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Beeri – Your New Personal Beer Assistant

One day, I’d like to imagine that we will simply pick up our cellphone, tell it we want a beer, and one will magically appear in front of us, ready to enjoy. Until that day, Beeri is about as close as we’re going to get to the automated beer dream.

Inspired by Apple’s new Siri assistant for the iPhone, the guys at redpepper decided to see what it would take to get their phone to pour them a beer on request.

The result is Beeri, a Twitter controlled RC truck that uses some clever hacking and a bit of imagination to turn your voice command into a freshly poured beer.

Beeri Truck

Beeri is activated by a Twitter account called @BeeriBot, which ‘listens’ for the word “pour” in any tweet sent its way. The account is updated via text message, which Siri can send when you connect Twitter with your phone’s SMS account.

Once the message has been sent and detected, the second part of Beeri comes into play: An RC truck with modified electronic controls.

An Arduino Uno with a WiFi shield is connected to the truck, and when it detects the word “pour”

she triggers the sequence of preprogrammed pour commands (go, stop, adjust) that interface with the truck’s circuit board to control her movement. Her route is preprogrammed (drive straight) until her two proximity detectors sense her moving away from the puncture wall after impact. This allows her to halt the driving sequence and adjust to a 6 inch depth in order to get the beer to enter the funnel.

Beeri Beer Smash

Sure, it doesn’t clean up after itself, and you have to manually reload the rig each time you want to use it, but those are small concessions to make in the name of beer fueled progress!

If you’re interested in the Beeri project, then be sure to check out the Making Of video below, and read the redpepper blog post for more details.

iBottleopener Adds A Bottle Opener To Your iPhone

iBottleopener

If you’re the type of person that carries your phone everywhere, but is constantly searching for a bottle opener, then check out the iBottleopener case for the iPhone 3G/3GS and iPhone 4.

The two part slider case is made of plastic, and covers all the important bits and pieces of your phone, while housing a bottle opener in the back to open your beverage of choice when the time comes to put down the phone and pick up a beer.

It might not be the most beautiful iPhone case ever made, but it’s hard to beat it for functionality!

[iBottleopener]

Introduction

Keep track of beers you taste in your own personal beer journal with the best beer review app on the iPhone.

Don’t have time for a full review? The innovative Brew Queue system allows you to take a photo of the beer label and enter an overall score, and then use the label photo to come back later and fill in the details.

Ratings are made from a hand picked list of qualities, so you’ll never have to struggle with trying to find just the right word to capture the flavors and aromas or the intensity of the hops that you note in your beer. Custom animation for each quality adds a touch of fun and magic to the experience of entering your scores, and the unique features of the iPhone bring your reviews to life.

Whether you’re new to the world of beer, or a seasoned pro with a wealth of beer knowledge, you’ll never forget the beers you enjoy, and more importantly, why you enjoyed them.

FEATURES:

  • Rate and review beers in a clean and simple user interface
  • Brew Queue allows quick reviews that can be expanded later
  • Custom animations bring the score entry screens to life
  • Sort by Name, by Rating or by Brewery to easily locate past reviews
  • Store photos of labels to archive beer data