Coasters are curious things – they inhibit behavior at the most uninhibited events: gatherings of family and friends around common tables. As the night wears on, you either have to have fun or stress about whether guests are setting down their hot glasses correctly.

This nifty prototype by Tigere Chiriga is soon to become a mass-produced reality, already more-than-funded on Kickstarter. The goal is 500 units in US production as proofs of concept (with kickbacks in the form of mugs to contributors).

The first versions Рshown here Рwere made in China. After enough friends asked where they were purchased, the answer became obvious: the should be made available for purchase.