Daily nuggets of inspiration from the good folk
The times when the chocolate urge hits are usually the times when you can’t really be bothered to trudge down to the shops. What if you could, say, just download some chocolate? Like, print it out and get guzzling? All without moving from your desk / sofa / duvet? Mike TV and Willy Wonka though it was a pretty good idea. And Hershey does too.
Yes, choco-locos, your dreams have finally come true. The Hershey Company has partnered with 3D Systems to cook up CocoJet: a printer that squirts molten chocolate into delicious designs, just like a 3D printer streams filament. Only much, much tastier.
Lucky users can choose from milk, dark and white chocolate (what, no peanut butter?) and select a pre-programmed design, or delay the moment of pleasure by devising their own bespoke chocolate sculpture.
When this piece of printing genius will be released is yet to be announced. But it’s fair to say that custom confectioners must be a tad concerned that their corner of the personalised chocolate market may soon be in the sticky hands of the very happy consumer.
There’s nothing quite like the pride you put into making a bacon sandwich: the Saturday morning ritual; the selection of ingredients; the skill of assemblage. Not to mention the bacon itself – sizzling, crisp and succulent – pressed between soft slices of bread that’ve been laminated with butter and sauce (red, brown or both). Who wouldn’t want to make the most of it?
Now you can take your kitchen-counter epicureanism to aromatic new heights. Cleverly seizing the curly tails of both the current trend for DIY culinary processes and our passionate love for the rasher, are award-winning Cotswold fine food company, Ross & Ross. (Nicely curated, Tim.)
They’ve created a handy, all-you-need-to-cure-your-own-piece-of-porker-at-home kit. It comes complete with a choice of bacon curing mixes, muslin wrap and curing bags, as well as a butcher’s hook. Imagine that hanging off your Ikea utensils bar!
To be a true Hugh F-W, all you need to do now is catch your pig.
Fully on-trend with this Flat Age Society showcase, Selfridges has put a twist on its annual Bright Young Things talent scheme by featuring work from a somewhat more mature creative scene. (Thanks to fellow Flat Ager, David Whitbread.)
14 artists, designers and musicians – all strictly 40-to-80-somethings – have been invited to design window displays and present limited edition products online and in store at the Bright Old Things Boutique.
So shuffle your bones along to the iconic department store to be inspired by the experience-informed imaginings of a 70s punk legend, an architecturally-trained topiarist and a food writer-turned-folk-artist. She’s the one with the super-fresh specs, by the way. Who, when asked what inspired her to change career, quipped,
“The menopause. Or I had a psychotic break. Or the muse bit me in the bum. In other words, who knows? It hit me like a bolt of lightning and changed my life forever… Of course, I am not really an old woman, just cleverly disguised as one.”
You go, girl. Follow #BrightOldThings on Twitter.
Ever wondered if your face is –ahem– alarming? You’re about to find out.
Welcome to the facial recognition intruder alarm, simply known as… ‘Welcome’. Unveiled at 2015 International CES, French company Netatmo’s first home security device houses a camera that can tell the difference between your domestic tribe and a dodgy trespasser.
As soon as movement is detected, the device alerts your smartphone, putting a name to the face if recognised. You can also snoop around your home if a stranger is detected, via the Welcome app’s camera feed. Darkness offers no protection to prowlers either, thanks to infra red night vision technology.
Puts a new spin on being the head of your household.
Is your forearm ready for the future? It could be your new interface, if French tech start-up Cicret bring their ‘working prototype’ to market.
A game-changer in functionality, if not wearable aesthetics, the Circet Bracelet projects a touchscreen directly onto your skin. So you can flick through emails, play (one-handed?) games, and navigate calls or city streets all with a click of the wrist.
If crowdsource funding continues as planned, we could see this device gracing arms by the end of the year. It’ll be interesting to see how the handsomely hirsute, or multiply-mole-speckled arm will fare in the glare of a beamed-out screen…
Even so, Apple Watch better watch out – this is tech to give your left arm for.