A New Coffee Machine Turns Your Selfies into Drinkable Latte Art

01/11/2016 at 05:34 PM ET


Instead of drinking your sorrows, now you can drink your selfies.

Thanks to the fine folks at Ripples, there’s now a machine that will allow you to turn whatever image you desire into the foamy art piece topping your latte.

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The device works at a considerably higher level than your local barista. The device syncs with an app on your iPhone or Android to turn the image you upload  whether a duck-faced selfie or your dog in a Christmas hat  into art using “patented printing technology.” (No, they won’t tell us how it works.) It’s also wi-fi ready!

Caveats include: “A dense layer of milk froth, poured evenly with a flat surface, is the best canvas for your Ripple,” and, “Clean, simple, beautiful images with a clean background work the best.” (So probably avoid trying to get your Pollocks onto your cappuccino.)

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Now for the unpleasant part: It starts at $999 and monthly service plans are $85. So basically the intersection of wealth and narcissism required to really take advantage of the Ripple means it’s off-limits to everyone but the Kardashians. We hope they’ll be very happy together.

— Alex Heigl, @alex_heigl

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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms
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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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brent on

So it took them 8 years after this YouTube video was published?:

chuck on

any why the disparaging wealth comment? at that cost I can see some coffee retailers using it. and people paying a dollar or two extra to mark a special occasion or fun kid fun. geez, lighten up

Lynne Laferty on

I found a great place to compare coffee brands and coffeemachines and learn more about coffee.


Latina Nappi on

How much money do need to make to qualify for a home loan?


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