Kevin Bacon is at a restaurant specializing in bacon at SXSW right now


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Dominique Ansel Brings Chocolate Chip Cookie Shot Glasses to SXSW


Well, they do say kids are basically tiny, drunken grown-ups. Exclusive to attendees of the Dominique Ansel Bakery “Cronut at Midnight” event at SXSW Interactive Festival this Sunday night, the cronut creator’s latest invention is simple, but crazy smart: a chocolate cookie shaped like a shot glass.

According to Grubstreet, the process involves extra-aerated cookie dough and a cylindrical mold, resulting in perfectly crispy-on-the-outside-gooey-on-the-inside chocolate chip cookies that double as receptacles for ice cold milk. Perfect for keeping your fingers dairy-free, we’d imagine these delectable darlings would also taste great filled with milk stout or even White Russians.

Sleepover, anyone?

You can also learn how to make a DIY gingerbread version here.


This Robot Paints Your Face On Your Latte (For the Secret Narcissist in You)

 latte art

Looking for a way to fuel your caffeine addiction and your inner narcissist at the same time? Well then this is your lucky day. The ‘Barista Bot’, brought to you by a collaboration of Hypersonic,  Rock Paper Robot, Jamie Zigelbaum and Kyle McDonald, uses real time data analysis of facial characteristics to draw the customer’s face on their latte.

This coffee-portrait machine made its debut as a marketing stunt for General Electric at this year’s SXSW. New York City design studio, Hypersonic, wanted to bring something “light-hearted and unexpected” to SXSW 2013 by making a common experience more interactive.

Now, instead of finding their names misspelled on the side of a Starbucks cup, coffee consumers can potentially look forward to finding their face staring up at them from the foam of their grande soy latte. Thank you technology for finally putting an end to the age old question, “Would this taste better if my face was on it?

H/T + PicThx Design Taxi


LIVE FROM SXSW: Taco Bell Utilizes Live Cameras and Social Media to Create Experimental Fan-Made ‘Rockumentary’


The above shot of Michael Angelakos — front man of indie rock band Passion Pit — was taken during the closing moments of the group’s performance last night at South by Southwest (SXSW), an annual music, film, and interactive conference and festival out in Austin, TX. Commissioning documentarian Sam Jones to tell the story of the concert, the Taco Bell-sponsored event was not shy of taking a technological approach in its re-telling. The concert was part of the fast food brand’s Feed the Beat program, a project that funds up-and-coming artists with $500 in Taco Bell gift cards and opportunities to be featured in Taco Bell advertising and events.



Last night’s performance was available to fans across the country, utilizing a camera switching app on that gave fans several roaming and stationary cameras to sift through (see above), along with displaying a slew of Tweets, Twitpics, Instagrams and Vine videos from fans at the show hash-tagging #feedthebeat.

Images like the shot seen above, along with a slew of Tweets, Twitpics, Instagrams and Vine videos from fans at the show and social media interactions around the country will be coupled with live video footage from the Taco Bell-sponsored concert to piece together what is being called an experimental fan-made Rockumentary.

Director Sam Jones followed both Passion Pit and Wildcat! Wildcat! in the week prior to the bands’ SXSW trip for additional footage, and will be using those assets along with footage from the concert, Tweets, Vine video and the myriad of social media that was poppin’ off that night to put together a full-fledged documentary of two bands at different stages in their career — Passion Pit a household name in the indie rock genre, and Wildcat! Wildcat!, a group on the up-and-up that may end up in your iTunes regular rotation before you know it.

The documentary is slated for release in summer 2013.

Photocredit: Marc Kharrat