Taco Bell is Looking at a Chat Bot to Take Your Orders

During those late nights when you just feel like a quick bite to eat and your favourite show before hitting the hay, we all feel like quickly ordering something in and enjoying the greasy food before the days over. Taco Bell are currently testing a new way for you to order, the TacoBot.

The TacoBot is designed to be a chat AI, designed to help you not only figure out what you really want but then to place your order. Just like having an instant messaging conversation, you could soon be ordering and asking questions about the menu rather than browsing and debating every single option you can’t get.

The TacoBot is currently in a closed beta, with select companies giving it a try and making sure that you can’t break the system and end up with a chicken taco rather than a bean burrito.

Place your order via the chat bot and select your pick up location to enjoy fast food on the go. With autonomous delivery robots now offering you pizza to your door without a driver, you may even be able to get your food  delivered by a drone in the near future, leaving only the cooking up to a person.

What do you think? Would you prefer to select items off a menu or is a chat bot a nice way to order? How would you feel if you could text or email your order to the chat bot? Walking home from work? a quick text and the foods ready for you to pick up before you’ve even left the office.

FFC To Create “Nutrition Labels” For Your Broadband

The Federal Communications Commission do a lot of things, including monitoring and investigating companies which have less than kind business practices. In their latest attempt to help people they’ve taken their inspiration from something we see (and ignore for the most part) everyday, nutrition labels.

In their latest attempt to give consumers a fair few the new nutrition labels will be used to help customers understand both home internet service providers (ISP’s) and mobile carriers. While not mandatory carriers are being “urged” to use the labels which will give you an idea about the following properties:

  • Price
    • This includes all those hidden fees they often hide, such as line rental or limited discounts
  • Data Caps
    • Ever felt like you may be getting a slower service? You should be able to see if you’ve hit your data usage cap, if one even exists
  • Speed
    • This will be included alongside things like latent and packet loss, giving you an idea not just how fast your service would be but also how reliable it is to

ISP’s are free to come up with their own labels, but they must be made in an “accurate, understandable and easy-to-find manner”.

Examples of the Broadband and Mobile labels can be found below.

Hoping to avoid the surprise fee’s that account for more than 2,000 complaints received by the FCC, the new labels could help people decide on the company that’s right for them, rather than the advertisement that fools the most.

IBM’s Watson Now Has A Cook Book

Who doesn’t like their food? From the simple sandwich to a Sunday roast, there are plenty of meals you can make to enjoy in anything from five minutes to five hours. When it comes to trying to make something new, most people including professional chefs, prefer to go with using combinations and mixtures they know and like. IBM decided that they didn’t quite like this and tasked Watson, their cognitive computing system, to create a culinary cook book and it delivered.

Available now, the cookbook is a combination of Watsons and the Institute of Culinary Education’s experience creating over 65 different recipes using a combination of classical chef talent and cognitive science. Watson generates the recipes list of ingredients, with the result presenting a combination of scientific flavours while a Chef combined the ingredients to create recipes that even a computer could love.

Starting with a Baltic Apple Pie, Kris Naudus of Engadget found out the hard way that some of the recipes are a little more tricky than the originals they were based upon. The first thing that surprised Naudus was the inclusion of pork to the Apple pie, and the two sauces and garnish included in the recipe only add to the restaurant feel the book looks to create.

With recipes like Indian Tumeric Paella, which “brings simple Indian flavors to a classic paella”, and Turkish Bruschetta, a simple meal that would now include spices and even Japanese eggplants (also known as aubergines).

You can find the cook book on Amazon for £26.88 and so far the reviews seem to be coming in good, for the most part.

Domino’s Will Deliver Your Pizza Freshly Warm With New Car

Domino’s have never been a company to shy away from looking at new technology to help improve the takeaway delivery. Two years ago it was suspected that you soon might have a drone deliver your pizza, more recently they even looked at how they might be able to use Twitter to let you order a pizza with a tweet. What could come next you may ask? They seem to be going back to basics, the good old-fashioned car, but with a serious twist.

Introducing the Domino’s DXP, the specialist Dominos pizza delivery vehicle. Let’s start with why this isn’t just another ordinary delivery vehicle, first up is the obvious addition of an oven, designed to keep your pizza hot at 140 Fahrenheit (a toasty 60-degree celsius). As if that wasn’t enough, the car’s got rid of all the additional seating, leaving only the driver and a selection of holders for your drinks, dips and desserts, this means that your food is safe and secure while your drinks won’t bubble over the second they are opened.

