The "Baby Box," conceived in Finland, found its way to America-with a twist. / Flickr user "roceteer"
This week at Reviewed.com, we got our hands on a variety of highly anticipated new products, including offerings from Sony, Samsung, and Whirlpool. Sony had a couple of cameras this week that shot and scored: The A7S wowed us with its near-nightvision, and the Cyber-Shot RX100 III improved on its near-perfect predecessors. The Samsung H5203 TV proved itself worthy of your bedroom, and Whirlpool's double oven electric range offered two stellar cooking chambers for the multi-tasking chef.
Our news and features team had their share of excitement too. Among other things, they covered a magical new ice cream that changes color with each lick, and the ongoing drop in American beef consumption. They also tracked a fizzy find at the bottom of the ocean that was still corked, centuries later.
You can easily identify ice cream flavors by their distinctive colors-white means vanilla, brown means chocolate, and green means mint (or maybe pistachio?). But now a mad Spanish scientist has disturbed this seemingly stable law of desserts with a new invention: ice cream that changes colors when licked. While the ice cream's creator won't spill his secret formula until patents are approved, for now, licking is believing. And yes, the ice cream does also have aphrodisiac properties-allegedly.
Sony's new A7S mirrorless camera is the latest in its touted A7 line, which made waves last year for packing a high-quality full-frame sensor in a lightweight body. The A7S stands out because it trades megapixels for unheard-of low-light performance. In other words, this camera comes awfully close to offering night vision. While its price tag is hefty, it more than justifies the steep cost with both its low-light abilities and impressive ultra high-res video shooting.
Where's the beef? It's still on Americans' plates, but not as often as it used to be. New data from the USDA shows that U.S. beef consumption has dropped sharply in recent years. While this is bad news for cattle producers, it might be good news for everyone else. Why? Beef has been shown to have a severely detrimental impact on the environment. In its place, Americans-and millennials especially-are turning to chicken, which has a much smaller carbon footprint.
It's rare that you'll find an entry-level TV that outperforms its high-end cousins, but the Samsung H5203 does just that. With its stunning picture performance, compelling smart features, and attractive price, this TV is a triple threat. Thanks to its relatively compact size-a standard model is 32 inches-and its bevy of streaming options, this TV is ideal for personal viewing in a bedroom or small living room.
Hate greasy, smelly bug spray? New odorless, bug-repellant clothes could be the answer. A Pennsylvania company-called Ticked Off, appropriately enough-developed the fabric after its founder grew fed up with dousing himself in bug spray during Minnesota summers. It features EPA-approved chemicals proven to repel ants, flies, mosquitoes, and ticks. While the clothing isn't the most fashionable-looking gear out there, it will at least keep you free of bug bites on your next camping trip.
This new double oven electric range from Whirlpool proves that we are truly living in an age of abundance. In addition to its excellent range top, it also offers two ovens, so you can cook a big roast and your side dishes simultaneously. While the lower oven outperforms the upper oven, the total package is a class above other double ovens, and is reasonably priced to boot.
For the past 75 years, Finland has made the anxiety-provoking buildup to birth easier on expectant mothers by offering a government-funded "Baby Box" with baby clothes, bedding, and toiletries. While originally intended for low-income families, the maternity package program has since expanded to all Finns. Now, an American company is aiming to bring the popular service to this country, but in a more classically American way. The Baby Box company offers several variations on the Finnish concept, at surprisingly affordable prices, so American mothers-to-be have one less thing to worry about.
LG has been a leader in bringing door-in-door compartments to American consumers, and this latest offering keeps it ahead of the pack. While this fridge is of the more compact counter depth variety, it's still capable of storing enough food to satisfy a sizable household, thanks to its side-by-side doors. If you're looking for a fridge with a lot of storage capacity and have a limited amount of space, this one is tough to beat.
Polish archaeologists recently made a fizzy find: A 200-year-old bottle of seltzer water. Discovered at the bottom of the Baltic Sea, the bottle is remarkably still corked after two centuries underwater. This follows in the wake of other sunken, drinkable treasures being discovered, including explorer Ernest Shackleton's personal Scotch. Scientists admit that the bottle's seltzer water might have been replaced by wine and recorked over the years. We don't plan on taste-testing it to find out, however.
There was a lot of hype surrounding the new RX100 III camera from Sony, and it managed to live up to all of it. Following in the footsteps of previous incarnations in the RX100 series, this camera is the best compact point-and-shoot on the market-by a wide margin. Though it's also among the most expensive, its incredible performance should ease the sticker shock.
While we often take appliances for granted in the developed world, millions in poorer countries lack access to electricity, let alone refrigerators. Spurred by an earthquake that struck India in 2001, an Indian entrepreneur was inspired to build a fridge that wouldn't need electricity to store food. The result? The Mitticool, a $50 cooler built out of clay. And with this fridge, no electricity is required. Just add water.
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