There are some people who love camping outside, using tents and a small gas stove to cook baked beans while a fire roasts marshmallows. Some of us prefer glamping, with a small wooden house separating you from nature so you can stay warm and enjoy your friends company without the bumpy earth beneath you. One thing that is required though is good food, and the Roccbox portable oven could provide you with just that.
Originally started as part of an Indiegogo campaign, the concept for the project was simple. A portable stone bake oven. For $449 (£318.24) you can order yourself one of the ovens, which goes as high as 500 celsius in order to cook your pizza in roughly 90 seconds. If that wasn’t enough they’ve also shown off its use in cooking everything from fish to steaks.
After taking 15 minutes to warm up, you can see the benefit of being able to quickly cook your favourite foods in a portable stone bake oven. The Roccbox comes with two burners, meaning you can use either gas or wood to cook your meals, the choice is up to you.
Can you imagine going camping and having a freshly cooked mini pizza given to you while you lay under the stars? We can and we can’t wait to taste it either!
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.
Between 2008 and 2010, over 50 laptop models shipped with faulty NVIDIA GPUs that caused them to separate from the motherboard when exposed to heat. The class action lawsuit that followed meant that any machine carrying one of these graphics chips was eligible for free repair, but since that period has expired, anyone with a dodgy NVIDIA chip in their system is left with a busted laptop.
This is what Sean Buckley of Gizmodo – owner of a Dell M1210, which had ceased working after its NVIDIA GPU detached itself – thought, until he was introduced to the outlandish idea of putting his laptop in a hot oven. As Buckley explains, the concept isn’t as barmy as it sounds: “The internet tells me that I might be able to “reflow” the solder by baking it in the oven for 10 minutes.”
So Buckley dismantled the laptop, stripped all removable components from the motherboard and baked it in the oven at 170oC for four minutes on each side. He removed the board from the oven, let it cool, reassembled the system, and turned it on…
Not only did the laptop work, but Buckley was able to install the Windows 10 Technical Preview on it, after deciding to ditch Ubuntu. He says that the keyboard and trackpad are buggy until the system “warms up”, but aside from that his Dell gaming laptop is once again functional.