We've written about our love for the innovative gadget and invention site Quirky.com a few times in the past, but while browsing through some of the new products today we came across something that really caught out eye.
The Boil Buoy is basically a small device for your kitchen which you add to water and when it's boiled it'll make a ringing sound! It's an interesting and clever little device which we're sure will be ideal for busy people who don't have much time to cook.
Check out the video of the Boil buoy in action above.
Unfortunately it's still in the development phase, but you can pre-order one from Quirky for $14.99.
If you're travelling it's always a good idea to take something with you to purify your water. You'd usually have to settle for some kind of water purification tablets, but the SteriPEN UV Freedom Water Purifier is a really compact and easy-to-use solution, it runs off a battery and charges via USB allowing you to destroy 99% of bacteria in under a minute!
Available from SteriPEN for $119.95.
We love seeing rubbish being put to good use and not just thrown into a landfill. So we were excited to see lots of old coffee cups and spoons being made into giant light features that were created by Swiss designer Christian DuCharme and are currently being displayed at the Layafette Espresso Bar and Market in New York.
This clever tumbler idea from designers Jang Jin-Hee and Min-Jeong was born out of a mission to make people reconsider how much they use disposable cups. Just think how much material is being wasted on a daily basis as people all over the world take their lattes to go...
The tumbler isn't just a more eco-friendly way to drink your coffee, but it's also been built specially with Starbucks in mind so that when people order a coffee from their local shop a sensor is activated which slowly lights up more parts of the tumbler! What a nice little addition and a great way to encourage people to keep using it after the novelty wears off.
[Via Yanko Design]
This is a lovely time of year, it's always really bright and the leaves are falling off the trees, but unfortunately it's also getting much cooler (well, here in the UK anyway).
So, we've been looking out for some soup and coffee warmers to see you through winter and keep your insides and outsides nice and toasty. Here are some of our favourites, from the cheap and practical solution through to the innovative concept design.
This unusual tea steeper has been made to work in the same way as a standard egg timer, leaves and water are added into one section then flipped to start the tea making process and the spring loaded timer. The tea then slowly trickles through into the bottom compartment.
The design seems rather intuitive, simple and much more effective than simply leaving the tea to steep in a tea cup.
The Steam Mug from designer Young-Suk Kim is not only a mug, but it uses your left over water to humidify your surroundings. Once you've finished with it, simply put it back on its saucer and plug it into your computer via a USB port to give it the energy to start heating, steaming and humidifying.
Via Yanko Design.
These strange little chocolate pencils were created by Oki Sato and come in a range of cocoa blends. The pencils can be served as a dessert and the diner then sharpens them onto the specially designed plates.
Via Blue Strawberry.
The colourful drinks brand Vitamin Water has put a new spin on its latest range of bus stop print advertisements by allowing commuters to 'juice up' their electronic devices before travelling.
The Energy Bus Shelters created by Crispin, Porter & Bogusky have a built-in triple USB port, which you can plug devices into to charge them up.
Expect to see some of these energy shelters being fitted into bus stops around Chicago, Boston, Los Angeles and New York in the next few months.
If you're making or drinking your morning coffee in a hurry you'll find that it's often too hot when you first try to sip it. Ignore it for a few minutes and unfortunately it'll then be lukewarm and disappointing. There rarely seems to be a happy medium!
Well, the cute little Joulies, dreamt up by Dave Petrillo and Dave Jackson, were designed to stop this regular occurance from ever happening again.