The first truely great invention of the new age has arrived. No longer shall we be forced to raise our index finger to passing waitresses or fight with the common serfs at the bar. Yes, the people who brought us the Blitzkrieg and Levi’s have done it again. Behold, the Inteli-coaster or as they call it in Germany, the Smarzenbeerinorderinvanhausen. Well the people at New Scientist are calling it a “smart mat” but that sounds too much like smart card to me, and although beer security is one of my top concerns I just love hyphenated words.
The device contains an accelerometer, so you can either use it to play in pub quizes like the makers suggest, there by replacing the onerous task of pushing buttons with the eratic failing of your arms….or you can let the guy who knocked over your beer precisely how many meters/secord angry you are at him when you lob it at his head.
So if you like beer, and you like to keep drinking after you’ve lost the capacity for communication, then this is your lucky day.