We’ve had ice cream trucks for years, but this is the first time a company has gone so far as to design and build a custom set of cars for your take away. After five years of development, the car could soon be finding its way to you but with only 97 available in the US, just how long till the vehicle makes its way overseas?

For more information check out Dominos DXP presentation here.

Google Maps For Android Showing Pit Stops En Route

Getting from A to B has always been an everyday thing, from the front door of your home to school or work and sometimes it goes a little further, say across the country? For those times, and some shorter journeys too, people have used navigation software like that found on your sat nav’s and even on your smartphones. Google has been keen on making their navigation software both practical and useful by adding features such as alternative routes and traffic warnings, now you may find that a quick stop for lunch is even easier with an upcoming update to the Android app.

Available in an upcoming release for the American version of the android app, by selecting “search along route” people are able to track down gas, restaurants, coffee shops and grocery stores, while the ability to also “search for more places” means that you are not limited to these choices and could soon find your favourite restaurant to stop for a quick bite while on that little drive.

With all these features and an added bonus of being able to see the closing times of gas stations, users could soon find their Google maps being a little more useful in the near future. Hopefully, their European version of this update will be released soon, giving us just another reason to take that long holiday we’ve been asking for.

 

Eating an Epic Meal? Google Wants to Share your Experience

Google wants to know anything and everything about our lives, from knowing where we live by accidentally searching more than 3 times to your home address or predicting the calories in your food. Well, now the information super giant wants your photos of food while you are dining out, or if you’ve just made something that looks good.

In recent years, Instagram users have taken pictures of their food and applied all manners of filters to show off the fact they’re eating out and you’re not and don’t lie, you’ve done it at one point too. Deep down you know that was shameful and people looked at you, but now Google wants those pictures too so you have a reason.

The feature, dubbed “Photo Notifications”, is only currently available to high-ranking members of the Google Maps “Local Guides” community. It works by scanning your pictures for identifiable food and requests for them to be uploaded to a central server and load them onto Google Maps for others to view.

This move could be another step towards Google becoming the ‘One Stop Shop’ for all of your information needs (if it already isn’t). Will you be interested in uploading your meals to the cause or would you use the system yourself to check out the quality of the food? Let us know in the comments.

Thank you to Android Police for providing us with this information.

3D Printed Milk Lids Reveal Bad Milk

Milk. Some love it, some dislike it. We are told from a young age that calcium makes our bones strong and we are often told to have more. The experience can be a little daunting though for those unfortunate souls who have poured themselves a glass or over their favourite cereals only to have a foul taste and smell emanate from the white liquid they poured out (if it’s still a liquid).

This may be preventable through with the creation of the “smart lid”, a device that is hidden in plain sight. In fact, in the lid you place atop your milk. The device was created by researchers at the University of California and the National Chiao Tung University in Taiwan and aims to help people detect the quality of their milk before they open the bottle.

The lid detects changes within the milk which demonstrate that it’s going off, such as the presence of bacteria and can transmit these details wirelessly to devices such as smartphones and tablets. The resonant chips built inside the 3D printed caps means the caps don’t require a giant battery built in and can allow for low price monitoring and tracking of milk and possibly other foods.

Imagine going to the store and checking with your phone if the milk you just placed in the basket is good or if that sell by date was a really bad estimate for when it would go off.

Thank you Entrepreneur for providing us with this information.

New Microwave Design Set to Cook Up a Storm

The Microwave oven revolutionized the way we prepare comfort food and its initial design has remained largely unchanged more than 50 years on. Currently, Microwaves are powered by radio waves which expose food to a burst of electromagnetic radiation while the turntable spirals around. Even though the technology is fairly efficient, there are limitations resulting in an uneven coverage of heat. I’m sure we’ve all encountered a ready meal which tastes hot and cold at the same time!

Freescale Semiconductor is an American company trying to resolve this problem and invented a prototype based on a solid state source. With this type of frequency, the energy transferred can be targeted allowing for a precise finish every time. Microwaves should now be able to produce succulent food across a wide range of complex techniques. This includes poaching and baking through a convention heating model. Additionally, the device is connected via a wireless network and collects recipes from the internet. The RF power source is much more energy-efficient and consumes less power. Furthermore, the selective heating allows for a longer lifespan and improved cooking times. The diagram below illustrates the difference between this prototype and the current tube source:

The potential for this cooking instrument is huge and I can see foodies and restaurants becoming intrigued by the concept. However, it is still a Microwave and instant, packaged food isn’t the healthiest of options. We rely on fast food due to the roaring pace of modern life and the Microwave acts as a means to acquire energy in a quick fashion. I feel the technology is a superb stride forward but Microwavable food can be perceived as poorly made and not very nutritious.

