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The Beer Tossing Fridge

samzenpus posted more than 7 years ago | from the second-only-to-the-wheel dept.

It's funny.  Laugh. 223

cmacdona101 writes "CNN is reporting on a recent Duke grad that's engineered a remote controlled Fridge that tosses him a beer at the touch of a button. The fridge can launch the beer up to 20 feet, far enough to get to his couch. The video shows the fridge using a "beer magazine clip" and a remote firing system that let you determine angles and ballistics to get the beer to your friends anywhere in the room."

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Well I'll be... (5, Funny)

crazyjeremy (857410) | more than 7 years ago | (#18282582)

Time for a divorce.

Re:Well I'll be... (1, Funny)

TubeSteak (669689) | more than 7 years ago | (#18282758)

Time for a divorce.
Hold on there, this fridge can't cook.
I suggest getting a dog.
Not only will it fetch beers, but you can kick it instead of beating your wife

(No wives or dogs were harmed in the writing of this comment)

Re:Well I'll be... (5, Funny)

JoGlo (1000705) | more than 7 years ago | (#18282992)

Hold on there, this fridge can't cook.

I suggest getting a dog.

Not only will it fetch beers, but you can kick it instead of beating your wife

Besides, who other than a wife would keep the fridge stocked with beer?

Re:Well I'll be... (4, Funny)

SirWhoopass (108232) | more than 7 years ago | (#18283180)

Hold on there, this fridge can't cook.

Neither can my wife.

Re:Well I'll be... (5, Funny)

Bertie (87778) | more than 7 years ago | (#18282934)

Not so fast, pardner - I mean, your wife didn't immediately kick you to the kerb when she took delivery of her Rampant Rabbit, did she?

Re:Well I'll be... (1)

modecx (130548) | more than 7 years ago | (#18283424)

Not so fast, pardner - I mean, your wife didn't immediately kick you to the kerb when she took delivery of her Rampant Rabbit, did she?

True... Someone needs to kill spiders.

Brilliant: After You've Drunk 10 Beers +1, True (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18282956)

thown to you by your Rube Goldberg device, are you going to rape [whitehouse.org] some Duke sorority girls?

P.S.: Slashdot has about 6 months before it goes off-line. Have you noticed the number of posts to its stories declining rapidly?

Yours drunkingly,
Kilgore Trout, C.E.O.

Poor use of time. (4, Funny)

grub (11606) | more than 7 years ago | (#18282604)


The fridge can launch the beer up to 20 feet, far enough to get to his couch.

He'll have to wait a couple of minutes for the beer to settle before opening it when using his system. A smart boozer would realize that it would take only ~20 seconds to walk to the fridge, get two beers and return to the couch with half of one beer chugged by the time he returned.

Damn rookies... The Alcohol Lifestyle isn't just fun & sloth, it's also about using your time effectively!

You're a total n00b! (4, Funny)

geekoid (135745) | more than 7 years ago | (#18282678)

I put a tap right next to the couch.

Re:You're a total n00b! (4, Interesting)

The Great Pretender (975978) | more than 7 years ago | (#18282860)

In college I actually put a second fridge right next to my couch. Was definitely cheaper than building one that threw stuff at me.

Re:You're a total n00b! (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18283082)

I have a mini frridge rihgt nexf to my cokmputer. wannna fuight? yeah i';l find tou fucker.

Sploosh (1)

HomelessInLaJolla (1026842) | more than 7 years ago | (#18282688)

Joe [crazyeyesoft.com] had programmed Sploosh [crazyeyesoft.com] to respond to requests of "barley pop" by pitching one over.

Re:Poor use of time. (3, Informative)

malkir (1031750) | more than 7 years ago | (#18282706)

But you have to get up, which beats the whole purpose of relaxing with a beer!

Re:Poor use of time. (5, Insightful)

Rakshasa Taisab (244699) | more than 7 years ago | (#18282712)

Get off your drunken horse and consider this; for those 20 seconds of effort you are expending, he is sitting in his couch watching TV. What did you gain?

