Free Food Hacks & Smart Table
The future is now
Everyone loves IKEA until a) you get hopelessly lost in one or b) you try to build one of their pieces of furniture. The Swedish meatballs are pretty hard to beat, though.
Taking a giant leap for food-kind, IKEA has started a collaboration with a few other companies and a university called Concept Kitchen 2025. They’re trying to get ahead of the industry – about 10 years ahead – and really make people think about the impact that our food consumption and waste habits have on the world and in our individual homes.
One of the most impressive things to come from the project is the Smart Kitchen Table. According to their site, the technology consists of a camera and projector positioned above the table and induction coils underneath the table surface. Networked together, they allow the system to recognize objects and their movement and to project a display. The display allows you to see the weight/volume and nutrient values of the food items on the table and suggest recipes and preparation techniques for you to use.
This invention could revolutionize the kitchen as we know it. Check out the rest of the innovative ideas of Concept Kitchen 2025!
There are a lot of cafes and restaurants that will give you a free item or two if it’s your birthday… But how do you get free food any time?
Sign up for memberships to… well, everywhere. There are rewards programs and memberships for just about any chain restaurant – and lots of local ones too!
Reward programs at restaurants and cafes are usually free to sign up for, and they often provide you with a free or discounted item just for signing up! With some, you have to wait until the next time you come in after you’ve signed up to redeem the reward, but still, it’s something!
Coffee shops are probably the most common memberships. Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts, and Caribou Coffee will give you a free drink as soon as you sign up. Keep track of all your memberships by downloading the apps from the companies. You can keep them in their own app folder and set them to give you notifications when you have free stuff available!
Today I learned…
- …that Kyoto, the former capital of Japan, just means “capital city” and Tokyo means “eastern capital”
- …in 1932, an English bank moved into its new headquarters at 219–229 Baker Street, London. The site was thought to include 221B Baker Street, the fictional home of Sherlock Holmes, and for many years they employed a secretary charged with answering mail sent to Holmes at that address.
- …the Kentucky Coal Mining Museum is powered by solar energy
- …in 1984 the FBI declared the Key West Police Department a criminal enterprise, and several high-ranking officers were arrested for running a protection racket for cocaine smugglers.
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