The Morning After: Is It Time for Lickable TVs?

I joked about LG’s unusual TVs earlier this week, but I take it back. Those were fine. Wise, even. That’s because a professor at Meiji University in Japan has unveiled a prototype screen called “Taste the TV.” The prototype sends electrical signals to 10 flavor cans that spray flavors onto a film layer for those who want to lick. Maker Homei Miyashita sees the device less as a home tasting device and more as a tool for food professionals, such as chefs and sommeliers.

The prototype is, yes, a little icky, despite the hygienic film that can be handled between tastings. According to Reuters, Miyashita is already discussing spin-off applications for the spray technology, such as applying pizza or chocolate flavors to a slice of toast. Don’t tell him about Nutella.

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The robot’s head has just been attached.

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Fukuoka is the latest home for a 1:1 scale Gundam robot statue, following the RX-0 Unicorn Gundam that was installed in Tokyo’s Odaiba neighborhood. This one has a new color scheme, thanks to the creator of Gundam, and is 81.3 feet tall. It is a variation of Amuro Ray’s Nu Gundam from the Gundam one-shot, Char’s Counterattack. Yes, it looks a bit like Gundam Wing Zero, but Amuro’s mech came first.

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

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International telephone network Vodafone has turned the first text message into a non-fungible token (NFT) and subsequently a nice sum of money. It sold at an auction house in Paris this week for €132,680 ($150,000) worth of Ether. The company will donate the proceeds to the United Nations Refugee Agency to support forcibly displaced people. It’s also pretty timely, too: the first message was a simple line of text that read “Merry Christmas.”

The anonymous auction winner will receive a copy of the communication protocol for the SMS, a certificate of authenticity and a digital frame with an animation of a telephone receiving the message. Better than a Ghost Recon skin.

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Including Lenovo, Google and Intel.

Lenovo is following Amazon, Meta, Twitter and show sponsor T-Mobile in its withdrawal 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 are all major names in technology, they are not a hardware player like Lenovo is. The PC maker often launches or unveils its latest hardware at the Las Vegas show. Intel and Google have also announced that they will not be physically present at the event.

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“They told how many employees feel this way.”

Amazon is nearing the end of its busiest season of the year. It is also when employees are under the greatest pressure, often forced to work overtime and often not allowed to plan vacation days. It also coincides with the hiring of a deluge of temporary workers, with 150,000 expected this year.

According to an internal email Engadget reviewed, and interviews with several current or former employees, it’s also a time of year when Amazon expects some of its staff to take the stress out of their co-workers or themselves. Read on for the full report.

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