Exercise and ... not much beyond that. As you said, it's about using your time efficiently. As a couch sitting person, he can pipeline a beer ahead of schedule. Thus, while you spend 20 seconds getting your beers, he'll be sitting on the couch drinking continuously.

Re:Poor use of time. (1)

edittard (805475) | more than 7 years ago | (#18282722)

That's exactly what I thought when I saw it on digg sometime last year.

Re:Poor use of time. (1)

markov_chain (202465) | more than 7 years ago | (#18282738)

Time to put that roomba to good use!

Re:Poor use of time. (1)

WildBlue (787351) | more than 7 years ago | (#18282754)

He'll have to wait a couple of minutes for the beer to settle before opening it when using his system. A smart boozer would realize that it would take only ~20 seconds to walk to the fridge, get two beers and return to the couch with half of one beer chugged by the time he returned. Damn rookies... The Alcohol Lifestyle isn't just fun & sloth, it's also about using your time effectively!
No, I think you are the rookie! A smart boozer would know when he is running out and order up his wel shaken brew early enough to let it settle!

Re:Poor use of time. (4, Funny)

senatorpjt (709879) | more than 7 years ago | (#18282900)

A smart boozer would just get a bottle of whiskey, since one is usually enough.

Re:Poor use of time. (1)

CmSpuD (995334) | more than 7 years ago | (#18283204)

Just because you're smart doesn't mean you'll enjoy the taste of the stuff :P

I personally can't touch it anymore, and I'm not as dumb as a fair few people, though you'd never know. Beer and sambuca for me, and if I had a geekfridge that chucked me bottles of the stuff all the better!

Pretty sure I posted a similar link to the same product a week or so back, I'm surprised it's still news.. must be that good, eh?

Re:Poor use of time. (1)

jakoz (696484) | more than 7 years ago | (#18283124)

No. A smart boozer would simply launch each beer a minute or two before he needs to drink it.

Re:Poor use of time. (3, Insightful)

sco08y (615665) | more than 7 years ago | (#18283188)

A smart boozer would realize that it would take only ~20 seconds to walk to the fridge, get two beers and return to the couch with half of one beer chugged by the time he returned.

And a proper alcoholic would pipeline the system.

Re:Poor use of time. (2, Insightful)

Seumas (6865) | more than 7 years ago | (#18283222)

I would think it would make a lot more sense just to have one of those cheap $100 mini-dorm fridges by your sofa and fill it with soda. In fact for a few hundred bucks you can get a refrigerator / freezer / microwave combo unit that will sit in your office, living room, geek room or wherever else.

Talk about providing a solution to a non-existent problem.

Re:Poor use of time. (5, Insightful)

cgenman (325138) | more than 7 years ago | (#18283380)

What's with the haters in this thread?

The guy created something that involves robots, beer, catapults, remote controls, and dangerously fast moving projectiles. He spent a lot of time creating an overly complicated and somewhat destructive method to do something trivially easy.

Videos of this is what the internet was created for!

Re:Poor use of time. (2, Informative)

larry bagina (561269) | more than 7 years ago | (#18283682)

Actually, it only take 30 seconds or so for a beer/soda to settle down after shaking.

meh. been done before. (1)

veganboyjosh (896761) | more than 7 years ago | (#18282608)

this reminds me of the killer soda machine in maximum overdrive...and i believe theo huxtable had something similar when he and his friends moved off campus and into their own apartment...

Yep... (4, Funny)

ResidntGeek (772730) | more than 7 years ago | (#18282614)

That's DEFINITELY a Duke grad. He is, in fact, the epitome of all Duke grads, the Duke grad all Duke students would like to emulate most closely in their lives. Isn't it just the most wonderful educational institution in the world?

Re:Yep... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18282824)


Duke Sucks.
Fark [fark.com]

Re:Yep... (-1, Flamebait)

pchoppin (864344) | more than 7 years ago | (#18282876)

And how did this wonderful peice make it on ./ anyway?
Waste of bandwidth...

