It’s only a matter of time before the novel idea, sparked by two Australian entrepreneurs, of opening a can of beer with an iPhone spreads across the ocean and seeps into America’s beer-drinking, hard texting, net-surfing population.
The Opena, which was developed by Chris Peters an industrial designer, and Rob Ward, a former toolmaker, fits over the iPhone. The hard plastic case is prepared for a good time and comes equipped with a slide-out bottle opener.
When developing the prototype, the two innovators kept three basic principles in mind. For one, the case had to be slim; for another, the opener had to function in such a way as to not scratch the surface of the iPhone. Thirdly, the opener would have to work on its own, without exerting any pressure on the iPhone.
The first few prototypes were weak but development is rapidly moving along. The Opena is slated for sales within a few weeks.
Opinions have been mixed even among Australia’s beer drinking population. Some were elated to combine their love of tech with drinking, while others expressed concern about putting a phone that close to a foaming beverage.
If the Opena reaches the US, it is sure to be controversial, as drinking and cell phone usage are the two major causes of auto casualties in America.
If we adopt the Opena, Would we conveniently be combining them both? Or are we being too serious abut a lighthearted innovation that when push comes to shove, is actually pretty clever?
Being prepared is the old Boy Scout motto. Could the Opena become like a pen-knife or extra gadget carried along just in case?
Reader decide, but test it out somewhere far away from wheels, tires and carpets.