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Bobble Bottle Has A Built-in Filter

By Chris Scott Barr

There are many reasons to use water bottles. They help to save the environment by not using a zillion throwaway plastic bottles, and they’ll save you a bundle on buying cases upon cases of water. One of the main problems that might come up is when you down all your water, find a refilling station, and question whether or not it’s safe to drink. I know a lot of you germophobes like me out there are nodding your head.

The Bobble is a water bottle that has a water filter built in to the cap. Which means you no longer have to fear drinking the water you got out of a random gym or park fountain anymore. It contains a replaceable charcoal filter that will remove organic contaminates from regular tap water. Not to mention it will cut down on that weird “I may not be safe” water smell. It costs anywhere from $10-13, which is the same for any such type water bottle, so definitely worth looking into getting it.

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Heatswell Grows A Sleeve On Your Coffee Cup

By Evan Ackerman

If that’s not one of the weirdest things you’ve ever seen, you’ve been spending too much time on the internet (make sure you watch until 1:50 at least). Heatswell, as it’s called, is an instant hot beverage protection sleeve that “grows” out of the cup when hot liquid is poured in. Whatever it’s made of, it’s non-toxic (they say), recyclable, biodegradable, FDA approved (for whatever that’s worth), and feels like a cloth towel. The 3D logo effect is pretty cool too, I can only assume that the ink is conducting heat substantially better than the rest of the cup is. It appears as though the Heatswell material is sort of painted on (applied as a liquid), and it also looks like the hotter the beverage, the more vigorous the reaction, which means you’ll get more padding. Nice.

Amron Experimental is billing this as cost-saving and convenient for places like coffee shops, since they don’t have to spend time and money on an additional little thingy for each cup. They don’t talk about the cost it would add to each cup, however, and my guess is that whatever the heck is in this stuff, it probably costs more than a sliver of cardboard. If you’re optimistic, Amron Experimental is currently selling a stake in the Heatswell intellectual property and patent filing.

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Universal Remote Changes Channels, Opens Your Beer


By Chris Scott Barr

If you’re drinking at home, where do you normally do it? My guess is that you’re probably on the couch with your eyes on the TV. I’m also guessing that you don’t keep a bottle opener on the coffee table. That means if you’re drinking a brew that doesn’t have a twist-off cap,  you have to remember to open it in the kitchen. Wouldn’t you rather just bring it into the living room and open it with an inconspicuous bottle opener? That’s what I thought.

Behold The Clicker. Technologically, there is little to be admired about this standard universal remote. However, you’ll no doubt notice the shiny metal indentation on the side. This, my friends, is (as you guessed) a bottle opener. Seriously, what more do you need out of a remote? Unfortunately there’s currently no word on pricing or availability.

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After Office Tie Helps During Happy Hour


By Chris Scott Barr

If you like to have a drink directly after leaving the office, then you might find this interesting concept to your liking. During the day, the After Office Tie looks just  like any other. However, once your jacket is off, a small bit of metal at the tip is exposed. So what’s that little metal bit for? Opening bottles of course.

I guess I don’t drink enough (or actually work in a big fancy-pants office) to really find this to be all that useful. I suppose if enough people want it, it could easily be turned into a real marketable product. For now it will be shown at the London Institute of Contemporary Arts from September 30th to October 4th.

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Keep Cold Jägermeister On Tap Anywhere You Go


By Chris Scott Barr

If you’re the guy who likes to be the life of the party, then this cooler is probably for you. Imagine rolling up to a tailgate party, barbecue, or just about any other get-together with a cooler full of Jägermeister. Sure, that’ll make you pretty popular, but what if that cooler had your Jäger on tap? Now suddenly you’ve just cranked things up to 11.

The cooler holds 6 bottles of your drink, with two of them hooked into the built-in dispenser. There’s plenty of room for other drinks (ie. Red Bull) so as to keep things interesting. If you really love Jägermeister, then $120 (drinks not included) will get you this branded cooler.

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Rotgutonix Lets You Know If You’re Drinking The Good Stuff


By Chris Scott Barr

Have you ever been out drinking and were served something that tasted reminiscent of goat pee? First, I’d wonder just how you know the taste of goat urine, and second I’d advise that you might have gotten yourself a glass of rotgut. If you’ve not heard the term, it’s basically really crappy booze that some bars try to pass as the good stuff. One company has developed a special tool that can let you know if the drink is up to snuff.

The Rotgutonix can taste the difference between the good and the bad, letting you know if your drink contains one of six specific brands of alcohol. These would be Johnnie Walker, JB, DYC, Havana Club, Pampero and Brugal. So next time you’re out at the bar and think you’re getting ripped off with cheap booze, just bust this thing out. Sure, you’ll probably get shown to the door for being a douche if you say something about it, but I’m sure it’ll be worth it.

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Make New Friends With The Portable Tap Dispenser


By Chris Scott Barr

Have you ever wondered how you could be easily identified as a giant douche at the next party you attend? As with skinning a cat, there are many ways to accomplish this noble title. My new preferred method is wearing this Portable Tap Dispenser. Granted, if you’re at a party with no booze and you walk in with a full tap of beer, you might be a hero. However, try walking into a kegger with an empty one and you’ll be douching it up in no time.

The best part here is that you’ll just get worse the longer you’re there. Just having this thing strapped to your back is bad enough, but when you roll up to the keg and start filling it up, you’ll definitely turn a few heads. Things will probably start heating up once you’re about 3/4 the way through your beer. By then you’ve no doubt got a good buzz going, and everyone at the party knows that you’re the one that spent 10 minutes filling up their stupid backpack with beer. They’ll be giving you crappy looks and telling you where you can shove that thing. To properly earn your new title, finish off your booze and head back for a refill. Trust me, it’ll be the best $35 you ever spent.

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Sippin’ Seat Assures You’ll Always Have A Warm Drink And A Comfortable Seat


By Chris Scott Barr

Oh crappy convergence products, I’ll never grow tired of seeing you. I mean what would the world be like without products that took two useful things and combined them into one bad device. See, in order for the idea to work, you have to have two things that you would logically use at roughly the same time. Even still, that doesn’t guarantee that you won’t end up with something really stupid. Sure, I might staple things at my desk, but I don’t need a mouse that’s also a stapler. Just like I might want something to drink when I’m sitting down, but I don’t want a cushion that holds liquid.

That’s right, the Sippin’ Seat not only keeps your butt nice and comfortable, but it provides you with a nice beverage. Seriously, who comes up with this crap? I’d just like a quick show of hands here, how many of you want to drink something that has been millimeters from your ass for several hours? That’s what I though. For the guy in the back that held up his hand, it’ll set you back around $30.

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Ring Thing Bottle Opener Saves Teeth, Counter Tops

By Luke Anderson

For being in my mid-20’s, I do an unusually small amount of drinking. I’d rather have a Mountain Dew just about any day of the week. However, for those of you that prefer a frosty brew, here’s something that you can use to impress your friends. I like to think of it as a more discreet version of the bottle opener belt buckle. Rather than announcing to the world that you pound back cold ones faster than you can say brewskie, this bottle opener is concealed on a rather plain-looking ring.

Sure, you could always just press the bottle up to a hard surface and bang down on it, but eventually you’re going to ruin a counter top like that. Then you have the teeth trick, which will result in a losing one of your pearly whites (I have a relative that knows from experience). Rather, you can just pick up one of these discreet $10 stainless steel rings, and magically pop open cold ones with ease.

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