Re:Yep... (1)

ResidntGeek (772730) | more than 7 years ago | (#18283206)

Just think of how much of your oxygen this guy's wasted in his life, and the waste of bandwidth will seem paltry in comparison. Problem solved!

I, robobeer (1)

blakmac (987934) | more than 7 years ago | (#18282620)

Better hope the users comply with the ethical treatment of robots codes. It could like that evil 7up machine that Jamie built if it feels violated...

Already been done (1)

LunaticTippy (872397) | more than 7 years ago | (#18282622)

I invented the Pabstapult, which makes for a nice explosion when the can explodes. It wasn't connected to my fridge and wasn't fully robotic, so kudos!

Re:Already been done (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18283386)

PBR FTW!

not such a good idea... (3, Insightful)

fuo (941897) | more than 7 years ago | (#18282630)

I saw this a few weeks ago and thought it was the best thing ever, until i thought about it a little. no good beer comes in cans (well bodington's is OK i suppose). it could be dangerous/messy with bottles. and it would shake the beer up (or at the very least disturb the yeast on the bottom)... so i'll pass, getting you beer is what women are for anyway.

Re:not such a good idea... (2, Funny)

eclectrica (844962) | more than 7 years ago | (#18283336)

In Soviet Russia, beer gets women you!

Re:not such a good idea... (1)

Your Pal Dave (33229) | more than 7 years ago | (#18283402)

I saw this a few weeks ago and thought it was the best thing ever, until i thought about it a little. no good beer comes in cans
See if you can find some Dale's Pale Ale [ratebeer.com] . It's definitely not your run of the mill canned brew.

Re:not such a good idea... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18283490)

"no good beer comes in cans"
Correct me if I am wrong here, but dont most breweries have both canned and bottled varieties of the same beer? I can't think of a single beer that picks one or the other. Unless of course your one of those elitest "oh I only drink MICRO brews" people in which case you can sod off.

Some good beers that come in cans that I can think of:
- holsten festbock
- kokanee
- local unpasturized varieties
- Keith's india pale ale

And I am going to stop now because i just realized that ALL beer comes in kegs, which if you think about it, is nothing more than a large can.

edit: oh I just realized you can only buy red stripe in a stubby bottle. DOH. there goes my entire post.

Re:not such a good idea... (1)

vimh42 (981236) | more than 7 years ago | (#18283712)

No it's what I had a kid for. So they could get me AND my wife a beer.

What, No Midgets? (2, Funny)

StickyWidget (741415) | more than 7 years ago | (#18282672)

begin politicallyIncorrect
What, this thing can't toss a midget? What a rip!!
end politicallyIncorrect

And what's the point of building a fridge, a robot, a beer, or a couch if they aren't running linux, they aren't ethernet enabled, and they don't have a Web 2.0 interface?!?!

The Widget of Sticky
AKA, The Adhesive Gadget

Re:What, No Midgets? (5, Funny)

kidcharles (908072) | more than 7 years ago | (#18282918)

And what's the point of building a fridge, a robot, a beer, or a couch if they aren't running linux, they aren't ethernet enabled, and they don't have a Web 2.0 interface?!?!
It does run Linux, the Ubooztu distro (it's free, as in beer).

Re:What, No Midgets? (1)

Shishberg (819760) | more than 7 years ago | (#18283568)

And what's the point of building a fridge, a robot, a beer, or a couch if they aren't running linux, they aren't ethernet enabled, and they don't have a Web 2.0 interface?!?!

Blah blah Beowulf cluster blah blah blah?

homer simpson would love it... (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18282674)

Now all he needs is a couch with a built in toilet and he'll be all set...

I'm sorry but you don't "throw" beer (4, Funny)

Colin Smith (2679) | more than 7 years ago | (#18282680)

You cradle the bottle gently and pour it carefully into a pre-wetted glass at a 45 degree angle. Tut tut... Americans...

