Dogfish Head is best known for their unique beers, and their latest creation is no exception. Founder Sam Calagione appeared on a Kodak podcast last year and learned that beers with high acidity and vitamin C could be used to process film, and SuperEIGHT beer soon became a reality. Early batches were shipped over to Kodak to ensure they could successfully develop Super8 film, and as you might’ve guessed, it did so without a hitch. Read more to see actual Super 8 motion picture film developed with the beer.
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Need an iPhone case and love buttered toast? If so, then “Fairy And You” has just the creation for you. There’s not much information available on this custom creation, but it does look to be made out of some type of flexible silicone material that not only looks tasty, but can at the very least protect your handset from small drops. Read more for a video and additional pictures.
Open Meals has partnered with marketing firm Dentsu to open a restaurant in Tokyo next year that will offer 3D-printed sushi catered to individual dietary needs. How does it work? After making a reservation, the restaurant sends a “health test kit” where you send back a biological sample — saliva, urine, stool — and they analyze what kinds of nutrients best suits your body’s needs. “Then we add those specific nutrients to your food to 3D print out those sushi for you,” said a representative. Read more for more unusual 3d-printer creations.
Keurig machines are known for their use of individual pods, and LG wants to revolutionize the way you make ice cream by using a similar system. Called the “LG SnowWhite,” this prototype personal ice cream maker uses specialized capsules that create delicious flavors and creamy textures that enable just about anyone to make frozen treats to satisfy their sweet tooth – from traditional ice creams to sorbets, gelato, even frozen yogurt. There’s no official release date or pricing information available just yet, but we wouldn’t be surprised to see it in stores by this holiday season. Read more for additional pictures and information.
Rumors are swirling today that Amazon is planning to launch its own low-cost grocery store chain in the U.S. to complement Whole Foods Market, according to The Wall Street Journal. They reportedly plan to open dozens of the stores, with the first one being set for Los Angeles as early as the end of this year. A typical grocery store spans about 60,000 square feet, but these new Amazon stores will roughly occupy 35,000 square feet of space. Read more for another video and additional information.
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The Wilkinson Baking Company aims to take bread making to the next level with their new automated bread-making robot, called “The BreadBot”. Unveiled at CES 2019, you’ll be able to see this machine transform flour to loaf all on its own. Compared to store-bought bread, this robot produces loaves that are fresher, healthier, preservative free and eco-friendly. It mixes, forms, proofs, bakes and cools ten loaves of bread per hour. Best of all, the machine can make most varieties of bread that require dry ingredients – including white, wheat, whole wheat, nine grain, sourdough and honey oat. Read more for another video, hands-on pictures and additional information.
GoSun is no stranger to solar cookers, but this year, they’ve unveiled a new model, called Fusion, which integrates an electric heating element. It keeps the familiar cylindrical cooking chamber that draws heat from two parabolic reflectors which capture heat from the sun and adds a 150-watt electric heater. Fusion can be powered either using a car’s cigarette port, a lithium ion power bank or a solar panel charger for the battery pack. Read more for another video, additional pictures and information.
At first glance, these apples may appear to be just a Photoshop trick, but they’re real and called “Black Diamond”. They are mainly grown in the mountains of Tibet, and a breed of Hua Niu apples (Chinese Red Delicious) that get their unique dark purple color from the geographical conditions of Nyingchi, in the Tibet Autonomous Region. Since the temperature fluctuations between day and night are significant, the fruits get a lot of sunlight and ultraviolet light which causes their skin to change from the deep red to dark purple. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
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The University of California, Berkley campus have been invaded by KiwiBot autonomous delivery robots, but this past Friday, students found one of the 100+ active robots in flames. Apparently, a “defective battery” that had been accidentally installed in the robot was the cause, according to the company. “One of the batteries for our robot that was idling started smouldering, eventually leading to some smoke and minor flames. A member of the community acted swiftly to extinguish the flames using a nearby fire extinguisher,” the company said in a statement. Read more for another video about the Kiwibot and additional information.
Yes, a high-tech cafe staffed by robot waiters controlled remotely by paralyzed people has opened in Tokyo, Japan. The pop-up shop employs total of 10 people with a variety of conditions that restrict their movement, and they help control robots in the Dawn Ver cafe, earning 1,000 yen per hour – the standard waiting staff pay rate in Japan. These OriHime-D robots used in the cafe were developed by Japanese start-up Ory, who originally designed them to be used in the homes of people with severe mobility issues. Operators can instruct them to move, observe, speak with customers and carry objects by simply moving their eyes. Read more for two more videos and additional information.