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July 07, 2011

There's a case for that

How about a beer with your iPhone?

(Reuters) - You can do a lot with an iPhone these days -- text, take pictures, surf the net, and even make a phone call.

And soon, thanks to two Australian entrepreneurs, you will be able use it to open a bottle of beer by way of the "Opena," a hard plastic case that fits over the iPhone and is equipped with a slide-out bottle opener.

"Basically, Australians are fairly heavy drinkers, as you may or may not know," said Melbourne-based Chris Peters, an industrial designer who developed the product with Rob Ward, a former toolmaker.

This reminds me of a project I worked on back in the 90s. It was based on Apple's Newton. Someone who worked there (but who wasn't involved in the Newton project) told us, "You know, your users will find that really useful... if you put a bottle-opener on it."

Posted by joke du jour at July 7, 2011 06:01 PM

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