The monkeys over at ThinkGeek have conjured up yet another awesome t-shirt idea. Combining two of my favorite things, robots, and bottle openers, I present to you the BeerBot Bottle Opening Shirt. Never again will the fashionable geek be without a means to access their libation of choice.
Through a particularly nefarious contact and a covertly trained monkey, I was able to obtain, free of charge, a sample of this shirt for analysis and possible interrogation. The robot wasn’t intelligent so we had to skip the Q&A. For the initial test I wore the shirt to work. Since my wardrobe is about 90% robot shirts, I wasn’t surprised that few people noticed the new robot. But I was surprised that few people saw the bottle opener. After inspecting my shirt in the mirror I realized that it blends in well, and unless you catch it in profile it doesn’t really stand out.
I refrained from performing the functional test until Beer:30, at which time a few of us gathered around the beer cooler to pop open some Shiner. Since I’m used to using a church key or a bar mounted opener it felt a tad awkward opening one on my chest. I ended up holding the opener in one hand to get some leverage on the bottle. Others who used it did not express as much awkwardness, but some spillage did occur. I think if the opener were designed so you push the bottle down instead of lift that could be avoided, but I don’t know how well it’d work sewn into the shirt like that.
So as far as a robot shirt goes, it’s very cool, and comfortable. The opener is made of aluminum and doesn’t weigh down the shirt anymore than a heavy silk screen does. While the opener functions, I felt it was a bit awkward and could have room for improvement. Everyone thought it was cool, despite the difficulties using the opener.