Roccbox Portal Oven Cooks Your Pizza 90 Seconds

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 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.

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.

‘Tweet-A-Pizza’ Coming to Domino’s This Month

Do you fancy Domino’s pizza and use Twitter on a regular basis? Then you will be happy to hear that the company is looking into techy ways of attracting customers and will add a ‘tweet-a-pizza’ system starting from May 20th in the US.

What all of this means is that users who have a Twitter account will be able to order a pizza just by tweeting the pizza emoji to @Dominos. This will place Domino’s ahead of all other major restaurant industry companies just by adding a way for customers to order their pizza through social media.

However, the decision was no taken on a whim. Statistics show that the company already has more than 50% of its sales taking place digitally, so it was only logical to add such a feature and make it the next big thing. Through this move, Domino’s is likely to take advantage of the publicity and boldness to further increase its sales in the following months.

Twitter has a lot to gain from this as well. Other companies are already using the “Buy Now” service on tweets to promote and sell their products and Twitter can only benefit from all of this by offering their users a way to buy stuff in their social media environment, while also making more profit out of it.

While Domino’s looks to be expanding its technology and offering more purchase options to customers, we are likely to see more companies take the same approach in the near future. Domino’s also mentions that it is already looking into expanding the purchase option to Facebook and Instagram in the future. So what do you think? Would you ‘tweet-a-pizza’ from Domino’s?

Thank you USA Today for providing us with this information

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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

Domino’s Pizza Delivery, Now With Added Physics

Domino’s have been using some simple physics principles to ensure that your pizza doesn’t suffer any damage in transit. Using their Steady Pizza technology, the use a gyroscope mechanism to ensure that the pizza stays level, even when the delivery bike is going up a steep hill, over bumps, or leans around corners.

No one wants to open their pizza box only to find that it’s slipped to one size and become a calzone. It’s a simple trick that they’ve used, but it’s still pretty cool regardless and the technology is already being used for their stores in Brazil, with the intention of rolling it out to global stores in the near future.

The only person who has to suffer now is the driver, who has to have this monstrosity parked on the back of their scooter, not sure how heavy it is, but it doesn’t look like the most practical thing you could put on the back of your bike.

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Thank you Mashable for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of Mashable.

Just a Pizza Delivery… On a Train?

Apparently you can get your pizza delivered everywhere nowadays. From ordering it at home, at work, even in a park might be a possible ordering location. However, a comedian apparently went further than that and ordered it on a train.

Though not an actual joke, comedian Chris Ramsey ordered the pizza half-way through his train journey back home, which inevitable became a Twitter phenomenon. The ordering nearly stopped before it began, as of course it was considered by most to be a joke. However, Domino’s Pizza did deliver its order to the customer even if it meant to bring it on the train. Furthermore, they insisted to add extra pizzas for everyone on the train to enjoy.

It seems that even support from fellow comedians were seen between the flood of Twitter comments. It is however to be expected since a delivery such as this one cannot be seen every day.

Finally, the pizza arrived and everyone was excited. As promised in the tweets, Chris did take a selfie with the delivery guy, which apparently was as excited as Chris was.

It is not a common opportunity to see such excitement in delivering a pizza on a train, but by the looks of it people are extremely excited to be served anywhere and everywhere. Who knows, maybe train companies will even offer pizza delivery as an option in the near future.

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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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Domino’s Pizza Faster Delivery With The DomiCopter

Perhaps you are too young to remember, but many moons ago, or about 20 years ago Domino’s pizza guaranteed their pizza to arrive at your front door in 30 minutes or less. First offered in 1979, and discontinued in 1993, many pizza places are able to deliver a pizza within 30 minutes though, it is all a matter of how busy they are, and how close the delivery is. Domino’s is playing with the idea of air delivery.

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Domino’s Pizza is trying to be new and innovative, probably because their pizza tastes like garbage, even with all of the changes that they have made in recent years. I am not sure if it is just because they don’t use quality ingredients or if it is because their employees just don’t put any love into their work. Of course that doesn’t stop Domino’s Pizza from being one of the most popular pizza chains out there! As with most fast food, it is affordable, though I would rather pay more for the quality.

The fast food pizza giant has devised a new method for pizza delivery, utilizing a drone like a helicopter, which allows it to travel vertically, horizontally and every way in between. With the drone being in the air, it avoids hazards that may be on the ground and traffic, insuring that your pizza will be delivered hot and fresh. The drone will be called the DomiCopter, called in T + Biscuts requesting that they design a remote-controlled drone aircraft. The idea is that a pizza can reach anywhere within a four mile radius in under ten minutes, faster than a human would be able to deliver.

Domino’s Pizza has yet to announce if they will use the device or the technology, but it is available, perhaps you will have a pizza delivered by the DomiCopter soon.

Special thanks the T + Biscuts for bringing to life this new and innovative technology.

Original image courtesy of Youtube

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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