SpinChill uses convection to cool your beer in less than a minute! Our waterproof, pocket sized device spins beer cans, beer bottles, soda cans, and wine bottles in ice to dramatically increase heat transfer and get your drinks cold 20 times faster than other methods. The spinning does not shake the container and actually results in less foam than usual.
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Ty Parker and Trevor Abbott began the Spin Chill adventure during the summer of 2013 in Gainesville, FL.
As part of the HackerHouse accelerator program, we traveled to Atlanta, GA for the AngelHack hackathon. Coming from Mechanical Engineering backgrounds, neither of us wanted to delve into computer programming so we set out for WalMart to see what physical thing we could "hack" together.
Multiple times during our college career we'd run into the problem of having with warm beers with only one way to cool them down: throw them in ice water and wait. Thus, we decided to use our knowledge of heat transfer and love of cold beers to create the first Spin Chill prototype.
The hypothesis was that by spinning the beer can in ice, we would add convection which would increase the rate of heat transfer significantly. When we pitched the prototype in front of a live audience at AngelHack, we were sure that the beer would foam all over the place but at least it would be cold. We were shocked to find that of the two beers we placed in the ice, one spinning and one stationary, the stationary beer foamed more than the beer that was spun.
Since then, we've prototyped, developed, and refined the designs. We've found manufacturers, both here and abroad, to produce the products. We ran a successful Kickstarter campaign to raise the initial funds for tooling costs and to pay for a first round of production. Once the Kickstarter campaign ended, we started selling our products online and shipping them from Gainesville, FL, and that's where we are today!
Trevor Abbott was born and raised in New Port Richey, FL. He is currently pursuing a Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Florida.
Ty Parker was born and raised on a potato farm in Elkton, FL. He became fascinated with machinery from working on the farm and decided to obtain a Mechanical Engineering Degree from the University of Florida. He has worked as an engineer at a large coal fired power plant in Palatka, FL and designed and manufactured many parts and molds for unmanned aerial vehicles in Gainesville, FL.