Sharp Announces A Fancy New Electronic... Cutting Board?

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Sharp Announces A Fancy New Electronic... Cutting Board?

And you thought the fridge with a TV built-in was taking things too far.

Because humanity simply won't stop until every appliance has some sort of touch-screen and wi-fi functionality built-in, Sharp has announced a electronic cutting board so you can watch TV while you chop your vegetables. The Chop-Syc interactive chopping board is basically a tablet device that can be used as a digital scale, a calculator, an internet browser to look up recipes, and you can apparently also chop things on it.

It was developed as the result of the "#GetItDownOnPaper" competition held by Sharp Europe. The lucky winner, Siobhán Andrews, a student of Sustainable Product Design at Falmouth University, England, had an idea for an interactive chopping board that apparently impressed the judges as well as the folks at Sharp Laboratories so much that they have now put together a Chop-Syc prototype.

If you're worried about using a sharp knife to cut liquidy ingredients on top of an LCD screen, Sharp has assured us that the board is made from a special type of toughened scratch-resistant glass, and has a digital touch-sensitive screen that uses the LCD technology Sharp is famous for.

Managing Director of Sharp Laboratories of Europe, Ian Thompson, has commented that the Chop-Syc "solves a genuine human need to tackle the global issue of obesity through the integration of healthy recipes and portion sizes."

So there you have it kids, it's not another useless pairing of technology with something that clearly doesn't need it, it's going to solve obesity.

Source: Rocket News 24

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Obesity is also obviously only caused by too much of something and not enough of another(Which I guess despite my sarcasm is true, but it isn't that simple so plz no jump on me :c)
But eh. I mean it's cool, but I don't see anyone really going out and buying it other than a nice gift for some one, or ssome one with a lot of disposiable income. I guess it did come out near the holiday season so that's probably what they're banking off of.

Well good .. I can use the browsing function to look up how to get a finger reattached when I inevitably get distracted by some mindless entertainment while chopping veggies.

lost fingers aside, this does seem like it'd free up space in a kitchen with a small counter, however i have to ask if there's a button to lock the screen so you don't keep pressing things while you are cutting

stupid ass idea. give me my old fashioned, bog standard wooden chopping board that humans have quite successfully been using for thousands of years anyway. plus it doesnt need charging

What a scam man. I hate corporations. "You gives us an idea, you get a paid internship and we get all the money from your idea!" are they not generous?

If I'm going to be cutting things on an electronic device (not that I am,) they better have gotten beyond "scratch resistant" to an utterly confident "scratch-proof". And that dainty tomato slicing they're showing isn't going to cut it, either.

When they can confidently have an amateur disjoint a chicken with a meat cleaver, maybe we'll talk.

Not gonna lie. I have a couple of professional chef friends and they would probably go for this. They can already dismember a farm's worth of vegetables and livestock without looking at their hands, they could probably handle watching a show or reading the news through this thing. And they would be doing it for long enough periods to actually get their money's worth.

That said, I can't see it being remotely useful (or safe) for anyone else. Also, I don't care how 'scratch-resistant' this is, that screen will get fucked up.

Anybody else gonna point out the beauty of a student of Sustainable Product Design coming up with the completely unneccesary digital appliance that can only be produced by a society that has a (relatively) advanced electrical industry, fueled by an unsustainable thirst for nonrenewable resources?
Anybody?

Sooo basically it does exactly what my iPad does already but I can't carry it around the kitchen with ease?

Genius.

I was just chopping up veggies while watching YouTube on my phone earlier. I could use this.

Some of the criticism this is getting is pretty baffling considering this isn't being advertised as an entertainment device. That aside, I can see a place for the Chop-syc in the kitchen some time in the future if they manage to pull it off. It's going to be tougher than your tablet device, have an in-built scale and also serve as a chopping board. I'm not seeing any negatives here.

Hey guys, if we're ever going to get to the cool future with the holodecks and the knives that toast your bread while you cut it, we're gonna have to not jump at every seemingly pointless and lazy invention.

