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— Good Thinking

Modular cocktail mixer could make for interesting parties

The making of cocktails is now considered in such high regard that people known as mixologists can make a living from studying and then preparing mixed drinks. These aren't merely barmen and barmaids, but people who take the business of getting drinks exactly right very seriously. Unfortunately not everybody is blessed with the skill of mixology, or simply hasn't got the time to dedicate to learning all of the different combinations of spirits, mixers, and touches that make up the average cocktail. Thankfully there could be a simple solution on the way for these rank amateurs. Read More

The Social Drink Machine takes your order via Facebook and Twitter

Robofun, which bills itself as the largest open-source hardware store in Romania, has built a robotic bartender called The Social Drink Machine. It takes its inspiration from another recently created "botender," The Inebriator, which the team at Robofun felt could be improved with a social media interface. They built their own robot from scratch in just 10 days and added Facebook and Twitter apps that let you order drinks from a mobile phone. Read More

Lockey Bottle Lock puts a combination cork in it

The Lockey Bottle Lock looks like the perfect gadget for keeping your favorite drop safe and secure. Made by LockeyUSA, which offers a wide range of keyless entry locks for more traditional uses, the Bottle Lock securely slots into wine and liquor bottles with a twist to keep that 1865 Chateau Lafite from being scoffed by your alcoholic brother in law. Read More

Face-scanning cameras could pick out drunks

People who are inebriated in public places (such as airliners or malls) can definitely create problems. Sometimes, though, it’s difficult to tell if someone really is under the influence. Instead of making every “jolly”-looking person take a breathalyzer test, Greek researchers are suggesting something less intrusive – video software that can spot drunks by analyzing their faces. Read More

Curved glasses make people drink lager faster

Are you getting blotto on lager more often than you should? If the University of Bristol’s School of Experimental Psychology is to be believed, then you can (try to) blame your glass. According to Dr. Angela Atwood, drinking out of a curved glass makes you drink lager faster. Read More

Air - new beverage billed as "water with alcohol"

Many people enjoy having a few drinks after work or on the weekend. Only a subset of them actually enjoy the taste of whatever cocktail or malt beverage they're sipping on. Others would prefer to get the buzz and inhibition release without actually choking down liquor or beer. Whether it's that earthy pine-tree-in-a-bottle flavor of gin or the harsh burn of cheap whiskey, alcohol can be downright painful. Air, "the first water with alcohol," provides an alternative with a light flavor profile purported to be closer to club soda than beer or spirits. Read More
— Health and Wellbeing

WAHH Quantum Sensations alcohol spray simulates the feeling of being drunk

A professor who has previously created chocolate and coffee aerosols has teamed up with designer Philippe Starck, and turned his micro-particle spraying science to booze. The WAHH Quantum Sensations spray delivers approximately 0.075 ml of alcohol liquid in the form of micro-particles and reportedly simulates the sensorial pleasure of alcohol, giving the user a brief moment of light-headedness and distraction. Read More
— Mobile Technology

Using Facebook while driving more dangerous than drinking, texting or marijuana

New research released today by the Institute of Advanced Motorists in the UK doesn't tell us much we didn't know before, but it does put it in context. The smartphone is headed for ubiquitous usage, and the wonderful real-time communications and information services it offers are making the roads considerably LESS safe due to the distraction. Due no doubt to its higher levels of engagement, social networking while driving is considerably less safe than texting, drinking to the legal limit and smoking marijuana. And yes, talking on a mobile phone with or without a hands-free is definitely not good for your health, or the health of other road users. Read More
— Automotive Feature

France's bold drink driving legislation - every car to carry a breathalyzer

It is a great irony that alcohol has been almost universally legislated into becoming man's most commonly used recreational drug, as it's also the ONLY drug that causes more harm to others than to the user. This is most evident on our roads, where even in supposedly civilized first world countries with low road tolls, alcohol still accounts for between a third and a half of all road deaths and injuries. Now France is attempting a bold solution - from July of this year, it will become law in France to have a working breathalyzer in every car on the road. Don't laugh! The world is fast running out of tolerance for the road toll and tougher laws everywhere are inevitable. Read More
— Health and Wellbeing

BreathalEyes app tells you if you're too drunk to drive

Common sense should be enough to tell us that getting behind the wheel of a car after consuming alcohol is not a particularly good idea, but still there are those who stupidly risk life and liberty by driving home after the party. When trying to convince such people to call a taxi, friends are often faced with a call for proof that the would-be driver is unfit to drive. Instead of analyzing a user's breath to determine alcohol content, the BreathalEyes app for iPhone detects involuntary eye movement in a similar way to field sobriety tests undertaken by police patrols. Read More