Talk About Taking Couch Potato to a New Level
Do you remember the commercials that used to be shown during football season where the dog is taught to fetch the beer. Then there was one where the dog not only fetched the beer, but got revenge on his master by drinking the beer? Well, I guess because of the risk of dogs revolting against their masters a graduate of Duke University has created the ultimate couch potato’s gift. It is a refrigerator that will throw you a beer across the room.
As of now the refrigerator only has a range of 20 feet, and obviously has to have a clear line from the refrigerator to where you are seated to toss it to you. To help you picture this invention first think of those small little refrigerators that we had in college. Oh, I forgot, many of us might not have known it by that name. For those of you that went to a party school like I did, I am referring to the box thing that was used to store our beer.
To activate this invention that will soon be the best friend of every beer drinking football fan, you have a remote control similar in size to the remotes cars have to unlock their doors. At that point a small elevator like device transports the beer from inside the refrigerator to the top of it where a retractable door opens and the beer can is then loaded onto an arm of a catapult device. At this point the user the clicks their remote again and the beer is flung up to twenty feet across the room to save you from having to get up from your chair. It sounds like the design allows the refrigerator to hold up to ten beers that can be loaded in the queue before it has to be refilled.
John Cornwell who is the creator of the sports fan’s dream machine is still working on a version that can launch bottles, as the current version can only handle cans. While I have to give Mr. Cornwell credit for ingenuity in creating this machine, I still see a few minor flaws with it. First as everyone knows, if you throw a can twenty feet in the air it is likely to have a little issue with the liquid foaming when you open it. The mini refrigerator is also quite bulky with the catapult device on top of it. Due to the bulkiness of this the invention it may have a limited market, as it would not work well in college dorms. Also, I’m not sure working on a version that can catapult bottles twenty feet across the room is a good idea either, sounds like a good way to lose a good beer if it hits the floor.
Again, I’m impressed with the ingenuity displayed by the creator, but I think before it goes to market some adjustments might need to be made before it will have widespread appeal.