People, pay attention: this is a video of a Japanese robot that is capable of serving you food and beverages. It's balancing what we're fairly certain is a steak and some vegetables on its robot head while it goes through obstacles. Made by Toshiba and called the "Wheelie," this little guy is designed to help [...]
The people behind the Baker Tweet posted a video that explains, without words, how the device works (See the post we ran about it yesterday). The Baker Tweet is, in their words, "a bakery-proof box that sends messages wirelessly to Twitter. The clever bit is that the baker can update their messages and things they're [...]
Twitter may finally have some actual use: Baker Tweet is a new online service which allows London bakeries to tweet when their bread and pastries are fresh from the oven. Poke London, a digital media company, set up various London bakeries with custom-built receivers that automate and simplify the process, since "bakeries don't want laptops [...]
So we were at the grocery store this weekend, and came across a Murray's Chicken with a sticker on it with a Farm Verification code, offering to let us "find out where this chicken came from and learn more about the family that raised it."
It's a chicken tracker. Incredible.
It even hooks into the Google Maps [...]
From Designboom's Dining in 2015 Competition 2008 comes the +/- Hot Plate, designed by Ami Drach and Dov Ganchrow. The plates combine ceramics and technology, adding silk-screened gold and amorphic metal films to the humble plate: "Users simply have to hook up the plate to an electrical source and the current will run through [...]
Is this the logical successor to restaurant text message spam? As if being constantly assaulted by deposed Nigerian royalty isn't enough, San Francisco is seeing a rash of restaurant reservation scams:
"A Scottish offshore engineering company wants to book three consecutive nights for a party of 15. Great -- things progress normally -- deciding on how [...]
Wired reports on what they're calling the Bitebot, an artificial mouth developed by French engineers that can simulate "the conditions inside a human maw—from the saliva to the grinding motion—and then whisks away the compounds for analysis."
A mockup of the Chicken Identifier iPhone application for Michael Pollan
Wired reports on how Michael Pollan, while speaking at the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco, encouraged venture capitalists to get all Web 2.0 about food:
Part of the problem, he says, is the lack of transparency in the food industry -- few people know how [...]