How This 14-Year-Old Makes $1,500 A Night Eating Noodles On Camera


Photo: Business Insider

The South Korean trend of mukbang typically features a single person chowing on a ton of food and streaming the process across the Internet. The term “mukbang” combines eating and broadcast together. Because a large amount of people in South Korea live alone, Mukbang has become a way for those individuals to pass the time while they eat.

One 14-year-old in particular, BJ Patoo, actually makes money practicing mukbang, Business Insider reports. Through the streaming platform Afreeca TV, viewers can send BJ “star balloons” which are worth about 10 cents each. BJ then exchanges them for cash.

On average, he makes $1,500 a night.

While watching him eat, viewers can also chat with him and others watching the stream. It creates a sense of community for those eating alone.

Maybe we’re in the wrong kind of food business. Or maybe we should get this kid to join the team.


14-year-old makes up to $1,500 a night eating dinner in front of a webcam in South Korea.

Posted by Business Insider on Saturday, September 12, 2015


Fast Food

Panera Bread Plans To Tape Kitchen Employees While They Work


Apparently Panera Bread wants to be Big Brother now. In an effort to improve accuracy and customer service at the quick-service chain, Panera Bread has plans to set up cameras in its kitchens and record its employees putting together meals.

The videos will be monitored by managers and executives to see if meals are being properly prepared by Panera Bread standards. Seems like an appropriate solution to dispel any concern in the kitchen.

Panera Bread CEO Ron Shaich recently told Business Insider that he hopes the recordings will help improve the restaurants’ slow-service issue.

Currently, the program is only planned to take effect for a set period of time. However, if results are more than satisfactory, expect all your Panera Bread meals to be broadcast for all to see.


This Is What a Donut Selfie Looks Like and It’s Kinda Cool


Let’s face it. The selfie is tired and done to death. While it’ll never truly fade from existence, there must be a fresher way to show the Internet what you look like and where you’re at. Enter the Donut Selfie.

Created by former Microsoft employee Karen Cheng, a Donut Selfie is essentially where you take your phone and set it to video mode. You then face the camera toward you in a basic selfie position. Instead of snapping a picture, you actually record in a circular donut motion starting from your face, moving your arms toward the side of your head. Hitting stop at this point you begin from the other side of your head as if to pull the phone out of your ear and continue the loop.

Once the footage is edited together, perhaps add some music, and what results is a pretty cool time jump effect. Now imagine trying one while eating multiple meals with the other hand.

Cheng uploaded two instructional videos on how to master the Donut Selfie as well as one in full-effect. Check them out below.

H/T Rocket News 24


Say What: Toy Camera Looks Like a Tiny Wedge of Cheese


The phrase might feel a little outdated, especially with our #selfie generation, but thanks to this adorably pun-friendly camera from Japanese company JTT, there’s never been a better time to “say cheese!”

1.8 x 1.2 inches and tapered just like a wedge of actual yellow Swiss, the Chobi Cam Cheese is not a “good” camera by any means, but it can capture 1280 x 1024 stills, 720 x 480 24 fps video, and, presumably, mice. It’s also chargeable via USB and microSD compatible. As the product description reads, “If you don’t use this Camera and instantly fall in love with it, you simply don’t know Jack.”


Nab one from Amazon for about $34.

H/T Design Taxi


#Dinnercam is a Portable Lighting Studio Just for Food

If you’re exasperated every time someone snaps a photo of their brunch and asks you if Valencia makes their Eggs Benedict look “soft,” we’re afraid we have no good news for you.

Looking to capitalize on social media’s love for #food and #filters, a South African company designed a #dinnercam (the hashtag is part of the name) as a portable lighting studio for people who want to take better photos of their food.

The device is housed at El Burro, a restaurant in Cape Town where diners can use it upon request. You place your meal in the portable light studio, choose your lighting options (which range from bright to purple), and snap your photo. The company behind the device, MWEB, encourages patrons to share the photos online with the #dinnergram hashtag in order to get a free print photo in return.

The machine, “designed to take social media food shots to the next level” will no doubt earn the scorn/intrigue of many.


PHOTOGASM: This Cafe is Shaped Like a Giant Vintage Camera


Calling all vintage/photo-loving foodies: there’s apparently a giant camera in South Korea that doubles as a nifty camera-themed cafe.

It’s called the Dreaming Camera, and according to blogger Messy Nessy Chic, the small mom and pop, located just east of Seoul, is owned by a former air force helicopter pilot and designed to look like an oversized red Rolleiflex. Inside, the walls are lined with an assortment of books, panoramic windows, and vintage cameras, and outside, two round windows on the first and second floors serve as the camera’s “lenses.”


Anyone lucky enough to live nearby can check the cafe’s Facebook page for hours, location, and some gorgeous (of course) photography of the owner’s family and grounds. The rest of us, meanwhile, will just be sitting here, consumed by our envy and photo-lust, wah.


PicThx Dreaming Camera


Faux Polaroid Camera ‘Develops’ Instant Slices of Cheese


If you like puns, you’ll love this adorable cheese slicer.  If the Instagram icon married a cheese slicer, this is pretty much the best you could hope for.  The instant camera inspired slicer “develops” polaroid sized slices of cheese for you to munch on. Take it to your stuffy wine and cheese party to shake things up. Take snapshots of cheddar, munster, or gouda cheese.  Or prank your friends and give them a slice of cheese when they expect a photo.  We (almost) guarantee they won’t mind. Just make sure to stick with only sliceable cheese.  You don’t want to gum up your camera.


H/T + Picthx Gamago


Clothing Camera Calculates Calories Based on Photos of Food


It seems like we’re constantly being bombarded by ways to eat better and resist the urge to binge on stuff like Oreo cookie butter. Now, researchers at the University of Pittsburgh are in the process of developing clothing cameras that could help with portion control by analyzing the food you’re eating.

Tiny cameras are embedded into your clothing and take photos of your food whenever you take a bite to eat. Using 3D-modeling technology, the cameras relay nutritional value and calorie count.

While the high-tech clothes are still in development, this could prove to be a useful tool for those wanting to keep track of their daily diet.

H/T Design Taxi