It is every parents dream and every teenagers worst nightmare: the “Tantalus” Liquor Bottle Lock quickly and easily fastens to the top of any bottled spirits and prevents it from being accessed without a key.
There is a huge need and calling for such innovative, affordable, and simple measures of home safety.
With recent success protecting the liquor retail industry from theft with BottleLox, the inventors over at Catalyst developed this keyed device to prevent underage drinking in the home where at least 45% of teens ages 12-14 get their first alcoholic drinks (many times without permission).
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According to the stats, one in three people will be involved in a drunk driving accident in their lifetime and one person will die in a drunk driving accident every 48 minutes. Unfortunately, most of us don’t even know how drunk we are until one of our friends takes our keys away from us. And because blacking out and drunk dialing your mother still isn’t enough of an indicator of how drunk you are, there are products like Alcahoot, the world’s first alcohol breathalyzer that works with your smartphone.
The Israeli based startup’s breathalyzer connects to your iPhone via bluetooth and opens up the Alcahoot app automatically so you can get an instant and accurate reading of your blood alcohol level. And because everybody metabolizes alcohol according their own body dimensions, the app gives personalized results based on age, gender, weight and height.
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What would Hartwig Kantorowicz, founder Wyborowa, think of his beloved Vodka brand today? Usually when a vodka company introduces flavored concoctions like Bacon, Fruitloops, Cupcakes, Smoked Salmon, and entirely made up flavors like Peppar, they are usually taking themselves head over heels serious. At least Wyborowa Vodka (a 200-year-old Polish vodka brand) seems to be having a bit of fun with their new line of flavored vodkas called Oddka.
With flavors ranging from Electricity, Fresh Cut Grass, Wasabi, Apple Pie and Salty Carmel Pop Corn you’ll be sure to be getting drunk on your own curiosity in no time. The company states that, “each [was] designed to inspire experimentation and self-expression.” Have you ever tasted a lightning bolt? Me neither.
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For those times when you want to buy your friend a beer, but they are halfway around the world, there is now, an app for that — Tweet-a-Beer.
Tweet-a-Beer, created by Portland’s one tenfour and Waggener Edstrom, was introduced at the SXSW Interactive portion of the convention. It utilizes twitter’s Chirpify, twitter’s payment app, and sends payments via paypal. You can enter a personalized message to the beer-receiver of your choice, maybe describing how awesome they are and why the deserve this beer money, or you can enter in a time and place to meet to grab a few cold ones. Either way, once you hit that submit button, your friend will get a tweet telling them that they just received the $5.
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Watch bands for the tiny, sleek sixth-generation iPod Nano are abound these days, and no doubt Christmas will have even more hipsters sporting tacky neon plastic or nylon wristbands. But what about those of us who want something a little more sophisticated?
Well, you could opt for either the TikTok or the LunaTik watch conversion kit — the kit recently broke the record on KickStarter for funds raised, garnering pledges from willing buyers totaling over $941,000. But then there’s still the issue of the plasticky look.
Nay, for those who want something more manly (especially if you’re strapping a neon pink iPod), the good folks over at ThinkGeek have just the watch strap for you. We’re talking real hand-tooled leather and anodized stainless steel here — what could be more manly than that?
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Family pictures are sentimental, sweet and sort of a necessity. I’d call them anything but fun. That could change, however, thanks to the Bev-Cam, a $13 flask that looks just like a digital camera.
Sadly, the Bev-Cam doesn’t take any actual pictures. Now that would really be something. Instead, this handy pocket-sized product is for the true alcoholic, who needs to hold a few nips into a device designed to deceive others. I’d assume that after downing the 5 ounces of alcohol that this unit holds, you might be running around, acting like you’re taking pictures.
Parent company Binocktails says that the Bev-Cam comes with the flask, a carrying case, and a funnel for easy filling — hopefully just not in your car.
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Here’s the scenario: You’re watching season finale of your favorite TV show or the biggest game of the season, a commercial interrupts and you’re thirsty. You run to the kitchen to grab a malt-based bottle of liquid refreshment and you hear that your program has come back on, so you rush back to the couch. Only then do you realize that your bottle is still capped. You fish in your pocket for your keys and find that you’ve nothing on your keychain. You look around in vain for an opener, and you can’t pop the cap on the new coffee table because the significant other hammered into your head the inappropriateness of such an action when you handed over your credit card. Time is running out, your beer is getting warm, and no commercial is in sight. What are you to do?
If you’re the smart couch potato, you stop sweating and simply pick up your Clicker Universal Remote.
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There’s a virtually limitless world of iPhone apps out there today, ranging from the extremely useful to the outlandishly inane.
The world’s greatest beverage hasn’t escaped the iPhone’s pull, either. While some of the gadget’s beery apps are worthless for anything but a laugh and even downright demeaning—come on, I don’t want to pretend I’m drinking a beer!—others are decidedly more useful. One such example is GreatBrewers.com’s BeerCloud.
Great Brewers describes BeerCloud for the iPhone thusly:
“BeerCloud is a revolutionary mobile app that helps you pair beer with food, track down your favorite beers in your neighborhood, discover the world of beer styles, and pull up a full description of nearly any beer in seconds. Whether you’re a beer consumer who could use some guidance in making a well-educated purchase, a food lover looking to discover new ways to enhance a meal with a complementary beer pairing, or a traveling beer enthusiast who wants to instantly map the closest stores, bars, and restaurants carrying your favorite beers, BeerCloud is an essential iPhone app.”
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Merging a great love for imported beers and a delight in confounding friends, the Pop Up Bottle Opener is a surefire way to throw one more wacky looking gadget into your kitchen that’ll impress your guests. Designed by Giovanni Alessi Anghini, the opener seems like nothing more than a stainless steel egg sitting on your countertop til you plunk it atop your capped bottle and press down — the interior workings transform that pressure to mechanically lift the cap from the bottle and hold it tight with a magnet, thus magically lifting free of the bottle with the cap seemingly disappeared. We’re a sucker for fantastically functioning design, and this doesn’t fail to disappoint. Available for pre-order at Unica for $47.
‘Tis the season to keep your best single malt on lockdown! Ever notice after a night of having friends over that your best liquor bottles suddenly have only a couple of jiggers left, even after reminding your sloshed guests that the party favors were restricted to the bottles left out in the open? Because there’s always that joker that’s going to take the time to dig deep into the dark corners of your bar cabinet no matter how well you think you’ve hidden your best booze, the Liquor Lock is ready to puzzle — and stop — your misbehaving friends. The concept is pretty simple: replacing the standard cork or screw top, the lock fits atop your bottle with a 3 digit combination lock. To set in place, just enter the combination and turn the top clockwise, effectively expanding the rubber stopper inside and locking the top on tight. With the right code, opening is a reverse of this two-step and releases the pressure of the rubber with a counter-clockwise turn. At $14.95 each from Sporty’s Men’s Collection (or $13.50 each for 3 or more) it may not be the best solution to secure all of the bottles in your liquor cabinet, but it’s a great start for the special bottles in your collection.