It maps their faces and waits for the telltale signs of a yawn. A yawn triggers a hot cup of coffee.… Read more
It takes a steady hand and creative sensibilities to craft great coffee art. Still, there are certain limitations to the medium. It's hard, for example, to create a somewhat photo-realistic image. Unless you have a latte printer that can do it for you.
Taiwan coffee chain Let's Cafe has a series of kiosk-like locations. It's in competition with chains that run full stores. To separate itself, the company introduced a marketing gimmick that combines portraits, printing, mobile, and a steaming hot cup of coffee.
The Let's Cafe latte printer works when customers upload an image from their mobile phone to the machine. Put a cup of joe under it and the machine sprinkles the image onto the top of the latte in the form of cocoa powder. Text can also be added, so conceivably you could make your own drinkable LOLcats.… Read more
They say we eat with our eyes first, yet that is only half the story. Clearly, whoever this "they" is either has a terrible sense of smell or a very bad cold. Eyes are great for getting a sneak peek of what's to come, but it is the nose that knows before all. Naturally, some edibles have more odiferous enticements than others with breakfast having a pretty big hold on olfactory actions. However, bacon and the scent of toasting bread are not the beginning of the story.
Wafting into the bedroom first thing in the morning, the … Read more
Coffee might not be essential to life (although the jury is still out on that one), but it does show up every day of the week. The ubiquitous brown beverage that supplies a caffeinated jolt to imbibers can be enjoyed seemingly in a million different ways. However, before the cream and the sugar quandary comes up, how to brew it must first be addressed.
The Hamilton Beach (Model 49983) Two-Way Deluxe Coffeemaker ($99.99; available in August) is actually even more versatile than the name would imply. While true that the coffeemaker is designed to brew into either a travel … Read more
After 86 bids, the coffee meeting with Apple's CEO has sold for $610,000.
The winning bidder is anonymous, and goes only by "a********s."
The "power meeting" was part of a campaign by auction site CharityBuzz to raise money for the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights. It promises little beyond some coffee and facetime with Cook at Apple's headquarters in Cupertino, Calif.
The auction is now officially tied for the highest-grossing CharityBuzz has ever had. It's matched up with last month's auction for a Lamborghini Aventador, which … Read more
Entrepreneur Rakesh Kumar says he's "blown away" by the deluge of phone calls and traffic his site's getting after he pledged to plunk down more than half a million dollars for a half-hour coffee meeting with Apple CEO Tim Cook.
"The Web site's gotten an incredible spike," Kumar told CNET in a phone interview on Friday.
Kumar, whose company DrBluetooth is working on a Bluetooth headset that encrypts voice and can be controlled through gestures, is the latest in a string of more than 80 people who have bid on a chance to … Read more