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Burrito Chain Enlists Hackers To Hack A More Environmentally Friendly Burrito

Hack/Dining NYC has eye on sustainability
Jun 25, 2014 11:30 am

Innovation is on Chipotle's mind with this weekend’s Hack / Dining NYC Challenge, which the burrito giant is hosting in conjunction with Food + Tech Connect, Google and the Batali & Bastianich Hospitality Group, to name a few. The event will be held June 27-29 at New York’s General Assembly and poses a big question: how can fast food restaurants waste less?

Hey! Why Aren't They Making More Food Emojis?

Are we supposed to type out "salted caramel?"
Jun 20, 2014 1:00 pm

A wave of new emojis hits phones this month. Now, you can convey "chipmunk," "bellhop bell," and the infinitely more useful, "reversed hand with middle finger extended" with one tap. There's also a "dove of peace" if you end up offending someone. Much to our chagrin, however, vital additions to the food section seem to have been overlooked. After all that waiting...why?

Cup That Tracks What You're Drinking Might Help You Lose Weight, Stay Fit

The Vessyl counts calories, fat, even caffeine
Jun 17, 2014 11:00 am

This 13-ounce spill-proof cup not only identifies the beverage that you pour into it, but it also measures the amount and nutritional makeup, including calories, fat, sugar, protein, even caffeine. Now, every sip can inspire additional workout time. You're welcome!

Everybody's A Critic (And Now, Everybody Can Be Treated Like One)

Restaurants are sharing intel on regular diners
Jun 4, 2014 2:01 pm

An Australian report this week highlights the various ways in which restaurants are using modern technology to spy—er, collect and share intelligence—on their customers. It’s a kind of surveillance formerly reserved for professional dining critics. Yelpers, beware.

Video: Watch A Precision Drill Carve An Ice Pagoda For Your Whisky

Intricate works of art for impressive Suntory time!
Apr 18, 2014 1:00 pm

I'd bet anything Bob Harris would have gotten at least a little pumped if his glass of Suntory whisky had contained an ice pagoda. Or ice guitar, mermaid or any of the other bafflingly detailed sculptures the famous Japanese spiritmakers' new precision driller can chisel out of a solid cube. The video, after the jump.

Video: Seriously Though, Wake Up And Smell The Bacon

Your morning phone alarm just got way less annoying
Mar 7, 2014 12:00 pm

Chipotle might have a little competition in the "moving works of art" department. Check out Oscar Meyer's video, Wake Up & Smell The Bacon: an epic fantasy, romance and touch of sci-fi dream sequence all crammed into a two-minute promo for their new iPhone plug-in device and app. Right this way...

Automated Precision Farming For The Modern Agriculture Nerd

Or is FarmBot the beginning of something bigger?
Feb 25, 2014 1:30 pm

Imagine a robot that takes the guesswork and labor out of farming: targeting and pulling weeds, tilling the ground, injecting seeds just the perfect depth in the soil and manually administering only the amount of water needed for growing using sensors. Now imagine that robot as a reasonably affordable machine with a catchy name: it's FarmBot! The story, after the jump.

 

Video: Could This Machine Forever Change The Fish Industry?

Device uses x-ray technology to quickly fillet fish
Jan 31, 2014 3:00 pm

As any home cook knows, manually filleting a fish can be an arduous task. On a national scale, the intricacies behind this process have presented a large-scale problem...until now. A video about a machine that uses x-ray technology and water-jets to quickly and effectively fillet wild fish, after the jump.

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