October 27, 2005
Apparently cell phone maker LG has introduced a breathalyzer cell phone in Korea, which is flying off the shelves, and it sounds like a pretty sweet packags. Beyond the breathalyzer function, these cell phones include "an advanced remote control for your TV, DVD and karaoke machine, etc." Lucky Koreans.
Not that we have a lot of electronics we need a remote for...or ever sing karaoke...but we can barely get our cell phones to stay connected through an entire call, much less do anything extra. Here's what the article we found had to say about the LG breathalyzer cell phone and its usefulness.
Having an alcohol measurement device attached to something like a cell phone is nothing but brilliant, especially among younger crowds who regularly drink after work or school and like to party. To use the sensor an intoxicated individual simply opens the phone and blows on the sensor, the LCD will tell you whether your level of alcohol in your blood is safe to drive.
We're not sure how sensitive or accurate the sensor in a cell phone might be...or what a sports car phone is... but think of the other possibilities. Making sure you're OK to drive isn't the only application...locking your cell phone so you can't drunk dial is another. Actually, that's the most important thing we can think of. We'd really like you to stop drunk dialing us late at night. We need our beauty sleep.
Read the full article at MobileMag.
October 26, 2005
Bing Bong Table
Folding Portable Beer Pong Table
Stats: 8' Long X 2' Wide X 21" Tall
Typical Price: $149 (Buy One)
We got our Bing Bong table last week, and we couldn't wait to test it out. We hadn't played beer pong in a while, but as soon as we reviewed the Bombed game we were hooked again. We checked out the Bing Bong table on a few criteria, including portability, durability and playability.
Portability: Thumbs up on this one. We like the fact that the Bing Bong table lives up to its claim of being "portable," folding up to about the size of a suitcase, 2'X2', and weighing in at 20 pounds. We actually walked about a mile carrying the thing, and while we had to switch hands a few times, that's mostly because the heaviest thing we've lifted recently weighed 12 ounces. We wouldn't want to take it backpacking, but it's the perfect size and weight to toss into the car.
Durability: We didn't exactly have Inspector 12 banging this thing around, but it seems sturdy and we didn't have any worries about the table collapsing as we played, no matter how rowdy things got.
Playability: We've read one complaint about the Bing Bong table that it was too short to play effectively. We call that hogwash. Standing at 21", this table is a few inches shorter than the ping pong table in the Liquor Snob offices. We had a lot of fun playing with this table, both with the typical Beirut rules, as well as with the Northeast regional bouncing rules. The only place it falls short (literally) is in length - the Bing Bong table is only 8' long where a ping pong table measures 9'. But honestly...would you rather show up at a party with a beer pong table that's a foot short, or with no beer pong table at all?
Cool Factor: As we mentioned when we first got our table, this thing is just damned cool. As soon as we unwrapped it, everyone in the office was clamoring to see it set up and itching to play immediately. Just imagine next time you're at a party and you're the guy who brought the Bing Bong table. Instant superstar anyone?
All in all, we think the Bing Bong table is bad ass. Plus, we talked to a man on the street (when we were doing our portability test), who lived with five other guys in a college apartment. He said they wouldn't mind paying $150 to have a beer pong table of their own, especially since they could split it, and mentioned it seemed like a better idea than their current table, which is a door they knocked down in their apartment. There you go...100% of the people we interviewed say Bing Bong tables are great!
Learn more about the tables and buy one of your own at BingBongTables.com.
October 23, 2005
Halloween's only a week away, and you're not ready yet. Oh, you might think you're ready, but you're not. Want to know how we know? Because you don't have a Skull Shaped Beer Funnel, that's why.
Just pour beer into a skull-shaped funnel, wrap your lips around the base of the attached spine and chug it down. What could possibly be more Halloween than that? Get yours, along with other eerie imbibing implements, at FrightCatalog.com.
(Thanks for the tip, Dan!)
October 19, 2005
OK, we admit, we're a little bit late getting on the Uber Tap bandwagon. We heard about it a few weeks ago from our friends over at Bombed, but we completely forgot to cover it, and now the Daily Candy and Gizmodo got in line before us. Shame on us. Luckily, with the Uber Tap all three of us can be served at once, and no one's going home thirsty. We'll figure it out amongst ourselves who's going to hold the cups and who's going to run the foot pump to keep the beer flowing.
Plus, all is not lost for faithful Liquor Snob readers. Even though we were apparently sleeping one off when the news about the Uber Tap broke, you're still the first to hear about its ingenious companion, Ultimate Cocktail. Slosh your liquor and mixers together in the Ultimate Cocktail tank, attach a keg tap (or Uber Tap if you really have a need for speed), and you can tap any beverage you want.
