How cool would it be if there was a machine that brewed coffee for you just because you yawned? Well, that’s the concept behind a coffee machine from Douwe Egberts. The Dutch-based company has designed a coffee vending machine to use facial recognition software to identify people who are tired and in need of a little pick-me-up. This yawn-activated coffee machine was installed in the middle of O.R. Tambo International Airport in South Africa. It confused many people at first (as you can see in the video below) since when they walked up to it trying to buy coffee it didn’t work – the machine will literally only dispense a free cup of joe when it sees someone yawning and desperately in need of coffee. It dispensed about 210 cups of coffee that day, so some people must have figured it out!
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Plain white socks are so boring. We’re sure you’re yawning just thinking about them. So here’s an alternative for you, The Atlas sock. It’s a performance dress sock, (yes, such a thing exists) made from cotton, polyester, and carbonized coffee. Carbonized coffee? Stay with us – the coffee helps filter and absorb sweat and odor. Also, the sock uses strain analysis, pressure mapping, and thermal imaging to create socks so ridiculously comfortable you may never take them off!
With the “It’s Up to You Temperature-Controlled Cup” you can carry a hot drink and a cold drink –in the same container. Splitting a standard thermos down the center, the It’s Up to You Cup lets you keep cold and hot water – or cold and hot drinks – together.
Eliminating that morning juggling act, Tim Hortons and Gulf News paired up to bring their UAE customers a morning cup of coffee and the headlines at exactly the same time.
To many, a forced choice between being able to send a text and having a cup of coffee at hand could be considered a cruel and unusual punishment. And yet, that is the reality we live with – at least before the creation of the Uppercup.