I’m proud to present my entry into the 555ic timer contest–my very first electronic project of any kind: The Powered Power Hour
Traditional Analog Power Hour:
The rules of the Power Hour are very simple: everyone drinks a single, one-ounce shot of beer every minute for one hour (wiki). Many underestimate the actual consumption of such an undertaking and are overwhelmed quickly by such an ‘easy’ game. The difficulties in playing such a game–designed to alter your state of mind rapidly from analytical and sharp to impaired and ‘frisky’–are quite apparent often within the first few minutes as players do not realize that their current time is up and often end up taking their drink halfway into their next shot’s minute. This creates an imbalance in the game and can even generate frustration both in those trying to focus on the game at hand as well as others merely too distracted to focus on a clock for any amount of time. The solution? Powered Power Hour!
Powered Power Hour:
Before one had to rely on primitive timekeeping methods in order to play this classic drinking game–typically only to find themselves unable to compete due to an inability to focus/frustration-induced apathy. Gone are the caveman days of yesteryore where players take far too long to take their next shot or miss a turn entirely. The Powered Power Hour (PPH) is a shot glass with a built in timer with a bright and colorful alarm, notifying the holder when it is in fact time for their next shot.