5 Outrageous Drink Gadgets

These remarkable gadgets actually existA couple weeks ago, the internet was ablaze with the news that an unmanned, robotic taco-delivering helicopter had been invented and was set to debut in San Francisco. Unfortunately for taco-loving enthusiasts, that turned out to be more hoax than reality. Still, that people would believe it to be true arguably speaks to the level of innovation we have become accustomed to these days.

Sure, you could also argue that it just proves how gullible are as a society - eager and willing to hop on the bandwagon of the latest trending topic with blind faith. But sometimes the outrageous things you read and hear about online aren't fake-outs.

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For example, a giant half-ton corkscrew that can open a bottle of wine and pour some into a glass for you. Or a soda can that is capable of chilling itself. These things actually exist.

Now, technically, a gadget is defined as a "small mechanical or electronic device with a practical use but often thought of as a novelty."

Let's just say that these "gadgets" - inventions, almost-too-crazy-to-believe pieces of technology, what have you - while certainly novel, aren't always small.

YouTube/babyminthegameRobb Higgs' "Corkscrew"
Created by British designer Robb Higgs, this remarkably elaborate corkscrew stands at an impressive 5.5 feet tall and weighs a staggering half ton (at least there's no risk of misplacing it, right?). And while we all know you don't need a corkscrew to open a bottle of wine, there's no denying that the fact that this machine can open a bottle of wine and pour you a glass is seriously cool. Click here to watch the video demonstration.

Flickr/frozennamaIchiban Shibori Frozen Draft, Frozen Beer Foam Machine
Soft-serve beer foam that keeps your brew colder for longer? Yes, please. This new invention from Japanese beer company, Kirin, dispenses frozen Ichiban beer and, when added to a headless beer, acts as an insulating lid that supposedly keeps the drink cold for 30 minutes.

West Coast ChillWest Coast Chill, Self-Chilling Can
Claiming to be the world's first self-chilling energy drink, this cool can (pun intended) can apparently drop 30 degrees in three minutes when you turn it upside down and push a button. "We take reclaimed CO2 that's out there in the atmosphere and we inject the gaseous COs into the activated carbon," CEO Mitchell Joseph told ABC. "Once you push the button down, it starts pulling heat from the beverage and dissipating it out through the bottom of the can."

YouTube/pmerlion'Hug Me' Coke Machine
Would you hug a vending machine for a free Coke? As part of their newly launched "Open Happiness" campaign, Coca-Cola has installed a "Hug Me" Coke machine at the National University of Singapore that dispenses a free can of soda when you hug its sides. That's got to be the nicest vending machine ever created.

Rush3 StudioKebo, the One-Handed Bottle Opener
This modern re-imagining of a 1930s-style Theodore Low bottle opener from Rush3 Studio solves the dilemma of wanting to continue channel surfing while you crack open a fresh beer. The one-handed bottle opener was created by Rush Dixon who, according to The Huffington Post, "says the idea was prompted by downtime as an architect in the summer of 2010 and a 'chance encounter' with an antique bottle opener." Maybe not the most outrageous gadget on the list, but definitely still cool.

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- Maryse Chevriere, The Daily Meal