Why Yes, Pizza Hut Did Create A Pizza Box You Can Play Like A DJ (Video)


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Now you can be the DJ you’ve always wanted to be! Well, at least you can try after eating some pizza.

Pizza Hut has launched what has been deemed “the world’s first playable DJ pizza box.” It’s hard to be innovative when it comes to pizza, but Pizza Hut has taken your next meal to the next step.

“FAAAAAM @pizzahutuk made decks out of their Pizza Boxes hahaha that’s actually sick,” tweeted one fan.

“I want a @pizzahutuk Pizza Hut Dj box I don’t want one I neeeeeeeed one!!!!,” wrote ‏another.

Created by Novalia, expert in printed electronics, the battery-powered cardboard box has touch-sensitive decks that have imitated the sensation of using a classic DJ turntable, according to EnGadget. The apparatus connects to a computer or smartphone through Bluetooth and is compatible with DJ software, such as DJ Pro or Serato.

Rinse FM’s DJ Vectra explained in a video posted on Pizza Hut Restaurants UK YouTube channel: 

You have the standard setup of any normal DJ setup. You got your volume controls, it’s got a pitch speed up, slow down as normal. You’ve got your cue button, your sync button, and your play button, of course.

You also have a mixer to switch between both tracks, as standard. You also have a scratch feature. And in the other side you have the exact same setup. … 

Select your two tracks and you are in the mix just like your favorite DJ.

The playable DJ pizza boxes will be given away at Pizza Hut restaurants throughout the U.K.

Alison Wonderland, self-proclaimed music maker with the Wonderland Warehouse Project, told the company, “Yo @pizzahutuk I don’t live in the UK but I’m gonna need this ASAP.”

“[Expletive] brexit I’m moving back to the UK to become a cardboard dj,” wrote a Twitter user.

As only five will be available throughout the region’s 350 locations, the Pizza Hut UK Twitter account is going to offer clues, the first of which will be released on August 19.

“Just 5 in total :(,” wrote another fan. “Damn, i’m never going to be the cardboard DJ I need to be.”

Sources: EnGadget, Pizza Hut Restaurants UK/YouTube, Pizza Hut UK/Twitter, US Magazine / Photo credit: Pizza Hut Restaurants UK/YouTube

Tags: DJ, innovation, Novalia, pizza hut, world's first playable DJ pizza box
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One Reddit User Found An Ingenious Way To Create A Makeshift Mini-Fridge


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With the use of an ironing board, an air conditioner, and a bit of ingenuity, a Redditor created a mini-fridge to chill leftover food.

After eating most of a pizza, Redditor Jblair814 had a problem that many of us have experienced while staying in a hotel room.

“Ahh the old dilemma,” the Redditor wrote. “Only a few slices left after my shameful late-night hotel layover bingefest.  Do I eat them and feel like a worse human? Nay. I save them and have an even more shameful breakfast. Enter the problem: how to keep them cool without a mini-fridge? Solution to follow…”

To begin, a hard surface and a cooling device was needed to create the make-shift mini-fridge. In this case, an ironing board and an air conditioner did the trick.

Next, the ironing board was adjusted to an “optimized height,” right in the middle of the air conditioning duct.

Jblair814 needed to ensure that the food received “maximum input” from the cooling duct, along with “vacuum pressure to draw the cooling.” This required creating a hole in the back of the pizza box.

Although the pizza box fit onto the duct “like a glove,” an essential finishing touch was needed to ensure the leftover pizza was fit to eat the next day. Specifically, the make-shift mini-fridge was in need of “a make-shift filter to prevent the lint and … infested air from contaminating my high quality gourmet dish.”

A clean washcloth from the hotel seemed to do the trick.

“BOOM,” Jblair814 concluded. “Doneskie. Cool all night and ready to heat for breakkie.”

Fellow Redditors responded with a mixture of praise, criticism, and advice, as they tend to do.

“Or.. You could just not refrigerate the pizza,” wrote one Redditor. “Pizza stays good for like 2 weeks out of the fridge. Anyone in college will confirm.”

“My mind went right to the lint and … infested air until I got down to your filter,” another said. “Bangup job, sir.”

“The airflow would leave the pizza dehydrated, when you reheat it, put a cup of water with it,” advised one user.

“Still, it wasn’t less than 41 degrees,” wrote a fourth. “Eating it is if-y, at best. There’s a lot of moisture in pizza, good for growing bad stuff. Still, good job improvising!”