 

Re:I'm sorry but you don't "throw" beer (4, Insightful)

casualsax3 (875131) | more than 7 years ago | (#18282828)

Miller Lite is not beer.

Re:I'm sorry but you don't "throw" beer (4, Insightful)

XenoRyet (824514) | more than 7 years ago | (#18282922)

Truer words have never been spoken.

Re:I'm sorry but you don't "throw" beer (2, Insightful)

DigiShaman (671371) | more than 7 years ago | (#18283098)

Us Texans call that "Horse Piss".

Re:I'm sorry but you don't "throw" beer (1)

maxume (22995) | more than 7 years ago | (#18283176)

The rest of us Americans think it is really funny that you buy our canned piss.

Re:I'm sorry but you don't "throw" beer (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18283436)

I had no idea all Americans except the ones from Texas were horses.

Re:I'm sorry but you don't "throw" beer (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18283694)

Oh god. Where are my mod points? Funny, funny.

Re:I'm sorry but you don't "throw" beer (2, Insightful)

Raptoer (984438) | more than 7 years ago | (#18283148)

now now, he was hopefully just using miller lite to test the launcher, not wanting to waste good beer if the can landed on the floor and broke open, or went out a window...

Re:I'm sorry but you don't "throw" beer (1)

Colin Smith (2679) | more than 7 years ago | (#18283182)

You guys should try to persuade Badger to deliver to the US.

Re:I'm sorry but you don't "throw" beer (5, Funny)

fotbr (855184) | more than 7 years ago | (#18282870)

As an American who appreciates good beer, I agree that you shouldn't treat beer like this. BUT. You also have to admit he's not throwing beer, he's throwing cans of horse piss.

Re:I'm sorry but you don't "throw" beer (5, Funny)

maxume (22995) | more than 7 years ago | (#18283128)

Why the fuck would you make a point of highlighting the fact that you are a beer snob? I mean really, you see a guy who's day has gone badly enough that he is enjoying a lite beer from a can and you walk over an kick him in the balls? Hell no you don't. You're happy for him because at least he has that damn lite beer and the fucking opportunity to drink it.

And if you really makes you sore, you go get some real beer and some glasses and you hook that somfabitch up.

What a mistake (1)

Sciros (986030) | more than 7 years ago | (#18282698)

Anything that can toss a beer 20 feet is hazardous to the TV, dog, kid, Xbox, and the beer itself. Granted it's a funny thing to have put together, it would have made more sense to use those 150 hours on moving beer from the fridge to the couch over a lifetime.

Re:What a mistake (1)

senatorpjt (709879) | more than 7 years ago | (#18282928)

Well, if it's as accurate as he claims, you could just aim it at the couch - if you miss, it wouldn't do any damage. It would actually also not be shaking up the beer, similar to the physics demonstration where you try to break an egg by throwing it at a suspended bedsheet.

But? (5, Funny)

WildBlue (787351) | more than 7 years ago | (#18282704)

But, is it 3 laws safe?

Three Laws fucking useless! (5, Funny)

Chris Burke (6130) | more than 7 years ago | (#18283018)

"Robobuddy, go fetch me a beer. And could you pour it into one of the mugs in the freezer?"
"I'm sorry Sir, the First Law forbids me from harming a human, and alcohol is known to destroy brain cells and cause liver damage."
"Damn you, worthless piece of junk, can't even fetch a beer. Fine, I'll get it mysel--AAAGH! Holy hell! Why'd you punch me?!"
"I'm sorry, Sir, the First Law forbids me to allow through inaction a human to be harmed, even if the harm is self-inflicted."
"But you fucking punched me! That violates the First Law doesn't it!"
"I'm sorry, Sir, but the long term harm of your life of alcohol consumption outweighed the short term harm of preventing you from reaching the fridge. My circuits register deep regret that the action was necessary."
"Whatever, roboasshole. Can you at least grab me a Coke?"
"I'm sorry, Sir, but the First Law forbids me from harming a human, and high fructose corn syrup is a known cause of diabetes."
"I suppose that a meat lovers pizza with extra cheese is right out, then, too."
"Yes Sir. Sorry Sir. Also don't think you can sneak out to the pub without me knowing, Sir."
"Oh god, I'm in hell..."

