The ChopBox Smart Cutting Board Has a Food Scale, Timer, and Knife Sharper Built Right Into It

ChopBox
ChopBox

When it comes to furnishing your kitchen with all of the appliances necessary to cook night in and night out, you’ll probably find yourself running out of counter space in a hurry. The ChopBox, which dubs itself “The World’s First Smart Cutting Board,” looks to fix that by cramming a bunch of kitchen necessities right into one cutting board.

In addition to giving you a knife-resistant bamboo surface to slice and dice on, the ChopBox features a built-in digital scale that weighs up to 6.6 pounds of food, a nine-hour kitchen timer, and two knife sharpeners. It also sports a groove on its surface to catch any liquid runoff that may be produced by the food and has a second pull-out cutting board that doubles as a serving tray.

There’s a 254nm UVC light featured on the board, which the company says “is guaranteed to kill 99.99% of germs and bacteria" after a minute of exposure. If you’re more of a traditionalist when it comes to cleanliness, the ChopBox is completely waterproof (but not dishwasher-safe) so you can wash and scrub to your heart’s content without worry. 

According to the company, a single one-hour charge will give you 30 days of battery life, and can be recharged through a Micro USB port. 

The ChopBox reached its $10,000 Kickstarter goal just 10 minutes after launching its campaign, but you can still contribute at different tiers. Once it’s officially released, the ChopBox will retail for $200, but you can get one for $100-$120 if you pledge fast. You can back the ChopBox here.

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You're Gonna Need a Bigger Shelf for This Jaws Statue

Entertainment Earth
Entertainment Earth

It’s been more than 40 years since Jaws made its way into theaters—and our nightmares—but movie fans are still wild about the man-eating great white shark who terrorized Amity Island. Earlier this years, Ravensburger released a Jaws board game. But for those of you who want to live every week like it’s Shark Week, there are plenty more Jaws-themed goodies out there.

Quint’s Orca boat may have sunk in the movie, but for $69.99, Entertainment Earth has a limited-edition, foot-long replica of the boat (only 2500 of them were made). The Premium Motion Statue is made from heavyweight poly-resin, is hand-painted, operates with springs, and even has those familiar yellow barrels tucked into the boat.

The site also offers a 3D shark ceramic mug (do not microwave); a Bruce stainless steel shark bottle opener (Fun fact: Jaws director Steven Spielberg named the shark after his lawyer, Bruce Ramer); a “You’re Gonna Need a Bigger Boat” license plate frame, suitable for a small boat; and a vintage-looking Jaws lunchbox.

Funko has also gotten in on the Jaws action by manufacturing a few characters for their Pop! Movies vinyl series, including a 3-inch tall Quint holding a gun, a scruffy Matt Hooper, Amity Island police chief Brody dangling a cigarette and grasping a bucket of chum, and a 6-inch long recreation of "Bruce" with a diving tank in his mouth, ready to meet his fate.

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Welcome to the Party, Pal: A Die Hard Board Game Exists

Win McNamee, Getty Images
Win McNamee, Getty Images

On the heels of the 30th anniversary of the classic Bruce Willis action film Die Hard last year, tabletop board game company The OP has created a game that will see John McClane once again battle his way through Nakatomi Plaza. Die Hard: The Nakatomi Heist is a board game officially licensed by Fox Consumer Products that drops players into a setting familiar to anyone who has seen the film: As New York cop McClane tries to reconcile with his estranged wife, he must navigate a team of cutthroat thieves set on overtaking a Los Angeles high-rise.

The box art for the 'Die Hard: The Nakatomi Heist' board game is pictured
The OP

The game has a one-against-many format, with one player assuming the role of McClane and the other players conspiring as the thieves to eliminate him from the Plaza.

The OP, also known as USAOpoly, has previously created games based on Avengers: Infinity War and the Harry Potter franchise. Die Hard has spawned four sequels, the most recent being 2013’s A Good Day to Die Hard. Willis will likely return as McClane for a sixth installment that will alternate between the present day and his rookie years in the NYPD. That film has no release date set.

The board game is expected to available to purchase on Amazon now.

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