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A beer glass concept is designed so that it will fall over unless propped up by a mobile phone.
We all have that friend. You know. You're at the pub, having a drink and a catch-up ... but every five minutes, they're checking Facebook or Twitter or email. Aside from the fact that it leaves you awkwardly waiting for them to return their focus to the real world, you have to wonder why, if you're that boring, they didn't just stay home.
Or maybe it's just compulsive. Either way, it can make for a vaguely uncomfortable time.
A new drinking glass concept, though, could effectively put a halt to compulsive smartphone checking. Called "The Offline Glass" by creative agency Fischer & Friends for Bar Jorge in Brazil, it's creatively carved with a hollow space in the base that perfectly fits a smartphone. And, while serving the function of deleting smartphone-related rudness from the meatspace, it could possibly also prevent another texting faux pas: the dreaded drunken SMS.
While it's an ingenious-seeming concept, however, there are a few niggling problems. What if you don't have a smartphone? Or, if you're drinking your beer cold, what about condensation dripping down onto the device? And what if the person in question is genuinely nomophobic?
Since the Offline Glass is only a concept, unlikely to see production, solutions to these problems will not be forthcoming. Nevertheless, it can be a lesson to every compulsive pub texter: the internet can wait. Relax and enjoy your friends while they're still around.