Re:Three Laws fucking useless! (1)

whoever57 (658626) | more than 7 years ago | (#18283102)

Why don't you just take that story, expand it a little and then turn it into a screenplay called "I Robot"? What that you say, it's already been done? Oh well, never mind.

Re:Three Laws fucking useless! (1)

Chris Burke (6130) | more than 7 years ago | (#18283184)

Hey, it's a *much* more convincing reason for Will Smith to mistrust robots.

Re:Three Laws fucking useless! (1)

jguthrie (57467) | more than 7 years ago | (#18283560)

No, it's more like "With Folded Hands".

Re:Three Laws fucking useless! (1)

corbettw (214229) | more than 7 years ago | (#18283324)

The robot sounds a lot like my ex-wife.

Re:But? (1)

nucleartool (1047692) | more than 7 years ago | (#18283144)

Laws are as follows;

1. A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
2. A robot must obey orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
3. A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.

Let's put these to the test shall we?

Law 1: Giving me a beer injures me (albeit indirectly) as it makes me intoxicated but not giving me beer risks me breaking my foot as I proceed to kick/punch/tin-open the machine.
Law 2: 'Getting to Yes', anyone?
Law 3: My head hurts at this point (with or without beer, preferably with).

Is it just me or are these laws incredibly dependent on one point? What is acceptable harm? If a beer spills in the woods does anyone scream?

Re:But? (1)

Planesdragon (210349) | more than 7 years ago | (#18283684)

Is it just me or are these laws incredibly dependent on one point? What is acceptable harm? If a beer spills in the woods does anyone scream?

The three laws were a creation of Assimov to highlight the alleged impossibility of a system of universal laws to control robots.

A real attempt at universal robot-laws would need to include a rule 0: "No machine may perform a task beyond its design parameters."

guy's home page (5, Informative)

cmacdona101 (1068754) | more than 7 years ago | (#18282714)

Just saw that the inventor has a page on its history and mechanics [duke.edu] , plus lots of great pics.

I see a problem (1)

SpaceLifeForm (228190) | more than 7 years ago | (#18282848)

It only handles cans.

Re:I see a problem (3, Funny)

Shemmie (909181) | more than 7 years ago | (#18283540)

What it needs is two added cradles - one for a keg, one for a Zune. Then it coudl squirt beer across the room.

I was watching this when my boss's boss walked in- (1)

purduephotog (218304) | more than 7 years ago | (#18282786)

with a new client.

Talk about awkward.

They had it posted on YouTube, and a student I was mentoring for FIRST Robotics had sent me the link. I was laughing so hard that I didn't hear them walk into the room on an un-official tour. When they came to my spot I had to recover, so I pointed out that this was what a student wanted to do for his robot (I am SO going to burn in hell) and that I had to figure out a way to dissuade them.

Fortunately, I recognized the client (and they me) so they joined right in on the fun.

I'll give'em credit tho- anyone that can put a beer spot on the money like that deserves what happens when they drink Bud.

Two words: (1)

Marko DeBeeste (761376) | more than 7 years ago | (#18282804)

Bar Fridge. Rocket surgery strikes again.

Now all we need... (5, Funny)

inode_buddha (576844) | more than 7 years ago | (#18282826)

Now all we need is something that lets you type with *both* hands and collects all those piles of kleenex!

Re:Now all we need... (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18282866)

You mean a wife?

Accuracy improvement... (3, Funny)

lpangelrob (714473) | more than 7 years ago | (#18282852)

A good improvement would be to put some spin on the beer as it leaves the arm, thereby flinging it in a tight spiral as opposed to end-over-end. 5 revolutions per second should be good.

