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Alternative Alarm Clock

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on July 5th, 2011

Royal College of Art graduate Ki Hyun Kim must really like coffee. He designed the Alternative Alarm Clock, which allows you to wake up to the smell of coffee instead of beeping sounds that make you want to throw your clock.

The Alternative Alarm Clock is also a combination alarm/power strip, allowing you to plug in any electrical device you want like a lamp or a radio. When the alarm is activated, the electric outlet supplies power to the electrical devices.

Starbucks to Offer WiFi for Free July 1

Posted in Wi-Fi by Darrin Olson on June 14th, 2010

Starbucks Free WiFiThe coffee peddling behemoth Starbucks announced today that it will not be outdone by independent coffee houses nor other national chains and will begin offering unlimited free WiFi to it’s customers. Starbucks has had WiFi available for some time now, for a fee, and has most recently offered 2 free hours per day to cardholders but now is giving the service away to all.

This announcement no doubt will come as great news to frequenters of the coffee houses and bad news to anyone trying to sell WiFi within the vicinity. Please note however that the free service is only for Starbucks stores operated directly by the corporation, and not to licensed locations commonly found in airports or grocery stores.

Nikon Lens Coffee Thermos

Posted in Cameras by Conner Flynn on June 4th, 2010

It took the competition long enough, but at last you can have a Nikon lens coffee thermos to match that Canon thermos we showed you awhile back. These thermos’ are the only safe way to get hot Coffee from a camera lens.

This Nikon AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8 thermos is available for preorder now. The camera lens thermos wars are certainly heating up. Just don’t get confused and try to put it on your camera. That could literally be a hot mess.

Xelsis Digital ID coffee machine serves by fingerprint identification

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on June 2nd, 2010

A perfect cup of coffee can really get you going. But in an office setting, you can’t really make the perfect cup of coffee. That’s where this new coffee maker comes in handy. The Xelsis Digital ID from Saeco can remember your preferences and make coffee taylored to you.

It uses your scanned fingerprints to do it. Some features include timer programming, automatic descaling and machine self-cleaning. Of course a coffee machine that uses your fingerprint isn’t cheap. It will cost you $2,500.

Mypressi portable Espresso machine

Posted in Kitchen by Conner Flynn on April 27th, 2009

Mypressi portable Espresso machineAnother gadget goes portable. This one is for a real good cause. Getting your caffeinated. The Mypressi Twist is the first truly portable espresso machine. It features a pneumatic engine that does it’s thing with the help of CO2 cartridges.

You can get up to 8 cups of freshly brewed espresso all in this little gadget. All you need to do is have the hot water and coffee ready. Coffee addicts can get the Mypressi Twist for $129 when it arrives in the states this fall.

The mousetrap coffee table

Posted in Furniture by Conner Flynn on February 3rd, 2009

mousetrap coffee tableHere’s one concept that we hope remains in concept-land forever. The Mousetrap Table is a table with a hole in one of it’s legs. The idea is that when a mouse ventures inside, a sensor shuts a door behind him. Then the little guy is forced into the compartment in the center. Once there, the mouse will be consumed by a microbial fuel cell, which generates energy to help trap the next victim in a vicious cycle.

Why you would want a dead mouse on display where you eat is anybody’s guess. And any company you invite over will not stay long, I guarantee it. Anyway, wouldn’t it exude an ungodly death smell into your environment? Vincent Price should be the pitchman for this morbid little furnishing of death.

Printer uses old coffee grounds for Ink

Posted in Printers by Conner Flynn on February 2nd, 2009

Printer uses old coffee grounds for InkIt doesn’t matter if you use your printer a little or a lot, we all still hate paying ridiculous prices for ink. But what if you could use old coffee grounds instead? That would beat the price of ink. It may sound crazy, but one day, who knows? Starbucks could resell their grounds for you to take home and put in your printer.(At a high price just like their coffee I’m sure.)

It’s a just a dreamy concept right now, but with the RITI coffee printer, you could drink your coffee and print with it too. The spent grounds would be poured into a cartridge and the printing mechanism would be moved back and forth by hand to create the image. I like the idea, but could do without the manual labor part. On the plus side, your resume might be judged by the aromatic quality of your spent coffee.

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Decaf strips detect caffeine in your drink

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on December 30th, 2008

Decaf strips detect caffeine in your drinkMost people drink coffee for the caffeine, whether to help them wake up or stay alert, but some people drink it because they like the taste and don’t want to get the crazy jitters associated with the drink. For these people, who don’t want to be fooled into drinking the go juice, there are the D+caf strips.

