Issue: June 2005 Issue
Looks like you need a refill," says inventor Adam Hunnell, spotting an IB editor's empty glass at the Research ShowCASE at Case Western Reserve University in late March.
Luckily, Hunnell, 23, and co-inventor Nathan Slavin, 24, were showing off their creation, the Brewloo, a portable, motorized, insulated wrap for beer kegs.
Upon filling the editor's glass with ice-cold Miller Lite from a keg wrapped in the Brewloo, Hunnell explained how small thermoelectric motors on the wrap help keep the keg cold for three to five days - as opposed to eight or nine hours in a bucket of ice.
An internal battery, a car outlet, or converter through a household outlet can power the motors, or "modules," as Hunnell calls them.
Hunnell, a student in Case's postgraduate Physics Entrepreneurship Program, won a $20,000 grant in April 2004 from the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance to create the Brewloo. Three months later, Hunnell had a working prototype.
"The hardest part was coming up with the name," Hunnell says. "Keg Wrap was taken, Kegloo was taken, so we thought, 'Why not Brewloo?'"
The next step is to find business partners who will help the duo sell the Brewloo to beverage wholesalers and distributors. Although, with a reported sticker price of less than $200, consumer market sales can't be far behind.
"I thought he was crazy at first," says Slavin, who attended West Virginia Wesleyan College with Hunnell as an undergrad. "But it's awesome that it's happening now."
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