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Drinkware Can Detect Date Rape Drug

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It’s sad that we live in a world where technology need to be developed in order to avoid being drugged and raped. But there you have it, with chemicals like Rohypnol being colorless and odorless, it’s dismayingly easy to squirt some into someone’s drink. On the other side of the coin, you have Drinksavvy, which aims to put the odds back on your side with their lines of litmus-test drinkware. Whether it’s glasses, straws, or swizzle sticks, the Drinksavvy products will change color if they detect the presence of drugs. News of this has been around for a bit, but what’s different now is that the company recently raised over $50,000 on IndieGogo in order to develop a prototype, as well as to put some actual glasses in backers’ hands. These should be delivered by September of this year, while the company expects a wider availability by mid 2014. Clearly, the success of this product will depend on bars’ adoption of it. You don’t exactly bring your glass on a night out, so it’ll still be an uphill battle for the good folk at Drinksavvy to get their product out there. But if it works as advertised, a smart nightculb owner can easily gain some clientele by touting its safer environment.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Inhabitat ]

Rouge Sucette Is Going To Be A Coke Flavored Wine

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Mixing Coca-Cola and wine is a thing in some parts, especially in Basque culture where it’s called Kalitoxo. Its rising popularity may help explain why France’s Châteaux en Bordeaux’s Hausmann Famille will be releasing Rouge Sucette next month. Translating to “Red Lollipop”, the concotion is made up of 75% wine, 25% sugar, water and untold amounts of cola flavoring (yes, we know the numbers don’t really add up). It’ll have about 9% alcohol content and will be best consumed straight out of the fridge. If you want to avoid the sugar rush however, we suggest just making your own and mixing in Diet Coke instead. Just saying…

[ The Telegraph ] VIA [ Technabob ]

Puzzle Pong Takes Beer Pong Into The Pool

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Puzzle Pong is not the first floating beer pong setup, but the makers have thought long and hard about this and introduced some improvements over other such products already on the market. Puzzle Pong is modular and can be assembled into a 4, 6, or 8 foot long table with ease, and then folded back up into a 7 lbs. briefcase when you’re done. It’s made from polypropylene foam, which not only makes it float, but is also more durable than other floating materials. The recesses for the cups feature tiny holes that allow water to drain through and prevent splashing around from a stray shot. Of course, we’re not sure why you’d want to avoid getting splashed while standing in a pool, but there you have it.

If you want your own Puzzle Pong, head over to Kickstarter and pledge $50. Delivery is slated for November so you’ll likely miss the summer, unless you live in the kind of climate that’s summery all year long. And if that’s the case, we hate you.

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Stainless Steel ‘Pucs’ Are The New Whisky Rocks

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Cooling drinks with ice? Passé. It dilutes the drink down anyway. Whisky rocks were the way to go for a bit, but now? Passé. It seems. Because judging by the massive interest on Kickstarter over the above stainless steel Pucs, it appears that metal is in. The Pucs are a set of metal discs that you stick in the freezer and then drop into your drink when the time comes, just like Whisky rocks. Cools the drink down and can be re-used over and over. And they do look rather snazzy in those wooden Black Walnut or Maple cases.

Now here’s the annoying part: it’s $38 for 6 Pucs and its case. That’s a lot of money just to be all Hipster-y about your drink cooling. But hey, we don’t judge.

[ Project Page ] VIA [ BoingBoing ]

Tracking Your Blood Alcohol Level Just Got More Social

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Data nerds who also enjoy an occasional pint of ale will rejoice in discovering the BACtrack Mobile Breathalyzer. It goes a few steps beyond your traditional portable breathalyzer by integrating some pretty solid social features, as well as playing nice with your smartphone. It accurately tracks your blood alcohol level (by using the more professional fuel-cell technology, rather than cheaper semiconductors) and plots it on a graph over time. You can see how drunk you’re getting, how fast and more importantly, when you’ll be back to an acceptable level for driving. Take pictures of your drinks, and a personal drinking diary lets you take notes of each as you go along. And if you’re in the mood of sharing, you can set four levels of privacy, from private and personal, to fully social. You can also pick an intermediary step for alerting only a designated driver, and another for sharing, but anonymously. Sadly, the BACtrack Mobile Breathalyzer only works with iDevices, but at $150, we think is reasonably priced given the feature set.

