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Drinking soda pop has never been so scientific. U-Fizz is a contraption for putting carbonation into drinks that are not already carbonated. For $6.95, you get the necessary tube and caps to transfer bubbles from your mixture of baking soda and vinegar to a bottle of the drink you wish to carbonate. You could make this kit out of material laying around the house if you have it, but it would probably cost about as much to buy the parts separately as to buy the kit.

You can watch a Power Point presentation on how the gadget works, which I don't have the software for, or you can download a pdf file with almost unreadable instructions. But the process is not that difficult to figure out.

The question is, what do you want to carbonate? I took a look through the drinks I keep around for some ideas. Keep in mind here that I don't really like carbonated drinks; your opinions may vary.

Kool Ade. The perfect drink for this type of experiment. What you will achieve is something we used to call Nehi.

Sweet tea. That might not be a bad idea, especially with a little lemon.

Milk. Yuck, that just makes me sick to think about it.

200_ufizz.jpgOrange juice. I don't think this would be appetizing at all. I can tell orange juice is going bad when it starts to taste a bit carbonated. Anyhow, you wouldn't need the U-Fizz to put bubbles in orange juice, since it already contains acid. You just put a bit of baking soda right in the juice.
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Grape juice. That would be good, kind of like a premium Nehi. Or even champagne! At least we can pretend.
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Coffee. It wouldn't stay hot for the time needed, and using the U-Fizz with a hot drink would probably be dangerous anyway. We'll skip that.
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I don't have any lemonade around right now, but that would be a good candidate for carbonation. I have some sassafras syrup for making hot tea. A more concentrated drink made with this syrup and some sugar might yield a root beer-like drink.
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There are other methods for making your own fizzy soda pop, but the U-Fizz is probably the cheapest and simplest. And the kids might even learn something from the experience!

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Now's the Best Time to Buy a KitchenAid Stand Mixer
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Acquiring a KitchenAid stand mixer is considered a home cook's rite of passage for a reason—while endlessly useful for baking, it's also one of the more expensive gadgets you can have on your countertop. If the stand mixer's usual $260 price tag has turned you off in the past, now's the time to reconsider adding one to your kitchen. According to Cooking Light, Target is offering the standard silver 4.5-quart KitchenAid stand mixer for a special price of $190.

The standard silver KitchenAid is the classic model. It comes with a dough hook, a flat beater, and a wire whisk that can be set to one of 10 different speeds—perfect for kneading dough or whipping cream without straining an arm muscle. And if you want to spend the money you save from the deal on even more kitchen tools, you can spring for one of the many accessories that attach to the front of the mixer, like the pasta maker, the veggie spiralizer, or the meat grinder. The standard mixer, like all of KitchenAid's countertop appliances, comes with a one-year warranty.

The silver mixer isn't the only KitchenAid product on sale through Target. The KitchenAid Ultra Power Plus mixer, which normally retails for $350, is currently available for $280. With that item, buyers will have a variety of colors to choose from, including ice blue, cobalt, and red.

Looking for an even cheaper way to upgrade your kitchen? There are plenty of game-changing cooking gadgets out there that won't drain your bank account.

[h/t Cooking Light]

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The Fun Optical Illusion You Can Make With Your iPhone X
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Peder Norrby, YouTube

You can use the iPhone X’s powerful depth sensor for more than just face recognition. The technology also allows you to create wild optical illusions on your phone. The phone’s 3D camera allowed Swedish artist Peder Norrby to create a depth illusion that makes an image on the phone look 3D, as Co.Design reports.

The app Norrby created with ARKit face tracking, TheParallaxView, uses a technique called trompe l’oeil, a style you might have seen before in the form of pavement art. It uses hyperrealistic art to give the illusion that a 2D image is really 3D.

The eye tracking makes the image move as the camera does, making it look like you’re manipulating a 3D object, either one that recesses deep into the phone or pops out from the screen. As Mark Wilson explains on Co.Design, this face tracking “allows the screen to create not just one static 3D illusion, but dozens a second, tricking your mind into believing that there’s a whole other world behind the screen of your phone.”

It’s a monoscopic effect, according to Norrby, so the illusion works particularly well in video form, but in person, you’ll need to close one eye to make it work to the same degree.

You can see how it works in the video below. Norrby has submitted the app to Apple’s App Store, but it’s still pending approval. He’s also planning on submitting the source code for developers, which means that anyone could incorporate it into their apps—which we imagine could lead to some pretty amazing video games.

[h/t Co.Design]

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