These strips allow you to tell whether or not some dork at a coffee shop gave you caffeine, when you actually ordered decaf. Just dip the strip in and it will change colors if it detects more than 20mg of caffeine. And because you detected it, you are still calm enough not to throw it at the dude.

iPhone Coffee Table with built-in coaster app

Posted in iPhone by Conner Flynn on December 7th, 2008

iPhone Coffee Table with built-in coaster appHere’s one nice looking piece of geek furniture. The iPhone’s colorful icons translate well into spots to park your drinks. Oddly and sadly, the iPhone Coffee Table has no special dock for your iPhone, and it won’t run any apps. It’s just a really kick-ass coffee table featuring the home screen.

One cool feature is that each icon features a removable coaster so guests won’t scratch up your giant nerd-decor. The creators claim that it’s “completely made of corrugate and glued together with white glue”. Anyhow, the end result is a beauty.

Coffee Cup Gadget Charger for your car

Posted in Chargers by Conner Flynn on November 23rd, 2008

Coffee Cup Gadget Charger for your carYou may or may not have a place in your car to place a gadget charger conveniently. That’s where this charger, shaped like a coffee cup, comes in handy. Chances are you have a cup holder, so just plug it into your cigarette lighter and sit in your cup holder. It converts the DC power from your vehicle into two 120-volt AC outlets and a USB port.

You’ll always have a spot available to charge up. Fits in any standard cup holder. This great solution is only $29.99. Hopefully you have two cupholders so you can still have your coffee too.

Brunopasso pod espresso machine looks fast, stands still

Posted in Kitchen by Conner Flynn on July 6th, 2008

Brunopasso pod espresso machine looks fast, stands still
This isn’t an espresso machine that fits inside of a formula one racer, but it does look super fast with those two dials on top and the handle that looks like it could be a shifter. It was designed by Tadahito Ishibashi for Japanese retailer deviceSTYLE. The pod-espresso machine Brunopasso PD-1 sports a modular design concept that is actually inspired by the sports cars of the 60’s.

They took several automobile design elements like the gearshift-like handle made from beech wood, and the gauges. You would think that with such cool design it would be one of the most expensive espresso makers, but it’s not. It’s up there at $850, but still affordable. Make your coffee feeling like you are going about 120 mph, then shift gears and drink up, feeling like you’re going a jittery 150.

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Bikecaffe: Coffee vending bikes

Posted in Personal Transport by Conner Flynn on June 22nd, 2008

Bikecaffe: Coffee vending bikesI can’t think of a better business idea then putting a new spin on people’s insane need for coffee and making in convenient. That’s what the Bikecaffe is all about. The business was launched in the UK in March, and proved so successful that Bikecaffe’s founders, Will and Steve expanded into the rest of Europe.

The company’s trikes use gas-powered machines to brew the coffee and can produce up to 500 cups a day. For some reason, they serve the drinks in recyclable containers, despite the fact that they’re using gas to brew it. Brilliant idea. Instead of making the people come to you, you bring the coffee to the people. Let’s face it, people are everywhere.

HeartBeans Coffee-Grinder grinds to your heartbeat

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on May 5th, 2008

HeartBeans Coffee-Grinder grinds to your heartbeat
The picture might fool you into thinking that this device is some weird mis-shaped wood Gilligan’s Island phone, but it’s not. This is the HeartBeans coffee-grinder. A grinder for those who are slightly insane and intimately attached to their coffee. It operates according to the user’s heart-beats.

It’s made from quality mahogany, and has a built-in motor that is controlled by an apparatus that measures the pace of the beating heart. Included are some peripherals that bring the whole experience together and make it work. The design requires you to hold the grinder as if you are about to lovingly tongue your slab of wood. Since it operates on the heart-beats, it produces a different taste with each use, but never fear you WILL look like an idiot every time.

Walk-In Coffee machine gives me the jitters

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on April 16th, 2008

Walk-In Coffee machine give me the jitters
The Javabot is the coffee machine of the future. It’s a fully-automated system that runs the Roasting Plant Coffee Company in New York and it takes up an entire room. It has so much caffeine coursing through it’s non-human veins that any visitors wandering through immediately get a contact buzz.

It delivers coffee with your favorite blend of seven beans, plus roasts it, and makes it the perfect temperature all inside 30 seconds. It’s the only walk-in coffee machine in the world. I suspect those working anywhere near it will be forever awake, twitchy, and wide eyed until finally their hearts stop one day.

Ergonomic coffee mug fits your lips

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on April 5th, 2008

Ergonomic coffee mug fits your lips
Here’s a mug designed with a thin contour at the top that’s slightly curved to conform to your lips. I can only speak for myself, but I’ve been consuming liquid beverages all my life and I haven’t found a need to buy myself a special cup due to unwanted spillage or slobbering all over myself.

But if you’re someone who can’t manage to drink your morning coffee without spilling it all over yourself, maybe this would help. A sippy cup is probably far more traditional, however. I would suggest that if you’re an adult and find yourself needing a special cup, then you probably need a special hemet as well.


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