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The cup that makes everyone smile. It's a high quality straw cup with a pinwheel that spins when you drink. Also available as a straw.
135 backers pledged $10,349 to help bring this project to life.

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Thanks to all of our awesome Kickstarter backers for making this a Spinsational success! If you missed out on our Kickstarter campaign, you can still join in on the fun by heading to nuSpinKids.com. You can also follow us on facebook.com/nuSpinKids or join our newsletter to stay up to speed on our activities.

What makes our cups different?

Fun – Be the first kid on the block with this action-packed wonder cup. Drinking water was never this neat-o before!

Functional – Easy to drink from, simple to clean, quick to assemble, stackable, durable design. As parents ourselves, we know these features are critical.

High Quality – Made from crystal clear Tritan™ copolyester, a BPA-free material that has the look of glass, but is super tough and kid-proof. The straw is made from soft yet durable FDA grade silicone. This cup was built to last. 

Promotes Healthy Hydration – You’ll be surprised how happily little Joey drinks his water when he’s concentrating on spinning that wheel! Maybe you could sneak a little spinach juice in there… who knows, it might work.

All parts have great access for cleaning, so there are no small crevices or hidden compartments for bacteria to hide in. 

Learning Aid – Put the Sip & Spin™ Cup in your bag of tricks when your child is transitioning from a bottle or spouted sippy cup to a straw. The Sip & Spin™ Straw motivates them to drink from a straw, and trains them to orient the cup properly. Make it a game! 

When using the Snappy Straw™ Cup, the clear lid simulates an open cup and enables the child to see the liquid. Now your child can learn to drink to the bottom without the aid of a weighted straw.  

Rewards (The Goods)

Sip & Spin™ Cup, plus bonus Snappy Straw™

The Sip & Spin™ Cup is a high-quality straw sippy cup with a unique fun-factor – a disc in the lid that spins, powered only by the liquid being consumed. Playful artwork on the spinning disc coordinates with the cup and colorful silicone straw. We know what a pain it can be to clean kids' cups, so we made sure all components of the Sip & Spin™ Cup come apart easily for cleaning and are dishwasher safe.

Sip & Spin™ Cup Sketch - Blue Trucks style and Pink Butterflies style, with bonus Snappy Straw™ on the side. Choose one style for this reward.
Sip & Spin™ Cup Sketch - Blue Trucks style and Pink Butterflies style, with bonus Snappy Straw™ on the side. Choose one style for this reward.

 Snappy Straw™ Cup

The Snappy Straw™ Cup is a high-quality straw sippy cup that is quick to assemble and easy to clean. Simply unscrew the lid, pull out the straw, and place all 3 pieces in the dishwasher. All parts have great access for cleaning, so there are no small crevices or hidden compartments for bacteria to hide in. The valve-less straw means it gets cleaner in the dishwasher and is a snap to clean in the sink, too. The clear lid simulates an open cup, enabling the child to see the liquid and learn to drink to the bottom without the aid of a weighted straw.

Snappy Straw™ Cup Sketch - Blue Trucks style and Pink Butterflies style. Choose one style for this reward.
Snappy Straw™ Cup Sketch - Blue Trucks style and Pink Butterflies style. Choose one style for this reward.
Snappy Straw™ Cup CAD
Snappy Straw™ Cup CAD

 Sip & Spin™ Straw

You can use the Sip & Spin™ Straw with regular drinking cups and glasses, so the “big kids” can join the fun. You should give it a try!

Sip & Spin™ Straw on Drinking Glass Sketch - Blue Trucks style and Pink Butterflies style. Choose one style for this reward. Drinking glass not included.
Sip & Spin™ Straw on Drinking Glass Sketch - Blue Trucks style and Pink Butterflies style. Choose one style for this reward. Drinking glass not included.
Sip & Spin™ Straw CAD
Sip & Spin™ Straw CAD

Specifications

Use - Both straw cups are for ages 1 year to 100 (or more, we won’t tell). The stand-alone straws are great for the bigger kids, 3 years and up.

Capacity - 8 oz / 240 ml 

Care - All Parts: Top Rack Dishwasher Safe. Silicone Straws: Top & Bottom Rack Dishwasher Safe.

Material - Straws: FDA Grade Silicone. Body: Tritan™ Copolyester and Polypropylene.

Safety - BPA-free, Phthalate-free, and PVC-free. All components tested by an independent CPSC accredited laboratory. All parts compliant with CPSC small parts regulations.

Our Story

Here at nuSpin Kids, we have found a new way of thinking: start with a fun idea and its practical uses will follow. They say form follows function, and we have also found that function can follow fun. We focused on coming up with fun, creative ideas, tested them in our lab, and after many hours of prototyping, we had the makings of a fun and functional product. Our cup that started out as a toy turned into a great way to encourage kids to drink water and stay hydrated without resorting to sugary drinks. 