Thank You Stuff New Zealand for providing us with this information.

Pizza And A Big Screen Movie! Just What You Need Any Day Of The Week!

So it’s Friday night and you want to watch a movie, so you order in a pizza and decide on your film. Suddenly out of the blue your computer stops working, everything starts breaking and you’re left with a pizza that’s getting cold. When you open up your pizza you realise all is not lost, because you ordered from Pizza Hut (in Hong Kong) and have a brand new Projector Box.

From an age when people would meet up in town for pizza before going to the cinema Pizza Hut has slipped from many people’s weekly routines, but in Hong Kong their trying something new. The new box comes with a simple ready to pop-out hole in the front while the pizza table that holds your pizza in place for delivery slides in to become a lens. With a smart phone rested against it, your pizza box suddenly becomes a projector!

With pizza and a movie it couldn’t get much better, bar the punny (yes that’s a pun on funny) bad selection of free movies to go with one of the four box designs. Slice Night for the horror fans sounds like my favourite, while Anchovy’s Armaggedon sits atop the science fiction fan lists, with Hot & Ready spices up the romance fans leaving only the action packed Fully loaded film ready to be downloaded at a scan of a QR code.

A funny film, good food and friends. Sounds like a great night in (or out) for anybody!

Thank you The Verge for the information and image.

Google Wants to Predict the Calories in Your Food

We’ve heard that Facebook is keen on finding talented people in the AI field by opening a new research lab in Paris, but what is Google up to with its own AI research? The latest news shows that Google is more interested in what you eat rather than where you take your photos.

Google revealed that it is working on a project called Im2Calories at the Rework Deep Learning Summit in Boston, where scientist Kevin Murphy revealed that they are working on predicting how many calories you have in your food. They want to achieve the latter by having an algorithm analyse a photo of your meal, but don’t think it’s as simple as distinguishing colours.

Murphy said that the app is still not accurate enough for distinguishing appropriate calories in meals, but he believes that if there’s a 30% chance of success rate, the app will be a success itself. It might not look as much, but a lot of data needs to be processed and adapted in order to shape the algorithm and have it give out more accurate results in the future.

Though Google filed a patent for its Im2Calories app, it is not yet quite clear when they plan on releasing it or if they even want to release it in the first place. However, Murphy added that the data from the app will prove to be very useful for bigger deep learning projects in the future. They plan on moving on to analysing traffic and predicting things like where the most likely parking spot is, specific details from cars that pass through an intersection and so on.

Thank you Popular Science for providing us with this information
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Forget The Selfie Stick – Get Me My Photo Plate!

Technology and science go hand in hand, and some say that cooking is just another science, one more in touch with art and taste than maths. In recent years it has been common for people to take pictures of their meals before enjoying them but is making a special plate just to take a picture just a little too much?

Created by both Israel’s Camel Winery (interesting name right?) and Tel Aviv’s restaurant Catit, the Foodography workshop not only aims to satisfy your hunger with a five-course meal but to improve your photography skills while your eating.

Based around the use of two different plates, the Limbo (pictured above), and the 360 (pictured below), the patrons are trained by a photographer about how to capture their food for eternity. The Limbo is designed to allow the colourful food to stand out while also containing an area to stand your mobile phone ready to take a picture while also providing a stand to hold a light. The 360, however, is slightly different in that it’s designed for video capture. With another stand for your phone and circular dish, the 360 allows you to capture your food in its full glory. In the image below you can see it being used to capture as a circle of source is poured onto the plate.

Food looks nice, but I’ve never understood the fascination with taking pictures of it. On the other hand, good looking food does make you hungry and makes you want to eat it more so maybe this course isn’t all nonsense. The use of smartphones, letting everybody join into the course I think helps increase its appeal but at $155 (approximately £100) per head makes it a very pricey five-course meal.

Now if you don’t mind me, I’m feeling rather hungry.

Thanks to The Verge for their information. 

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Google Recommends Pizza, Will You Order?

Fast Food seems to keep getting quicker, going from one-minute meals in the microwave to weekly delivered healthy meals food and the internet have been constantly going hand in hand. It looks like it may go one step further though and combine ordering your meals with something as simple as a google search.

