Giz's semi-goddess Sarah Meyers went to Maker Faire to admire all kinds of wonderful machines, and videotaped this straightforward demo of the workings of The Device, the first all-in-on beer machine. It's our favourite by far, not because of its design or ingenuity, but because of what it makes: lots and different types of beer. And, unlike other boutique ales, you won't have to recover a stolen laptop to enjoy a lifetime supply of its frothy goodness. The bad: it's not as elegant as a fridge with a built-in draft beer system. The good: it's fresh beer, you can teach science to your kids while getting drunk and it doesn't require a stupid bottle opener. On second thought, move "no bottle opener required" under bad. [Sarah Meyers, Rocketboom, PopSci]
How the World's First All-in-One Beer Machine Works
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An hour before midnight on New Year’s Eve in 1985, a bunch of Harley executives sat in a room at a bank with two stacks of papers, one for bankruptcy and another for recapitalization, if their last gasp ask for fresh investment came in. They had given themselves until midnight to get new money or go bankrupt, and time was running out.
Well, that was fun while it lasted.