Invention turns warm beer into cold beer quick
People invent for different reasons. Some want to make big money, some see a need and feel compelled to invent a product to solve the problem. And then some, well some just want cold beer.
Meet Trevor Abott 21 and Ty Parker 24 both were members of the University of Florida engineering community at the time they stumbled onto their chill invention. Trevor and Ty's new invention is about to make them world famous, at least in beer drinking circles.
It all started when the pair was attending the Angelhack Hackathon in Atlanta a couple of years ago and found themselves in their hotel room with a warm case of beer. But wait a minute, what exactly is a Hackathon you ask?
First What is a Hacker?
Yes there was a time when the term hacker used to mean someone who hacked into someone else's computer systems. A hacker was someone who was very smart, knew computer code, and had a devious side to him. While that is still a pretty good definition, the term today more commonly refers to anyone who writes computer code. It is also widely used in the developer community, meaning the people who are writing the code that brings the software to your computer, and apps to your smart phone.
So what is an Angelhack? An angel investor is someone who invests money in small startup businesses. Often the angel investor has no connection to the business or the people who started the business but is someone who believes in their idea. So an Angelhack Hackathon is an event to bring together young developers and hackers with angel investors.
It would seem pretty natural that if you were attending a hackathon, you might be in the perfect mindset to identify a need in the marketplace and invent a product to fill that need.
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Turning warm beer into a money making idea
So back to the warm beer; the idea was pretty straightforward. Ty and Abott knew that spinning a can of cold beer in ice would cause it to cool down in a very short amount of time. Testing would later confirm this this time to be exactly somewhere between 30 and 60 seconds.
Being engineering students (Parker already had is degree in hand) Ty and Trevor set out to develop a product to help them cool down warm beers all over the globe. They ultimately came up with two products, the Chill Bit and the Beerouette- which was later renamed the SpinChill.
The Chill Bit simply attaches the beer can to the end of a power drill for hands on operations. However, the Beerouette is designed to sit in the ice with the can of beer, and spin it hands free. Now combining a power drill and a can of beer is almost genius in my book. This will make so much sense in the minds of so many beer drinking dudes around the world. Now every back yard Bar-B-Q will have a power drill and a Chill Bit pre-positioned.
Can you think of an easier way to make money than inventing and selling powered beer accessories? I will predict that Ty and Trevor are on the road to making some fast money.
To get started Ty and Trevor did a 30 day fundraising event on the crowdfunding website Kickstarter.com to raise investment money. Their goal was a mere $10,000 but they surpassed that within 10 days and ended up raising a total of $40,000. This will allow the business duo to start placing orders for their product. They have identified two manufacturers for their products, one in China and one in the USA.
Jump ahead to 2015 and the Spin Chill business and website is in full swing!
You can place your order for the Chill Bit or the SpinChill right on the Spin Chill website or through Amazon, ABC Fine Wine & Spirits or Divers Direct. The website even has a cool info-graphic that shows exactly how spinning a beer in ice can cool it in as little as 30 seconds.
Creative thinking and wealth creation go hand in hand. I'm not sure if Chilling beer is a million dollar business but if it is Ty and Trevor have an excellent start.