Gingerbread masterpieces judged in national competition

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In trending news this morning, some of the most elaborate and creative gingerbread houses are being judged in North Carolina, Toyota has designed a robot to help around the house, and KFC is selling an "internet escape pod" this Cyber Monday.

First up, the National Gingerbread House Competition is going on now in North Carolina. Judges in Asheville viewed a field of elaborate entries like something out of Hansel and Gretel.

There were 170 entries from seventeen states and Canada. Appearance, creativity and difficulty are among the qualities sought to win the top prize. Winners will be on display through the holidays.

Also trending, Toyota's new "T-HR3" is designed to help humans in a variety of capacities at home, in hospitals, areas impacted by disaster and even outer space.

The robot mimics its operator's movements, while the operator can see from the robot's perspective, thanks to a head-mounted display.

Lastly, KFC has a "internet escape pod" available for sale this Cyber Monday. The dome has a special force field which can disrupt the world wide web from reaching your phone, laptop and other devices. It even has a fried chicken-leg doorknob.

KFC joked that it was thinking of selling the pod for just over $96,000. However, in the spirit of Cyber Monday, they changed the price to an even $10,000. More information is posted on KFC's website.