I'm not saying you should buy into every new invention or product. I'm saying that in order to get some sweet ass carbonara, your probably gonna have to deal with raw eggs.

As someone that cooks everything that everyone in this house eats on a daily basis (without using the microwave... I actually use the stove and oven) this is an idea that's long overdue. I can't tell you how many times I've dropped an ingredient from a previously unknown recipe because I've had to look from one place to another (cookbook to cutting board and back again to make sure I got it right... which I didn't).

Doesn't matter much though, by the time this hits the markets, I'll have a nasty case of Alzheimer's and think that it'd be quite all right to put 2 2/3 cups of giraffe into a bowl of cereal. Only to try to eat it with a chair.

finally!

i am tired of having to write new recipies i discover with my own blood on paper towels

plus it has the advantage of not resurrecting the undead whenever i read one out loud.

Simalacrum:
Sooo basically it does exactly what my iPad does already but I can't carry it around the kitchen with ease?

Genius.

you can hack and slash it too.

Seems kind of unnecessary, and I'd imagine the surface would wreak havoc on any knife edge. Just make a nice wood chopping board with built-in scales and a tiny display somewhere, because I do like the idea of just being able to dump stuff on the board and then get told how much it all weighs.

I suppose you could say that they're on the CUTTING EDGE of chopping board technology.
God, I'm so sorry.

Great, so advertisers can bother me while I try to prepare my food?
No thanks.

Simalacrum:
Sooo basically it does exactly what my iPad does already but I can't carry it around the kitchen with ease?

Genius.

I dunno, can you cut on your iPad with a knife without damaging it?

IceForce:
Great, so advertisers can bother me while I try to prepare my food?
No thanks.

Simalacrum:
Sooo basically it does exactly what my iPad does already but I can't carry it around the kitchen with ease?

Genius.

I dunno, can you cut on your iPad with a knife without damaging it?

You know that's a really good question. I decided to experiment with my girlfriend's iPad to find the answer to your question. .... The answer is NO. ... I'm in so much trouble.

Psychobabble:

IceForce:
Great, so advertisers can bother me while I try to prepare my food?
No thanks.

Simalacrum:
Sooo basically it does exactly what my iPad does already but I can't carry it around the kitchen with ease?

Genius.

I dunno, can you cut on your iPad with a knife without damaging it?

You know that's a really good question. I decided to experiment with my girlfriend's iPad to find the answer to your question. .... The answer is NO. ... I'm in so much trouble.

Well you are in trouble already, you might as well test that inbuilt scale Simalacrum thinks an iPad has! Might I suggest a few bricks? I have always wondered what an iPad would say they weigh!

Fun fact. I know the lady in question. :P

So...how would one go about washing this over sized tablet? Very impractical.

That wouls make Fruit Ninja the most realisticly controlled game, ever.

Several problems.

As already mentioned we don't want distractions when doing fine knife work. A glass scratch resistant surface is still glass, That will be bad for your knives. Glass is also kind of slippery which makes it less safe than wood or plastic.

Plus i don't want a plug in or battery powered cutting board. This is one of my top ten stupidest gadget ideas ever and it has to be profoundly stupid to get that far up the list.

IceForce:
Great, so advertisers can bother me while I try to prepare my food?
No thanks.

Simalacrum:
Sooo basically it does exactly what my iPad does already but I can't carry it around the kitchen with ease?

Genius.

I dunno, can you cut on your iPad with a knife without damaging it?

You don't need to though, have it beside the normal board, the advantage of a touch screen computer without the fear of damaging it plus it's useful elsewhere....

Seriously first thing I thought was "errr that's what my tablet is for...."

Psychobabble:

You know that's a really good question. I decided to experiment with my girlfriend's iPad to find the answer to your question. .... The answer is NO. ... I'm in so much trouble.

You didn't really do that... did you?

Deshara:
Anybody else gonna point out the beauty of a student of Sustainable Product Design coming up with the completely unneccesary digital appliance that can only be produced by a society that has a (relatively) advanced electrical industry, fueled by an unsustainable thirst for nonrenewable resources?
Anybody?

