Man invents Fridge with built-in beer catapult – 20′ range

It never ends. 

From the “this-will-be-the-next-top-item-on-Digg-dept”, comes a beer-tossing fridge, with a range of 20′.  The video of this thing is here.

One more reason we need to give Americans something more constructive to do, like go out and be a Volunteer Minister on the weekends, etc. 

An engineering graduate has built a contraption to help remind him
of campus life: a refrigerator that can toss a can of beer to his couch
with the click of a remote control.

When John Cornwell graduated
from Duke University last year, he landed a job as software engineer in
Atlanta, Georgia, but soon found himself longing for his college
lifestyle. “I conceived it right after I got out,” said Cornwell, who
graduated from Duke University in May 2006. “I missed the college
scene. It embodies the college spirit that I didn’t want to let go of.”

took the 22-year-old Cornwell about 150 hours and $400 in parts to
modify a minifridge common to many college dorm rooms into the
beer-tossing machine, which can launch 10 cans of beer from its
magazine before needing a reload.

With a click of the remote,
fashioned from a car’s keyless entry device, a small elevator inside
the refrigerator lifts a beer can through a hole and loads it into the
fridge’s catapult arm. A second click fires the device, tossing the
beer up to 20 feet (6 meters) — “far enough to get to the couch,” he

Is there a foam explosion when the can is opened? Not if
the recipient uses “soft hands” to cradle the can when caught, Cornwell

In developing his beer catapult, Cornwell said he dented a
few walls and came close to accidentally throwing a can through his
television. He has since fine-tuned the machine to land a beer where he
usually sits at home, on what he called “a right-angle couch system.”

now, the machine throws only cans, although Cornwell has thought about
making a version that can throw a bottle. The most beer he has run
through the machine was at a party, when he launched a couple of 24-can

“I did launch a lot watching the Super Bowl,” he said. “My
friends are the reason I built it. I told them about the idea and hyped
it so much and I had to go through with it.”

A video featuring
the device is a hit on the Internet, where more than 600,000 people
have watched it at, earning Cornwell more than $3,000 from
the Web site.

Cornwell said he has talked to a brewing company
about the machine, but right now only one exists. Asked if he might
start building some for sale, he said: “I’m keeping that option open,
depending on interest.”

When Cornwell was a student at Duke he
participated in the engineering school’s robotic basketball contests,
said mechanical engineering Professor Bob Kielb. He said students tried
to build a robot that could retrieve a ping-pong ball and toss it into
a small hoop.

“He always did well in it,” Kielb said. “He came up with completely unique ideas.”

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