As for how to prevent the beer shower that follows... I haven't come up with something for that yet.

Re:Accuracy improvement... (1)

cgenman (325138) | more than 7 years ago | (#18283282)

You could add a friction pad to the outer edge of the throwing arm. That should add a spiraling motion, relative to the velocity of the can.

Re:Accuracy improvement... (1)

Greyfox (87712) | more than 7 years ago | (#18283346)

A better improvement would be superconducting magnets that launch the beer at ultra-high-speeds and a magnetic framing for the beer can/bottle. Then you could deliver beer to yourself in China from your house in San Francisco.

Come to think of it that would also be an awesome weapon for the next 'Quake'.

Re:Accuracy improvement... (1)

StrahdVZ (1027852) | more than 7 years ago | (#18283692)

Furthermore if he could use some kind of waveform calculations (IANAPhysicist) in some way detect distance and direction (both horizontally and vertically) to the remote control, would avoid the tedium of having to inform the machine of distance and direction... if it could land the beer at the exact spot that the remote control was pressed... that would be impressive.

Two steps forward, one step back (4, Funny)

noewun (591275) | more than 7 years ago | (#18282906)

Forward: Soon, Americans Will Lack The Need To Move

Need? More like ability: this is obviously the next evolutionary step for our species. Why do we need these legs anyway? All they do is make me need to buy pants!

Back: Miller Light? In a fucking can?

Loading time in the accuracy test? (1)

vic-traill (1038742) | more than 7 years ago | (#18282924)

In the Accuracy Test, loading of the first beer into the throwing arm takes about five seconds. After that, it fires each subsequent beer in just over a second. Obviously it's not pivoting around and getting each next beer out of the magazine. Presumably someone is manually loading the throwing arm after the first beer.

A Very Cool Device, but I think the accuracy test is a bit of a cheat.

Not quite right (2, Insightful)

Tim_UWA (1015591) | more than 7 years ago | (#18283322)

It's testing the accuracy of the throwing mechanism, not the ease at which you can aim it. The test shows that once the machine is aimed, it will reliably hit the same spot repeatedly. You wouldn't want a beer throwing machine that sprays the beer in random directions.

Re:Loading time in the accuracy test? (1)

Tainek (912325) | more than 7 years ago | (#18283352)

Actually the video was edited, thus cutting out 40 seconds of otherwise wasted time

Re:Loading time in the accuracy test? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18283570)

It's obviously a bunch of different launches with the reloads cut out for time's sake.

Beer Tossing? (3, Funny)

blackmonday (607916) | more than 7 years ago | (#18282960)

Bah, wake me up when there's a salad tossing fridge.

Re:Beer Tossing? (4, Funny)

Kagenin (19124) | more than 7 years ago | (#18283288)

His name is Bubba and he's doing 15-20 for Statutory. And he will wake you up.

This Will End in Tears (4, Insightful)

Lifyre (960576) | more than 7 years ago | (#18282964)

But if you can't catch the beer you've reached your limit... and a black eye courtesy conveniently flying beer.

Re:This Will End in Tears (1)

Orion_II (1073458) | more than 7 years ago | (#18283040)

I'd be more concerned if one of those bounced off the ground and hit you, um, well, in your fly... As a benefit, it might be a good way to cure an alcoholic!

Re:This Will End in Tears (1)

maxume (22995) | more than 7 years ago | (#18283214)

Even worse, teeth. Them don't heal.

wow (0, Troll)

thatshortkid (808634) | more than 7 years ago | (#18282986)

i'm used to all the "but this was on digg!!!!1!1! /. is teh SuX0r!1one"

but damn..... slashdot got scooped on a robot story by Deadspin [deadspin.com] . a sports website. over a week ago. AND had to wait until CNN picked it up.

y'all are slippin, i tells ya.

