Category — Novelty
A company called Popcorn, Indiana has produced the above video highlighting something called the Popinator Project. The company may be real as evidenced by bags of the stuff the can be found in actual stores. But with viral marketing videos being so, well, viral (as well as being fun to blog about), it’s hard to take this at face value.
The Popinator is a:
Fully automated, voice-activated popcorn launching machine, that is triggered by the word pop.
It uses a “binaural microphone system” to figure out how to locate where the voice came from. Then it launches a single kernel into your waiting mouth. Is it real? You be the judge. (And buy some popcorn while at it.)
September 21, 2012 No Comments
First it was Mods vs. Rockers and now this. Mods vs. pizza! The Kikkerland II Motorino Pizza Cutter is a scooter-shaped pizza cutter inspired by an iconic Vespa or Lambretta scooter. Whatever side you happen to be on, for at least one issue there can be no debate: yes, another slice please!
September 19, 2012 No Comments
For some reason, watermelons receive more than their fair share of torture. First, there’s that Gallagher character who takes such glee from destroying the rotund fruits. And then of course, there is the Japanese, who torture melons into shapes that they have no business being forced into. (And cucumbers too.) They have even been corseted into a rubber band trap with predictable results.
And now they must suffer via a direct link to the minds of their destroyers. Snip:
Mind Over Melon is a LVL1 project made by Chris and Brad. It’s purpose is simple: Destroy watermelons with your mind. It uses a Star Wars Force Trainer toy attached to an Arduino FIO with Xbee, paired to another Arduino + Xbee, attached to a 200psi Solenoid Valve. The solenoid valve dumps CO2 into the melon when brain activity reaches a certain threshold.
– Louisville Hackerspace
Will watermelons ever get a break? I mean eaten. I mean left alone to take over the world in sweet, sweet, pink watery revenge.
September 14, 2012 No Comments
There has only ever been one time when it has been acceptable to put ketchup on a hot dog and that has been when the age of the eater is still in single digits. Apparently however, this basic truism may have another component: when the hot dog has been sliced into kid-friendly bite-sized pieces with the Evriholder Hot Dog Slic’r. Oh, and if you happen to be a dachshund. Just look at that happy face!
June 28, 2012 No Comments
Ah, cultural differences. A design that is instantly recognizable to most Americans could be a complete mystery to those from other countries. Take for example, the Amico Pink Plastic Cut out Holes Head Food Tong Bread Clamp Serving Tool. The seller is based in Hong Kong and I guess they just do not have snowmen there. But perhaps the bigger concern here than the lack of snowmen in Hong Kong, is why the heck do snowman tongs exist? Snowmen don’t like heat! Everybody knows that. Oh, wait…
June 22, 2012 No Comments
Twist to grind. That’s the idea behind the RSVP Hazel Nut Grinder. The cute grinder gadget is shaped like a little squirrel with the tail operating as the handle. It is made out of cast aluminum, so this little gizmo should make it through many winters to come.
Hazel loves to grind nuts for all your cooking and baking needs. Simple lift of the acorn lid and fill the acorn hopper with shelled nuts such as pecans, walnuts, almonds and peanuts. Grab hold of her fat tail and rotate clockwise to coarsely chop the exact amount of nuts you need. The ground nuts will fall into the glass jar below which has an 8 oz. capacity and features measurements in cups and millimeters. Hazel’s body is made of cast aluminum with a strong steel grinding mechanism inside. Hazel can be washed in mild soap and water and cleaned with a soft brush or sponge, but alas Hazel is leery of dishwashers and she just can’t go there! The glass jar though is dishwasher safe.
June 19, 2012 No Comments