ETE is the plate for better portion control

There are so many expensive calorie-counting, eating pace-controlling devices and apps out there now, but a new plate sticks to simple lines to help you eat healthier. ETE is a well-designed plate that keeps things old-school by using visual markers to make sure you’re eating well-balanced portions.

The plate, which was created by a Singapore-based team, has colorful lines that outline the ideal portion of food items per meal based on U.S. and European Union recommendations. The lines help people to visualize how much of certain things they should be eating. This is especially noticeable for vegetables, which are often absent from many meals.

ETE is designed to serve as a guide though rather than an ultimatum for every meal; as such, certain things, like dairy, are noticeably absent.

ETE plate is currently in the middle of its Indiegogo campaign, with over one-fifth of its funds raised in the first few days. One plate currently starts at $15 for the early bird price.

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Coming Soon: Apps That Let Kids Design And 3D-Print Toys

Image courtesy of Creative Tools.

Image courtesy of Creative Tools.

Kids have a new way to express their creativity, thanks to a partnership between Mattel and Autodesk. Soon, kids and kids-at-heart will be able to use a series of apps to customize toys and then 3D-print them.

The goal of the partnership is to provide a new immersive experience by combining physical toys with digital adventures, with the goal of pushing the boundaries of creative play. The initiative also wants kids to learn while they play and customize.

The first in a series of new apps and an online hub for Mattel’s 3D-printing initiatives are scheduled to launch in the second half of 2015, but both companies are keeping mum on the details. Autodesk revealed that more information will come out on a later date.

In 10 Years Your Kitchen May Not Have A Fridge Or Stove

Screenshot of the Table For Living video on Vimeo.

Screenshot of A Table For Living video on Vimeo.

In August 2013, IKEA and IDEO brought students from various international universities together to answer some important questions: What will life around food look like in 2025? Will we be able to help people like healthier, more sustainable lifestyles?

It was up to the students to re-imagine life and the kitchen in 10 years.  In the end, the students’ ideas were featured on the collaboration’s website, Concept Kitchen 2025. The students share a very interesting and optimistic view of where we’ll be in the next decade. Below are two that are particularly mind-blowing.

A Table For Living
What is A Table For Living? One that acts a phone charger, kids toy, stove top, coffee warmer, and tablet, of course. The students who designed this concept table really imagined it as being the center of kitchen life and functional in many, practical ways.

The Table For Living can do quite a bit, including suggesting recipes based on the food items you place on it. You can also pick a meal you want to make, and the table will project various versions of the recipe based on your ingredients, and how long you want to spend cooking. Oh – and the designed table also measures out some foods for you.

In addition to being your new cooking helper, the table is designed to have induction built into the top, so that you can cook food as you’re making and prepping it – right on the same surface.  It can also charge phones or serve as a way for kids to animate their toys.

‘Casual Technology’ Shelving
What if your kitchen shelves kept your food cool? Well, in another design to come out of the program, they can.

The ‘Casual Technology’ shelving uses storage containers that can be cooled using induction, meaning that you may not need a fridge in 2025. Just place your food and beverages inside the boxes, and the shelves can keep them at just the right temperature.

Even better, the containers are designed to work with the Table For Living so that you can grab that piece of leftover pizza from the shelf and heat it up in its container right on the table. Now that sounds convenient.

I encourage you to check out other concepts from that came out of the program. Although these technologies will probably not make it to the consumer in their current forms, IDEO and IKEA do know how to get things done, and in 10 years, we may see products similar to these in our kitchens.

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The Coolest Clock Is Wrapping Up Its Indiegogo Campaign

Image courtesy of Coolest Clock.

Image courtesy of Coolest Clock.

Is the Coolest Clock the coolest clock? Perhaps. This customizable clock is a projection system and one of the more revolutionary time-keeping devices in recent years.

The Coolest Clock doesn’t look like much before it’s turned on – just a plain, white semicircle. But once it’s attached to a wall and powered up, the clock displays much more than just the time.

Using a projection system, the clock displays real-time information, including the weather, breaking news, calendar alerts, and social media updates. It also includes various, customizable displays that can also change size so that the clock adjusts to your needs and preferences.

The clock is controlled by a smartphone app, so that the display can be easily changed. It can also display information from your device, like your location or your latest photos to help you stay connected with loved ones when you’re away from home.

The Coolest Clock is wrapping up its Indiegogo campaign this week. It’s already been successfully funded (by far), but you have a few days left to pre-order the clock for $199, which is $100 off future retail prices. The clock is expected to ship at the end of 2015.

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