Quirky gadgets for your bar

Quirky gadgets for your bar
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First Published: Tue, Apr 07 2009. 10 11 PM IST

Updated: Tue, Apr 07 2009. 10 11 PM IST
With the Wunderbar, you can chill up to 6 litres of beer. Simply flick the lid, fill the built-in Uni-keg, connect the cooler to a power supply point and off you go. Though the cooling can take up to a few hours, a handy LED display keeps you posted on the temperature. You can also buy yourself a keg and directly cool it in this chiller, saving you the effort of having to empty out the freezer.
Price: £149.74
Available at: drinkstuff
The next time you find yourself complaining about flat beer, chuck it and say cheers to up to 17 pints of home-brewed beer.
The Beer Machine is a mini-brewery—you put the mixture (available separately) into its large drum, lock it up and leave it for a week to 10 days to get a drink made of natural ingredients and completely free of any chemicals. The best part about the Beer Maker is that it lets you control the pressure and the amount of air, enabling you to get clear ale that doesn’t harm you.
Price: $139
Available at: iwantoneofthose
Chugulug Drink Maker
Chugulug Drink Maker
This is a must-have for any party. The Chugulug lets you try your hand at mixing drinks and making your own exotic cocktails. Just attach the mixing pods to any smooth surface, such as your refrigerator, and connect them and the ice chamber at the end in any configuration you want. The liquids will flow through the pipes into the ice chamber, from where you can draw the concoction with the help of a handy tap. Not only does it let you experiment with different spirits, you can also use different proportions and mixers to get the desired taste.
Price: $19.99
Available at: thinkgeek
This is for those who take their brew seriously. Try this sturdy bottle opener at the end of a USB stick. While a slew of new devices has been adding USB drives to almost everything, this device actually lets you use both its features without compromising on any one. It lets you store anything from 1-16GB worth of data, works on the faster USB 2.0 standard and is pre-formatted for immediate use.
Price: $10 for 1GB; $68 for 16GB
Available at: trekstor
Want a fancy, no-fuss wine opener? Try this gear-driven contraption that can be mounted on a wall or any hard surface. The opener fits snugly around the neck of the bottle, piercing the cork and pulling it out in one swift, clean motion. Not only does it save you the time and effort spent in struggling with a corkscrew, it also ensures that cork bits don’t make their way into your wine.
Price:£193.79
Available at: amara
If you are too lazy to get up and pour yourself a drink, let the bar walk up to you, literally. Get yourself the Asahi robot and taste the future. This beer-pouring robot acts as a moving chill tray that can hold up to six cans. When you need a drink, all you need to do is press a button and the robot pulls up a beer, opens it up and pours it into a large mug without letting a single drop fall. While you can have anybody help you do this and much more, rest assured that this robot won’t drink your beer when you aren’t looking.
Price: Available on request
Available at: japantrendshop
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Carl Zeiss has created video eyewear that it says will make television, movies and 3-D video played on an iPhone look as if they’re on a multiplex screen. The company’s new Cinemizer Plus ($449) creates a more cinematic experience by playing back video through a headset on iPhones and video-enabled iPods. The resulting image is tuned to appear as if it were on a 45-inch screen viewed from a distance of 6ft. The Cinemizer Plus also lets the wearer focus the screen images to make them sharper. It comes with a built-in battery so it won’t waste your precious iPhone juice, and lasts up to 4 hours.
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Intrepid travellers and road warriors will appreciate the slick-looking Microsoft Arc Mouse (Rs5,788). Apart from its competent wireless-tracking potential, it can also fold down to 60% of its actual size. Its collapsible and ambidextrous design does not prevent it from being ergonomic and it fits the palm snugly. Folding the Arc also automatically switches it off, thereby making the battery last for six months. A customizable button provides fast access to the media, programs and oft used files. A ”clicky” scroll wheel allows you to peruse documents and Web pages without even point-clicking on scroll bars. The Arc comes with a three-year limited hardware warranty.
Ashish Bhatia
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First Published: Tue, Apr 07 2009. 10 11 PM IST
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