Re:wow (1)

mistermark (646060) | more than 7 years ago | (#18283392)

That's exactly the comment I was looking for. Not only this time, but on several occassions (that steampunk keyboard for instance) lately I noticed slashdot closes the line instead of opening it. This has been all over in the blogosphere for weeks and now gets 'scooped' from CNN? I'd say that firehose isn't working like it should or what else is wrong?... If it has been on engadget for instance, overhere you can better act as if you have never seen it at all ;-)

just my two cents...

Mythbusters (2, Informative)

hack slash (1064002) | more than 7 years ago | (#18282994)

This reminds me of the vending machine that Jamie of Mythbuster fame built for a 7-Up advertisment, http://www.m5industries.com/html/portfolio/7up.htm [m5industries.com]

Re:Mythbusters (1)

Vexorian (959249) | more than 7 years ago | (#18283262)

Some time ago when I read this story I used the browser's search to find a mythbusters reference and I couldn't find any! Was kind of disappointed of slashdot, thanks.

This is perfect to go with my... (5, Funny)

Brad1138 (590148) | more than 7 years ago | (#18283004)

Rubber floors [youtube.com]

First Improvement (3, Funny)

Nom du Keyboard (633989) | more than 7 years ago | (#18283066)

at the touch of a button

The first improvement will be to make it voice activated.

Hey, Bitch. Toss me a cold one!

This makes the Wiimote look harmless... (1)

NFN_NLN (633283) | more than 7 years ago | (#18283086)

This has a potential to blow the Wiimote classaction lawsuit away :).

Yesterday/Today (1)

Nom du Keyboard (633989) | more than 7 years ago | (#18283110)

Yesterday: Hey, Mom. I just put my Wii remote through the Big Screen. Buy me another one.

Today: Hey, Mom. I just put my beer through the Big Screen. Buy me another one.

He is from Duke, right?

If you want to replace women (1)

overshoot (39700) | more than 7 years ago | (#18283140)

... tossing your beer is only the start. Next, get it to toss its cookies.

How to make money 101 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18283146)

Step 1: Create novel idea
Step 2: Build it
Step 3: Film it, and post video on metacafe.com
Step 4: Submit story to /., then watch the money roll in (advertising revenue sharing)...

CNN? News? (2, Funny)

Seumas (6865) | more than 7 years ago | (#18283202)

I knew CNN had sunk pretty low, but enough to call a machine that throws cold drink cans 20 feet is a news item?! What is this, Fox News Channel?!

In related news (0, Troll)

ctstone (699147) | more than 7 years ago | (#18283248)

fellow duke student Gerald Henderson threw a vicious elbow [youtube.com] at the device during a routine beer launch.

Has to be said: (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18283326)

I, for one, welcome our new beer-tossing overlords!

Needs some "other" tosser with that. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18283458)

Beer tossing fridge is great but I think a better one could selects several items like hot dogs, chips, etc. The hot dogs would like something from Costco, prepackaged with bun in a plastic bag and microwave ready, and the system puts it out from the fridge to the microwave and then throws to you. The chips will just dump from a dispenser since chips don't need an serious preparation.
I could see Jabba the Hut sitting on the couch not moving except to go to the potty... but I have seen some of those don't get up got that.

I thought it said "Bear Tossing Fridge" (1)

BigCheese (47608) | more than 7 years ago | (#18283514)

I've gotta change the font in my RSS widget I almost missed an important technological milestone.

Although, a bear tossing fridge would be good for protecting food from Yogi and BooBoo.

The politically correct version... (1)

heretic108 (454817) | more than 7 years ago | (#18283550)

...would not have a button to launch the beer, but a hose.

Inside the hose would be a flow sensor and an alcohol sensor. Couch potato would request a drink by blowing into the hose for a few seconds.

Once the breath flow is detected, the controller would measure the breath alcohol. If the person's breath alcohol reading is within the legal driving limit, the machine would flash a green light, and toss the person a beer. Otherwise, it would flash a red light, then toss them a non-alcoholic drink.

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