What’s better than celebrating St. Paddy’s Day with a Smithwick’s and a few friends? How about drinking at the command of a little green machine.
The team at Real Art spent the past week crafting an electronic drinking game in honor of the upcoming Irish holiday. You know––the one that’s supposed to commemorate the anniversary of a saint’s death but is really a big excuse to over-consume large quantities of beer and randomly pinch and kiss strangers.
Not satisfied with the speed and manner at which we normally consume beer-verages, the Real Art team built ShamRocked. If good ole St. Patrick and Simon (assuming she’s a female) got together, this would be their red-headed, four-leafed spawn. Place 4 pints of your favorite brew on the ShamRocked machine’s sensors and let the fun begin. The machine uses pressure sensors, electroluminescent wires, an Arduino and a little code to create a series of random sequences that direct each party goer when to drink. For each sequence the group gets correct another tone and light are added. Get it wrong and an angry tone and light let you know you’re the one who screwed up and it’s time to chug.
Necessary? Probably not. But with the luck of the Irish on your side and a pre-arranged ride home you should be able to escape with only minor head trauma. Who else can see this replacing flip-cup on every college campus across the country? Guess it’s time to call our lawyers.