Daily Archives: July 23, 2009

Introducing The Most Advanced Soda Fountain Ever: The Coca-Cola Freestyle

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If you never thought that soda machines would adapt to the high-tech world, think again. Coca-Cola’s Freestyle fountain comes equipped with a touch screen that is able to mix flavors on the spot, using precise machinery originally developed for dialysis and cancer treatments.

There are over 100 flavors available, across an array of drink brands, including Coke, Fanta, energy drinks, flavored waters, and more. When you select a drink, you’re able to select from a variety of flavors, some of which are unfamiliar such as Raspberry Coke and Peach Fanta.

Instead of large, five-gallon bags of pre-mixed syrup, the Freestyle PurePour system uses ultra-concentrated 46-ounce cartridges to mix drinks and allow for a greater array of flavors, all coming from one spout. There are also RFID tags to keep track of all the different flavors held inside the cabinet and their current status.

And like any piece of 21st-century equipment, the Freestyle has the ability to send back all sort of data metrics to Coke HQ, including what the popular flavors were, when and how much people were buying, and what locations were most favorable. Coke HQ even has a kill switch for any flavors they need to stop offering ASAP.

Machines are popping up in California, Georgia, and Utah currently, and there will be 60 of them across the U.S. by the end of summer.

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Alice in Wonderland Official Movie Teaser Trailer

From Walt Disney Pictures and visionary director Tim Burton comes an epic 3D fantasy adventure “Alice in Wonderland,” a magical and imaginative twist on some of the most beloved stories of all time. Johnny Depp stars as the Mad Hatter and Mia Wasikowska as 19-year-old Alice, who returns to the whimsical world she first encountered as a young girl, reuniting with her childhood friends: the White Rabbit, Tweedledee and Tweedledum, the Dormouse, the Caterpillar, the Cheshire Cat, and of course, the Mad Hatter. Alice embarks on a fantastical journey to find her true destiny and end the Red Queen’s reign of terror. The all-star cast also includes Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter and Crispin Glover; Linda Woolverton wrote the screenplay. Capturing the wonder of Lewis Carroll’s beloved “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” (1865) and “Through the Looking-Glass” (1871) with stunning, avant-garde visuals and the most charismatic characters in literary history, “Alice in Wonderland” comes to the big screen in Disney Digital 3D on March 5, 2010.

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Pirates of the Caribbean 4 Begins Shooting in 2010

According to Disney’s Head of Production Oren Aviv the studio is going to shoot Pirates of the Caribbean 4 in April and May of next year and then release it hopefully in 2011. Read more HERE.

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Google Super Logo

Google marks the start of Comic-Con festivities today with the launch of a new super Google logo by DC artists Jim Lee, Scott Williams and Alex Sinclair.

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Coming Soon: Moon Ads

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Shadow Shaping technology is used to create images on the surface of the Moon that can be seen from Earth. Robots are used to create several small ridges in the lunar dust over large areas that capture shadows and shape them to form logos, domains names or memorials.

Patent pending Shadow Shaping technology can be yours. Exclusive transferable licensing is being made available for 44 regions of the visible side of the Moon. Bidding begins on July 20, 2009, the 40th anniversary of man’s first step on the Moon. Bidding will run for three months, closing on October 20, 2009. The winning bids will be announced in early November, 2009. Minimum bids start as low as $46,000. Find out more HERE.

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ABC Launching LOST University

ABC is launching LOST University, a website filled with course descriptions (Introductory Physics of Time Travel), selected reading (A Treatise of Human Nature by David Hume), and a faculty directory. Included among the many real-life academics on staff is actor Jeremy Davies (Daniel Faraday).

It appears that LOST University is both an elaborate promotion for the Season 5 DVD (in stores later this year) and a nifty alternate reality game designed to keep LOST top-of-mind in the months leading up to its sixth and final season. Visitors to Comic-Con this week are already finding clues (including a phone number for a Professor Nusedorf: 818-824-6300) suggesting that a major component to LOST University begins on September 22, a date of significance in LOST lore. (9/22/04: Oceanic 815 crashed on The Island.

Check out the new site HERE and sign up for the fall semester.

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Want To Buy Hurley’s Winning Lotto Ticket From LOST?

How about Charlie’s guitar, or Locke’s hunting knife, or young Sawyer’s letter to the man who destroyed his family?

With the final season of  LOST coming next year, ABC is auctioning off these and other iconic props, set pieces, costumes and collectors’ artifacts from the show to the highest bidder. There will be a special sneak preview of the items at the San Diego Comic-Con convention, which gets underway Thursday. Mr. Eko’s club and Kate’s obsessively chased toy plane are also up for grabs.

The items will be auctioned by Profiles in History, which has previously sold off other memorabilia like a T.I.E. Fighter miniature from “Star Wars” ($402,500), Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber ($240,000), the Command Chair from the U.S.S. Enterprise ($304,750) and the H.R. Giger designed creature suit from “Alien” ($126,500). For more info go HERE.

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Diary Of A Wimpy Kid Dog Days

Jeff Kinney talks about the highly anticipated fourth installment in his critically acclaimed and bestselling series entitled Diary of a Wimpy Kid Dog Days. Watch the interview HERE. The book will be released on October 12th.

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