Opal: The Ice Making Machine
For lovers of ice in their drinks called Nugget; Nugget is a compressed ice, it is a special form of frozen water, it is soft, light, and particularly easy to chew. Opal nugget ice is a machine which produces about 3pounds of ice from a 6-cups reservoir; it possesses a high-tech sensor that makes it known when to start and stop making ice. This sensor will identify the level of water in the bucket, in order to turn the ice maker on or off. Just like a cooler, ice will slowly melt within the air-insulated bucket. Opal will automatically be turned on to make sure that the bucket is refilled with ice.
Opal development started with the idea of Alan Mitchell, Ismael Ramos at FirstBuild, which was later developed by FirstBuild into beautiful and functioning products used today. FirstBuid is a co-creation community that is renovating the way products get into the market by letting a community influence the products from beginning.
How it works
Opal nugget ice is made by scrapping the ice flakes off the inside of a chilled stainless steel cylinder. The flakes are extruded through a round hole, compacting them into chewable nugget similar to snowball. Opal is a nugget making machine which make about 1pound of ice per hour. It has a high-tech senor which detects when it should on or off. With the help of the removable ice bucket, it holds about 3pounds of ice. Its only control button which is above the bucket is a circular thumb-size button. The button is ringed by a LED that changes colour to match which mode the machine is, the button will command the Opal to perform various duties and also indicate the device's status i.e. standby, error and ice making. Hidden underneath the ice bucket is the Opal’s reservoir which can hold to about 6 cups of water, this six cups of water supplies the 3pounds of ice.
Dimensions 17.25” T x 14.5” W x 15.5” D
Pre-pilot unit weighs 44 pounds when empty
Capacitive touch user interface
Fits underneath most cabinets above the countertop
Opal can be plugged into any standard 120v outlet
Makes 1 pound of nugget ice per hour
Clear ice bin holds 3 pounds of ice
Affordability: Quality and elegance at a more affordable price point of $449
Speed/Efficiency: it spends about 15minutes to make the first nugget which produces 1 pound of ice per hour
Capacity: Holds up to 6-cups of water in the reservoir and about 3pounds of ice in the ice bucket.