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Bistro Smart Feeder Uses ‘Cat Facial Recognition Technology’

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Being a busy professional sometimes makes it hard to keep pets, since you’re not often at home monitoring their eating habits and making sure they’re getting enough of what they need. But with the freedom now afforded from crowdfunding campaigns, products like the Bistro Smart Feeder are popping up, which could drastically change the way you take care of your cats. The automatic feeder features so much tech, it’s hard to know where to start. First off, a camera will analyze your cat’s face as he approaches the machine, so that it knows which one is feeding at any given time (assuming you have more than one). This allows the device to track specific metrics for each animal: its weight (through an integrated scale on the front), how often it eats, and how much. If the device notices any significant deviation from normal, you’ll be immediately notified.

Aside from tracking metrics, the Bistro Feeder can attempt to perform some smart portion control, in the case that one cat has a tendency to steal food from the other. It does this by limiting the amount of food left in the tray after a feeding, based on what its learned from each cat’s habits.

Given the campaign’s popularity, most early-bird slots have been sold out. But you can still get one for $219, and it’ll come with a “cozy Bistro cat tent”.

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Arby’s Has An Off-The-Menu ‘Meat Mountain’ Option

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A while ago, Arby’s got tired of people thinking they only serve roast beef. To fight that perception, they created the poster pictured below; it’s a gigantic creation featuring a sample of every type of meat served at the restaurants. It was only meant to be illustrative, but then of course customers started asking for the very sandwich on the picture. Can you blame them? Arby’s, loathe to turn down anyone’s money, accepted the challenge and started serving the ‘Meat Mountain’ to customers who’d specifically request it. It’s a $10 sandwich, and it’s not on the menu, but they’ll sell you one if you ask for it. And here’s what’s in it:

2 chicken tenders
1.5 oz. of roast turkey
1.5 oz. of ham
1 slice of Swiss cheese
1.5 oz. of corned beef
1.5 oz. brisket
1.5 oz. of Angus steak
1 slice of cheddar cheese
1.5 oz. roast beef
3 half-strips of bacon

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Want Pizza? Just Push for Pizza!

Push for Pizza

Want a pizza for breakfast, lunch, or dinner? No problem. Just fire up the Push for Pizza app on your phone and, well, push for pizza. You’ll be asked to enter your address and credit card info the first time you use it, but you can go straight to ordering pizza and specifying your toppings of choice the next time you use it.

Sure, you can order pizza online or by phone, but nothing beats ordering by just pressing that button. It doesn’t get any easier than this.

You can download Push for Pizza from iTunes here.

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Spreadthat Butter Knife Uses Body Heat to Spread That Butter

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Butter isn’t the easiest thing to spread on a bagel if you just grabbed the tub from the fridge. The good news, butter lovers, is that it now gets easier with the Spreadthat Butter knife. It’s a futuristic-looking butter knife that’s coated in titanium. Aside from making the knife look cooler than the average, it also serves the purpose of conducting and transfering heat from your hand onto the blade. That way, the butter, jam, chocolate, or whatever it is you want to spread melts and in turn, becomes easier to spread.

The Spreadthat Butter Knife is available for $20.

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Build ‘Em Then Eat ‘Em: Functional Chocolate LEGO Blocks

Functional Chocolate LEGO

So you’ve been taught not to play with your food. But what if those morsels you can chew are actually toys at the same time? Cue Akihiro Mizuuchi and his chocolate LEGO bricks. They look just like LEGO and work like LEGO, too. This means you can connect and stack them one upon the other to come up the final figure you had in mind.

Making them isn’t exactly rocket science, but it’s not that easy, either. Chocolate is basically poured into precise molds, where they are cooled before being popped out and used as bricks. The fun part is making them using various types of chocolate, include dark, white, and even strawberry-flavored.

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Ahoy, Matey: Peg Leg Pirate Chopsticks

Peg Leg Pirate Chopsticks

 

It’s frustrating to use chopsticks when you haven’t gotten the hang of it. It’s worse when you’re doing so on an empty (or close-to-empty) stomach. But you’re not alone. The pirate at the end of these uber adorable chopsticks echoes your sentiments with his comically pained expression, and he wants to help you.

With his mere presence, he turns the chopsticks into sort-of clips that makes picking up food easier. They’re great if you’re just starting to learn to use chopsticks.

The Peg Leg Pirate Chopsticks are available online for about $6.

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Chuck Norris Would Approve: Nunchops Chopsticks

Nunchops Chopsticks

Eat ramen the way Chuck Norris would with these Nunchops Chopsticks. As its name so cleverly implies, they’re chopsticks linked with a plastic chain like nunchucks. You won’t be able to flip ‘em and twirl ‘em around menacingly to scare off your enemies, but you will be able to eat your meal like a boss.

The chain also means you won’t misplace one or the other, since the chopsticks are linked together.

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What’s Not To Like About Cake Batter In A Can?

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Even the simplest of cake recipes involves a fair amount of work. Heck, even those pre-made cake mixes that require you to just mix in water and an egg… still require you to do that much! How about you cut to the chase and simply squirt the batter from a spray can, directly into your cake pan? Oh, you may think it’s gross, but why? The propellant should provide the necessary air bubbles that give the batter its spongy texture, and the gas will dissipate by the time you’re done cooking. It’s inert to start with, so you don’t have to worry about a thing. Provided it tastes good, this sounds like a good solution to us. Spray Cake is a creation of Harvard Student John McCallum, and he’s already found a distribution channel; they’re currently looking for a manufacturer. As far as how it tastes, baking superstar Joanne Chang gives it her thumbs up! So, give it some time and you may see this in supermarket aisles.

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Reebok Bacon Is A Thing, Now

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You wouldn’t normally associate Godly delicious bacon with anything fitness-related, but Reebok begs to differ. At the latest Crossfit games in California, the sports gear brand distributed the above boxes of smoked cured meat, which they felt would fit right in with many of the competitors’ Paleo diets. Yes, Crossfit is all the rage, and so is the Paleo diet, which has its proponents ingesting basic un-processed foods that our ancestors in the Paleolithic era would have eaten. We’re not convinced that cavemen were in the business of curing, smoking, and frying thin strips of concentrated goodness back then, but the fact that this particular bacon contains no sweeteners, no msg, no nitrites or preservatives seems to be reason enough for the company to endorse it. It doesn’t appear to be something you’ll find in shelves anytime soon, but it is a legit Reebok “product”.

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