More than 2,200 exhibitors from around the world showed off their products to buyers at the 2016 International Home + Housewares Show, which wrapped up earlier this month in Chicago. Here a few of the more notable items on display. Some are available now, while others won’t reach stores until later in the year.
Imagine pouring wine without opening the bottle. The device pierces the cork with a hollow needle to allow wine to be poured out and then lets the cork reseal when it’s removed, keeping the remaining wine fresh. The needle is fine enough that it sort of pushes the cork fibers aside, and they move back into place after the needle is removed, the company said.
An argon gas capsule pressurizes the contents of the bottle, allowing the wine to flow. It can be ordered at Coravin.com; $300-350.
Bruno’s handiest feature is its floor-level vacuum inlet, which sucks in all the crumbs and dirt you sweep up to it and dumps it right into the trash bag lining the can. You don’t even have to turn it on — the suction starts when it senses a broom in front of the inlet. Its lid opens when it senses motion, too.
The Bruno SmartCan also has a smartphone app that reminds you to take out the trash on trash day and alerts you when you’re low on bags.
Bruno comes in five colors and is currently available for preorder for $179 at www.brunosmartcan.com. Orders are expected to ship in June.
Lid Sid hangs on the edge of a pot to keep the lid ajar, but it does so with panache. Lid Sid sells in packs of two for around $15. It’s sold by specialty shops, or you can order it online from sources including Monkey Business’ website, www.mnkbusiness.com.
Crock-Pot SWING & SERVE COOKER
The appliance combines three slow cookers into one device: a 3.5-quart cooker and two 1.5-quart cookers. The upper units are attached to movable arms, so they can swing out for serving or fold in for storage. Each cooker operates independently, but they all share one power cord.
The Swing & Serve Cooker is expected to be available in the fall. Suggested retail prices are $79 for black and $99 for stainless steel.
AIR CRAZY ON DEMAND
The company’s Air Crazy on Demand air popper stores 16 ounces of popping corn and dispenses just enough kernels to pop one to four cups of popcorn, dispensed right into your bowl. You can keep it on your counter and use it whenever you feel like a snack. It’s simple enough for kids to use, too.
The popper has a suggested retail price of $40, or $50 for a version with a self-cleaning cycle that blows away debris. It is expected to reach stores in the fall.
This 3-D pancake printer was the star of the show. The tricked-out griddle turns out hotcakes in pretty much any design you can think up, from the Eiffel Tower to Donald Trump’s face.
The computerized gadget has a bridge that travels above the cooking surface, squirting out batter to “draw” the pre-programmed design. It builds the pancake in layers, allowing some parts to get browner and creating the contrast that makes certain features stand out.
You can create your own design if you want, or you can use one shared by an online community of pancake designers. At $299, it’s a pricey novelty. It’s available at Pancakebot.com.