When searching for nearby restaurants, an option to “place an order” will be available.  After selecting a delivery service, you will get taken to their website to place an order. The scheme is being trailed in the US with six different providers, but they are keen to add more in the future. With everything from MyPizza.com, Delivery.com and Eat24 offering their support for the scheme it is only a matter of time before other companies join in this scheme, and hopefully before a similar scheme is introduced in other countries.

With Google already the go-to place for many for web searches and getting information and images, how long do people think it will be until you can get a google food? Go onto the website, search for a particular type of food in your area and get options from all of their websites offering you their food on a single page?

Thank you Google+ for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of Google.

Robot Serves Customers in Chinese Restaurant

The BBC reports on the news that robots have taken up the positions of the waiters at a restaurant in China. The robots are presumably designed to replace human waiters and use optical sensors alongside rechargeable batteries to get around.

The restaurant owner says that he’ll save money in the long run, despite their $10,000 cost. He also told the BBC that they provide entertainment for guests to his restaurant, something else the machines have over us humans apparently. The bots have been the subject of great interest in China, surprising since they are set to become something of a norm. The video included bellow is from one of many of these restaurants, that particular one opened in August.

As the BBC report points out, there is one big advantage to this – no embarrassing stares from waiters who haven’t received a tip.

Source: BBC News

You Can Now Order Pizza from an Xbox One

After announcing it in October, Domino’s Pizza yesterday released its Xbox One pizza delivery app.

Now you barely have to stop playing to get your pizza fix – you can even order using Kinect’s gestures or its voice recognition system. The app allows you to customise your pizza, modify delivery and track it being made. You can take advantage of the Xbox One’s Snap feature, so you can get straight back to play in no time at all. As The Telegraph points out, Pizza Hut had an app on the Xbox 360, making some wonder why the change to Domino’s?

Did Pizza Hut get Bill Gates’ order wrong?

The new app is available now from the Xbox Marketplace.

Source: The Telegraph

High-Tech Vending Machines To Support Wi-Fi and Bitcoin Payments

Vending machines have always been as a good friend to some people. Whether at work, in train station platforms or just passing by one in the most unexpected places, they are a sight for sore eyes when in need of a drink or just something to eat.

While time passes by, improvements are likely to be made. It seems that the old vending machine is next in line will be upgraded, at least in the United States. The news reports say that vending machines will not only be upgraded, but their product offerings will diversify. This means that instead of selling cheap candy and soda, customers should expect to buy everything from beauty products to electronics or even higher quality food from these new and improved vending machines.

A good example of such a high-tech machine comes from Denis Koci, having to roll out his Burritobox vending machines via his Box Brands companies. The vending machines are said to offer hand-rolled burritos which can be customized with sour cream, guacamole and other options. The company is also said to be interested in rolling out Pizzaboxes and other niche food vending machines, having them placed in shopping malls, near parks, or other locations where people are likely to buy something to eat.

From a techy point of view, some machines are said to also include Wi-Fi, touchscreens and even accept a variety of payments spanning from cash, credit cards and all the way to bitcoins. Some companies are said to even show some interest into releasing models with built-in webcams, allowing customers to take a picture and share it on their social media websites.

Thank you TweakTown for providing us with this information
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Cheap 3D Food to Help Bring Delicious Meals in Nursing Homes

People who have been in a nursing home and inside the cafeteria will know that eating is one of the most difficult activities for an elderly person. They are most probably being served food which is easy to chew, such as puree and mashed food, but in most cases this comes at the expense of taste. However, a German company by the name of Biozoon Smoothfood is seeking to change the way elderly people eat and aims to bring some taste to their meals by using 3D-printed, easy-to-chew food.

THe company states that it is using liquified ingredients such as vegetables, meat, carbs and others instead of ink or PLA which a 3D printer would normally use. The ingredients then are inserted into the printer’s cartridge and come out as food which ‘melts in your mouth’, thanks to a binding agent. Bizoon currently makes six types of food, namely peas, pork, chicken, cauliflower, pasta and potatoes, but the company states they will add more diversity in the future.

Given that is a 3D printer, the food can be made in any shape dictated by the software. However, nobody wants to eat for example meat in the shape of fruit, therefore the company makes the food in the shape of its food items. Currently, the food is made off-site, but Bizoon plans to place printers directly inside nursing homes in the future since it makes it more practical and at hand to serve the food as soon as it is made.

