Aside from the safety guidelines we hear as the plane is about to take off, we are also always warned about the tray tables being in the upward position until 30,000 ft. is reached and right before the plane gets close to landing. As soon as we get the green light from the crew, tray tables come down, as they are used for different purposes.
For a business professional, they may utilize it to catch up on some work. A parent may use it to prop up a tablet for their child in order to keep them occupied. The "cup holder" (if you could call it that) is used when the flight attendants provide drinks (depending on the airline) during the flight. However, the trays do tend to get in the way and don't always work properly.
Looking for a way to enhance the experience, Craig Rabin and his team have developed the final prototype of their in flight "accessory that holds your beverage & electronics device." Now, they're betting on the backer community to help them make it a reality.
I love it when people, from different cultural backgrounds, introduce certain types of food to us, sharing their culture and passion for it. For example, a while back, I did a segment on a group of individuals that wanted to introduce Green Pea Cookies to the U.S. market. Originally from Singapore, Green Pea Cookies grasped the attention of American consumers, raising over $38,000 during the campaign.
This segment's project is no different. With the goal of introducing a similar version to our own beef jerky, Brooklyn Biltong is on a mission to share with the rest of us its South African biltong. To do so, owners Ben and Em are utilizing Kickstarter to raise enough funds that will allow them to bring authentic deliciousness into our homes.
Nutrition and energy are two things that most people would like to have more of throughout the day. As society's work load and expectations increase, the available hours in a day immutably remain the same. Let’s face it, we are busy. Even though things have become markedly easier, we have loaded more onto our proverbial plates than ever before.
As such, huge ripple effects can be felt and seen (just look in the mirror) when it comes to both nutrition and energy. Cutting corners on these is not smart no matter the short-term gains. Melanie Dulbecco, the CEO of San Francisco based Torani company, has orchestrated a creative team cleverly named Torani Mix Tank to come up with a solution.
"With a growing movement toward health-packed beverages, a few flavor-obsessed Torani team members ideated around simple ways to make functional drinks that also taste amazing... The solution the Mix Tank came up with is Plus Ups," says Torani spokesperson Stacey Cooper-Dent
Today's WOD (Workout of the Day) was a killer. Your efforts are showcased by your sweaty shirt and exhaustion. Regardless of the time of the day, you worked out as hard as you could, getting through each rep. As you clean up, the first component of the aftermath is to refuel by drinking your protein shake.
Odds are good that one of the following happens as you shake/take the first swig out of your bottle:
Being all too familiar with the three noted experiences, Christian Valencia and his team set out to find a more efficient solution. Focused on designing a bottle that fits the lifestyle of physically active individuals, they have produced a bottle that will deliver without the unwanted aspects.
I don't know about you, but when done properly, home made bread is absolutely delicious. Even though it may require more work than driving to the store to pick some up, you have the peace of mind knowing what ingredients are being used to make the loaf. Best of all, you also have the ability to eat it hot and fresh, straight out of your own oven. However, the right tools needed for the baking may not always be available to us, which in my case, could lead to me burning the house down.
Recognizing that the right instrument needed to bake bread at home doesn't exist, avid home bakers, Sharon and Ted Burdett of the design company Strand, have set out to use their designing experience and love for baking in order to create the right tool for the rest of us. With 325 backers at the time this segment was written, Strand is on its way of opening up the opportunity to bake bread at home for the backing community.
As our melting pot of a nation continues to grow, one major component that I love is the the diverse and delicious foods each culture brings to the table. Even better, within each culture, there are varieties of how each single food is prepared, as one way could be completely different than another, but they both end up being fantastic (most of the time).
Fortunately for us foodies, crowdfunding has been a great platform for individuals and groups to share their goodies. As a fan of sweet treats, such as the No-Nut Butter from the Sneaky Chef and Lady Yum's macarons, my mouth watered up when I ran across Singaporean inspired cookies by Tan Ying Quan, Larissa Russell, and Fiona Lee. The trio have successfully tested their market, and they are now ready to share it with the rest of us.
Dear coffee drinkers, we have officially hit the jackpot! We're about to embark on a new journey, when it comes to what we drink our coffee out of. You may want to sit down for this one.
Looking back, coffee mugs have evolved functionally, but they still have the same boring look to them. Sure, the designs on the mugs can be neat, but the shape of the mug itself isn't all that exciting. Neither are the tumblers we carry with us from point A to point B, while doing our best to do a million tasks at the same time, including spillage avoidance.
