FlirtyCups

What is it?
A series of networked bar glasses that allow individuals to broadcast and meet, based on common topics of interest and/ or intention.

Who is it for?
Flirtatious singles, interest groups, clubs, social networking events.

Why is it valuable?
Whether they are on a speed date, at an alumni get together or at the local pub, people want to share moments. People tend to turn to games or other community activities to unite or merely to meet that special someone. FlirtyCups is a fun option to order at the bar when feeling flirtatious or to serve drinks in at group events.

With interchangeable texts the communicating glasses offer numerous ways for people to spot each other across the room or raise the glass for old times sake. FlirtyCups can be replicated indefinitely as can the strips of topics.

The glasses offer a rich opportunity for sponsored advertising real estate and can be the centre of the theme in the bar, the missing pick-up line or just what was needed to make you the centre of attention.

How does it work?
Each glass holds an Arduino Pro Mini board with an attached XBee MicroBee radio unit coded for sending and receiving unique signals from ‘likeminded’ glasses. A potentiometer and a send button puts you in control. A vibrating motor and 3 RGB LEDs keeps you notified of the action.

What were your key learnings?
We went through a rigorous process of peeling away the many opportunities that the functionality of these glasses can offer. A great step was realising the obvious opportunity to make the strips of texts interchangeable for multiple contexts of use – and therefore advertising value. Besides learning to shrink down to mini-size, a parallel challenge was the actual shaping of the glass. Separable or not, the (tipsy?) end user might very well start taking things apart, but that’s of course not allowed. So how do we go about making the glasses mobile and rigid and still accessible to ‘authorized personnel’?

We’re happy with the replicable outcome, and how with some further stripping of components, the end cost of a single unit makes production viable.

Special thanks to Heather Martin, David Mellis & David Cuartielles.

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