Tech ideas and after work fun.
There's a lot more to St. Patrick's Day than drinking green-tinted beer and Guinness on a weeknight. It also serves as the theme for a variety of fun tech gadgets, apps and devices. Some of these, of course, are adult beverage-related, but it goes far beyond that and is only limited by our creativity.
St. Paddy's Day is big business, and the themed products sold can give the retail-minded entrepreneur some creative inspiration. Innovators and gadget junkies are in for a treat.
If you're taking part in the festivities by heading out for a pint after hours with your work pals or you’re hosting a pub-style get together when you get home from the office, find some tech inspiration with these St. Paddy's Day-themed items (and make sure to drink responsibly!)
1. Green Light-Up LED Suspenders
This may possibly be the cheesiest LED accessory of all time, but I absolutely have to include these ridiculous LED suspenders to this list. Wearing these will make you the instant hot topic around the workplace.
Available via FlashingBlinkyLights, these unisex suspenders work for both guys and gals. Not only are they adjustable, but they glow in three different modes for varying levels of ridiculousness: blinking, steady, and flashing.
If your office is into dress-up theme days, get your hands on a pair of these, at least so you’re prepared for next year’s festivities.
With the recent explosion in craft beer it can be hard to keep track of the kinds you've tried. Enter Untappd: an app which allows you to track the beers you've tried and peruse a list of "trending beers" to help you select your next brew to try. The app also gamifies your drinking experience by awarding badges for drinking various varieties or theme-based beers.
Untappd is available for both iOS and Android.
3. Smartphone Case Bottle Opener
Did a leprechaun steal your bottle opener? If so, make sure you can crack that freshly chilled bottle of beer with one of these cell phone cases complete with a handy bottle opener attachment. These fun little gadgets are available for both iPhone and Android and feature a ‘practical’ opener embedded in the back.
Bonus points: looking for a reason to say hello to that lovely lass or lad? Offer to open their beer up, then produce your phone, open the beer, and wouldn't you know it…your phone is conveniently ready to record their phone number. You smooth sailor, you.
4. Fern Green Lomo Camera
Make your friends "green" with envy and capture every moment of St Patty's Day shenanigans with this adorable film camera, available in a striking green fern colour with a detachable flash.
This analog camera is available via Lomography, takes 35mm film and is sure to earn you major hipster cred with your pals.
5. Interactive LED Beer Pong Table
Are you a beer pong champion? Take your game to the next level and impress your guests with this amazing interactive table.
I initially discovered this on Kickstarter, which is where this bit 'o technical information comes from:
[It's] capable of controlling a 32×16 LED grid, handling multiple RGB colors channels as well as single 16-bit PWM channels, wireless connectivity and being completely open source, the sky is the limit when it comes to creating your own one-of-a-kind beer pong table.
However, if you know your way around some wiring and you’re feeling bold, you can visit Instructibles.com to make one for yourself. Now that's a feat worthy of some bragging rights!
6. Green LED Ice Cubes
If you're not big on beer, and mixed drinks are more your thing, keep it cool while playing to the St Patty's Day theme with some green light up LED ice cubes.
Not only do these handy little devices look awesome, but they also keep your drink cold without melting and diluting your well crafted beverage. They're also available in a variety of shapes, colours and prices on Amazon.
7. Shot-Pint Glasses
Okay so this isn't "tech" in the traditional sense of the word, but I love this innovation so much that I had to include it in this list anyway.
If you're switching between beer and shots during your evening things may get pretty messy in more ways than one, so why not save yourself the trouble of cleaning up later and pick up one of these shot-pint glasses? These ingenious glasses are available on Amazon, and allow you to imbibe without dirtying another glass. Even better, they come in pairs so you'll never have to worry about having a beverage or two alone.
Have we missed any noteworthy green-themed tech gadgets or items? Tell us in the comments section below.