The Week In Weird Tech

This week: robots, colour-changing ice cream and bluetooth shoes

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1 | The Korean baseball team making robot fans

 
Have you ever wished you could send a robot envoy to watch your team play when you can't make it? Us neither. But apparently people in South Korea do, and they've come up with a solution. The Fanbot has been created by engineers working for the Hanwha Eagles team based in Daejeon, who's fans have been nicknamed 'Stone Buddhas' for their unwavering commitment to the team despite a not so good run of 400 defeats in the past five years. The bots will be dressed up in their team's caps and can will be controlled by fans at home, who can make the machines cheer and wave. The effect pretend support will have on the player's morale remains to be seen.
 
2 | The ice cream that changes colour 
 
 
 
If you've ever looked down at your pistachio-laden waffle cone and found the constant colour a bit 'meh,' then this is one for you. Manuel Linares from Barcelona, a 37-year-old physicist-turned-chef, has created Xamaleón, a tutti-frutti flavour that transforms from blue to pink to purple as you eat it. Exactly how he does it, he won't say (the patents are still pending), but according to him, any food can change colour through oxidation and controlled temperatures. Exciting. 
 
 
3 | The box to keep your cheese toastie crispy 
 
 
Behold: the cheese toastie. Proved to be one of the human race's greatest inventions, this melt-y monster can't really be improved on. Some San Francisco types are trying to do just that, however, by inventing a box that houses your turbo-charged butty to keep the toast crispy. The Melt Smart Box is the brainchild of The Melt – a US toastie company who want to be able to deliver their creations to their customers with no fear of sogginess. Yes, Americans pay someone to make and deliver cheese toasties to them. 
 

4 | Bluetooth for your shoes 
 
 
Staring at your Google Maps and trying to follow a blue dot through an unknown city is no fun. Luckily, your 'idiot tourist' look could soon be a thing of the past. An Indian company has created Lechal – a smart insole that you slide into your shoe and tells you where to go. Connecting via Bluetooth to maps on your phone, they buzz at your toes to let you know when it's time to turn left or right. They also fulfil the role of your typical distance app, by calculating how far you've walked and how many calories you've burned.
 
 
5 | The watch that projects onto your hand
 
 
As if you're not enough of a slave to your iPhone social media accounts as it is, the Ritot is a watch that projects Facebook, Twitter and email notifications onto your hand. So you can never escape. 
 
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