A new ice cream machine which looks and functions like Keurig for soft-serve ice cream has appeared in this year’s CES tech show. This machine offers the promise of something sweeter compared to other digital products.
This ice cream machine goes by the name of ColdSnap. The company is currently working on pods for smoothies, frozen coffees, protein shakes, non-dairy ice cream and frozen cocktails, such as mudslides and daiquiris. Besides, the machine is able to find the specific freezing temperature for each product by reading the QR code on top of the pod’s label.
How does this ice cream machine work?
Basically, the system works by taking shelf-stable, recyclable ice cream pods of different flavours. Then, freezing them for around 90 seconds before dispensing it into a cup or cone.
The company said ColdSnap simultaneously pulls heat from the pod, creating a cooling effect on the liquid ice cream mix. It then engages a part within the pod that churns the ingredients during the cooling process. After that, the machine sucks the air into the can to make the required loft in the ice cream. Here is a video of how it works.
Launching of the ice cream machine
The product plans to launch in selected locations around the second quarter of 2021. As of the shipping, it will ship directly to consumers early next year. However, the price point is less sweet than the product, which is $1,000. The company said it aims to bring the price down by half eventually.
Challenges faced by this ice cream machine
According to Matthew Fonte, the serial entrepreneur behind the product, it is quite a big undertaking to create pods that are safe, convenient, cost-effective and sustainable. The convenient here refers to little cleanup while sustainable means having aluminium pod containers like a soda can.
“This is challenging and requires significant development and engineering expertise,” said Fonte, who has a PhD in mechanical engineering from Tufts University. “In the beginning, a lot of people didn’t think it was [scientifically] possible to create ice cream like this in about a minute or so.”
This product got an enthusiastic response from the public. It appears that people still want a product like this to become a reality. Fonte said US interest is high, but he also sees opportunity in the India and China market. This is because the cold supply chain there is spotty and could benefit from an on-demand system like ColdSnap.
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