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What’s cooking?

What’s cooking

Half an onion, the scraps of yesterday’s roast, a couple of green beans and a jar of mayonnaise. What on earth are we going to have for dinner?

The contents of a mid-week fridge can lead anyone to despair (and a take-away). But now, Hellmann’s Brazil and a team of professional chefs are here to help.

Just take a picture of your ingredients – however hopeless they may seem. Send it via WhatsApp. And a chef will get back to you with a new recipe just for you.

If that’s not enough, they’ll then send you pictures and videos to help with every stage of the preparation, and even tell you when it’s time to get your creation out the oven.

Over 8,000 people used the service in its first ten days, with each person spending an average of 65 minutes talking to their chef. So who’s doing the washing up?





It’s that time of day again. The clock’s just struck five (or three. Or midday. Or ten in the morning.) You’ve had a hell of a week. And all you can think about is an ice-cold, citrusy gin and tonic.

But hang on a mo, who finished the tonic water? Realising that this predicament counts as a genuine disaster, Dutch gin brand VL92 has created a Gin & Tonic Emergency Kit. As well as the distinctively botanical VL92 gin, the kit includes Fentimans tonic water and a recipe on the side for creating the perfect drink.

Forget Post-it notes. This is surely a must-have for desk drawers across the land.



Faster food

Faster food

“Wait a minute, I’ll just take a picture before you start.” If your food is forever going cold because your friends insist on snapping/filtering/Instagramming every meal you have, you need to book a table at The Secret Restaurant.

The idea is simple. Food is served on an industrial-style conveyor belt connecting the underground kitchen to the restaurant upstairs. If you don’t pick up your food instantly, it drops off the end and is lost forever.

Created by sculptor and performance chef Bob Dornberger, the pop-up restaurant has been specifically created to take a stand against the culture of sharing every dish on social media.

Can’t help but think that conveyor belt would look great with a Valencia filter though…



Pizza face

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Too tired to cook? Too weary to make a call? Too exhausted to type? Wow. You should see someone about that. And that someone is ‘Dom’, the new voice-ordering app that lets you order pizzas from Domino’s just by speaking into your phone.

Just like Siri, Dom responds to your questions with ‘humorous’ phrases like “My motherboard and fatherboard raised me right.” And of course, he also does useful things like taking your order, suggesting side dishes and finding coupons for the best deals.

Pizza face 2

Question is, how are you going to get up off the sofa to answer the door?



Power in your hands

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Unlock your front door. Pay the bill after dinner. Share your contact details. Check your blood sugar levels. All with a touch of your hand.

They might sound like things only a superhero could do (although you’d hope they’d have more interesting uses for their powers), but turning your body into technology is fast becoming a reality.

Power in your hands 2

NewDealDesign has created a concept called Underskin, which involves smart digital tattoos being implanted into your hand. The tattoos would run off your body’s electro-chemical energy, interacting with everything you touch and sending out NFC signals to keep your data safe.

Time to start practising that Spidey flick of the wrist?



Off the page

Off the page

Ever found yourself tapping an image in a newspaper to try and make it bigger? Or sliding your thumb and finger apart over the small print in an ad? Or trying to flick through real pages with just a swipe of your forefinger?

Smartphones and touch screens are responsible for all sorts of crazy changes in our brains. But with tricks like C&A’s ‘Like Ad’ project in Brazil, you’d be forgiven for getting confused about the boundaries between the real and the digital. (Nice one, Jambell.)

The campaign invites you to tap ‘like’ on magazine ads, which then show up as digital likes on your Facebook page. As if that wasn’t enough, the likes for each outfit are also counted and displayed in real shops so everyone can see what’s most popular.

Be careful what you tap in future…



Bubble bath

Bubble bath

Milk? Nope. Chocolate? Try again. Gold? As if. According to Hungarian craft brewery Hedon, the most hedonistic substance to bathe in is good old beer.

They’ve chosen a little man submerged in the stuff for the brand’s logo, which is placed atop of some pleasingly simple bottle designs.

“This beer-bathing guy enjoys his life and lives for the moment,” said designers Flying Objects and Luca Patkós. So would you if you had beer coming out your taps.



Just what the doctor measured

Just what the doctor measured

Forget little brown bottles, injections or tubes of ointment. Thanks to a student from the Central Saint Martins Textiles Futures course, doctors of tomorrow could prescribe something as simple as a change of underwear.

As part of her ‘Material Pharmacy’ project, Sarah da Costa has developed a new fabric that releases drug treatments directly onto the skin. It uses a process called micro-encapsulation, which weaves particles of the drug into the fabric.

Her flagship creation is a bra that helps prevent breast cancer. Throughout the day, drugs are released through friction and moisture from leaf-shaped pieces of material. The reason for the shape? Foxglove leaves are the source of the active properties in Tamoxifen.

Smart on every level.



Feel-good shopping

Feel-good shopping

Eco-friendly. Upcycled. Community-focused. Artisanal.

No, we’re not playing buzz-word bingo. These are the four categories of product stocked in Nordstrom’s new shop within a shop: TMRW TGTHR. (That’s ‘tomorrow together’ for anyone who hasn’t used a mobile phone.)

The pop-up only stocks brands that create a positive impact, either through their materials, production process or the people who made them. For example, Krochet Kids is a brand of children’s clothing made by women in Northern Uganda and Peru. Black + blum creates water bottles with charcoal filters. And ECOALF makes coats from recycled fishing nets.

Shop the four categories here:

And feel a warm glow with every item you add to your trolley.



Goodbye ads, hello Ello

Goodbye ads

19 Signs You’re a Crazy Dog Person! 5 Steps To Getting A Six Pack Like Ryan! 22 Things That Shouldn’t Exist But Do! 14 Networks Run By Advertisers! If you’re a Facebooker then the 1 Thing You Really Need To Get Rid Of! is the increasing number of ads and sponsored links in your feed.

The same goes for pretty much every social media platform, and with Instagram announcing they’re now selling ad space, the backlash has begun with Ello. ‘You are not a product’ is the message at the heart of the new ad-free network, which was set up by a group of artists and designers who were fed up with the ‘creepy and unethical’ approach of the major networks.

“Every post you share, every friend you make and every link you follow is tracked, recorded and converted into data,” says their website. “Advertisers buy your data so they can show you more ads. You are the product that’s bought and sold.”

Sign up is currently by invitation only, but if you’re fed up with having your private life being turned into data, it’s definitely time to say Ello.



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