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One of Britain’s most iconic foods has received a drastic makeover at the hands of gastronomic design duo Bompas & Parr. They’ve concocted five new flavours of Heinz baked bean, each matched with a handmade bowl and a musical spoon (that you listen to through your mouth) for the ultimate bean-there experience.
The Barbeque beans come in a charred limewood bowl (giving it a smoky smell) and a spoon playing blues music and the sound of sizzling. The Cheddar variety comes in wheel of cheese, with an Elgar-inspired spoon-song played on a cheese wire. With garlic and herb, fiery chilli and curry experiences also available at Fortnum & Mason, you can enjoy British tongue-in-cheek design at its edible best.
Keeping in touch with your feelings while using personal technology devices matters more when applied to healthcare. Mickael Boulay has re-invented blood sugar monitoring for diabetics with his Measuring Less to Feel More system.
Discovering that users feel stressed by the hard technical appearance of most monitoring devices, his new version was created with sensation, emotion and subtlety in mind. LED lights in soft colours indicate blood sugar levels, instead of numbers. ‘This more intuitive and sensitive language enables people to relate more easily to their blood sugar levels,’ says Boulay.
Standing in the toothpaste aisle at Walgreen’s, Craig Dubitsky got the idea for his latest company, Hello. ‘The whole oral hygiene industry is based on fear and shame,’ he says. ‘It’s as if there’s a war going on inside your mouth – you have to eliminate, destroy, arm yourself with these toxic products.’
With Hello, Dubitsky hopes to bring a Method-style friendliness to the war zone that is oral care. His range is designed to delight, with ‘delicious’ flavours like mojito mint and toothpaste with an icing-applicator tip, while ingredients are 99% natural and alcohol-free. Check out hello-products.com to find out how much mouthwash you need after eating egg-salad-flavoured chips or before heading to group therapy!
Sankt Gallen, a brewery located in the Kanagawa region of Japan, has unveiled a unique way to enjoy their famous malt beverage: with an edible glass. The brewery has recently gained notoriety for their chocolate beers, notably their imperial Chocolate Stout: an ultra-dark beer that lists “chocolate malt’ amongst its ingredients. Indulgent, yes, but definitely delicious!
The latest addition to the smartphone market is here: say hello to the transparent phone.
Created by Polytron Technologies and dubbed ‘Switchable Glass’, the phone uses liquid crystal molecules with a conductive OLED screen – which are aligned by electric currents to display images and text.
Despite the obvious hardware that’s currently visible through the phone, it’s still a fairly impressive-looking piece of kit – and apparently will be lighter and cheaper than the iPhone 5. Tempted? Keep a look out for the finished item appearing in (or blending into) shops near you.