I am sure this thing can be recycled completely and won't be manufactured in a Factory in China that pumps all it's chemical waste into the nearest river until it takes on all the colours of the rainbow!

Ah, back to the basics I see.

How much is this going to cost? My current system of looking at recipes on my vita or printing them off and using a $5 cutting board is pretty cost effective.

More practically, why do I want to put food all over the screen I'm trying to read?

RicoADF:

IceForce:
Great, so advertisers can bother me while I try to prepare my food?
No thanks.

Simalacrum:
Sooo basically it does exactly what my iPad does already but I can't carry it around the kitchen with ease?

Genius.

I dunno, can you cut on your iPad with a knife without damaging it?

You don't need to though, have it beside the normal board, the advantage of a touch screen computer without the fear of damaging it plus it's useful elsewhere....

Seriously first thing I thought was "errr that's what my tablet is for...."

Psychobabble:

You know that's a really good question. I decided to experiment with my girlfriend's iPad to find the answer to your question. .... The answer is NO. ... I'm in so much trouble.

You didn't really do that... did you?

Whoa Nelly no! A man would have to be pretty demented to do something like that. ..... And besides I just added two more long scratches near the first one and blamed it on the cat. XD

Steven Bogos:

If you're worried about using a sharp knife to cut liquidy ingredients on top of an LCD screen, Sharp has assured us that the board is made from a special type of toughened scratch-resistant glass, and has a digital touch-sensitive screen that uses the LCD technology Sharp is famous for.

What about the worry of being distracted as you use a sharp knife beside your fingers?

Why is everyone obsessed with crowbarring in tech where it isn't necessary?

Like, what is the point of a smart-watch?

And this also seems needless, because even if the board is scratch-resistant, it is not smash-resistant, so if you accidentally drop it, you are fucked, sir.

The market for this is also very, very specific, as I doubt that it accounts for more obscure meals such as borsch soup, nor will the translation be any good.

Akichi Daikashima:
Why is everyone obsessed with crowbarring in tech where it isn't necessary?

You sound like someone who clearly doesn't have a GPS enabled fridge. Once you can track the location of your fridge from anywhere in the world in real time you'll never go back to the boring non-GPS fridges those savages use!

Sharp has assured us that the board is made from a special type of toughened scratch-resistant glass

Please come back when it has a scratch PROOF screen, or a replaceable screen so you don't have to buy a whole new unit when it inevitably gets cut to shreds and nothing is actually visible any more. Maybe give it bluetooth as well, everything is better with bluetooth. And don't forget the social features so we can let our friends know just how many grams of carrots we've put in to our soup today.

I mean, i guess the scale is neat. But they already make super accurate, electronic food scales (one of which I own). Everything else I can get the same effect by bringing my Tablet into the kitchen.

I also seriously doubt the idea that it will help solve obesity. Come on, guys.

"Scratch resistant"? Guys, if that thing isn't "scratch proof", it's not goddamn worth it. If I have to be worried about damaging it by using it for it's primary purpose, then I am not going to buy it.
Not to mention, this is America, right? People will find a way to sue them for distracting them from their cooking.

jklinders:
Several problems.

As already mentioned we don't want distractions when doing fine knife work. A glass scratch resistant surface is still glass, That will be bad for your knives. Glass is also kind of slippery which makes it less safe than wood or plastic.

Plus i don't want a plug in or battery powered cutting board. This is one of my top ten stupidest gadget ideas ever and it has to be profoundly stupid to get that far up the list.

So it would be a distraction AND slippery? Well isn't that fan-fucking-tastic.

Could be useful, but nine times out of ten people are to focused cooking and using all sorts of pans, knives, ingredients to rely on such a device. I mean heck, there's no room in most kitchens to use this device since everything's got crap everywhere lol.

Also as someone mentioned, if I can cut veggies or meat on it... is it really that scratch proof? Not to mention the greases, the cross contamination and so on.. would it be easy cleaning the surface? So many questions unanswered but hey least it was interesting to watch how it functions.

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