UK booze brand Strongbow has designed what it's touting as the world's first digital bottle cap that doubles as a rudimentary remote. Using RFID technology, the StartCap can do everything from turning off the lights to powering up your stereo when you crack open a cold one.
When the bottle cap is removed a hidden, and presumably shielded, RFID tag is exposed. The signal is detected and recognised by a reader, and since the RFID tags are all unique, its signature can be then used to trigger a specific action. So the bottle's capabilities are still pretty much dependent on a nearby computer, but the potential is endless. Every time you open a bottle it could automatically put your home theatre into sports mode. Or simply draw the curtains and close the blinds so your neighbours can't see you drinking at 9.30 in the morning. [StartCap via PopSop via Newlaunches]