The All New BeerBox

The All New BeerBox: The Beer Vending Machine

If you are looking for something to give as a gift the the man of your life, get to know the new Beerbox.  The all new Beerbox is an ideal gift for your dad, your friends, or anybody you feel is worthy of such a present.

Beer Vending Machines

Beer vending machines are already available in the market.  But they face some issues.  One of them is facing the legal necessity ensuring that people are 21 years and older.

Some venues will not allow selling of closed container of alcohol because it can be used as a projectile.  A vending machine may also shake the can so much which may result in a foamy mess.

The BeerBox

According to its founder Robert Gaafar, the BeerBox is a vending machine that opens your beer can for you.  The company is part of the accelerator at ZX Ventures.  This is the innovation arm of Anheuser-Busch InBev.  Gaafar said that is all goes well, BeerBox could actually be a separate company.

The BeerBox addresses the problem that beer lovers face, be it in concerts or festivals, ballgames, or the long wait on bars.  The machine was built in partnership with Intelligent Product Solutions.

Ralph Cassara, Intelligent Product Solutions’ senior director of architecture and embedded software, explained that the BeerBox has a unique technical challenge.  This is because of its can-opening functionality.

More About The BeerBox

Its developers studied the functions of the fingers in opening a beer can.  They then applied it on the BeerBox.   The machine can detect the can’s orientation then locate the tab on top of the can.

To solve the age problem, the machine will only be placed on places or venues where age verification is required and verified by showing IDs.

The Machine’s Capacity

The current BeerBox prototype can hold up to 150 25-ounce cans of beer.  Payments is cashless, but the company is also planning to create new models that support secure, offline payments.

The machine currently only dispenses Bud Light.  But the company said it will later have a touchscreen for ordering multiple types of beer.

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Correction (5-29-18): Added clarification that Ralph Cassara works for Intelligent Product Solutions.

 

 

 

 

 

Pico U: Universal Brewer for Most of the Good Stuff

Have you ever imagined brewing your own beer, coffee, tea, kombucha, horchata and a host of other drinks using one smart universal machine like the Pico U? The U in its name obviously refers to its universal nature to brew just everything. While earlier incarnations of this countertop beer-brewing machine were bulky, inefficient, noisy, and designed for just a single product, the current Pico U is more compact, quiet, and versatile. If you like embracing the minimalist lifestyle where less is more, then consider getting a Pico U to simplify getting your beverage needs.

Initially funded on Kickstarter with a $50,000 goal, it has surpassed that with a total
US$ 358,256 in pledges from 1,669 backers and still 26 days to go!

If you can dream it, you can drink it!  — Pico U

More and more consumers are conscious about their health, especially what they put in their bodies. Pico U is perfect since you could brew exactly how you want your beverage, using the freshest ingredients for a delicious, no-preservative drink. For sure, your mother would have loved having this in her kitchen – from perky coffee in the morning to tisanes in the afternoon and relaxing, icy home-made beer to cap your day. Pico U Brew comes with accessories the Bruet, Mini Step Filter, and recipe kits to widen your array of personalized beverages that include popular fusion drinks like:

  • Sumatra cold brew coffee
  • iced horchata,
  • ginger lemon kombucha,
  • Goji Berry Acai kombucha
  • citrus dry soda,
  • yerba mate chai tea,
  • vanilla cocoa cold brew,
  • Saffron Turmeric golden milk, and more.

Backing Pico U is easy since it is affordable (a bargain comes in different packages to suit your needs and size of operations. So whether it’s just a drink for two or one for the road with friends, there is definitely a package to back – with room to grow!

  1. Early Bird Pico U (Basic)
    US/Canada only.Brews coffee, tea, and fusion beverages. Makes single serve coffee and tea, and 1.4-liter batches. Includes Pico U, Mini Step Filter, Glass Bruet, and Coffee Filter Basket. Unfortunately, this is no longer available. Scheduled for release in January 2019 but ships only to certain countries.
  2. US$ 179 or more
    Production Run 1: Pico U (Basic)
    Brews coffee, tea, and fusion beverages. Makes single serve coffee and tea, and 1.4-liter batches. Includes Pico U, Mini Step Filter, Glass Bruet, and Coffee Filter Basket. Estimated delivery in February 2019 and ships anywhere in the world.
  3. US$ 189 or more
    Early Bird Pico U (Deluxe)
    US/Canada only.Brews coffee, tea, and fusion beverages, as well as craft beer, kombucha, and dry soda. Makes single serve coffee and tea, 1.4-liter batches of fusion beverages, and 5-liter batches of craft beer and other fermented/carbonated drinks. Also supports sous vide.Includes everything in Pico U Basic, plus a Brew Keg and Full-Size Step Filter. This reward is no longer available.
  4. US$ 199 or more
    Production Run 1: Pico U (Deluxe)
    Brews coffee, tea, and fusion beverages, as well as craft beer, kombucha, and dry soda. Makes single serve coffee and tea, 1.4-liter batches of fusion beverages, and 5-liter batches of craft beer and other fermented/carbonated drinks. Also supports sous vide.Includes everything in Pico U Basic, plus a Brew Keg and Full-Size Step Filter. This is available in February 2019 and ships worldwide.
  5. US$ 229 or more
    Mass Production Pico U (Basic)
    Brews coffee, tea, and fusion beverages. Makes single serve coffee and tea, and 1.4-liter batches.Includes Pico U, Mini Step Filter, Glass Bruet, and Coffee Filter Basket. Available in March 2019 and ships worldwide.
  6. US$ 249 or more
    Mass Production Pico U (Deluxe)
    Brews coffee, tea, and fusion beverages, as well as craft beer, kombucha, and dry soda. Makes single serve coffee and tea, 1.4-liter batches of fusion beverages, and 5-liter batches of craft beer and other fermented/carbonated drinks. Also supports sous vide. Includes everything in Pico U Basic, plus a Brew Keg and Full-Size Step Filter. Available in March 2019 and ships worldwide.

In the past, the blender was the go-to small kitchen appliance. But with tastes getting more sophisticated, the Pico U promises more fun than a jugful of blenderized Margaritas!

Attribution: Information and video from the Pico Kickstarter site.

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