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Filed under: Food!,Innovations,Marketing,Products — Tags: , — Positronic Dave @ 4:42 am July 28, 2010

The Chocomize Company had me at the first five letters of its name. The New Jersey based chocolatier offers a customize your own chocolate bar deal that is fascinating in it variety and flexibility. You could literally die before you tried all the different combinations of chocolates, fruits, nuts, herbs, spices, etc., etc all adding up to a boasted 30,000 different choices.

Chocomize Personalized Chocolate Bars

First you “chocomize” by picking either dark chocolate or milk chocolate as a bas for the bar. You can also pick “white chocolate” or “sweet cocoa butter” but if you do, you’re a sad person and I feel sorry for you. Unless you’re allergic to regular chocolate, in wich case I feel even sorrier for you.

Then you go the the Chocomize ingredient choices. This is where it’s fun: there are 20 different nuts and seeds, 11 various spices , 25 candy add-ins, 15 decorations, and 15 options listed as “other” that include potato chips and beef jerky. I declined these options, as I felt my chocolate bar was busy enough. I don’t want to make it so brain-meltingly awesome that I couldn’t bear to eat it. We are talking about chocolate after all. What they need is a prescription/over-the-counter drug options. That way, you could bring your lady love a dark chocolate bar with Midol and Valium. You’d be a super hero to her.

Most of the ingredient options are under $1 each, although the decorations can run as high as $3.25 for the afore-mentioned gold flakes. With the bars that go for a few ingredients, you’re looking at the $6-$10 range, depending on how fancy you want to make it and how fast you want to get it. I ordered two imaginative-combination bars and with 4 day shipping, it ran about $20, so while Chocomize is a special Occasion sort of thing, for sure, you can still chocomize a gift relatively inexpensively. plus… you know… it’s chocolate.

They also have an option where you can choose to donate $1 to one of three causes: Doctors Without Borders, The Michael Fox Foundations or Action Against Hunger/ACF-USA which, in my view, only makes the


Filed under: Breaking News,Innovations,Technology — Tags: , — Positronic Dave @ 3:33 am July 6, 2010

Occasionally, technology makes me smile and hope for the future, and Makerbot is just the hi-tech device to do it. An actual 3-d printer, it fashions objects out a kind of plastic, according to the exact specifications with which it is programmed. You need a cup? It can make a cup. Need a hard-to-find or difficult to manufacture part? Just program in the specifics and in 30 or so minutes, there you have it.

Do you remember Jurrasic Park III, when Dr, Grants assistant makes a Velociraptor voice box that later saves all their asses when Velociraptors come after the eggs one of them stole? That was a kind of makerbot that was used to manufacture it. I hear Jay Leno uses it whenever his old chin wears out and he needs a new one. I’m kidding… he uses it to make car parts. Now what a car needs with a new chin, I don’t know; then again, I’ve never understood why people think Jay Leno is funny, so maybe I’m not one to judge here.

Star Trek people are going to love this. It’s just like a replicator… sort of. It couldn’t make a plate of food, but it could make the plate. It couldn’t save the episode, but then again, the replicator never saves the episode on Star Trek ever, anyway. Take a look at this video, where the makers of Makerbot explain it all:

And surprisingly, it’s not that expensive. Kits that will allow you to build a Makerbot that will fashion cup-sized objects are under $800 dollars, and you can build them yourself. So, the future is now, the future is here, and for under $800 bucks you can make a tiny replica of it… with Makerbot!

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