Ballantine designs 'area glass' for consuming whiskey in microgravity
Anybody offended by the prospect of consuming superb whiskey inside sealed area packs with straws after Suntory despatched its best selection to the ISS for testing? Don’t be concerned: Ballantine’s received your again. The liquor firm has commissioned Open Area Company’s James Parr — who additionally created a Lumia-powered 3D-printed telescope up to now — to design a excessive-tech whiskey glass particularly for zero-G environments. He examined quite a lot of designs earlier than deciding on a rounded glass with a spiral convex chrome steel base plated in rose gold that may create the floor pressure essential to carry the liquor down. The liquid then passes by way of channels on the edges of the glass all the best way as much as the golden mouthpiece.
The “glass” half itself is definitely 3D-printed medical-grade PLA plastic, the identical sort used for coronary heart valves. Since the whole lot tends to drift in microgravity, the bottom hides a 22-pound magnet that can be utilized to stay the glass on magnetic surfaces. Plus, it has a a method valve the place a custom-made whiskey bottle nozzle might be inserted to pour out a shot. Parr and Ballantine revealed extra particulars concerning the design course of on Medium, if you would like to learn extra about how the “area glass” was created. Positive, it could possibly be nothing however a advertising stunt, however it’s superb how a lot thought went into designing a whiskey glass. It is unlucky that the majority of us may by no means get to make use of it in its meant surroundings; good factor the ultimate product at the least seems to be fancy sufficient to show.