A hands-free faucet is a great way to improve your kitchen efficiency, conserve water, and prevent the spread of germs. Tearing up that kitchen for a costly renovation? Not so great. For a digital boost that won't break your wallet, consider Toto's Wi-Touch. This wireless remote can be placed anywhere--at foot, knee, or elbow height --within 3 feet of the control box, which you can install yourself in under an hour. It's compatible with virtually all standard manual faucets, both with and without pullout sprays.
You're approaching the kitchen sink with raw meat all over your hands. Now what? You contort your hands around to turn on the water without making a mess, or you make a mess and then spend an extra five minutes sanitizing the faucet. Or, you take advantage of Delta Faucet's new Touch2O technology and touch the faucet with your wrist, forearm, or elbow to start and stop the flow of water.
Use the handle as you would any ordinary faucet, or open the faucet and then start and stop the flow of water with a simple touch to … Read more
You didn't know you needed this one--a tap that identifies you using facial screening, then pours water at a preset pressure and temperature catered to your preferences.
And that's not all. While you wash your hands, the integrated touch screen on top shows a glimpse of your e-mail and calendar, along with the outside temperature, while built-in LEDs illuminate the pouring water in colors matching the water temperature.
The company responsible for identifying your need for a tricked-out tap is Brazilian design and engineering firm iHouse, which specializes in luxury technology for automated homes and boats.
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The Kohler Karbon Articulating Kitchen Faucet is something like a hybrid between your standard, kitchen, spray nozzle and an elegant, metal faucet spout. It's made out of a series of solid pieces, each connected by an articulating joint. The result is a faucet that can move into any position and then stay put.
Wouldn't ever need such an adjustable faucet, you say? I'm living proof that we dlo: I put a water filter on my faucet that has now … Read more
We feature several concept kitchens on the Appliances and Kitchen Gadgets blog, but exciting culinary concepts don't necessarily only come in full-fledged kitchens. Often, adding one high-tech element to a traditional kitchen is all that's needed to bring both the look and the functionality of a cooking space into a completely new class. Take, for instance, the Guru faucet.
The eye-catching design by Ernesto Messineo of Milan has great potential, either for generating complements or for provoking looks of confusion. Slightly reminiscent of things you may have seen on Star Trek, the faucet serves as a great conversation … Read more
With a family of six, I cook every night of the week. This means I get plenty of practice, but it doesn't necessarily mean I learn from my mistakes. In particular, I frequently find myself with my hands full of raw meat exactly when I suddenly need something from the pantry. So, I put the meat down, head to the sink, and with my contaminated fingers, turn the knob to wash my hands. Now my whole faucet is covered in raw meat germs--just one more thing to worry about and to decontaminate when I clean up.
Did you own a touch lamp? You know what I'm talking about--the type that turns on by touching it anywhere along the body? I've never owned one, but I vividly remember my great grandmother's.
I used to visit my extended family when I was a kid, and even though they made a sincere effort to stock their houses with enough toys to keep us occupied during our stays, I still remember getting bored. It was then that I discovered the touch lamp, and I remember wasting time pretending that my great grandma's house was inhabited by … Read more
This elegant Arwa kitchen faucet, not to be mistaken for a snake about to pounce, caught the eye of the red dot design competition judges this year, winning a coveted "best of the best" product award. (Just 50 entries received that honor in the 2008 product design competition, which is one of the biggest and most prestigious. There were a total of 3,203 entries this year from 51 countries.)
The Arwa-Twinflex is made by Swiss kitchen and bathroom specialist Arwa.
While the base of the faucet has a chrome finish, the PVC sheath, which fits over the … Read more
All too often Crave comes across various goods that are festooned--or infected--with all manner of bling, real or otherwise. We usually try to stay focused on gadgets but, every once in awhile, something non-digital comes along that we just can't resist. This is one of those times.
Italian design house Teknobili has created a bathroom faucet covered with 292 diamonds, according to Trendir. Fortunately no price was listed for the "Oz Diamond Edition," because we just had breakfast.
Talk about the world turned upside-down. The last thing we thought we'd ever see is people clamoring to make their bathrooms more like public loos, but that's apparently what's happening in our increasingly fixture-fixated consumer market.
We knew the trend had become mainstream (no pun, honest) after witnessing the overwhelming popularity of Dyson's "Airblade" hand-drying machine. But that product is aimed at the business market--we think. The "EZ Touchless Infrared Sensor Faucet," however, is clearly destined for the household at $50, according to GadgetGrid.
And why not? It's at the perfect … Read more