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The smart $30 beer mug that knows when you need another drink or when you should head home - and it can even call you a cab

Posted by Patrick Kunes | Nov 23, 2015 | 0 Comments

Everyone has that friend who instigates a wild night out, encourages you to have one drink too many, but gets you home in one piece.

Now there's a 'smart beer mug' that does a similar thing.

Fitted with sensors, the ePint lights up when it is empty, keeps track of the number of drinks its user has sunk and can even suggest ordering a cab at the end of the night.

Start-up Xtreme Tech, based in Los Angeles, California, is raising money to put the gadget into production on Kickstarter.

The firm audaciously describes its invention as 'Vegas in a cup'.

The ePint also has a built-in weight sensor to track how much liquid it is holding, accelerometers and LEDs that flash and change colour, as well as a bottle opener so it can be filled with beer quickly.

Using the fluid detection sensor, the gadget knows when a user needs another drink and lights up to show it is empty.

A promotional video said: 'The ePint is hospitable enough to know when you need a refill and responsible enough to contact a cab when the party's over.

'It's no longer just for drinks.

'The ePint is your friend and you partner in crime.'

The device connects to a smartphone so users can keep track of how many drinks they have consumed. 

Using information from the app, the cup can also be made to light up every time a football team scores and display their colours.

Users can additionally programme their own commands using the open API - a set of rules used for building apps - so the cup can respond to any number of events.

This could include linking with a taxi app. 

When a certain number of drinks have been drunk, or the clock strikes midnight, the ePint could automatically call for a cab. 

Other features of the mug include built-in drinking games which lets a number of cups can be linked together to play.

And the device has a rechargeable battery 'that will last longer than you do at a party.'

The ePint is available to pre-order via Kickstarter from $30 (£20), with an RRP of $60 (£40).

The gadget is expected to ship in April, providing the company raises its goal of $50,000 (£33,102). It has currently raised more than $4,470 (£2,960).

About the Author

Patrick Kunes

Patrick Kunes is the most recent addition to Kunes Law Office, having been admitted to practice in November of 2008.  He graduated from Tift County High School in 1999, where he received a Governor's Scholarship through the Georgia Scholar Program. He attended the University of Georgia where he received a B.A. in History in 2003.


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