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Keep your melons cool with the portable Marugoto Tamachan
The Marugoto Tamachan portable watermelon cooler - and warmer
It’s summer in the Northern Hemisphere, which means it’s perfect weather for heading to the beach or packing a picnic basket and making for the countryside. Unfortunately, it also brings to the fore a problem that has plagued mankind for centuries. How to keep one’s watermelons cool on those long, hot days? Thankfully, the Japanese have turned their considerable technological prowess to developing a solution and here it is – a portable watermelon cooler called the Marugoto Tamachan.
Not only does the Marugoto Tamachan keep your watermelons cool in summer, for those that like a slice of warm watermelon in the cooler months (and let’s face it, who doesn’t?), it also packs a heater to keep them warm in winter. In the unlikely event that you’ll need to heat or cool something other than a watermelon the Marugoto Tamachan can also be used to store other food and beverages.
Made from ABS resin, the Marugoto Tamachan can hold up to 14 liters and weighs 6.3kg (13.9 lbs). It comes with an extendable handle for wheeling your watermelon around and runs on AC/DC power. It is available in Japan for 19,950 yen (approx. US$230).
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Darren's love of technology started in primary school with a Nintendo Game & Watch Donkey Kong (still functioning) and a Commodore VIC 20 computer (not still functioning). In high school he upgraded to a 286 PC, and he's been following Moore's law ever since. This love of technology continued through a number of university courses and crappy jobs until 2008, when his interests found a home at Gizmag.
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Do they have a lot of AC outlets in the countryside or at the beach where you\'d presumably want to eat that slice of watermellon?
They should put a generator on the wheels so it charges the battery while you\'re pulling it off to the picnic site. Just a thought....
Yeah, we have something similar in the US too...it\'s a cooler filled with ice!
Plus, that\'s an awfully small watermelon... I\'ve never seen one that small before. Does this thing come with different size domes to accommodate different size watermelons?
It\'s a bit silly, but in Japan, a decent-sized watermelon can sell for $40. So ruining a watermelon sitting in the hot sun (and won\'t fit in their little Japanese ice chests), is a considerable loss of money.
I don\'t expect this to sell, with the economy also doing poorly over here in Japan, but it is worth a try...
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