An amazing ‘reverse microwave’ that can chill a beer, bottle of wine or soft drink in seconds has been unveiled at CES 2020.
The Juno has been developed by California-based Matrix Industries, which specialises in body heat-powered smartwatches.
The ‘chiller’ uses a thermoelectric cooling engine that spins water around the beverage at high speed, rapidly decreasing the temperature of the can.
As the container itself is held still, the contents will be ready to drink as soon as it comes out of the machine and won’t ‘fizz up’ and, according to Matrix.
A 12 oz can of beer or soda will chill in about a minute whereas a 25oz bottle of white wine will take up to five minutes
It’s currently at the prototype stage and can only cool one standard soft drink can at a time, but developers hope to have a commercial version available soon.
Matrix used crowdfunding platform Indiegogo to offer the device for pre-sale, and has made over £100,000 in the first few days since the campaign went live.
Dozens of devices have been sold through the platform, with Matrix suggesting the first could be shipped as early as August if testing goes well.
The crowdfunding campaign is still open for orders.
Prices ranging from £153 for a single unit aimed at ‘early bird buyers’, up to £7,600 for retailers looking to buy 50 Juno chillers in one go.
It’s currently at the prototype stage and can only cool one standard soft drinks can at a time, but developers hope to have the first commercial versions soon. The company has also developed beakers for hot drinks to go inside the Juno
The ‘chiller’ uses a thermoelectric cooling engine that spins water around the beverage at high speed which rapidly drops the temperature of the can
Co-founder Akram Boukai said it can ‘rapidly cool your drinks, without the use of noisy compressors or harmful chemical refrigerants.’
A 12 oz can of beer or soda will chill in about a minute, according to developers, and a 25oz bottle of white wine will take up to five minutes to chill to the recommended 50 degrees Fahrenheit.
‘Both red and white wine should be enjoyed at specific temperatures below room temperature,’ said Dr Boukai.
‘Juno allows you to chill any type of wine in a matter of minutes.’
As well as chilling drinks that are at room temperature, June can also be used to create ‘iced’ versions of very hot drinks such as tea or coffee.
‘What we discovered along the way was that Juno can do so much more than just chill wine’, he said.
‘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.’
Co-founder Akram Boukai said it can ‘rapidly cool your drinks, without the use of noisy compressors or harmful chemical refrigerants’
The final boxes will be made from stainless steel and high grade plastics, according to the company.
They will also feature an LED light to let users know when their drink is ready.
Meng He, VP of products for Juno, told the BBC that Juno could be used to replace mini bars in hotel rooms and is much more energy efficient than a fridge.
She said: ‘This is a 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.’