Privacy Glass (a.k.a. Smart Glass) is a neat invention, it converts clear glass into a frosted pane at the flick of a switch. This technology can be applied to a couple of common kitchen appliances in very interesting ways.
First up, the dishwasher. Most of the time, the glass will be frosted to conceal the dirty dishes within. After a wash cycle is complete, the glass will turn clear to denote the dishes are now clean. Once the dishwasher is emptied, the glass turns frosted again (weight sensors can determine the dish racks are now empty).
As for the fridge, the front door would be frosted most of the time. When someone approaches and trips a motion sensor, the glass door turns clear and the interior light illuminates, showing off all the food contained inside.
Probably the biggest reason we don’t see glass doors on fridges and dishwashers is because people don’t want to see a million condiments or filthy dishes all the time, but the Privacy Glass allows for a look inside when the occasion calls for it.
A similar approach could be applied to the microwave door and oven door, but I don’t see Privacy Glass being all that handy in either scenario, unless people don’t like seeing the insides of these appliances for whatever reason.
The long-awaited followup to my infamous Crumb-Buster design, a kitchen gadget that will help make Blizzards or McFlurries at home. Technically those desserts can be made with a blender but I wanted something that was easy to use, easy to clean, and was manually operated.
Continue reading ➞ Homemade McFlurry Maker
Here is my take on an Electrical Vehicle Charging Station, with a Flux Capacitor base and Mr. Fusion charge connector. I believe this would be a fun addition to any garage, and would make plugging-in the Tesla a bit more enjoyable.
Continue reading ➞ BTTF EV Car Charging Station
This is a LEGO walkie-talkie that turns into a dustpan and brush for cleaning up LEGO. It can be used as a prop too, and would look good in any LEGO builder’s room.
Continue reading ➞ LEGO Dustpan And Brush
Same deal as a Nest thermostat, with a silver dial encompassing a screen, but given a HAL 9000 makeover. This could also be given personal assistant (Alexa, Siri) abilities, thanks to the speaker placement. The speaker and screen also lend themselves to intercom and security cam functionality.
It would be a neat device to have, but speaking as a Dave I’m a little hesitant about wanting one.
I’m a little embarrassed to post this, because it has that “seen on TV gizmo” vibe, so apologies in advance. This is my take on cereal Tupperware containers, and it combats those small crumbly bits that taint the last bowl of Cheerios.
Continue reading ➞ Crumb-Buster Cereal Container
If Darth Vader can get a toaster, I don’t see why Scorpion from Mortal Kombat can’t get the same treatment. It’s a little more appropriate here, owing to the famous Toasty joke the video games are known for.
The face mask operates the toast lever. I wanted something that looked like a retro/vintage toaster for this design, so it doesn’t look out of place on the kitchen counter when not in use.
It could also have eyes that light red from the heating elements (or LEDs), but that might be a bit too dramatic for making toast. I’m still debating whether or not I should add that.
Other design notes: the toast would be emblazoned with the Mortal Kombat logo. I don’t see why this design couldn’t be used for other characters like Sub-Zero, Reptile, and Smoke as well. Went with a skull because I wanted more chrome to match other kitchen appliances. I can see many other brands using this approach, like Transformers, but the Toasty joke clinches this design in my opinion.