Reduce, Reuse, Masticulate- Eatable Food Packaging

“As we know how much food packageing we throw in the garbage, what if we could eat them?”
It’s depressing to think how much food packaging there is in your kitchen right now — all those juice cartons, water bottles and ice-cream containers. But what if you could eat them? “We’ve got to package in the same way nature does,” says a Harvard bioengineer named David Edwards. And so he has devised a way to convert foods into shell-like containers and films that he calls Wikicells. Yogurt will be encased in a strawberry pouch, for instance. You could wash and eat the packaging, like the skin of an apple, or you could toss it, like the peel of an orange, since it’s biodegradable. The newly wrapped ice cream and yogurt will be available later this month at the lab store in Paris, with juice and tea coming within the next year or two.

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Productive Gadgets

Belkin SuperSpeed USB 3.0 4-port Hub:

At 10 times faster than USB 2.0, USB 3.0 is excellent for data transfers from external storage drives or USB flash drives. Unfortunately, many laptops and PCs still don’t offer as many USB 3.0 ports as we would like, forcing users to compromise. As its name suggests, the Belkin SuperSpeed USB 3.0 4-Port Hub plugs into an existing USB 3.0 port to increase the number of USB 3.0 ports that are available. While not all devices can run at the full speed simultaneously, having the hub around certainly eliminates the hassle of insufficient USB ports.

Price: $49.99

 

Doxie One:

The Doxie One is a scanner designed to scan all your paper, photos and receipts without the need for a computer. Its compact form factor allows the scanner to be stowed away in a drawer, and setup is quick: You just plug it into a wall socket. Unlike a bulky traditional flatbed scanner, an automatic feeder starts automatically and pulls the sheet through in seconds. Captured images are saved on an included SD memory card, much like in a digital camera. This can then be loaded onto a Mac or PC through a standard flash memory card reader, or to an iPad tablet with Apple’s iPad SD Card Reader.

Price: $149

 

Google Chromecast:

The Google Chromecast is a media streamer that plugs into any HDTV with an HDMI port. Similar to the Apple TV, the Chromecast connects to a Wi-Fi network for wireless streaming. At just $35, the Chromecast is both easy to set up and inexpensive. To be clear, support for the Chromecast must be specifically built into apps, though this shouldn’t be an issue as Google has already released the API for the device. For now, various apps are available on Android and iOS devices, as well as Windows and OS X.

Price: $35

 

IDAPT i4 Universal Charger:

The IDAPT i4 is an innovative universal charger designed to charge up to four mobile devices simultaneously. This docking station comes with three receptacles that accept various charging tips ranging from mini USB, micro USB, Lightning, the old Apple Universal Dock, and other tips for various digital cameras and even rechargeable AA or AAA batteries. A separate USB port offers the ability to plug in a standard USB cable for charging tablets or other devices that may be heavy or bulky. Several common tips are provided in the package, and additional tips can be purchased directly from IDAPT and range from $10 to $20 each.

Price: $64.99

 

LX Desk Mount LCD Arm:

The Ergotron LX Desk Mount LCD Arm sets the gold standard for monitor arms on the desktop. Perfect for both single monitor users and those who use multiple monitors on their desktop, the Ergotron monitor arm offers unparalleled flexibility in the positioning of your LCD monitors. Moreover, it frees up space on the desktop as it mounts onto the edge of the desk, and can be pushed out of the way. Ergotron says its arms are tested to 10 times the expected lifecycle of other competitive brands, and monitors can be quickly positioned up, down, left, right, forward, backward or even rotated with a mere touch.

Price: $169

 

Logitech Bluetooth Speakers Z600:

The Logitech Bluetooth Speakers Z600 are an eye-catching pair of wireless speakers that come with a great-looking fabric finish. Despite its relatively small size, the Z600 is capable of delivering room-filling sound through the three discrete drivers found in each speaker. To adjust the volume, simply run a finger along the touch control located on the top panel of the right speaker. The Z600 pairs with up to three devices via Bluetooth at the same time, though an included USB transceiver allows the speaker to work with non-Bluetooth devices, too.

Price: $149.99

 

Microsoft Sculpt Touch Mouse:

Looking for a portable mouse that helps you get things done? The Microsoft Sculpt Touch Mouse is a wireless Bluetooth mouse equipped with BlueTrack technology that allows it to track well on virtually every type of surface. A four-way touch strip on the mouse offers the ability to easily swipe up and down, left and right, with just the swipe of a finger – it also offers tactile feedback by vibrating the touch strip gently. Finally, the Sculpt Touch Mouse has side grips that are easy to hold, while Microsoft’s legendary contoured shape allows comfortable use in either hand.

Price: $49.95