Remember the '90s when you relied on your landline answering machine for people to reach you, and the smartphone was merely part of a science fiction plot? Those days are long gone. Smartphones have taken over our lives, and our need for constant-connection has started to take over our homes.
Pretty much everything can be controlled by your voice, from your garage door to your heating and cooling system. Thanks to products released by huge tech companies such as Google and Amazon, the smart home is becoming more of the norm. The Amazon Echo is one of the biggest names in the smart home game, and the voice of Alexa is all anyone is talking about.
The release of Amazon Echo set the precedent for all over smart home devices. The Echo was forecasted to take over 70% of the voice-control speaker market and for good reason. Alexa can control lights, open or close the garage door, adjust the temperature, play music, and even suggest recipes. Alexa can even entertain young children with games, making her the perfect babysitter. Is there anything this lady can't do? She can't mix you a cocktail, but another company is trying to get that covered. The smart home is bound to get a little tipsy, and we are all for it. Technology is about to peak, my friends.
Those looking for a strong drink with a smooth kick look no further — bourbon has you covered. Although this drink is not for the faint of heart, it has a major reputation to uphold. Many people simply believe whiskey and bourbon are one of the same, but it takes a special kind of whiskey to make the cut. A whiskey can only be named a bourbon if it has a mash bill of no less than 51% corn. It also must be distilled at 16 proof or less, and the alcohol has to be aged in a charred white oak barrel — no exceptions. Although this seems like stiff criteria, one company has continuously raised the bar.
Founded in 1795 and kept in the family for seven generations, Jim Beam is second-to-none when it comes to classic bourbon. The company prides itself on doing things the old-fashioned way, but recently they decided to claim their stake in the smart home arena. This is not a drill — this is everything bourbon-lovers have been waiting for.
Jim Beam has decided to break into the smart device with JIM, a bourbon decanter that can pour you a shot on command. This voice-controlled decanter is the first of its kind, and it's definitely making waves among bourbon fans and novelty collectors alike. How this smart device operates will have any tech-junkie pulling out their credit card this holiday season.
JIM runs on a 3G network, so no need for Wi-Fi or an app to use this technology. All you need is your voice to request a refreshing shot of Jim Beam bourbon and you're in business. This product obviously has a lot of people talking, and one of the best perks is its Southern Charm — and unique voice that will have you feeling like you've been transported to the distillery.
JIM has an authentic Kentucky accent, due to him being voiced by seventh-generation Master distiller Fred Noe. Noe will not only listen to your command for a shot but will have a pleasant conversation with you as well. Enjoying a shot of bourbon is only the tip of this technological iceberg, JIM can do a little bit of small talk too.
Although you can try to discuss the weather or politics, JIM will always find a way back to talking about bourbon — or at least spewing a witty one-liner. Asking about the weather will not get you a forecast, but JIM's reply will be something along the lines of "I have no idea, but I do know it’s the perfect weather to enjoy bourbon." Gimmicky? Yes. But JIM can also relay some lesser-known facts about bourbon, so all is not lost.
Although you may be used to monotone devices, JIM brings a little character to this otherwise bland market. Ask JIM the best way to drink whiskey and its reply is “any damn way you please." You can't go wrong when it comes to a sassy decanter, and this device had the internet marketplace going crazy.
JIM the voice-controlled bourbon decanter went on presale in the beginning of December for $35. Although you have to buy the alcohol separately, it's hard to deny that this novelty item is a steal at that price. JIM sold out within hours during the online presale event, but it is now back on the company's website. Although you may be looking to jump at the chance of owning this clever collectible, there is something you should know about its shelf life.
JIM's 3G connection will be deactivated within six months, meaning you will be soon left with just an ordinary decanter. This surely puts a damper on things, but you can't expect JIM to be your shot-pouring slave forever. Nonetheless, this device definitely switches things up, and Jim Beam has always been good with eye-catching marketing schemes.
Remeber the Disney channel movie from 1999 about a house ruled by a computer who started to develop feelings for its owners? Although Smart House may seem like a stretch, we really aren't that far off. We can communicate with our device more easily than ever before, and they seem to know what we need before we even say it. Jim Beam is smart to cash out on this growing industry, and JIM may change how we approach our evening cocktails in the future.
Although it may be just be viewed as a gag gift — for now — Jim Beam's voice-controlled decanter is setting a precedent that no other company has reached before. We may not be driving flying cars, but a machine that dispenses a shot of bourbon when you ask it to is the height of home comfort.
Unable to think of a Christmas gift for someone special? Anyone would be thrilled to open a voice-controlled decanter on Christmas morning — it's 5 o'clock somewhere! This is one smart device wave that we can't wait to ride out. Cheers — and happy holidays!