On display at this week’s CES (technology trade show), LG Electronics has just introduced a new fridge that can take your beer from a boring, lukewarm temperature, to frosty and drinkable, in just minutes. Using a jet engine. That’s right. An engine, from a jet.
It’s the answer to a dilemma we face almost daily (alcoholics, rise up). How do you chill your can or bottle of beer without having to stick it in the freezer and wait a good 30 minutes? This solution can only take us so far, and usually brings up other problems. Chiefly, what to do with those thirty minutes where we can’t sip on a beer? Secondly, when we find something entertaining enough to pass the time, we often forget the beer is in the freezer, and end up pulling out a brick of beer margarita (not delicious).
Who comes to the rescue? LG does, with their new line of premium refrigerators that come with an awesome feature — the Blast Chiller. This new compartment feature promises to turn room-temperature 12-ounce cans of liquid from null to frosty in five minutes, with bottles of wine taking a mere eight minutes. IT’s also the same amount of time to cool two cans at the same time.
According to WSJ’s coverage of the new appliance, they remind audiences that LG’s work developing other home appliances definitely played a key role in the inception of the Blast Chiller. The new technology blasts the cans with icy-cold air gusts with the power of a jet engine [WSJ].
Techies may ask, won’t ice crystals form on an object that’s getting cold that fast?
The answer from LG would be NO, silly. Apparently, the refrigerator droor circulates cold air throughout the chiller compartment, while the base of the unit swirls each can to prevent ice crystals from forming.
I guess all those years of LG scientists working on air conditioners deep down in the labs while pounding cold ones really paid off. These fridges are coming soon, until then, enjoy your luke warm brews.