Thank you Gizmodo for providing us with this information
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US Army Invents Virtually Immortal Pizza

I’m sure many of you have eaten a pizza that wasn’t exactly fresh, personally I think my upper limit was around the 46 hour mark and even that it was a decision based on being tired, hungry, drunk and an abundance of left over pizza being available. So can you imagine eating a three year old pizza? Well thanks to a few tweaks to the basic recipe, the US Army have created a pizza that doesn’t spoil anywhere near as quick as fresh pizza.

US service men and women have to survive on what is known as ready To Eat (RTE) meals when in the field, especially in areas without field kitchens and other supplies, but it is very difficult to create food that can be stored in small enough packets that doesn’t spoil, as some of these supplies may have to undergo extreme temperature changes or remain stored for years at a time prior to eating.

Jill Bates, who runs the lab, said “It pretty much tastes just like a typical pan pizza that you would make at home and take out of the oven or the toaster oven,” she said. “The only thing missing from that experience would be it’s not hot when you eat it. It’s room temperature.”

Pizza has been a long request for many who have to survive on RTE and now it looks like the US Army’s Natick Soldier Research , Development and Engineering Center has solved the problem. It’s taken two years to find an ingredient that can trap moisture, keeping the dough fresh without spoiling the food. It should keep for at least three years and even survive in 80 degree head until consumed.

Thank you Huffington for providing us with this information.

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3D Printed Aircraft Parts, 3D Printed Toys And…. 3D Printed Food?

Reports are pointing out to a variety of 3D printed foods heading for us this year and for many years to come. It is said that companies are testing with 3D printed food, mixing recipes an shapes together and bringing an awesome design as well as a great taste on our plates!

The procedure could evolve in one of the biggest 3D market segments if proved successful this year. We have seen many 3D printing companies showing off their recent 3D printers filled with a multitude of functions back at CES 2014, and there were some food-based products as well. We know that there are different types of 3D-printed foods currently in various phases of development, and it will be an industry to watch in the future.

It is also said that chocolate maker Hershey’s also teamed up with a 3D company to produce 3D printed chocolate, which will be a major draw for the company’s gift shop. Cornell Creative Machines Lab has developed printers that can dough-based corn chips, while sugar candies also are available courtesy of 3D Systems’ Chefjet. Also, NASA contractor Systems & Materials Research is working on a pizza printer that provides taste, nutrition, and less waste in the space shuttle and at the International Space Station (ISS).

So we have something to choose from already, but how wacky-beautiful and delicious can it get? We’ll just have to wait and see what stores are going to be filled with in the future.

Thank you TweakTown for providing us with this information
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Sharp’s “Chop-Sync” Wants To Make A Tablet Your Chopping Board Kitchen Assistant

Engadget report that Sharp is trialling a prototype tablet-cum-chopping board device. When you think of a chopping board a tablet is hardly the first thing that comes to mind but Sharp want to change that. They’ve developed a scratch proof and water proof tablet sunk into the frame of a chopping board to act as your kitchen assistant. Not only does it act as a chopping board but it also has a recipe manager, a scale and a visualiser to help you measure out healthy serving sizes of foods.

The “Chop-Sync” invention is that of Siobhán Andrews, the winner of a competition to become a paid intern withSharp in the UK. Chop-Sync is currently only in prototype but it could be brought to market of Sharp sees enough interest in it. I’m not sure show about the usefulness of it but top marks for trying to find something new to do with tablets! It is also worth noting that Sony tried to do something similar with its Xperia Tablet Z Kitchen Edition last month, read more about that here. It looks like tablet companies are going cooking crazy, how long before it is real life Fruit Ninja?

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Bacon Can Lower Male Fertility According To Research

Bacon has become almost a cult-like food in the anglophone world where shows like Man vs Food and Epic Meal Time have popularised the pork based delight. Yet this processed red meat is apparently bad for your fertility if you’re a male according to a study detailed by Medical Daily. It isn’t exactly a revolutionary finding but the study concludes that processed red meats are bad for your fertility while fish is generally good for it.

“We found the effect of processed meat intake lowered quality and fish raised quality.” Said Dr. Myriam Afeiche from the Harvard School of Public Health.

The research team for the project, which studied 156 men with infertility concerns, found those who ate less than half a portion of processed meat a day had 7.2% “normal” sperm while men who ate half a portion of more had just 5.5% “normal” sperm.

Other health professionals criticised the study for its small sample size and the way the sperm was measured. Dr Allan Pacey of the British Fertility Society stated that:

“The relationship between diet and men’s fertility is an interesting one and there is certainly now convincing evidence that men who eat more fresh fruit and vegetables have better sperm than men who don’t…However, less is known about the fertility of men with poor diets and whether specific foods can be linked to poor sperm quality.”

