Microwaves are an essential household item for heating and defrosting food, but a designer has gone one step further and helped bring to life one which can instantly chill or freeze your drinks.
Fans of a cool beer or glass of wine on a warm summer’s day will be toasting the idea from 23-year-old Emma Maskery who has been crowned winner of the Odd Invention Challenge for her design.
Emma, who lives off Water Street in Stamford, beat off competition from more than 400 entries to impress the public and judges in the competition which is run by spirit drink ODDKA.
Her design beat off competition from other ideas such as a karaoke shower and two way toothpaste to win a prize of £5,001.
The idea for the Freezer-Wave microwave popped into Emma’s head in November last year.
“I have a tiny kitchen with no space for a freezer but space for a second microwave,” she said.
With the idea firmly in her head but with limited invention skills, Emma entered the competition by submitting her rough plans.
Having survived the public vote, which whittled down the list to a top five for boys and girls, Emma was shocked in January to receive an email telling her she had been chosen by the judges as the winner.
“I did not believe it,” she said. “I sent an e-mail back asking if this was for real.
“I did not think I would win. My invention is a bit ridiculous!”
Judges were inventor Colin Furze, from Stamford, who has a popular YouTube channel, and TV presenter Emily Hartridge.
Colin later built a prototype of the microwave. He himself has previously hit headlines for inventing the world’s fastest pram, a 46ft-long motorbike and a flame throwing motorbike.
The microwave works by flicking a switch which releases carbon dioxide into the microwave from canisters situated behind.
However, despite the judges being big fans of Emma’s idea, she does not think it will go any further than being a prototype at this stage.
She said: “I’m not really sure about developing the product. I’m not sure how safe it would be.
“Right now there are no plans to make anything more than a prototype. It would be awesome though. I would definitely buy one.
“Our house gets really really hot in the summer and we would use it every day for cooling a drink or to make an ice lolly.”
Emma is now looking to use her creative side to think of more ideas.
In the meantime, she can look forward to putting the money she has won towards her first child with wife Aisha.
“We’re expecting a boy in five week’s time,” she added.
“I’m really excited.
“We will save up the money and it will be good security.”
To see the Freezer-Wave in action, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iwsXM0jcJew