Top 10 weird and wacky drinks gadgets
Inspired by the six foot, half ton robot wine rack, we round up the top 10 weird and wacky drinks gadgets.
There are lots of wine, beer and spirits accessories and gadgets on the market and some are more wacky than others.
Some are practical and fill a need in the market, and others are just a little on the bizarre side.
On the following pages we rank and rate the 10 top gadgets that have caught our eye.
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1. The Beer Belly and Wine Rack Bra
The Wine Rack Bra will hold a full 750ml bottle of wine and comes with a straw for sipping, thanks to the watertight tubing.
“It’s an idea whose time had come,” says Paul Krasulja, general manager of US based online site BaronBob.com, which specialises in selling off-beat gifts.
“It had been coming for a long time.”
The Wine Rack Bra has been on the market for at least three years and business remains brisk.
But men are not left out with The Beer Belly also available.
The Beer belly and Wine Rack Bra were both created by serial entrepreneur Brooks Lambert, a 50-year-old Californian who came up with the idea when he and a friend were hanging out in his backyard, remembering how they used to sneak beer into ball games and movies.
2. The Rugbeer machine
The machine, called Rugbeer, is designed so that you have to tackle it to get your beer.
After inserting the necessary coins, the drinker is required to ram the vending machine at speed. A so-called “pussy meter” on the front of the machine indicates the strength of your hit – a woeful whack won’t deliver a beer, while a solid smash will.
The Rugbeer machines, designed by creative agency Ogilvy for beer brand Cerveza Salta, have reportedly proved popular with drinkers in the rugby-loving Salta Province located in the north of the country.
According to the beer company, the unique machine has helped boost sales of Cerveza Salta by 25% in bars where it was installed.
3. Drink-mixing Typewriter
4. Kebo, the One-Handed Bottle Opener
5. Robot wine rack
As reported previously on the drinks business a lighting salesman in North Phoenix has created a massive robot wine rack and put it up for sale on Craigslist.
The device securely holds 32 bottles of wine, weighs 1,000 pounds, and features an array of mock armaments.
The giant robot has been positioned in a standing pose and the right arm is pointed forward as if the robot is about to fire a wine bottle. Within that right arm gun design, the owner of the robot can house up to six bottles of wine.
6. KegDroid beer dispenser
Google employee Paul Cariff has built KegDroid, a green robot that uses Google technologies to pour a glass of beer.
KegDroid’s design lets you select and order your beer at the click of a button. The KegDroid, also known as “Betsy” will then dispense your favourite brew.
The tablet that runs KegDroid is running the latest version of Android, Ice Cream Sandwich. This allows it to protect its assets and authenticate a person by grabbing your name and photo off a badge to verify it with your Google+ page.
Unfortunately its not on general sale yet.
7. Robb Higgs’ “Corkscrew”
Created by UK designer Robb Higgs, this huge corkscrew stands at an impressive 5.5 feet tall and weighs half a ton.
This machine can open a bottle of wine and pour you a glass and is seriously cool.
8. Purple iPhone bottle opener with free app
An iPhone case with a bottle opener and accompanying app is aiming to add fun and functionality to this summer’s parties.
Available in a range of colours and designs, the case is available from Avanquest’s website, with prices ranging from £19.99 to £24.99.
9. Ichiban Shibori Frozen Draft, Frozen Beer Foam Machine
10. West Coast Chill, Self-Chilling Can