No more idle waiting at the bar: this cube-shaped device signals a nearly empty drink to staff through Bluetooth technology

From smart homes to smart watches, the categorically abused prefix which symbolizes connectivity among otherwise analog items has been on a sharp incline in the past few years. Now, Italian alcohol brand Martini wants to add yet another smart object to the tally with the release of its smart ice cube.

The glowing ice connects to bar systems via Bluetooth (thanks to the entrenched iBeacon technology), and informs your waiter when it’s time for another drink. Using liquid sensors embedded within the cube to gauge how well you’ve been downing your Martinis, the cube can always make sure your glass is half full. Whether that’s actually a problem or not, it would be nice to get refills without having to get up—or even ask.

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