A ‘reverse microwave’ now exists and has just been unveiled at CES 2020 – it is capable of chilling your can of beer in less than a minute!
Officially dubbed as The Juno, the ‘reverse microwave’ has been developed by a California-based Matrix Industries, which actually specialises in body heat-powered smartwatches.
The ‘chiller’ uses a thermoelectric cooling which spins water around the beverage at a high speed, this rapidly decreases the temperature of the drink.
The container itself is held still, and the contents within can be drunk as soon as it is removed without fizzing up, according to Matrix.
Currently, the product is at the prototype stage which means at this moment in time, it is only capable of cooling one standard soft drink at a time, but developers are already anticipating a commercial version which they hope to have available to purchase soon.
To fund the product, Matrix has used a crowdfunding platform called Indiegogo that has the device up for pre-sale. Since the campaign went live, it has made over $100,000 within the first few days.
Already, dozens of the product have been sold via the website and Matrix is hoping to ship as early as August if the testing continues to go as planned.
The crowdfunding campaign is still open which means anyone can make an order for their very own ‘reverse microwave’.
For a single unit, which is aimed at ‘early bird buyers’, the price starts from £153. For any retailers looking to buy 50 Juno chillers in one sale, it can rise to £7,600.
Co-founder Akram Boukai said that the product can “rapidly cool your drinks, without the use of noisy compressors or harmful chemical refrigerants.”
According to the developers, a 12oz can of beer or soda will chill within a minute and a 25oz bottle of white wine will take up to five minutes to cool, at the recommended 50 degrees Fahrenheit.
“Both red and white wine should be enjoyed at specific temperatures below room temperature,” said Dr Boukai. “What we discovered along the way was that Juno can do so much more than just chill wine.”
He added: “It can turn your freshly brewed coffee cold, transform your hot tea into iced tea, and cool your favourite beer or soda, right in the can”.
The company has stated that the final product will be made from stainless steel and high-grade plastics.
When the drink is ready for you to take a sip, the LED light featured will tell you that it is ready.
VP of Products from Juno, Meng He, told the BBC that Juno could eventually end up replacing minibars in hotel rooms, as it is much more energy-efficient than having a fridge.
She said: “This is the result of thermal engineering and material science, it is pure electricity-based, there is no environmental harm.
“Why would you keep drinks in the fridge and use that electricity when you’re not using it. It is energy and space inefficient.”
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