One December afternoon at the Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center, a group of scientists gathered at the base’s Sensory Evaluation Laboratory for a taste test. On the menu: an experimental chocolate protein drink in shot glasses and two versions of a creamy beef and potato stew, arranged on cafeteria trays. Read MoreCooki robot stirs things upCooki the robot chef was stirring up interest at CES
A robot chef called Cooki stirred up a lot of attention at this year’s International CES. Cooki is a cross between the Jetsons and Jenny Craig — an automated meal preparation system that uses ingredients that are mailed to your home. Read MoreElectromechanical discerning devicesSuperpowers for baristas
Innovation can be a matter of joining together things that the patent office — and maybe customers — will approve of. Corn chips, song, and the Internet are obvious influences on US patent 7942311, "Method for sequencing flavors with an auditory phrase," granted May 17, 2011 to George Eapen of Frisco, Texas. Eapen assigned rights to Frito-Lay, the corn chip behemoth.
We’re down to the Elite 8 in college basketball, Red Sox Opening Day is just around the corner, and the Bruins are gearing up for another playoff run. All this sports action means we’ll be doing a lot of tuning in and ordering out in the coming weeks.
As of today, residents of four Metrowest communities can get groceries delivered within an hour or two, through a service offered by the startup Instacart, which has been making deliveries so far in Boston and a few surrounding cities. Instacart is also debuting a new partner that will only be available for its Metrowest customers: popular Watertown market Russo’s.
Read MoreShout It Out LoudIf Instagram & Yelp had a baby, it would probably be Favecast
For those urban bons vivants who love discovering new good-time spots but find Yelp a little too impersonal, there’s a new app that puts a joyful human face on crowdsourced recommendations: Favecast. The app allows users to shout out their favorite haunts with short videos instead of written reviews.
Read MoreBacon wakin'This gadget is a bacon-scented alarm clock for your iPhone
If you've given up bacon for Lent, stop reading now. The same goes for people who don't own a smartphone made by Apple Inc. But if you've got an iPhone and a love for "the candy of meat," you might want to check out a new high-tech promotional gimmick from old-school meatpacker Oscar Meyer. The company, which is owned by Kraft Foods Group Inc., is giving away 4,700 gadgets that convert an iPhone into a bacon-scented alarm clock. For a chance to win one, just click here.Read MoreSpecial deliveryHere comes Market Basket grocery delivery in Boston, via Instacart
Few supermarket chains in New England get the sort of devotion enjoyed by Market Basket. And while the low-price grocer has never been big on tech — it doesn't even maintain a website of its own — a startup called Instacart is now giving Market Basket groupies an Internet-age way to shop there.
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