A fresh New Year is upon us, and with it comes an array of innovations across multiple consumer product categories to certainly include the food and beverage sectors. With reports citing that 2019 will be a pivotal year for consumer technology, here’s a look at some noteworthy lifestyle-enhancing solutions that are keen on making an indelible impact on our daily lives—and even F&B businesses—this New Year and beyond.
LG SIGNATURE Appliances (www.LG.com)
LG SIGNATURE is the premium product line from LG Electronics boasts a beautifully-designed line created with the user-experience in mind, all featuring the latest innovative technology. LG SIGNATURE’s state-of-the-art InstaView Door-in-Door refrigerator is truly stunning. By simply knocking on the opaque compartment of the refrigerator, you’re able to peer inside even without having to open the door, allowing you to peek inside without letting cold air escape.. Knock twice on the tinted glass panel and it will illuminate—letting you quickly access your favorite foods & beverages while preventing cold air from escaping. The auto door open feature activates as you approach the refrigerator for hands-free access. LG InstaView refrigerators are available in black stainless steel—featuring a darker hue that’s topped with a protective coating. That makes every appliance fingerprint and smudge resistant—a dry cloth is all it takes to bring back its original luster. Or choose an LG SIGNATURE refrigerator with a full stainless steel body and Textured Steel finish for impeccable exterior design that enhances minimalist style to the fullest.
Sharp Superheated Steam Countertop Oven (www.SharpUSA.com)
The Sharp Superheated Steam Countertop Oven is an extremely efficient option perfect for every-day use, allowing you to keep your big oven clean for special occasions. The combination of superheated steam and conventional, radiant heat in all cooking modes means that food will be crispy and browned on the outside, moist and delicious on the inside. Not to be mistaken with a traditional steamer or steam oven, with superheated steam up to 485°F, in conjunction with conventional, radiant heat, proteins will brown and become crispy. Sugars will caramelize. And the results are amazing. You won’t need to preheat your oven before cooking or even defrost the food the night before. You can simply place food into the oven, set the desired cooking mode, temperature and time. With multiple cooking modes, this countertop oven provides endless cooking possibilities and will eliminate the need for multiple small countertop appliances. It can broil or grill, bake or reheat, cook pizzas, warm food, and also create 7 shades of toast. Its convenient front-loading water tank is easy-to-access, and easy-to-fill with regular tap or bottled water. It’s the perfect size and provides up to 60-minutes of cooking time before refilling. And, the hidden bake element is beneath a flat oven floor so clean-up is a breeze. This really sets this oven apart from most other countertop ovens. The included broiling pan and crisper tray gives you 2-tier-cooking and they are 40% larger than a standard, quarter-size sheet pan making it perfect for anything from making sheet pan dinners for the whole family, to hors d’oeuvres for party guests. If you are looking for more than just a toaster oven, this Sharp Superheated Steam Countertop Oven is the answer.
Aquio Bluetooth Speaker Water Bottle (www.AquioBottles.com)
USA-designed Aquio water bottles with detachable Bluetooth speaker, powered by iHomeAudio, are manufactured with high-quality stainless steel that is also notably BPA-free. Available in four fashionable colors–midnight, seafoam, merlot and blush–it is an ideal hydration bottle for those who lead an active lifestyle and love taking their music with them on-the-go. Aquio’s removable speaker is powerful, IP67-rated waterproof, sand-proof and features designer weather-resistant premium woven acoustic fabric. Its rechargeable battery provides up to six hours of wireless audio playback time. The 16-ounce bottle, designed to fit all cup holders, is double wall steel-insulated maintaining temperatures up to 14-hours for hot liquids and a full 24-hours for cold. Aquio’s mission is to reduce the world’s reliance on disposable plastic water bottles by making reusable bottles fun and fashionable.
Owl Cam Automobile Security Camera (www.Amazon.com)
Hey food trucks—here’s a great way to alleviate some of your security and roadside emergency concerns. Owl Cam is a first-of-its-kind device combining video security with an instant emergency response service to assist in the event of an automotive accident or other security or emergency situation. Owl Cam sits on your vehicle’s dashboard, capturing 24-hour footage with real time updates sent directly to your smartphone. Doubling as a travel buddy, Owl Cam also makes it easy to download and save high-definition photos and videos of the funny and meaningful moments or breathtaking views throughout your road trips. Features include dual-facing HD cameras, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS, instant video access from anywhere from your smartphone, a 14-day video loop, voice capture and naming, anti-theft floodlights and also the assurance that your videos are 100% private: only you can see, share, or delete them.
As the Executive Editor and Producer of “The Luxe List,” Merilee Kern is an internationally-regarded consumer product trends expert and hospitality industry voice of authority—a travel, dining, leisure and lifestyle expert who spotlights noteworthy marketplace innovations, change makers, movers and shakers. She reports on exemplary travel destinations and experiences, extraordinary events and newsworthy products and services across all categories. Reach her online at www.TheLuxeList.com, on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/LuxeListEditor, on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/TheLuxeList and on Instagram at www.Instagram.com/LuxeListReviews.
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