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(Wired UK)   MIT mathematicians join forces with famed chef, use biomimickry to create miniature edible high-proof alcohol boats that float on top of your cocktail before dissolving, emulating the natural world   (wired.co.uk) divider line 28
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2013-11-09 05:03:15 PM
Still not paying $15 for a buck's worth of booze.
 
2013-11-09 05:14:45 PM
I doubt that LED is edible, but if it is shut up and take my money.
 
2013-11-09 05:54:12 PM
There will be waves of hate directed at this thing in the thread, and I'm not sure I'd ever order such a drink. But I have to say, that's pretty clever.
 
2013-11-09 06:49:12 PM
 
2013-11-09 07:37:09 PM
doglover: I doubt that LED is edible,

The headline said the boats are edible, the LEDs are in the flower thingies.

That article is way longer than it needs to be, I'll summarize it succinctly here.

1) We made a gelatin "boat" with a lower density alcohol in it. When put in a drink, the lower density alcohol comes out of a hole and surface tension pulls the boat forward.

2) We made a "flower" that opens when you put it in the water and closes when you pull it out so that a drop of the liquid stays in the flower (which you can then put in your mouth).

// you're welcome

// also not paying $15 for $1 of alcohol
 
2013-11-09 07:43:31 PM

lordargent: doglover: I doubt that LED is edible,

The headline said the boats are edible, the LEDs are in the flower thingies.

That article is way longer than it needs to be, I'll summarize it succinctly here.

1) We made a gelatin "boat" with a lower density alcohol in it. When put in a drink, the lower density alcohol comes out of a hole and surface tension pulls the boat forward.

2) We made a "flower" that opens when you put it in the water and closes when you pull it out so that a drop of the liquid stays in the flower (which you can then put in your mouth).

// you're welcome

// also not paying $15 for $1 of alcohol


I'm a simple man with a simple dream of drinking enough of the non-toxic peroxide cocktail in a glowstick or some edible bio-luminous substance in sufficient quantity to produce my own light just once.

/or at least for a number 1.
 
2013-11-09 07:47:56 PM
Can't wait until the outrage starts because college kids discover these gelatin boats and start eating them by the handful to get drunk and end up in the emergency room for alcohol poisoning. You know it will happen.
 
2013-11-09 08:05:08 PM
Who are these people that think putting an additional step between me and drunk is acceptable? I don't want to "Oooo" and "Ahhhhh" my booze. I want to drink it. If I want to see something pretty, there's plenty of ugly chicks that'll be plenty attractive if you'd just get the facny crap out of the way and let me drink.

/shrug
 
2013-11-09 08:05:25 PM

ongbok: Can't wait until the outrage starts because college kids discover these gelatin boats and start eating them by the handful to get drunk and end up in the emergency room for alcohol poisoning. You know it will happen.


No it won't.

They're $15 each. Everclear is $15 for a bottle that can kill three freshmen. College kids aren't made of money.
 
2013-11-09 08:07:14 PM
*fancy

/not drunk enough yet
 
2013-11-09 08:18:09 PM
"the boats are created from 3D-printed moulds"

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2013-11-09 08:23:50 PM

doglover: ongbok: Can't wait until the outrage starts because college kids discover these gelatin boats and start eating them by the handful to get drunk and end up in the emergency room for alcohol poisoning. You know it will happen.

No it won't.

They're $15 each. Everclear is $15 for a bottle that can kill three freshmen. College kids aren't made of money.


And you don't think somebody will start making them and selling them cheaper than that? And you forget college kids like to find wacky ways to get drunk.
 
2013-11-09 08:34:09 PM
they will just stick them up their butts
 
2013-11-09 08:35:30 PM
It's about time they put their trade school degrees to good use.
 
2013-11-09 08:46:43 PM

ongbok: doglover: ongbok: Can't wait until the outrage starts because college kids discover these gelatin boats and start eating them by the handful to get drunk and end up in the emergency room for alcohol poisoning. You know it will happen.

No it won't.

They're $15 each. Everclear is $15 for a bottle that can kill three freshmen. College kids aren't made of money.

And you don't think somebody will start making them and selling them cheaper than that? And you forget college kids like to find wacky ways to get drunk.


No, college kids like to invent wacky ways to get drunk. If it costs money they're out.
 
2013-11-09 08:56:57 PM
doglover: They're $15 each. Everclear is $15 for a bottle that can kill three freshmen.

Can you make jello shooters out of everclear?

// I assume yes since you can do it with vodka and vodak.
 
2013-11-09 09:01:25 PM
Also, if you haven't been paying attention, jello shooters got fancy.

