You can always depend on Quirky for clever home appliances and a recent collaboration between the cool gadget site and General Electric brings us a handy jug that keeps its owner updated about the quality and quantity of the milk inside.
It's called the Milkmaid and it works by monitoring the pH levels in milk and then sends the owner a text message if it seems to have gone bad. A light also turns red on the jug itself if it doesn't seem right and a second set of lights alerts you if levels are running a little low.
An iOS application also tells you the temperature of the milk, the amount left in the jug and the number of days left until it's spoiled.
Unfortunately, like a lot of great products on the likes of Quirky and Yanko design, the Milkmaid is still a prototype right now, so head on over to its dedicated page on Quirky to show that you're interested in it becoming a reality!
[Via Digital Trends]
Textspresso is a rather special espresso machine that can not only send and receive texts, but prints them onto your coffee too, so you can start the morning with a lovely message from a loved one (or a mean one about how you didn't lock the door properly).
Created by cloud texting company Zipwhip, the device consists of a Jura Impressa Xs90 espresso machine, with built-in texting capabilities and a Canon printer that uses edible ink.
Unfortunately the Textspresso isn't going to be coming to a store or coffee shop near you, it's just a way of showcasing Zipwhip's SMS skillz in a quirky and rather gimmicky way. No fair!
We love this stylish charging dock from Quirky.com, which shows off your fancy gadgets while giving them a bit more juice.
The curved edges mean most of your tech will fit, in fact anything with a USB port will work on the Converge, whether it needs to be side-connected or bottom-connected.
Available from Quirky.com for $39.99.
Even though we all depend on our cell phones more than any other gadget, that doesn't mean we can't dress up our home phones a little too.
Here's our pick of five quirky retro phones designed for the home (and one for a computer too), which will make ideal presents for girlfriends, wives, sisters and moms this Christmas.
We love this new coffee and tea making appliance from kitchen experts Bodum, which looks a little bit like a crazy science experiment, right?!
Basically you put your water and coffee or tea leaves into the first small glass reservoir, you then attach it to the device to start the brewing process and it'll then trickle down into the cute glass tumblers below. The glass reservoir, which looks a little like a bubble, has an integrated beverage filter and as Yanko Design points out, that makes any kind of drink you're making completely spill-proof the whole time.
The device looks pretty unique anyway, but also comes in a range of colors including cherry red, lime green, black and white.
[Via Yanko Design]
A humidifier may not be the most exciting product you can buy for your home, but we love this interesting new design from Minwoo Lee which turns a regular humidifier into a little alien-like creature.
[Via Yanko Design]
We love this fridge design from Fabian Kreuzer and Markus Lorenz Schilling which was featured on Yanko Design last week.
It's part of a new project called In My Fridge, which aims to simplify the process of food management by using RFID technology to collect data about quantity of food, expiration dates and even recipes. All of the information is displayed on a handy touchscreen, which also allows the owner to see what's inside without opening the door.
It's an innovative idea which we're convinced could not only help reduce the amount of food we all throw away each year, but could also help us to be more aware when it comes to what we're putting into our bodies.
[Via Yanko Design]
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.
So many amazing concepts seem to come from Electrolux and the team of designers and students that the innovative company works alongside. The latest bright idea comes from Dragan Trenchevski, who has combined elements of a modern day kitchen into a compact little laptop.
Officially named The Electrolux Mobile Kitchen Concept, the design incorporates a hob, cutting board AND touchscreen computer. As the Yanko Design blog points out, the product is truly an amazing idea, but what about splashes of oil and spills on the screen? We presume it'll all be super food, spill and anything else proof though, making it ideal for teeny tiny apartments, travel and close recipe following.
Via Yanko Design.
Your bath is probably the thing you'd least expect to be able to squash away and make more compact, but the Bathboard has been specially designed to save you a lot of space as it folds away neatly onto your wall.