Check out a roundup of some of the cool (and kinda crazy) drink gadgets that have popped up recently.
Textspresso coffee machine
Recently, Seattle tech company Zipwhip unveiled a truly impressive and unique device that is sure to win the hearts of text-obsessed coffee junkies. Called the "Textspresso," the machine actually makes coffee on command when you text it. Too bad it's only promotional and not for sale.
Robb Higgs' "corkscrew"
Created by British designer Robb Higgs, this remarkably elaborate corkscrew stands at an impressive 5.5 feet tall and weighs a staggering half ton (at least there's no risk of misplacing it, right?). And while we all know you don't need a corkscrew to open a bottle of wine, there's no denying that the fact that this machine can open a bottle of wine and pour you a glass is seriously cool. Click here to watch the video demonstration.
The ideal piece of technology for the at-home mixologist/writer? Perhaps. This incredibly complex gadgetconsists of an elaborate network of syringes and clear plastic tubing that connects liquid-filled bottles to a typewriter. When you type on the keys, it signals the associated liquids to be transferred to a receiving glass. Check out the video of the machine being built and a demonstration of the outrageous drink-mixing over at Morskoiboy.
West Coast Chill, self-chilling can
Claiming to be the world's first self-chilling energy drink, this cool can (pun intended) can apparently drop 30 degrees in 3 minutes when you turn it upside down and push a button. "We take reclaimed CO2 that's out there in the atmosphere and we inject the gaseous COs into the activated carbon," CEO Mitchell Joseph said in a statement. "Once you push the button down, it starts pulling heat from the beverage and dissipating it out through the bottom of the can."
Ichiban Shibori Frozen Draft, frozen beer foam machine
Soft-serve beer foam that keeps your brew colder for longer? Yes, please. This new invention from Japanese beer company Kirin dispenses frozen Ichiban beer and, when added to a headless beer, acts as an insulating lid that supposedly keeps the drink cold for 30 minutes.
'Hug Me' Coke machine
Would you hug a vending machine for a free Coke? As part of their newly launched "Open Happiness" campaign, Coca-Cola has installed a "Hug Me" Coke machine at the National University of Singapore that dispenses a free can of soda when you hug its sides. That's got to be the nicest vending machine ever created.
Kebo, the one-handed bottle opener
This modern re-imagining of a 1930s-style Theodore Low bottle opener from Rush3 Studio solves the dilemma of wanting to continue channel surfing while you crack open a fresh beer. The one-handed bottle opener was created by Rush Dixon who, according to The Huffington Post, "says the idea was prompted by downtime as an architect in the summer of 2010 and a 'chance encounter' with an antique bottle opener." Maybe not the most outrageous gadget on the list, but definitely still cool.
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