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Carbon Fiber Flask Is Infused With Extra Manly

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Oakley has teamed up with Scotch maker The Macallan to create the flask you see above.

Made with food-grade steel, carbon fiber and aerospace-grade aluminum, The Flask is more than a vessel; it’s a statement. By blending Oakley’s military and industrial design overtones with the subtle flavors and aromas of The Macallan’s world-class single malt whisky, The Flask is showpiece with complete utility.

A rubberized bottom for non-skid grip and a small rectangular air vent on the side of the funnel to allow for ventilation prove that this vessel is made to be used, shared and enjoyed. The Flask’s cap is double sprung to allow for effortless drinking, so it maintains an appropriate distance from the mouthpiece when in use for optimum enjoyment and allows for smooth open and close action. Its machined aluminum funnel, designed to securely thread into the mouthpiece, reduces the chance of spillage.

That’s some serious flask, with a serious price tag. In the UK and the rest of the world, the limited edition 100 units will sell for $900. But if you have the fortune/misfortune of living in the USA, you’re going to have to shell out $1,500 for this. Granted, that sum also buys you a whole set that includes a bottle of oak-aged, 22 year-old The Macallan scotch.

And if you had any doubts about the testosterone infused marketing angle the companies are going for, just hit the jump to watch a hot-rod and supercar filled commercial where The Flask is torture tested in what looks like an abandoned airstrip.

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Leaf Shaped Silicone Pocket Cup Professes Your Love For The Planet

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Disposable cups at the water cooler getting you down? You feel we’re kicking the planet in the nads every time we throw something away that we could be recycling? There’s a solution. Simply ignore the carbon footprint that it takes to create something like the above leaf-shaped silicone Pocket Cup and pat yourself on the back for doing something for the planet. And if carrying around a cup in your pocket has you worried about germs, just run it under some boiling water to sterilize it now and then.

$12.

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This Flask Comes With A Cigar Storage Compartment

Very few things complement a cigar better than a good single malt scotch. But it’s hard to be able to enjoy both while remaining mobile. The Cigar Flask pictured above seems like just the thing for the gentleman who wants to have an “upscale moment” at the park. Or walking down the street with the buddies. Or anywhere outdoors, and not sitting down at a cigar lounge. The flask features a compartment sized .75″ by 1.5″, and fits 2 46-ring cigars. On the other side, you’ll fit 4 oz. of liquor. It’s just the kind of thing you buy a guy you like, but aren’t willing to spend more than $40 on. This happens to be $29, with engraving and gift box included.

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Drinkmaster Hoodie Lets You Drink In Style In the Great Outdoors

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If you’ve ever tried to drink outdoors on a cold night, then you might’ve been able to make the unpleasant realization that it’s not as simple or easy as it looks. It’s too cold to grip the bottle using your bare hands, but it slips and slides when you try to hold it using the sleeve of your jacket. Then there’s the matter of trying to pop the bottle open with shaking and shivering hands. So do yourself a favor and swap out your regular jacket for the Drinkmaster Hoodie.

It’s the only hoodie in the market that’s made especially for a drinker’s enjoyment. The Drinkmaster is fashioned from quality cotton and polyblend. It has a built-in Neoprine-lined beer koozie pocket, a zipper with a bottle opener wedged somewhere in between, a flask pocket on the inside of the jacket, and built-in drinking gloves on the sleeve with a non-slip grip. It even has a snappable ID pocket so you can hand your ID over to buy your booze in a snap.

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