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New App Helps Delivery Drivers Find The Nearest Restroom

With dining rooms shut down across the country, it’s an understatement when I say that we owe a lot to gig workers like delivery drivers to keep our bellies filled and our cravings satisfied. However, one of the inconveniences they come across is finding an open restroom that doesn’t require a purchase to use whenever nature calls.

However, thanks to a new app appropriately named The Whizz App, that won’t seem to be a problem anymore. Created by gig workers, for gig workers, Whizz uses a Google-styled map to help delivery drivers locate pre-screened locations that will permit them to use restroom facilities, no purchase necessary.

The Whizz App, a black-owned business, was developed by co-founders Robert Logan and Keith Crudupt who could relate to the discomfort and difficulty drivers go through when needing to use the bathroom while on the road. The two friends linked up to create this first-of-its-kind app to bring some comfort to the gig community.

WaBa Grill, one of the nation’s leading rice bowl chains, has stepped up to become the very first brand partner of Whizz. What that entails is the ability of app users to get restroom access at any of WaBa Grill’s 200 locations across Southern California. Subscribers also get exclusive digital coupons through the app.

The Whizz App is available via download on Apple IOS and Android devices.

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Kitchen Gadgets Technology

This Kitchen Appliance Acts As A Fridge AND Cooks Your Meals

Photo courtesy of Suvie

With the amount of work folks do these days, whether at home or braving to go into offices and factories, there’s usually not a lot of time left for meal prep.

There’s plenty of companies that capitalize like that, such as Blue Apron. Not many, however, have a device that’s capable of refrigerating and cooking your food, timed to when you want it.

Photo courtesy of Suvie

The team at Suvie has built such a device. Their combo fridge/sous vide oven can keep your food at fridge-cold temperatures, then begins cooking it to time it to whenever you program it to. Theoretically, this could let you set prepared meals in the kitchen gadget, program it to cook when you’re home from work, and not have to worry about making dinner at all.

Suvie’s appliance has multiple functions: it uses water to keep your food cold, then heats it up to start boiling and steaming to bring everything up to temperature. It can then drain that water, if you’re making something like pasta, and even broil foods like chicken or vegetables to give them caramelization and color.

Each of the four drawers inside can be controlled independently, ensuring that each part of the meal cooks to where it needs to be, rather than overcooking to whatever needs the most time.

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A device like this does come with a hefty price tag: $1,200, to be exact (there are sometimes discounts available). Suvie also does prepare a bunch of meal kits that can be delivered to your home, further removing you from the cooking process if needed.

Nonetheless, a device that can cook everything for you, as long as you stick everything in it at the beginning of the day, sounds like a potentially useful gadget for those trying to spend less time in the kitchen.

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Grocery Technology

The First-Ever Amazon Fresh Grocery Store Is Opening In California

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Amazon has announced that California will be the home of its first-ever Amazon Fresh Grocery Store.

Located in Woodland Hills, CA, the Fresh Store is the first of many models that will feature Amazon Fresh produce and grocery items offered at a lower price point than traditional supermarkets.

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Convenient store features include Alexa Shoppings lists, which customers can access through their Amazon app while they’re inside the store. Alexa will help them navigate the aisles to find what they need.

There will also be a Dash Cart Lane, which expedites the checkout process using computer vision algorithms and sensor fusion to identify the items in your cart and charge your account accordingly. It’s kind of like Amazon Go in shopping cart form.

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Customers can also schedule in-store pickups, something that’s been exceptionally preferred while folks are currently minimizing time out in public spaces during this pandemic.

Set to open in a few weeks, Amazon Fresh has already invited a select group of customers to test out the new grocery storefront ahead of the grand opening.

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Kitchen Gadgets Technology

Futuristic ‘Smart Toaster’ Is Programmed To Perfectly Toast Baked Goods

To be honest, toasters really haven’t changed much in the past couple of decades. Thus, it was only a matter of time before we got a futuristic “smart toaster” that takes technology possible with a toaster and puts it over the top.

Photo courtesy of Revolution Cooking

Created by Revolution Cooking, the toaster comes with a touch screen that lets you control the level of browning on your bread. It even has a function that lets you see how brown the bread is without having to restart your toaster completely.

Is it extra AF? Absolutely. But, it also addresses problems with toasters that we may never really think about, and yet would welcome some pretty intriguing solutions too.

The smart toaster is designed to get a variety of baked goods, including bread, waffles, bagels, and more, to the shade of brown you want it to be. It can also customize based on whether what you throw inside is fresh, frozen, or being simply reheated, and comes with a digital or analog clock, in case you need your toaster to tell time as well.

Admittedly, the auto lowering and lifting mechanism is pretty cool, as you can see in the above video of the toaster in action.

While you can get a basic toaster for as little as $10 today, this smart toaster comes in at a whopping $300. If you’re obsessed with smart gadgets and having that level of control on your bread, however, it may well be worth the cost to you.

You can purchase the smart toaster on Revolution Cooking’s website, as well as at places like Amazon, Best Buy, and other retailers and online websites.

