The Morning After: Is it time for lickable TVs? | Engadget

I joked about LG’s unusual TVs earlier this week, but will retire it. Those were fine. Even sensible. That’s because a professor at Meiji University in Japan has introduced a screen prototype called “Taste the TV.” The prototype sends electrical signals to 10 flavor cans that spray flavors on an overlay film for those willing to lick. Creator Homei Miyashita thinks the device is less of a device for home taste and more of a tool for food professionals such as chefs and sommeliers.

The prototype is, yes, a bit repulsive, despite the hygienic film that can be treated between tastings. According to Reuters, Miyashita is already discussing spin-off applications for sprinkling technology, such as applying pizza or chocolate flavors to a slice of toast. Don’t talk about Nutella.

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The robot head has just been placed.

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Fukuoka is the newest home for a 1: 1 scale Gundam robot statue, following the RX-0 Unicorn Gundam that was installed in Tokyo’s Odaiba district. This one has a new color scheme, thanks to the creator of Gundam, and stands 81.3 feet tall. It’s a spin on Amuro Ray’s . Yes, it looks a bit like Gundam Wing Zero, but Amuro’s robot came first.

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Vodafone will donate the proceeds to the United Nations Refugee Agency.


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The Vodafone international telephone network has become a non-fungible token (NFT) and subsequently a good sum of money. That at a Paris auction house this week for € 132,680 ($ 150,000) in Ether. The company proceeds to the United Nations Refugee Agency to support forcibly displaced persons. It is also quite timely: the first message was a simple line of text that said “Merry Christmas.”

The anonymous auction winner will receive a copy of the SMS communication protocol, a certificate of authenticity and a digital frame showing an animation of a phone receiving the message. Better than a Ghost recon .

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Including Lenovo, Google, and Intel.

Lenovo is following Amazon, Meta, Twitter and program sponsor T-Mobile to withdraw from CES 2022. All four said they would not attend in person due to concerns related to the new COVID-19 omicron variant. And while they’re all big names in tech, they’re not a hardware gamer in the same way Lenovo is. The PC maker often releases or reveals its newest hardware at the Las Vegas show. Intel and Google have also announced that they will not have a physical presence at the event.

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“They talked about how many workers feel this way.”

Amazon is nearing the end of its busiest season of the year. It’s also when your workers are under the most pressure, they are often required to log in mandatory overtime and often not allowed to schedule vacation days. It also coincides with the hiring of a flood of temporary workers, with a projection of 150,000 added this year.

According to an internal email seen by Engadget and interviews with several current or former associates, it is also a time of year when Amazon expects some of its workforce to release stress from colleagues or themselves. Read on for the full report.

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