This High-Tech Rubik's Cube Lets You Compete With Friends Around the World

Particula, GoCube
Particula, GoCube

Casual players might treat a Rubik's cube as a relaxing way to pass the time, but for serious cubers, every session is an opportunity to best their personal record. Now, there's a new type of Rubik's cube that makes the classic game more competitive than ever. GoCube uses built-in sensors to record your performance and connect you with different players, as Fast Company reports.

The puzzle looks like a regular Rubik's cube, with nine moveable squares on each face. What makes it so different is its high-tech capabilities. Every time you twist a row, GoCube makes a note of it. The connected app shows you how long it took you to solve the cube and what you need to do to solve it even faster next time.

If you have friends with GoCubes of their own, you can battle them remotely. Just send an invitation through the app and their cube will light up to show that someone has challenged them to a game. But if you're the first one in your circle to get the toy, that isn't a problem—GoCube lets you compete with strangers around the world.

The new gadget isn't just for players who treat cubing like a sport. GoCube can also be used to play mini-games, like challenges that have users twist the cube to match a beat instead of trying to move as fast as possible.

GoCube is currently available on Kickstarter and Indiegogo. You can purchase your own GoCube through the crowdfunding platforms for $69, with delivery estimated for April of next year.

[h/t Fast Company]

Plano, Texas Is Now Home to a Dog-Friendly Movie Theater

K9 Cinemas
K9 Cinemas

For dog owners in Plano, Texas, movie night with Fido no longer just means cuddling on the couch and browsing Netflix. The newly opened K9 Cinemas invites moviegoers—both human and canine—to watch classic films on the big screen.

The theater operates as a pop-up (or perhaps pup-up?) in a private event space near Custer Road and 15th Street in Plano. On the weekends, patrons can pay $5 for dogs, $9 for kids, and $12.50 for adults to see popular movies in the 50-seat space. Snacks—both the pet and people kind—are available for $2 apiece. Dogs are limited to two per person, and just 25 human seats are sold per showing to leave room for the furry guests.

Pet owners are asked follow a few rules in order to take advantage of what the theater has to offer. Dogs must be up-to-date on all their shots, and owners can submit veterinary records online or bring a hard copy to the theater to verify their pooch's health status. Once inside, owners are responsible for taking their dog out for potty breaks and cleaning up after any accidents that happen (thankfully the floors are concrete and easy to wipe down).

K9 Cinemas is currently showing Elf (2003) and Home Alone (1990) for the holiday season. Dog and movie enthusiasts can buy tickets online now, or wait until January when the theater upgrades from padded chairs to couches for optimized puppy snuggle time.

KFC's New Firelog Makes Your House Smell Like Fried Chicken

KFC
KFC

The classic yule log has received updates from Star Wars, Nick Offerman, and Lil Bub over the years. This holiday season, why not stoke your fireplace with a log from the folks at KFC? As KRON reports, the fast food chain has produced its own firelog that releases the scent of Kentucky fried chicken when ignited.

The KFC 11 Herbs and Spices log is the best way to fill your house with delectable fried chicken smells without ordering takeout. Made in collaboration with Enviro-Log, it contains 100 percent-recycled materials and burns for up to three hours. KFC warns buyers that burning the log "may result in a craving for fried chicken," and that it "may attract bears or neighbors who are hungry." Despite the mouthwatering aroma, the KFC firelog is not safe to eat.

KFC and Christmas may seem like an odd pairing, but it's an annual holiday tradition in other parts of the world. In Japan, KFC has been a Christmastime staple for decades, with customers placing orders for buckets of "Christmas chicken" months ahead of the holiday.

The KFC log went on sale for $19 on Thursday, December 14, and it's already sold out from the online store, but keep checking back to see if they've restocked them.

It likely won't be the last scented novelty product we see from the brand: KFC has previously released a candle, nail polish, and sunscreen all made to smell like its famous fried bird.

[h/t KRON]

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