This St. Patrick’s Day, Try Intoxicase: iPhone Case + Bottle Opener

March 16, 2012

4:00 pm

One dark night, a few friends were sitting around a campfire drinking beer. But with each new bottle to pop, they had to fumble around in their bags searching for a bottle opener – using their iPhone as a flashlight.

Nine months later, those same friends launched Intoxicase: an iPhone 4/4S case with a bottle opener on the back plus a free app. Now you can throw back some Guinness on St. Patrick’s Day and let the app keep track of how many bottles you popped and even play your favorite football team’s song when you crack one open. On the more practical side, it’ll help you find your car in the parking lot and call a cab if you’re too drunk to drive.

Intoxicase comes in two bartender-approved versions:

Joking aside, the Intoxicase team put some serious time into designing the case, made of polycarbonate and (for the bottle opener) stainless steel. They were challenged to design an opener that would distribute pressure equally and not crack the case – resulting in an oval shape for the Intoxicase that is patent-pending. On the Intoxicase Plus, the rectangular bottle opener folds in so the case is less than 3 mm higher than usual.

Intoxicase is created by Spicebox (founded 2010), which makes hardware devices that transform smartphones:

Our vision, in a nutshell, is that through adding sophisticated hardware functionalities and integrating them with advanced software applications, we can transform the smartphone into a revolutionary machine that can be used as (for example) a medical device, a sports utility, a home appliance and much more.

Look for another Spicebox product coming soon.

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Kira M. Newman is a Tech Cocktail writer interested in the harsh reality of entrepreneurship, work-life balance, and psychology. She is the founder of The Year of Happy and has been traveling around the world interviewing entrepreneurs in Asia, Europe, and North America since 2011. Follow her @kiramnewman or contact [email protected]

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