On April 25, Takara Tomy A.R.T.S will release the “Sonic Hour”, the latest addition to their “Beer Hour” series of foaming products. Hour is a play on the Japanese word awa, meaning foam, or head of beer, and that’s exactly what this gadget delivers to the top of your glass. Retailing for 3,990 yen (US$40), this little portable device creates superfine bubbles in any type of beer, guaranteeing a smooth, creamy head every time. Even if the Japanese do prefer their beer with an enormous amount of head sometimes…

The secret to the sonic foam is ultrasonic oscillation. Simply put your glass of beer on the tray, press the button and the ultrasonic vibrations disperse evenly at the bottom of the beer glass, creating a gush of bubbles that rise and form the perfect head in an instant. And if that’s not entertaining enough, it also comes equipped with an eight-colour LED light-up display. To see it in action, check out the video after the jump.

How to “sonic hour” in five easy steps (plus video):

1. First, pour the beer. Any beer will foam up well with this gadget: canned beers, bottled beers, low-malt happoshu beers, non-alcoholic beers, even beer made with remnants from an elephant’s butt. Fill the glass, leaving room for the head, and try to pour it with as little foam as possible.

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2. Pour a small amount of water on the tray and then 3. pop your glass on top.

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4. Now press the button to get those ultrasonic waves oscillating.

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5. Admire your superfine, top quality foam in an instant!

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For the full experience, turn the lights down low and enjoy an interior light display with your sonic beverage.

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Sources: Nlab Amazon Japan