Source: Imgur / Photo credit: Imgur

Tags: innovation, Make-Shift, Make-Shift Mini-Fridge, Pizza, Reddit
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How Much Would You Pay To Make Cold Brew Coffee In 10 Minutes? (Video)


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Have you ever wanted to make your very own glass of cold brew coffee in the comfort of your own kitchen? Could you imagine being able to brew it in 10 minutes instead of 12 hours, faster than you could walk, run, or drive to your favorite coffee shop?

FirstBuild, a co-creation community that aims to lessen the gap between “the maker movement and real marketable products,” has developed Prisma Cold Brew Coffee (video below), as reported by EnGadget.

“My wife loves cold brew,” said Justin Brown, a senior design engineer at FirstBuild who’s also the inventor behind Prisma Cold Brew Coffee, previously known as the Pique. “But we found it very difficult to plan the night before in order to make it.”

Brewing at low temperatures extracts subtle, flavorful notes within the coffee grounds while leaving much of the bitterness behind, which has made cold brew coffee a popular beverage among coffee connoisseurs and casual coffee drinks alike.

However, cold brew coffee typically takes 12 hours or more to make, as coarse ground coffee is steeped in water in the refrigerator or on a counter. By using a vacuum infusion process, Prisma Cold Brew Coffee has developed a way to drastically reduce the time to 10 minutes.

“It’s basically an infusion process,” said Taylor Dawson, a “product evangelist” with FirstBuild. “Vacuum infusion is actually pretty commonly used in other industries; we’re not reinventing the wheel here.”

As traditional cold brew is generally made with coarse ground coffee, Prisma Cold Brew Coffee is created with a finer ground.

“The grind needs to be fine,” says Brown. “You need a lot of surface area of coffee to water, to increase the extraction.”

Furthermore, both traditionally-made cold brew as well as the innovative Prisma appliance need to be manually stirred.

Developed in collaboration with Sunergos Coffee, the quality of coffee brewed using Prisma has even pleased some of the toughest critics at Coffee Fest Dallas.

Over $83,000 has been raised so far towards Prisma’s Indiegogo campaign. As the appliance plans to retail at $299, the super early bird package is offering its backers a chance to obtain this innovative machine with a $70 discount.

Sources: IndieGogo, EnGadget / Photo credit: CNET

Tags: coffee, cold brew coffee, FirstBuild, IndieGogo, innovation, Prisma Cold Brew Coffee
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Taco Bell Is Launching A Shell Made Entirely Of Fried Chicken


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Taco Bell is planning to release the Naked Chicken Chalupa, a taco filled with vegetables inside a shell made of fried chicken.

Although it hasn’t officially been approved for a nationwide launch, preliminary tests in California and Missouri have been promising, according to Buzzfeed News.

In 2013, Taco Bell senior director of innovation, Heather Mottershaw, initially came up with the idea of a shell made out of chicken Milianese. However, other senior managers were hesitant.

“They really weren’t into it because it is so different,” said Kat Garcia, Taco Bell’s senior manager of marketing.

“Think of all the crazy firsts that have existed in time and civilization,” said Chief Marketing Officer Marisa Thalberg, who was originally not sure that a chicken shell would be successful. “Dare we say even the creation of the wheel probably seemed a little odd at first until someone said, ‘Ah, that’s really a good thing!'”

According to Garcia, the team needs to ensure that customers take the product seriously, a problem that Kentucky Fried Chicken experienced when they introduced a similar sandwich, the Double Down.

“People look at the Double Down and what do they think? Frankenfood, right?” Chief Marketing Officer Kevin Hochman told Business Insider. “The sad thing is that somebody in the back of the house was hand breading fillets and making the Double Down.”

Made of two chicken fillets filled with cheese and bacon, the Double Down may have hurt the chain’s reputation in the long run.

“You can’t just pivot from Double Downs to ‘We make fried chicken in the back of the house’ overnight,” Hochman said.

However, unlike the Double Down, the Naked Chicken Chalupa is filled with lettuce, tomatoes, and avocado ranch sauce. Oddly enough, this has managed to make the product seem like a “health halo” to some customers.

“We were getting feedback like, ‘It’s so healthy. It’s so fresh,'” Garcia explained. “That really surprised us because it’s fried chicken.”

If the Naked Chicken Chalupa is successful, the chain will probably expand and create more variations and flavors of the product.

