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Coolers

The Kreweser is a motorized cooler

Food, cold drinks and music are important ingredients of any party or picnic. Now, a new motorized cooler promises to help you get them all to the venue at the same time. The Kreweser provides a means of transport and cold storage, as well having an optional built-in Bluetooth stereo system.  Read More

The eCool lets you enjoy a cool beer at any time without ever having to leave your own gar...

Spending a day lounging in a warm garden is absolute bliss. Until you have to rise from your seat to fetch a cold drink from the fridge. The eCool eliminates that inconvenience, providing a cool repository for your favorite tipple.  Read More

The Solar Cooler from Solar Cool Technologies at CES 2014

In the past, we've seen solar ovens that can whip up a hot meal using only the sun's rays, but Solar Cool Technologies has a new product that harvests that same energy to accomplish just the opposite. We quite literally crossed paths with the Solar Cooler and its designers at a Las Vegas casino during CES where they were showing off the new Solar Cooler. The Solar Cooler, as its name implies, is a portable container for food and drinks that keeps its contents cold using a compact refrigeration system connected to solar panels.  Read More

LiddUp Cooler is claimed to be the first cooler to offer integrated LED lighting

Picture the scene: a suitably awesome party is underway, and you go to grab a beer from a dark cooler, only to be met with several seconds of rummaging in cold ice. LiddUp Cooler offers to solve this admittedly minor problem by providing an LED-lit cooler ready for the next soirée.  Read More

Kirin has introduced frozen beer foam that is served on top of a drink like soft serve ice...

We've seen plenty of innovative ways to keep beer cold in recent months, with everything from a refrigerator with a built-in blast chiller to a can that cools itself at the push of a button. But these have all involved cooling the beer's container, leaving the liquid inside to warm up at the same rate as any other beverage. That's why Japanese beer maker Kirin has gone a different route, and developed a method for cooling the beer directly and, more importantly, keeping it chilled for much longer. The company's new Ichiban Shibori Frozen Draft stays at a low temperature thanks to a specially-developed machine that dispenses a topping of frozen beer foam like soft serve ice cream.  Read More

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.  Read More

A construction crew paints a white roof in downtown Washington, D.C. (Image: Maria Jose-Vi...

Previous studies have indicated that painting the roofs of buildings white could be a low tech way to reduce global warming by reflecting the sun’s rays back into space. Now the first computer modeling study to simulate the impacts of white roofs on urban areas worldwide has added more weight to such a proposal indicating that painting every roof in a city entirely white could cool the world’s cities by an average of about 0.7 degrees Fahrenheit or 0.4 degrees Celsius.  Read More

Ravi cools wine at the very moment it is served 
 (photo courtesy of gadgetgrid)

Most of us know the feeling of having a bottle of wine we wished was a good few degrees cooler. So what do you do? Hurriedly throw the lukewarm bottle into the freezer? Make (another) mental note to keep the fridge stocked? Or drink it warm (no, of course you're not that desperate). If you've got a Ravi in your freezer, you need never face this situation again. This nifty Canadian invention cools wine as it is poured and the level of cooling can be adjusted according to the type of wine being served.  Read More

The Cruzin' Cooler carries everything from drinks to dogs

Generally, ice chests are easy to move … until you fill them with drinks and ice. Then they weigh a ton and are more likely to put your back out than help you kick back and enjoy the great outdoors. Hence, Kevin Beal created the Cruzin' Cooler for those of us who take our ice chests seriously (and want to race them!). The Cruzin' Cooler is a motorized ice chest that can carry around 200lbs of cargo (including the rider), tow a cooler trailer (or three) and carry just about everything from drinks to dogs.  Read More

The Cool Bar in cocktail table position - drinks not included unfortunately

Coolers might keep things cold at a picnic or party, but if you’re looking to keep some drinks on ice with an extra touch of class the Cool Bar could be just the thing. Designed to serve the dual purposes of cooler and cocktail table, we can see the how the Cool Bar might be handy at a barbecue or while camping - keep drinks cool by day and when night rolls in, just lift the lid and you have yourself a cocktail table.  Read More

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