World of Warcraft Pod is everything the WoW addict needs to live

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We’ve heard many World of Warcraft addiction stories over the years. Mainly it’s people collapsing due to not eating or sleeping, so if you have a problem, or a partner with a problem, then why not get them this?

The WoW Pod has been developed by artists Cati Vaucelle, Steve Shada, and Marisa Jahn. They describe it as an “immersive architectural solution for the advanced World of Warcraft player that provides and anticipates all of life’s needs”.

Basically, it’s a little hut with a mildly Orc-y design, that contains a kitchen, toilet/chair combo and computer to play World of Warcraft on. It’s a little more sophisticated than that, though – the kitchen interacts with the game, for starters. Just pick a meal from an in-game menu, and when it’s cooked it’ll automatically mark you as AFK while you chow down on some Crunchy Spider Surprise.

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(via WoW Insider)

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Duncan GeereWorld of Warcraft Pod is everything the WoW addict needs to live

Make your own liquid nitrogen ice cream

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If you’re in the habit of spending upwards of $35,000 per year on ice cream then the credit crunch is probably amongst the least of your concerns. Still, if it is you could save money by making limitless quantities of delicious dairy snack with the £35,000 NitroCream machine.

Now, you’re probably thinking that you don’t need to spend $35,000 to get a good tub, but the reason this little wonder costs as much as it does is because it uses liquid nitrogen to instantly transform cream or yoghurt into smooth, creamy ice cream. You no longer need to take up valuable space with keeping your materials cool and the like.

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TechDigest writerMake your own liquid nitrogen ice cream

Hardware mashups: Toaster crammed into old VCR

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You need this in your life.

It’s an old VCR, modded with the innards of a toaster so that any bread you put in will be lightly browned. Best of all, the toast gets “VHS” stamped on it.

I’m waiting for a version where an old NES is modded, so that you can toast in that. It’d be the exact inverse mod of the Nintoaster. Here’s a video of the toaster VCR in action:

(via Craziest Gadgets)

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Duncan GeereHardware mashups: Toaster crammed into old VCR

Be the hostess with the mostess with an airline food trolley

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Frequent flyer? Want the airline experience in your home? Then you might fancy a “Vintage Airline Food Cart”. It’s got ‘authentic dents and scratches’, as well as a retractable serving tray, 14 tracks for drawers or shelves (which cost extra) and a magnetic latch closure. There’s also pedal-operated wheel locks.

It measures 41″ x 12″ x 15″ and costs a rather mighty $1450. Shipping to the UK will be even more. What would you do with it, though? Indulge your air hostess fantasies? Ideas in the comments.

(via @emimusicpubuk)

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Duncan GeereBe the hostess with the mostess with an airline food trolley

Scientists develop "Sex Chip" to stimulate pleasure in the brain

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Technology previously used to treat Parkinson’s Disease has been directed elsewhere. Scientists claim to have developed a chip that can be implanted into the brain and used to deliver “feelings of pleasure”.

The target of the chip is the Orbitofrontal Cortex. Just behind the eyes, it’s the bit of your noggin that’s associated with pleasure derived from food and sex. The implementation is still a bit clunky at the moment – you have to run a wire from the chip in the brain to a heart pacemaker, which I imagine isn’t too comfortable. Neurosurgery professor Tipu Aziz, said:

“There is evidence that this chip will work. A few years ago a scientist implanted such a device into the brain of a woman with a low sex drive and turned her into a very sexually active woman. She didn’t like the sudden change, so the wiring in her head was removed.”

(via the Telegraph)

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Duncan GeereScientists develop "Sex Chip" to stimulate pleasure in the brain

Laptop site "for women" launches with festive Gordon Ramsay live streaming recipes

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Here’s my second food-related post of the day, with mews that Intel’s new My-Laptop.co.uk web site will be officially launched by outspoken Michelin-starred chef Gordon Ramsay.

Intel will live stream various recipes, tips and techniques from Ramsay during the Taste of Christmas event from 4th-7th December. As well as a daily live webcast of Gordon’s theatre event, there will be live chats with the likes of Angela Hartnett, Jason Atherton and Stuart Gilles (protégés, apparently)…

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Andy MerrettLaptop site "for women" launches with festive Gordon Ramsay live streaming recipes

Like Japanese food? Get the Motoman industrial robot to cook it for you

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Visitors to the International Next-Generation Robot Fair in Osaka who get a bit peckish can head over to the stand where the Motoman SDA10 robot has demonstrated its culinary abilities.

This two-armed robot can do a range of things, and cooking okonomiyaki is just one thing on its impressive resumé. It’s even more impressive because it can take orders from customers using speech recognition technology and then create the dish using standard kitchen utensils. It even flips the pancake-like dish…

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Andy MerrettLike Japanese food? Get the Motoman industrial robot to cook it for you

Play & Freeze Ice Cream Maker lets you play with your food

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If you’re a member of the same demographic group as me then chances are you remember the jingle from the old TV advert for Mr Frosty, an ice-lolly maker aimed at kids. Despite bold claims about Mr Frosty being both fun, and having the ability to make treats for everyone, you probably never owned one as your parents were too stingy to buy it for you.

Well I’ve got some good news for you. Not only were your parents acting in your best interest after all (the reviews on Amazon all suggest Mr Frosty was actually rubbish), but in case you’ve forgotten, you’re now a young, urbane professional with a disposable income, putting this sort of tat well within reach – and all it has taken was a 15 year wait. The even better news is that technology has progressed even further since you were a kid: why bother making ice cubes when you can make ice cream with the Play & Freeze Ice Cream Maker?

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James O'MalleyPlay & Freeze Ice Cream Maker lets you play with your food