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Alcohol Brand Drinks Technology What's New

Snoop Dogg’s First Foray Into Wine Is A Surprising Red

Snoop Dogg is no doubt a household name, one that’s synonymous with weed, women, and the West Coast. With his first foray into wine, Snoop may have yet another W under his belt. Expertly weaving his own vision while never forgetting to represent where he came from, Snoop has always been an unlikely face for many of his ventures beyond music, continually subverting our expectations. I suppose one could say gin & juice is to Snoop Doggy Dog as the new Cali Red is to Uncle Snoop, another evolution of possibilities. 

Collaborating with gangsta-adjacent wine brand 19 Crimes, Snoop Dogg brings their first ever California-bottled offering to fans. Sourced from NorCal’s Lodi region, Cali Red blends Petite Syrah 65%, Zinfandel 30%, and Merlot 5%. A complimentary crimson-concoction to Snoop’s canine cool. The blend also uses all-American oak, introducing a distinct smokiness that provides vanilla and chocolate. 

A look into the backstory of the brand reveals that 19 Crimes is based upon 18th century British convicts turned colonists that were exiled to Australia as punishment in place of death. The 19 Crimes were created during the Industrial Revolution as an answer to the growing overpopulation of Great Britain, which resulted in an increase of crime. With an antiquated legal system, grossly overwhelmed by criminal cases and crowded prisons, Britain declared exile to Australia as punishment. Most convicts never survived the trip. In actuality, there were a reported 200 crimes that could seal one’s fate to the land down under. 

Marrying the Northern California sweetness to Snoop’s South California smoothness creates the perfect red and blue compliment at just $12.99 a bottle. The wine also has an AR feature that allows you to scan the label, revealing a special message from Snoop. By downloading the “Living Wine Labels” app, users can hold their mobile devices over any Cali Red label and be greeted by words of wisdom, affirmations and of course, Snoop’s famously known swagger.

Snoop’s Cali Red is now available for purchase online.

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Design Entrepreneurship Technology What's New

A Movie Screen Food Truck Exists And I Want To Book It ASAP

While the pandemic has kept us out of movie theaters, folks have been trying to find fun alternatives to just chilling to Netflix on the couch.

Unfortunately, not everybody has a drive-in theater or a projector screen on handy to get outdoors with films. However, a new concept could be promising, as it brings both the flicks and the food to your driveway.

Photo courtesy of Blue Bunny

As part of an ongoing sweepstakes/giveaway, Blue Bunny has constructed a custom truck that serves up ice cream AND comes with a 11-foot by 6-foot movie screen. It can roll up to your driveway, get you some treats, and serve as your out-of-home theater all in one.

We can get outdoors but still be comfortably safe, social distance on the lawn, get some awesome treats, and cozy up for a big screen film all at the same time. Sounds like a fantastic experience to get on your own front lawn.

It would be dope if we could book this for ourselves, but for this iteration, Blue Bunny is limiting the truck to a few select cities and a chance to get the truck in your driveway. You can enter at Funlightenment.com to try and secure one of those private screenings, which can happen in either Denver, Chicago, Cincinnati, St. Louis, or Le Mars, Iowa, depending on the date.

Photo courtesy of Blue Bunny

Even if this is just a one-time giveaway for now, though, this is something food truck owners everywhere should take note of. I’m sure I’m not alone in saying I would be down to book one of my favorite food trucks for a private screening if they could bring me some awesome eats alongside a giant screen to play my film of choice on.

Could be an interesting and cool new way for food trucks to make money, but for people to also get outside in a safe and fun way to watch movies.

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Technology

Boba Milk Tea And Tamale Emojis Are Finally Arriving

Photo Courtesy of Emojipedia & Apple

There have been hundreds of afternoons where a quick pick-up of some refreshing honey milk tea with boba was desperately needed to fuel the occasional sleepy colleague and I. While an emoji wasn’t necessary to express our bubble tea cravings, it would have been more than welcome had it existed. 

Now it does.

Last Friday was World Emoji Day, and with it came the announcement of a new emoji update for Facebook, Google, and Apple scheduled to launch in the latter half of 2020. 

The new emojis revealed included a new ‘Bubble Tea‘ emoji and ‘Tamale‘ icon, reports Social Media Today

Hopefully, once this pandemic’s over and you’re trying to get some boba or tamales with friends, you’ll be able to express your excitement in emoji form. In the meantime, I’ll be working on a tamale boba truck concept. That sounds so fire right now. 

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Drinks Technology

Coke Freestyle Machines Will Go Contactless By End Of Year

With the current state of the world, folks are trying very hard to limit the number of things they touch with their bare hands. Especially when it’s related to food and drink.

In response to the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic, Coca-Cola is upgrading their Freestyle machines to feature a new contactless option for those trying to avoid surfaces.

The touchscreen soda fountains offer over one hundred different soda flavor combinations based off Coca-Cola products.

While the new machines won’t even require you to download an accompanying app, there is one available that allows you to preset your drink combinations.

Those who would rather keep it simple, however, will only need to open their camera and point it at the on-screen QR code. An ordering interface will open up allowing the customer to select their beverage choice and have it poured out in seconds.

Coca-Cola plans to roll out 10,000 new contactless machines by the end of this summer and upgrade the feature to all existing machines by the end of the year.