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Brazilian Drivers Use Twitter to Avoid DUI Checkpoints

Over the past two years, police in Rio de Janeiro have been cracking down on drunk drivers as part of a strict city-wide campaign. Many motorists, however, have found a way to avoid the watchful eye of Rio's law enforcers: Twitter. Under Operation Lei Seca ("dry law"), Rio police have been setting up checkpoints at accident hotspots across the city, where they administer breathalyzer tests to...

DrunkenNES Breathalyzer Combines Safe Driving and 8-Bit Gaming

Here's something you probably never thought you'd see: an NES hacked to run a homebrew breathalyzer test. Pick up the 'DrunkenNES' cartridge and blow into it (like you used to when those fickle games wouldn't run), and watch as an 8-bit crash test dummy calculates just how tanked you are....

Craigslist Removes Ads for Caffeinated Booze Four Loko

Here in New York, Four Loko has become a hot commodity. The highly caffeinated and alcoholic malt beverage has been the target of nationwide concern, but, in New York, the sale of the drink has been banned by the state Liquor Authority. With Four Loko recently banished from store shelves, some enterprising individuals took to Craigslist to sell the booze-laden energy drink on the black market....

Beer Visionary Crafts Incredible iPhone-Controlled Can Cannon

Raunchy comedies of the '80s and '90s shared many common jokes and scenarios, but one juvenile staple may never grow old -- the flying beer, launched from seemingly out of nowhere, that immediately slams into a poised and waiting hand. Finally, a true beer hero named Ryan has manipulated modern technology to actualize that beverage greeting, and he did it using only an iPhone, a webcam and a...

British 'Smart' Beer Coasters Deliver Corny Pickup Lines for You

If you find it hard to strike up a conversation with a stranger at a bar, a team of Newcastle University students have developed "smart" beer coasters and an interactive bar top that will break the ice for you. According to the Guardian, the coasters light up blue for men and pink for women when touched by a glass. All you have to do is slide the coaster within about two feet of that guy or gal...

iBottleopener Protects iPhones, Pops Bottles

Far from the first iPhone case/bottle opener we've seen, the iBottleopener is the first that doesn't immediately make us recoil in horror. Sure, there is absolutely no need for such a thing, unless you're in a frat and don't have regular access to dollar bills or lighters, but it's nice to see a rubber iPhone case good for something besides getting stuck in your pocket....

Scottish Researchers Want to Give Cars a Whiskey for the Road

Raise a glass, and fill up your ride, too. Rightly so, the Scots (purveyors of some of the world's finest spirits) have found a way to power cars with leftover whiskey. According to the BBC News, researchers at Edinburgh Napier University used the delicious distilled drink's byproducts to create biobutanol, a fuel that's 30-percent more efficient than ethanol and can be put straight into a gas...

Willow Garage's PR2 Brobot Revolutionizes Robotic Boozing

The engineers at Willow Garage already taught their astounding PR2 bot to play pool, and now those same developers have added a new capability that corresponds perfectly with the PR2's stick-shooting, barroom skill. While bartender-bots and beer-pouring "kegs on wheels" grow increasingly commonplace, the PR2 adds an entirely new dimension to cybernetic drinking. Using a Web interface, thirsty...

Pennsylvania Tests Wine Bottle Vending Machines

The AP reports that Pennsylvania's Liquor Control Board is testing machines that vend bottles of wine at two Giant supermarkets. If successful, the vending machines could be placed in about 100 other locations statewide -- making Pennsylvania the first place in the country with booze on-demand. To make a purchase, a customer selects a bottle on a touchscreen, swipes his or her ID, blows into an...

BarBot 2010 Celebrates Cocktail-Making Robots and Booze Lovers

In our humble opinion, the best possible task for a robot to perform would be serving drinks. Yeah, we said it. We don't care if they can help old people, or even if they can cook Ramen noodles. But we would love a robot that could whip up a good cocktail. Apparently, plenty of other folks would, too. Let us tell you about BarBot 2010. If you're fed up with human bartenders, with all their...

Man Builds 'Kegbot' for Real-Time Brew Level and Temperature Monitoring

The worst post-party experience is waking up to find a keg with beer still inside it. If this happens to you, there are two options: you can empty the remaining beer onto the ground (and shed a tear), or you can try your best to keep that keg iced down so the beer won't spoil. But one industrious beer-lover will never have to deal with this problem again. Inspired by a kegerator, Jean-Michel...

iPod Kegerator Kicks Out the Jams and the Brews

Worthy of an appearance on 'MTV Cribs,' this custom-made iPod kegerator combines two things every good party needs -- cold beer and hot jams. According to Bornrich, Craig Jones tricked out a plain old refrigerator for a magazine contest. He stripped the fridge down, installed a Bose iPod dock on the door, added classy blue neon fringe lighting, and gave it a custom paint job worthy of a hot rod....

Beer Pager Saves You From Ever Going Brewless

As it turns out, pagers are useful for more than just drug dealers and doctors. At least, that's what SkyMall is banking on with the 'Beer Pager.' With this device, you'll never again have to drink a hot beer just because you forgot where you left it. Snap on the removable coaster/coozie, clip the mini-remote control to your body, and let your worries disappear. According to Gadling, the 'Beer...

'Smart' Mug Maintains Perfect Temperature For Your Drink

A self-regulating coffee mug may have been a pipe dream for warm beverage drinkers everywhere, but according to the Telegraph, German scientists at the Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics (IBP) have created a 'smart' mug that keeps drinks, hot or cold, at the ideal temperature. The interior of the porcelain mug is filled with a waxy substance called phase change material (PCM), which is...

'Arkeg' Cabinet Perfects Arcades and Ale

Share It's a combination that surely could only come from the hand of God: beer and arcade games. No, this isn't a joke or a dream. Someone really has created this heavenly contraption. According to Uncrate, the Arkeg Drink n Game is an arcade cabinet that holds a five-gallon keg and comes with 69 classic arcade games -- from 'Asteroids' to 'Mortal Kombat II.' (This Internet- and iPod-ready...