Daily Giz Wiz 128: CoolIt

Episode 128 of the podcast

Subject: Review of CoolIt
Released:Wednesday 16 August 2006
Length:about 11 minutes
Download file:dgw0128.mp3 (4.8 MB)

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Short info

Cool It is the USB beverage chiller. It's chilly, but not freezing - and won't keep a whole can of soda cold - but what do you want for $39.99?

Detailed information

Put your drink on this USB Beverage Chiller from CoolIT Systems and it keeps your drink cool, up to 45 degrees Fahrenheit (7 degrees Celsius).  Dick and Leo have a lot of fun drinking their chilled sodas, or at least making the sound effects.
The Chiller uses a Peltier Junction based thermoelectric device, which transfers heat from one side over to the other.  Essentially it takes the heat off from the soda can and transfers it to the other side of the chiller.  Naturally the cooling effect is limited.  That is why you have to start off with a cool can.  For a fuller explanation, read the article on The Travel Insider.

Wolfgang Puck Self-Heating Coffee

The USB Chiller reminds Dick and Leo of the Wolfgang Puck Coffee Can which heat ups the coffee after the tab is pulled.

How Dick Suffers For His Art

In order to remove all ambient noise while recording DGW, Dick has to turn off his air-conditioning and his fan.  Dick uses a pointing device which gives you the temperature (which Dick talks about in Episode 165, the Must Have One MH1).  His apartment is 160F!  How Dick suffers for his art, and so does the audience.

Mad Minute

Headlines worthy of the nation's Scandal Sheets.

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