Sources: Buzzfeed News, Business Insider / Photo credit: Vanessa Wong/Buzzfeed News

Tags: chalupa, Double Down, innovation, KFC, Naked Chicken Chalupa, taco bell, tacos
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There Is Now A Bag Specifically To Carry Your Box Of Wine


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Do you ever wish you were able to carry your favorite adult beverage with you? Have you ever attended an event that was noticeably lacking copious amounts of alcohol?

Tracey Luebbers has created a bag to discretely hold our favorite wines and alcoholic beverages alongside anything else stored in our purses. What a time to be alive.

In 2011, Luebbers noticed the various problems people had when trying to transport beverages to events, as written on The Swankey. After searching for a solution, she realized that nothing existed that would allow her to carry her favorite spirits with ease.

“Have you ever been packing up to go to the pool, beach, party or tailgate and you don’t want to lug a heavy cooler or take your purse?” Luebbers inquired, as explained on The Swankey How It Works page. “How are you going to keep your wine or other beverage chilled and have room for all the other supplies you want to take? I thought there has to be a better way to carry, chill and conceal wine and beverages conveniently and stylishly.”

Therefore, in 2014, she created the original “It’s So Swankey Beverage Tote.” The bag has even been tested to withstand 500 hours of direct sunlight, perfect for those summers on the beach.

“Designed to discretely hold a boxed wine bag, this multi-purpose tote also comes with its own dispensing bag, so you can take your favorite, fully insulated libations to go,” reads the description on Uncommon Goods.

“An attached spout lets you serve up bloody marys, margaritas, or wine with ease, while the ample interior allows plenty of room for your wallet, phone, and even travel cups,” the description continues. “Whether you’re heading for a beach day with the girls or an afternoon picnic, this stylish bag completes your ensemble with boozy bravado.”

Furthermore, Luebbers’ line of stylish boozy bags is made in America. The factory, which is located in Glasgow, Missouri, is run and owned by women.

“I’m very proud to have them on my team!” Luebbers said. “Each time a Swankey is purchased a woman takes home a paycheck to her family. This is near and dear to my heart.”

Sources: Uncommon Goods, The Swankey (2) / Photo credit: Uncommon Goods

Tags: bag, innovation, invention, Travel, Uncommon Goods, wine, Wine Dispensing Travel Tote
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New Krispy Kreme Store Looks Like Doughnut Box (Photos)


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Kiosks of Krispy Kreme doughnuts have been popping up in malls throughout the United Kingdom, with a unique twist.

Recent pictures of the new kiosks show the newest locations have been constructed in the shape of a Krispy Kreme doughnut box, according to Trend Hunter. Various companies have been experimenting with innovative kiosks, and a giant box of doughnuts will certainly attract people’s attention more than a typical food stand.

The back of the kiosk in shaped like the lid of the box, which wraps around in the front to create plenty of counter space. The middle of the stand has a clear display case where the doughnuts are prominently displayed. Customers could order several doughnuts, which are placed inside a doughnut box, which is located inside…a doughnut box.

Although one would think the doughnut chain does not need to engage in creative tactics to convince customers to buy its tasty products, it appears that Krispy Kreme’s overseas locations lag a bit compared to their U.S. counterparts. The doughnut chain’s revenue increased 3 percent in the second quarter of 2016, but mostly due to sales throughout the United States, according to The Wall Street Journal.

“In its U.S. business, revenue at company stores—the largest contributor to the top line—rose 3.6% and domestic franchise revenue increased 12%.,” the article explained. “Sales at established stores in the U.S. rose 0.7%, reflecting a decline of 0.7% at company-owned shops that was offset by growth of 1.6% at franchise stores. International comparable sales dropped 7.3% excluding currency effects.”

Nevertheless, U.S. fans are still happy to wait for the red light in order to enjoy freshly-prepared glazed doughnuts. At a new location in downtown Denver, hundreds of fans waited in line in order to be one of the first customers at the new 16th Street Mall location, as reported by The Denver Post.

Sean McElroy, who lined up at 11:15 p.m. the night before opening night, was awarded free doughnuts for a year. The following 99 customers received a free dozen every month for a year. The remaining customers, some of whom had been waiting in line since 4:10 a.m., received a coupon for a free doughnut.

“They should have been here earlier,” said MaeLani Lee, one of the first in line. “When it’s free, it tastes so much better.”

Sources: Trend Hunter, The Wall Street Journal, The Denver Post / Photo credits: Trend Hunter, FoodBev Photos/Flickr

Tags: donuts, doughnuts, innovation, kiosks, krispy kreme, United Kingdom
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