// mostly wedding stuff

www.bakersroyale.com
www.delux-mag.com
www.glendaloughmanor.com
www.weddingsbylilly.com
www.delux-mag.com
www.weddingsbylilly.com
i.imgur.com
www.weddingsbylilly.com
1.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-11-09 09:08:52 PM

Quantum Apostrophe: "the boats are created from 3D-printed moulds"


Time after time
What's on your mind
You make me feel so helpless
You never tried
What's on your mind
You make me feel so helpless
 
2013-11-09 09:13:47 PM

Cuchulane: Still not paying $15 for a buck's worth of booze.


The cocktails you'll be getting these in are not $1 worth of alcohol. Generally, nice craft cocktails use nicer booze, and some of those liqueurs can get stupidly expensive. And remember, you're talking 4 oz- a buck of average liquor is about a shot- which is 1.5 oz.

You're still paying a decent markup over the materials cost, but it's a better drink, they're not just selling you the same shiatty stuff you get in your local dive for a much higher price.

\These things are still entirely useless.
\\Off to make myself a drink.
 
2013-11-09 09:17:11 PM

Lets talk frankly about internal cleanliness: Who are these people that think putting an additional step between me and drunk is acceptable? I don't want to "Oooo" and "Ahhhhh" my booze. I want to drink it. If I want to see something pretty, there's plenty of ugly chicks that'll be plenty attractive if you'd just get the facny crap out of the way and let me drink.

/shrug


Some of us like things that taste good, and aren't drinking just to get hammered as fast as possible. I'm sorry that your taste buds are so shiatty that you can't appreciate the flavor of a nice drink, you're missing out. If that's your aim, drink everclear. The rest of us will enjoy the flavor as we drink, while not being shiatfaced embarrassments to humanity.
 
2013-11-09 09:31:04 PM
cptjeff : Some of us like things that taste good, and aren't drinking just to get hammered as fast as possible. I'm sorry that your taste buds are so shiatty that you can't appreciate the flavor of a nice drink

They're floating pieces of gelatin in the drink.

That doesn't really do anything for the taste, it's just adding a novelty.

// it's akin to putting flakes of gold in a liquor, doesn't do anything for the taste, but hey, GOLD!

// I, on the flip side, have been trying all sorts of weird things latey (either I get an interesting looking bottle from bevmo, or I bring back something from one of my trips.). Two of my most recent (and favorite) acquisitions appear below.

www.madeira-shopping.com
Licor Aniz Escarchado (like an even sweeter sambuca)

ecx.images-amazon.com
Ponche Kuba (because Cruzan (as I was told) stopped making their rum cream, and I can't fly down to the Caribbean to get the authentic home made stuff whenever I run out)
 
2013-11-09 09:39:23 PM

lordargent: Can you make jello shooters out of everclear?


According to these fine young ladies, the answer is "Tee hee."

gamekrib.com
 
2013-11-09 09:44:06 PM

lordargent: doglover: They're $15 each. Everclear is $15 for a bottle that can kill three freshmen.

Can you make jello shooters out of everclear?

// I assume yes since you can do it with vodka and vodak.


Not using equal volume as the vodak, no.  The alcohol content becomes too high and it never sets up properly.  However, if you want neon blue ooze it works terrific.

/certainly not speaking from personal experience
 
2013-11-09 09:46:44 PM
Actually, that's cool enough that I'm tempted to open a bar to feature it, except the responsibility of owning and running a bar would get in the way of my drinking.
 
2013-11-09 10:15:37 PM

wademh: Actually, that's cool enough that I'm tempted to open a bar to feature it, except the responsibility of owning and running a bar would get in the way of my drinking.


That, and "look at our awesome garnishes" isn't much of a draw for customers.
 
2013-11-09 11:38:31 PM

cptjeff: wademh: Actually, that's cool enough that I'm tempted to open a bar to feature it, except the responsibility of owning and running a bar would get in the way of my drinking.

That, and "look at our awesome garnishes" isn't much of a draw for customers.


How about "Awesome Ganeshas"?
 
2013-11-10 12:55:03 AM

cptjeff: Lets talk frankly about internal cleanliness: Who are these people that think putting an additional step between me and drunk is acceptable? I don't want to "Oooo" and "Ahhhhh" my booze. I want to drink it. If I want to see something pretty, there's plenty of ugly chicks that'll be plenty attractive if you'd just get the facny crap out of the way and let me drink.

/shrug

Some of us like things that taste good, and aren't drinking just to get hammered as fast as possible. I'm sorry that your taste buds are so shiatty that you can't appreciate the flavor of a nice drink, you're missing out. If that's your aim, drink everclear. The rest of us will enjoy the flavor as we drink, while not being shiatfaced embarrassments to humanity.


img.fark.net

Things, you take them too seriously.
 
2013-11-10 09:37:52 AM
Will they have different versions for various shipwrecks?
The Titanic sinks after it hits the ice and the LED flashes out SOS, all served in an ice cold martini.
The Costa Concordia scrapes the rocks and sinks.  Captain not included.
The standard version should be called the Bermuda Triangle because they just disappear.
 
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