Fascinated with the mug concept, and passionate about coffee, the crew at Goat Story have revamped the style of the mug to not only cater to coffee lovers, but to also make them look stylish. From Ljubljana, Slovenia, The Goat Story team has developed a unique concept that is "practical and sustainable, but is also a fashion accessory and tells the primeval story of coffee." Now they are ready to share the design with backers, in order to make production happen.
Named the Goat Mug, the Goat Story's product child is shaped like a, yes you guessed it, a goat's horn. It's so unique that it takes a couple of looks to really understand its functionality. What's neat about it is the fact that Goat Story "designed a special holder with leather touch which simply turns into a coffee mug stand so you can easily keep the Goat mug on your desk."
However, that's not all that makes the Goat Mug different from the rest. Depending on the reward chosen, the mug also comes a with strap that is attachable to bags or can be pulled over the shoulder. As explained, "This way you can carry your books or bags and talk on the phone while carrying your coffee around."
The Goat Mug is 100% spill-free, which as most have us have found out is hard to come by. This prevents the accidental drips from the top, avoiding the unneeded spills on clothing articles. The Goat Mug is also environmentally friendly, as it is made from 100% eco-materials and can be fully recycled. Lastly, the mug is BPA Free and dishwasher friendly. Currently, Goat Story has met all of its stretch goals, opening up a great selection for backers , such as the Help Edition, Marsala, and the two classic looks, black and white.
The Goat Mug is one of the coolest revamps I personally have seen of an everyday used product. The design is different, yet it doesn't take away from its primary function. It's an item that makes you scratch your head, baffled by how someone who could ever think of something like this.
Considering the success it has already had (over 8,600 backers, +$350k at the time this article was written), it shows how welcoming coffee drinkers are to the idea. Potentially, this new style will find its way quickly around the globe, due to the wide popularity of coffee. It'll be interesting to see where the Goat Story team takes their new venture, as I'm sure this won't be the last we hear about them and their baaaaing ideas.
Overall, enhancing the coffee mug in a new form and fashion POPs.
Goat Story's Campaign Page
Goat Story's Website
In Mediterranean countries where olives and olive by-products represent a sizeable proportion of local diets, life expectancy rates are higher and risk of heart diseases are lower. This is true especially when compared to their North American and Northern European counterparts. Olive oil is rich in fatty acids—the good fatty acids that the body requires unlike saturated and trans fats.
When selecting olive oil from the supermarket, the first decision tree is of the purity of the oil—refined, virgin, or extra virgin. But perhaps you didn’t know that within the “extra virgin” segment not all oils are the same. According to the Olive Oil Times, a website dedicated to everything olives, “69 percent of imported olive oil samples and 10 percent of California olive oil samples labeled as extra virgin failed to meet the IOC/USDA standards for extra virgin olive oil”.
Michele Iadarola, of Puglia, Italy, wants to restore the good name of olive oil and that of his native country Italy. Currently based in New York City, he is launching his new company Especially Puglia.
The Kickstarter campaign for Especially Puglia is based on a farm-to-table model with a little twist—adoption of an olive tree. When you adopt an olive tree from Especially Puglia, you will receive a package from the company with a certificate of adoption including a photo and number of the actual tree in Puglia, Italy. You will also receive a Puglia-made ceramic bottle and three liters of extra virgin olive oil from your adopted tree. All of this comes in a small wooden crate delivered to your door in time for Christmas.
My wife and I strive to substitute other oils with olive oil where possible. This is a minor tweak in our cooking with a positive health potential—that and I also prefer the taste of olive oil to others. We were pleased to eventually locate some among the myriad of other cooking oils here in Vietnam. But even then, we have to trust what’s in the bottle. When you can’t read the back of the label, you really wonder what certain products are made of. Even more so when it is in your native tongue and you still don’t understand the label.
More importantly, olive oil should be fresh. Ladarola explains that unlike wine, olive oil does not get better with time and that the health benefits and taste deteriorate over time. Many options at the store could have been bottled up for a year or more. Especially Puglia’s “olive oil [is] cold pressed within eight hours of being harvested, packaged, and shipped directly from Puglia to you”.
Show your support for Especially Puglia by backing the project, so that you POP it out of the crate in time for Christmas dinner. Oh and for all of the American readers—Happy Thanksgiving!
Puglia’s Kickstarter Campaign Page