Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Taking the Heat Out of the Kitchen - New York Times

Taking the Heat Out of the Kitchen - New York Times: "Wolfgang Puck introduced a new line of lattes this month. That the Los Angeles chef has stamped his name on yet another product isn't surprising. But the container is. It heats itself.
It took a California company named OnTech seven years and $24 million to create the self-heating cans, which are activated by pushing a plastic button on the bottom. Water flows into a sealed inner cone filled with quicklime, which is mostly calcium oxide. A chemical reaction heats the coffee to a pleasant 145 degrees in six to eight minutes, the amount of time it might take to order, pay for and receive a latte from a barista."

The technology was also featured in the latest issue of Fortune. Just what we need -- landfills overflowing with bulky containers in order to save people from the burden of heating liquids the old-fashioned way...

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