A machine that works like a microwave oven in reverse can chill a beer in 45 seconds.

The V-Tex is a system that works like the opposite of a microwave and cools your drinks and liquids in seconds without disturbing carbonation.

If you ask Enviro-Cool Limited how it works you'll get some technobabble -- but they say the important feature is that it uses 80 percent less energy than standard drink chillers, and it saves on refrigerator space because you won't have to keep cans and bottles in the fridge anymore. Enviro-Cool says they'll be releasing commercial and home versions of the V-Tex. 

--Rob Archer