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The V-Tex chiller from Enviro-Cool can bring a bottle of champagne or any other beverage from room temperature to 5 °C in under a minute. The key to this quick cooling was figuring out how to chill wine while preventing the liquid closest to the inside surface of the bottle or can from freezing before the rest of the liquid cools down. The device’s developers came up with an algorithm that tells the machine how much and how fast to spin—not shake—a particular container so that its contents are cooled evenly. What’s more, the spinning won’t cause carbonated drinks to fizz when they’re opened.
Willie Jones is an associate editor at IEEE Spectrum. In addition to editing and planning daily coverage, he manages several of Spectrum's newsletters and contributes regularly to the monthly Big Picture section that appears in the print edition.