If you have an appreciation for cold beverages and all things Star Wars, you are in luck. An Asian company has just introduced a life-size R2-D2
robot that doubles as a rolling refrigerator. It is no refrigerated trailer, but it is a novel way to address the question of portable cold storage
on a personal level. The machine is incredibly realistic in both detail and function.
We got the details about the refrigerated R2-D2 from technology magazine CNET. It says the prototype of this space age refrigerator is a remote control robot capable of delivering beverages right to your side, all while putting you in touch with your galactic inner child. It features a swivelling head, realistic sounds, and a two-shelf refrigeration compartment capable of holding at least six cans or bottles. Moreover, it all runs on a rechargeable battery.
The R2-D2 refrigerator is scheduled for release in Japan sometime in 2016. The company plans a European and American release, although they have not said exactly when that will happen. We are betting that they plan to test Asian sales before they bridge the seas.
So why do we bring this up? Because the concept of this sort of refrigeration is very practical, even if putting the unit inside an R2-D2 robot is not. Portable refrigeration makes it possible to extend the life of temperature-sensitive foods as well as medical supplies and technology components. In areas where permanent refrigeration is not possible, temporary refrigeration fills the gap. That is why it is so important for technology makers to continue pushing the boundaries on refrigeration.
The future of portable refrigeration does not rest in novel designs such as R2-D2. Rather, it is in new refrigerants that meet international guidelines for greenhouse gas reduction and sustainability. The companies that can come up with the best alternative refrigerants at the lowest cost will be those that dictate the future of the industry. This is true not only of domestic and commercial refrigeration units for food storage, but of every kind of refrigeration on the planet – including the refrigerated trailers and walk-in freezers we hire out.
In the end, it all comes down to what is known in the industry as the 'cold chain'. Portable refrigeration represents the last step in that chain in circumstances when permanent refrigeration is not possible. In Africa that might mean refrigerated trailers and freezer trailers providing cold storage for remote villages using solar-powered batteries or petrol generators. In London, that might mean providing refrigerated trailer hire at a three-day music festival where vendors will be selling food and beverages.
The R2-D2 refrigerated robot is nothing more than a cold storage novelty. However, the principle behind it drives what we do every day at Icecool Trailers: supplying efficient and affordable portable refrigeration to our customers at a moment’s notice. You may never see us pull up driving a land speeder with a refrigerated trailer in tow, but utilising our service will get you top-of-the-range equipment and in-house maintenance you can rely on to provide the cold storage you need.
Whether you need refrigerated trailers, freezers or walk-in rooms for long or short-term use, Icecool Trailers has the equipment you are looking for. We provide temporary refrigeration throughout London and most of England and South Wales. One phone call is all it takes to get the unit you need delivered to your location.
1.CNet – http://www.cnet.com/uk/news/life-size-rolling-r2-d2-refrigerator-delivers-space-cold-beverages/