BY ALEXA WEST ON APRIL 05, 2015
We've all experienced meals with that one annoying person who just won't put down their phone. Tired of this disconnect the makers of Australian pasta sauce Dolmio have come up with a revolutionary way to reclaim dinner time: a pepper mill that blocks WiFi one grind at a time.
The Dolmio Pepper Hacker looks and functions like an ordinary pepper grinder but hidden inside is a special device that disables WiFi, shuts down televisions and deactivates mobile devices for thirty minutes. In order to accomplish this task mobile devices need to be connected to an app called AirWatch while the rest of the devices only need to be connected to the primary power hub in the home, according to iDigital Times.
“We believe that meals shared with family and friends are often distracted by the very technology that is supposed to bring us closer together, so we’ve created the Dolmio pepper hacker to help connect us with the people in front of us,” Richard Stear, marketing director of Mars Food Australia, told Marketing Mag.
If you are itching to get your hands on the Dolmio Pepper Hacker you'll have to exercise patience. At the moment, only a limited number of prototype devices are being tested and it's uncertain whether the gadget will hit the market. But with a demand so high we can't imagine it wouldn't. Do you?
Dolmio armed a few Australian moms with a prototype of the Pepper Hacker- watch how their families reacted when their mobile devices and televisions stopped working: