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Christmas Dinner in a Can
British video game retailer GAME has created the ultimate holiday feast: the Tinner is a 9-layer Christmas meal in a can.
The canned feast features nine layers of food including scrambled egg and bacon, mince pies, turkey and potatoes, gravy, bread sauce, cranberry sauce, brussel sprouts with stuffing or broccoli with stuffing, roast carrots and parsnips, and Christmas pudding.
The efficient meal is designed to ensure that gamers can play all day without having to tear themselves away from their game to prepare their meals.
The product sells for £1.99. Something to get as a holiday gag gift?
Turn off your devices at Abu Ghosh restaurant in Jerusalem and they’ll give you a 50% discount.
Owners there have gradually seen customers talk to each other less and less during meals since the introduction of smartphones — some customers have even asked for their meals to be reheated because they’ve been too distracted by their phones. Now, if you agree to switch off your phone while you eat, you’ll get a significant discount. Almost every customer has taken up the offer, which is a financial hit to the restaurant, but will hopefully transform the venue into a more popular establishment.
I once saw a family of four at a restaurant, all preoccupied with their own distractions: dad on the blackberry, older daughter texting, younger daughter playing a video game and mom in a book! Would this discount have gotten them to change their ways?
Shoes? Check. Belt? Check. Laptop? Check. Loose change? Ah, forget about it, it’s not much.
Well, maybe you should double check those bins next time…last year, the Transportation Security Administration collected $531,395.22 in change left behind at checkpoints.
Passengers entering Miami International Airport left the largest amount of change at security last year, $39,613!
The half-million dollars the TSA collected in fiscal 2012 was the most ever reported. From 2008 to 2010, the agency reported finding about $400,000. In 2011, passengers left $383,000 in those little gray bins.
Current law requires the TSA spend that money on providing civil aviation security — essentially, to supplement its overall mission. But so far, the TSA has only spent about $6,500 of the money it collected last year. On Tuesday, the House passed H.R. 1095, , which would require the TSA to fork that cash over to nonprofit organizations that provide travel-related assistance to military personnel or their families.
Have you ever forgotten or intentionally left money at the TSA checkpoint?
Now here’s what you should give to the person who has everything: the Quirky, Eggminder! Now, they can easily keep track of when their eggs are going to expire…not that that would be printed on the egg carton or anything…
I suppose if you’re at the store and you can’t remember how many eggs you have, you could open up your app to see how many of the egg slots were filled. But since this device only holds 14 eggs, for those of you who buy larger packs at Costco, you’ll need more than one of these!
Not Just Facial Recognition; Mood Sensing Advertisements
Synqera is a Russian-developed retail analytics and loyalty company that uses tablets to measure facial emotions and personalize the shopping experience in response.
Imagine this scenario: the machine will scan a customer’s items to see exactly what you’re buying. Based on your appearance, the time of day, season or your mood, Syngera will offer promotional detals on other items that you can buy right then and there. And, if you actually make that purchase, or you don’t, Syngera will collect the data to improve its predictions and suggestions for you in the future.
Synqera’s machines are currently installed in a handful of Ulybka Radugi stores, which is a Russian household goods and cosmetics chain with 2.5 million customers and 280 locations throughout the country. European and American companies are expected to sign agreements later this year.
Will you be willing to be demographically profiled in exchange for discounts and promotions? Perhaps it depends on how much you’ll save?
OptimEyes is a new advertising system rolling out in the UK set to roll out across the UK. It uses facial recognition to deliver detailed analytics to marketers to show which people engaged with their advertisements.
The system uses cameras which can detect the faces of those that stand in front of each billboard and delivers the information back to advertisers — this includes gender, age, as well as how long they spend looking at the display. You can also tell which locations engage more people and how many people might be looking at an ad and at what time of day that maximum is hit.
Since all the ads are electronically delivered, advertisers can make changes on the fly based on the information received!
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos recently announced their work in designing a fleet of octocopter drones to deliver small packages. The Amazon Prime Air service might hit the skies by 2017 (the earliest FAA approval would be reached would be 2015).
The flying drones would be able to carry packages weighing 5 pounds or less, within a 10 mile radius.
Think of the world of potential purchases within a half-hour of your fingertips, without you ever needing to leave your computer or phone.
Also, imagine a world where drones get shot down by criminals for 1) their parts or 2) their packages. If surveillance would need to be built in to these machines to combat this, what public privacy concerns might there be?
It certainly feels like we’re living in the future, doesn’t it?