Head of Innovation
I’m Head of Innovation at Redweb, a department that’s constantly looking to explore, nurture and exploit new ideas and technologies in the most creative ways.
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Mon 20 May 2013
I think about beer a lot. Judging by my Instagram stream, maybe too much. I live 1 minute and 55 seconds from the best pub in town. It's quicker on the way there than it is coming home. It's a wonderful place, and I now have a 'locals only' loyalty card.
But sometimes even that doesn't seem close enough. Imagine if you could pour yourself a beer, without leaving your favourite chair and without lifting a finger? Imagine using the power of your mind to pour a pint, literally having your thoughts turn to beer!
All you need is a brain wave monitoring headset, a visual display, a wifi network, an electronics kit, a solenoid valve, 40 pints of pressurised home brew and a willing and thirsty accomplice who's capable of a little coding magic.
We set up the final system in all its working glory, on a Friday afternoon to make things easy. Surely everyone would already be thinking about beer as the weekend draws close? But would concentration be too difficult after a long hard week of work?
Here's a video clip of our first pint being poured
And a few photos:
So now we've cleaned up the spillages, recharged the batteries, replaced dodgy wiring, and washed up the empties. Furthermore, we've already started brewing a new batch of work brew (this one's going to be called Restless Curs'r) so we can 'think about beer' all over again.
Leave a comment, or send me a message, if you'd like to come in and give it a go.
Here's a photo montage from a fantastic day at TedxBrixton, where we helped over delegates pour over 100 pints of beer with their brains.
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