You plunge your chip into a bowl of dip. You lift it to your lips and take a bite. You dive back into the dip with the ragged, saliva-tinged edge. You've just committed a party sin. But now there's a smart bowl that can catch you in the act.
Philadelphia Dips, from the same Kraft Foods brand famous for cream cheese, has created a Double Diptector smart bowl prototype and put it up for auction on eBay. It's both a publicity stunt and a way to raise money for hunger-relief charity Feeding America.
The gadget consists of a sensor-equipped, pressure-sensitive bowl that pairs with a smartphone camera.
The bowl's motion-tracking technology can supposedly tell the different between a single dip and someone returning for a double dip. When the party pariah is caught, the app sounds an alarm and snaps a photo of the culprit for shaming purposes.
The eBay auction is currently up to $305 and only ships to the US. The winner will also receive a smartphone running the app and a tablet to monitor the Diptector.
The Double Diptector arrives just in time for your holiday parties, so you can get a little Grinchy on anyone who dares to violate the sanctity of your jalapeno cheddar cream cheese dip.