Twist-off tops can hurt your hands and are more prone to leaks, while traditional tight-sealed ones can be a real pain if you do not have a bottle opener handy (or know how to use a table or lighter in a pinch).
Designers like Gonglue Jiang suggest you spare your teeth and save some time by simply pulling up on a soda-can-like tab along the top, dispensing with that tedious twist (or pop) task that only grows more troublesome the more you drink.
Still, some may find this amazing (as this author did) while to others it might be old news – while they are absent (or at least incredibly rare) in the states, this sort of pull-tab opening system has started to be used in other parts of the world already in various forms.
“‘EasyOpen’ save your hand, teeth and table when there is no bottle opener beside. People always cannot find the bottle opener when they want a beer. They usually use hand, teeth, or other tools to open it instead of bottle opener. Why not design a bottle cap the same as canned beer? EasyOpen gives a solution of opening a bottle beer in a easier way. In the same time, the cap can be hold on hand when open it and won’t fall out on the ground or anywhere as the ordinary cap does.”
About designer Gonglue Jiang:
“As a designer, I have won iF Concept Award and Gold Prize of Zhenhai Cup. I have designed the first China exclusive edition for world top handbags brand Rebecca Minkoff; I have presented a design case study in Design Emotion Conference. As a researcher, I have conducted cross-cultural studies in Microsoft Research Asia; I have published papers on top HCI conferences including INTERACT 2009 and CHI 2011. As an innovator,
I have won Wall Street Journal’s Asian Innovation Award as a team.”