To bacon or not to bacon?

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Scientific Study Believes Oreos Are As Addictive As Cocaine

Oreos are pretty popular as far as biscuit brands go, but could there be more to it than meets the eye (or tongue)? Well the Today.com reports of a scientific study, conducted by Joseph Schroeder and his research team from Connecticut College in New London, which likens the addictiveness of Oreos to Cocaine.

Extensive lab testing on rats showed that Oreos stimulated the same neurons in the brain’s “pleasure centre” as Cocaine did. Additionally they discovered that rats prefer to eat the cream part first, before eating the biscuit. They also noted that rats which were eating Oreos exhibited similar levels of addiction as rats which were hooked on Cocaine.

“Our research supports the theory that high-fat/ high-sugar foods stimulate the brain in the same way that drugs do,” neuroscience assistant professor Joseph Schroeder says. “That may be one reason people have trouble staying away from them and it may be contributing to the obesity epidemic…These findings suggest that high fat/sugar foods and drugs of abuse trigger brain addictive processes to the same degree and lend support to the hypothesis that maladaptive eating behaviours contributing to obesity can be compared to drug addiction.”

So next time you go to grab a packet of Oreos for yourself or your childen just stop to think that they aren’t so innocent after all!

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All Babies Need Their Independence Try The Crib Dribbler

If you have a baby, then you likely know what it is like to deal with those 1 A.M. feedings, the 3 A.M. feedings, and the 5 A.M. feedings. The Crib Dribbler gives us the ability to set it and forget it. Now if it were only real, just kidding. The Crib Dribbler, has been giving babies their independence since 1972. Coming in 2 sizes, the “Weekender, and the “Over-Nighter“.  Perfect for Kindex Infant Energy Drink, Water, Juice, Stew, Cocoa, Formula and Milk!

The “Weekender” allows parents to leave 100 ounces of liquid goodness for their baby while they go out for dinner and a movie, also giving them the chance to stay at that bed and breakfast that they have been wanting to stay at.

The “Over-Nighter” allows parents to kick their feet up for the evening and just relax, giving the baby 40 ounces of hearty goodness.

Kindex, has been “Giving babies independence since 1972. Which is great because every baby just wants to be left alone, allowing their minds to develop and hone their skills. Practicing their balance, vision, coordination and speech. They are better able to work on these skills when left in peace and quiet. Purchasing Kindex “Crib Dribbler” allows your baby to get the time to themselves that they need and enjoy! Giving you ample opportunity to take some time for yourself.

With Kindex you no longer need to worry about feeding times, you could load up the “Crib Dribbler” and take personal time for yourself. You don’t need to worry about harmful plastics as the “Crib Dribbler” is made from 100% recycled plastic syringes!

Don’t forget to try Kindex Infant Energy Drink, now in flavors of Lemon, Bubble Gum, and Lime! Giving your baby Bigger Smiles! Louder Cooing, Cuter Giggling! And Faster Crawling!

Kindex also offers Crib Space Heater, Stroller Blender and High Chair Cutting Boards. As well as their special 20″ LCD HD Television so Baby can watch their favorite movies!

Crib Dribbler is Made in the U.S.A.

 

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3D Printers Could Allow Astronauts Basic Replicator Technology, For Food!

Recently we have been able to see the adventures of Col. Chris Hadfield on the International Space Station. One of the things he showed us was the food they get to eat while aboard, which really lacks texture and has a short shelf life. Needing to find a way to create food in space NASA awarded a grant to Anjan Contractor in the sum of $125,000 (£82,526) to develop a 3D food printer. The plan is to develop a food source that could be used in a mission to Mars, though with this food replicator technology we could possibly venture further into space.

The food would be printed using a 3D printer which we have seen quite a lot lately, and has the ability to make just about anything your heart desires. 3D printing is slowly becoming a hot new tech currently limited to small amounts of space.  With the food printer, food would be reproduced using a long-life powder made from insects or algae mixed with water and oil.

Astronauts need to eat just like everyone else, they need a good source of easily made food that is readily available and takes minimal work to produce, since there is no gravity in space, items need to take little to no preparation in order for them to be able to make their food. With the powder and water/oil mixtures being separate there is minimal spoilage, and it will allow a long shelf life, perhaps as long as 15 years. This could potentially end hunger for many third world nations as well, producing food in the harshest environments.

Would you like to try 3D printed pizza, I sure would!

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