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The Intelligent Neti Pot

A well designed neti pot that conveniently heats distilled water to body temperature for safe and easy use!

The Intelligent Neti Pot

A well designed neti pot that conveniently heats distilled water to body temperature for safe and easy use!

$4,386
pledged of $10,000pledged of $10,000 goal
28
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sat, July 11 2015 9:29 PM UTC +00:00

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Hi All -

Funding: A functioning prototype has already been completed, but I will d require funding to test and certify the product through an organization such as Underwriter's Laboratory.  Once testing and certification is completed, the next phase is moving on to production and distribution.

Background: Neti pots were used as an ayurvedic yoga tradition in ancient India for nasal irrigation, In the past few year neti pots gained popularity in the United States after they were featured on the Oprah Winfrey show by Dr. Oz as a natural and health alternative for allergy and nasal infection sufferers.

https://youtu.be/e22Ta7iRgks

I was a firm believer in the benefits of using a neti pot and like millions of neti pot users, I used warm tap water. it was easy to get a perfect water temperature using tap water and the neti pot was very effective at helping me breath freely by cleaning pollens and pollutants from my nasal passages. An added benefit was It helped me sleep better at night by reducing congestion and also snoring. But then in 2011, the evening news reported that two people had died from using tap water contaminated by the "brain-eating" amoeba known as Naegleria fowleri. http://www.cbsnews.com/news/tap-water-in-neti-pots-behind-two-brain-eating-amoeba-deaths-in-2011-investigation-finds/

If this scared you like it did me, then it also ultimately resulted in not using a neti pot at all. At first, I would either boil tap water or heat distilled water using my kitchen stove. It was just too inconvenience to boil tap water or heat distilled water in the kitchen, transport it to the bathroom, let it cool down (sometime too long so the water became uncomfortably cool), and finally mixing it with neti pot salt. This was enough of an inconvenience that I stopped using my neti pot. Although not optimal, I once again began to using over-the-counter medicines which made my thinking foggy. There had to be a better solution.

I came up with this prototype that warms distilled water to a perfect temperature right in the bathroom. I love it! No more boiling tap water or heating distilled water in the kitchen. I'm back to breathing easier and sleeping better thanks to a simple innovation.

As far as I know, this is the only neti pot designed to be used with a heating element. The neti pot is ceramic and the water is heated to close to body temperature in 4 to 5 minutes. It then keeps the water perfectly warm.

I'm also asking for suggestion on what to name the device, suggested improvements, and colors.

If you know anyone who suffers from allergies, nasal infections, snoring, or who like me stopped using a neti pot because of the inconvenience, then please let them know.

Gary

Risks and challenges

To obtain insurance and market the product to US retailers, the neti pot will require testing and certification. The following is from UL website: "To establish certification, samples of a product submitted by manufacturers for certification are tested and evaluated. If UL decides the product fulfills all applicable requirements it authorizes the manufacturer to apply a certification mark to production of the samples submitted, or issues a certificate or notification that the product is now certified by UL. A report of the evaluation is provided to the manufacturer. Before the manufacturer releases products with a certification mark, UL must initiate Follow-up Service in which periodic audits of products at the factory are completed by UL Field Representatives. These audits are described in a Follow-Up Service Procedure that is created as part of the initial evaluation of the product. For some products, factory samples are selected for retesting at UL. Certification continues until the manufacturer requests termination or fails to fulfill a requirement. UL must evaluate modifications to certified products before the modified product is authorized to bear the Mark or be considered certified."

The certification process may require design changes to the heating element. I have been working with the factory and have confidence that any changes can be make efficiently and effectively.

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