Stupid Invention of the Week - Use Your Smartphone As a Beer Glass Coaster

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    Apr 01, 2014 12:45 PM GMT
    The goal is to prevent people from using their smartphones at a bar, when they should be concentrating on their drinking. So the bar owner created a beer glass that can only stand upright if you use your smartphone as a shim under it.

    Problem is, a beer glass is frequently wet. That's why you use a coaster, and why you see wet rings on the bar or table. I'm sorry, but my iPhone is not gonna be used as a beer glass coaster.

    The Offline Glass from Mauricio Perussi on Vimeo.


    http://www.today.com/tech/beer-glass-wont-let-you-use-your-smartphone-2D79461862
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    Apr 01, 2014 12:49 PM GMT
    Lol that's just silly..
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    Apr 01, 2014 1:27 PM GMT
    I went to a bar once that had so many problems with customers groping each other that they would only serve drinks in pan-dimensional goblets.
    The alcohol would rest in a pan shaped top that was two feet by two feet and only an inch deep. No one could carry the goblets unless they kept both hands on it.
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    Apr 01, 2014 2:26 PM GMT
    Well I wondered if this was an April Fool's prank. It partly depends on whether this is a real place or not. But the idea is so fundamentally stupid that I kinda think it's a joke. Just thought you might get a laugh out of it.
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    Apr 01, 2014 2:48 PM GMT
    I think it's brilliant. At my last time in a bar about a quarter to a third of the patrons were on their phones. So pathetic. Then three guys looked up from staring at their one phone to stare at me like I was some app or screensaver. So fucking rude. Just stared at me, expressionless like they were looking into their phone and I was under the Corning gorilla glass. I flipped them the bird and left. I hate what phones have done to gay life. Alexander Graham Bell should go fuck himself.

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    Apr 01, 2014 2:54 PM GMT
    JohnSpotter saidI went to a bar once that had so many problems with customers groping each other that they would only serve drinks in pan-dimensional goblets.
    The alcohol would rest in a pan shaped top that was two feet by two feet and only an inch deep. No one could carry the goblets unless they kept both hands on it.

    LOL! There was a popular bar in Seattle that claimed to have the biggest martinis in the city. The stemmed glasses were much wider than regular martini glasses, but shallower, almost as big as car hubcaps.

    I wonder now if difficulty in carrying was part of the plan, aside from technically making the drinks "bigger"? Certainly I couldn't carry one, unless I put a finger of my other hand against the rim, even to drink it, or waited until the drink was half gone.

    Another novelty feature of their martinis was mixing no vermouth at all into them. Instead you also got served a small glass vial of vermouth, with an eyedropper in it! You added your own vermouth to taste, and stirred it with your toothpick olive. Ah, Seattle, I do miss it at times...

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    Apr 01, 2014 2:54 PM GMT
    immunity saidI heard of a practice some people started when going out to dinner as a group.
    Everyone puts their cell phone in the middle of the table, and the first person to grab theirs and use it has to pay the bill. If you can make it through until the bill arrives at the table, everyone pays their share as usual.

    Love it.
    I see this is a real conversation so please ignore my April Fool joke.
    Maybe I'll delete it.
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    Apr 01, 2014 3:16 PM GMT
    immunity saidI heard of a practice some people started when going out to dinner as a group.
    Everyone puts their cell phone in the middle of the table, and the first person to grab theirs and use it has to pay the bill. If you can make it through until the bill arrives at the table, everyone pays their share as usual.

    I haven't run into that yet. Really? Actually most of our friends practice a little more self control, and good manners.

    No one will initiate a call. If they're expecting an important call they'll mention it beforehand, and apologize to the group that they will be obliged to take it.

    And when it comes they'll apologize again, and excuse themselves from the table or bar. They will never take the call right in front of us.

    Should an unexpected call come in they'll usually silence it, letting it go to voice mail. I'm proud to say most of our friends know about social courtesies & etiquette, yet they're business people with pressing obligations that really shouldn't be ignored.

    So I don't mind the occasional cell phone interruption. The cell is an important & profitable business tool for some of our friends.

    How could I say "No, you aren't allowed to take that call from a client"? Or from your employee or your boss? I'm not so self-centered or insecure to think my table conversation is more important than losing a big business deal or responding to an urgent crisis. And neither would they be so impolite as to sit texting nonessentials or surfing through half our meal. One of the natural advantages of being my age is that I mostly deal with mature adults.
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    Apr 10, 2014 8:33 AM GMT
    Doesn't own a phone.
    Avoids eye contact.



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    Apr 10, 2014 9:11 AM GMT
    This also implies bar owner not much of bartender and or bar is very calm where spilt beverage is serious faux pas.
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    Apr 25, 2014 4:10 PM GMT
    Who is this genius!!!

    the offline glass serves a second purpose: if you can't balance your beer glass on your phone coaster, you are too drunk.. Its built-in auto-spill mechanism will prevent you from drinking more. The only downside is you may get wet. Lol.
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    Apr 25, 2014 5:23 PM GMT
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