The site says that "by linking a keg tap to the Ultimate Cocktail, party throwers can now eliminate the all too common mess, sticky floor, and drunken beverage contamination, while providing their guests with a signature cocktail for any event." We love it when a plan comes together.
Learn more about the Uber Tap and the Ultimate Cocktail
Other Uber Tap coverage: Daily Candy and Gizmodo
October 17, 2005
Last week, we told you about the Coldpole flask ski pole. This week we're doing a snow dance because our poles arrived in the mail. It'll be a month or two before we can try them out on the slopes, but we had our staff skiing expert give them a once-over. On a side note, is it weird to drink out of a ski pole while you're still inside?
Model: We got the Black Diamond model, which is a step down from the Expert series but will save you $20. After unscrewing the grip, the inside of the poles still smells a bit pungent, but It smells like a problem easily solved with some soap and water. The Expert Series comes with a cleaning brush, and we'd recommend adding one to your order if you get the Black Diamond if you want to make sure the inside is pristine.
As a Ski Pole: One thing we were a bit concerned about was that these were going to be chintzy novelty poles, but as it says in the literature that accompanies them, "this is not a novelty pole - this is a high performance pole with a novelty feature." That about sums it up, too - they're solid, lightweight and strong. We're not sure we'd use them to run bumps all day or go in the backcountry, but they definitely seem like they'd hold up under normal use.
As a Flask: One nice thing is that the Coldpole folks thought of is to make the the actual nozzle you drink from out of plastic. They probably flirted with making it out of metal to make them stronger, but if you've ever had your flask freeze to your lips when it's 30 degrees outside, you know why we mention it.
We also double-checked to make sure it would be simple to re-cap, because you don't want to spend 10 minutes in the cold trying to get your ski pole grip lined up again. The grip is designed to re-align automatically, so when the cover is fully closed, the grip is lined up. Hot damn.
Overall: We're impressed with what we've seen of the Coldpole, and we'll do a full review once we're able to try them out. Somebody get on the horn with Mother Nature and let her know we need some snow in the Northeast, would you?
Learn more about the Black Diamond and Expert Series' at Coldpole.com.
October 14, 2005
Booze briefcase offers portability and flexibility to all your drinking missions.
Y'know how cool it is in the movies, when they show an assassin put together a sniper rifle from random knick-knacks pulled out of an innocent-looking briefcase? We think it would be scads cooler if instead of nightvision scopes and bullets, he whipped out shot glasses and liquor bottles.
Now you can be that impressive liquor assassin with the Trav-L-Bar Briefcase Bar. Here are the vital statistics:
- Made of vinyl that looks like two-toned burgundy and black leather
- Holds 3 bottles (not included)
- Combination lock and gift box
- Includes 4 metal cups, serving tray, 3/4 X 1 1/2 oz. jigger and wood-handled opener
- Liquor bottles not included (duh)
Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to pick up your own briefcase barfor under $50, and drink with extreme prejudice. Or, if this one doesn't fit your professional style, check for other bar accessoriesfrom Harvey's Easy Living at Amazon.
October 13, 2005
You can keep your SMS and your PSP and your iPod (unless it's got iPod Bartender installed that is). We've finally found an invention that actually DOES something. Introducing the Coldpole, the world's first ski pole with an inner reservoir.
We're sure you're thinking about all the hot chocolate and steaming soup you could keep in each pole's 8 oz. reservoir, but quit kidding yourself. If you've ever been skiing before you know this is the perfect vehicle to chill your booze for when you come off the mountain. Imagine - the end of the day, everybody's packing into the bar jostling for an overpriced drink.
Meanwhile, elsewhere in the lodge, you unscrew the handle on your ski pole and shake up the perfect martini. Think the ladies won't be flocking around your table?
Here's what the Coldpole folks have to say:
The Coldpole ski pole shaft is manufactured by a top U.S. ski pole manufacturer in your choice of Black Diamond Series or Expert Series. These shafts are lightweight, strong, and durable.
The secret is in the handle. It is designed to have the look, feel, and comfort of a typical ski-pole handle, but it opens to provide access to the natural storage capability of the pole.
During the manufacturing process, the pole reservoir is thoroughly cleaned before the handle and tip are attached, and while a thorough rinsing with soap and hot water is all that is needed for future cleaning, a cleaning brush is available.
The Expert Series comes in sizes 44"-52" and comes with a cleaning brush for $74.95. The Black Diamond Series comes in sizes 44"-54" and retails for $54.95. Both come with a plastic funnel for filling.
To learn more, and for ordering information, go to Coldpole.com.
-Special thanks go to The Snow Junkies for letting us know about these.