We used our aerospace engineering background to develop a disc that spins powered only by the water being consumed. We put this spinning disc in the top of a quality straw cup, added some playful artwork, and the Sip & Spin™ Cup was born. Fun was integrated into the design from the beginning rather than added at the end, resulting in a high quality product we are proud to stand behind.

Product Development

Over the last year, we have invested thousands of hours developing every detail of these products. We've surveyed and interviewed hundreds of parents and specialty retailers to capture the requirements and needs. We wanted to make sure that we offered the premier drinking cup in all categories, including quality, safety, functionality, and fun. 

For example, we've conceived and tested many types of spinners to come up with the best design. The spinner should be easy to spin, clean, and assemble. Our early designs used an impulse momentum spinner (somewhat like a paddle wheel), but the paddles introduced many ridges that were difficult to clean out. Next, we considered various types of positive displacement spinner designs, including a gerotor spinner (somewhat like a rotary engine). This style also works, but introduces too many parts, and requires the dexterity of a master watchmaker to assemble. Finally, the "eureka" moment came when we conceived the disc spinner, a bladeless disc driven by fluid friction. 

A simplified version of the friction drive is demonstrated with a CD under a water faucet.
A simplified version of the friction drive is demonstrated with a CD under a water faucet.

When fluid is drawn through the straw, it passes over and around the pinwheel disc. The friction between the moving fluid and the disc causes the disc to spin. It's as simple as possible, but no simpler.

We have two patents pending on these products. We've completed the development phase, and are now ready to move into the manufacturing phase.

Production Plan

We have teamed up with a manufacturer with extensive experience producing similar children’s products. Our next steps are to create the mold tooling and first articles. These first articles will be tested according to our qualification plan to ensure safety, function, and durability. After the product has met or exceeded all requirements, we will send samples to a CPSC accredited testing laboratory for final testing and approval. After approval, we'll begin production of your rewards.

  • Dec: Tool design & fabrication
  • Jan: Tool fabrication, first sample
  • Feb: First article testing & approval
  • Mar: Production of Kickstarter units

Thank You

Thank you for your support. We'll combine your pledges with our own startup capital to finance the tools, materials, production, and safety test costs required to bring these products to life. By pledging, you are confirming to us that these products are as awesome as we think they are.  

We would also like to thank some great people and organizations that have helped us out along the way, and who we couldn't have done without:

Our kids, friends, and family - For trying out our products, having the courage (or honesty of youth) to give critical feedback, rooting for us, and helping us create a fantastic product.

SCORE Orange County - For exceptional guidance from a very talented group of volunteers.

Inventor's Forum - For interesting and educational seminars, critical feedback, and an array of interesting and skilled characters.

Ryan Claytor - For art contributions and guidance, and super rad Trucks drawings.

Matt Ashman & Dana Vukajlovich - For providing the perfect soundtrack for our Kickstarter video.

Julie Petris - For expert advise on marketing and a healthy dose of common sense.

Robin Massie & Kelly Berg - For providing additional star power, and maintaining some semblance of order, during the fun action scenes.

Robin Marks - For guidance in plastics, product development, and starting up.

Jack Thomson - For expert manufacturing advice and direction.

John - For being an awesome neighbor, and creating a super custom oven for our prototyping needs.

Brian McCarthy & Family - For rigorous evaluation of our early prototypes, and star quality images.

Annette Ellsworth - For the fearless and relentless pursuit of market research.

Suneel Singh - For her adamant confidence that we will succeed, excellent advice, and always being correct.

Risks and challenges

We have spent over a year perfecting this design by utilizing analysis, testing, research, regulatory requirements, and industry experts. We have made dozens of working prototypes in our lab throughout this development, and tested them for function both in practice and on the test bench. We have teamed up with a manufacturer with extensive experience producing similar children’s products, and have developed production designs, drawings, material lists, and plans. We have developed a qualification plan and a quality assurance plan. Finally, we have sourced a CPSC accredited testing laboratory who will act as an independent 3rd party to verify mechanical and material safety.

Our next steps are to create the mold tooling and first articles. These first articles will be tested according to our qualification plan, to ensure safety, function, and durability. After the product has met or exceeded all requirements, we will send samples to the CPSC accredited testing laboratory for final testing and approval.

We are totally committed to bring this quality product to you. We’ve budgeted time for the standard issues, and don’t foresee any extraordinary challenges. However, should there be any setbacks, we will communicate them to you in a timely manner. We know we couldn’t do this without you, and we greatly appreciate your support.

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    Sip & Spin Straw - Pre-order the stand-alone Sip & Spin Straw for use with most regular drinking cups and glasses. Great for the "big kids"... yes, we mean you. Your choice of styles (see "Rewards" section for details).

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    Snappy Straw Cup - Pre-order the Snappy Straw Cup. With only 3 parts, it's a snap to clean. Your choice of styles (see "Rewards" section for details). Note: Does NOT include Sip & Spin Straw.

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    EARLY BIRD SPECIAL - Sip & Spin Cup + Bonus Snappy Straw. Pre-order the Sip & Spin Cup, a high quality cup with a pinwheel that spins when you drink. Also comes with a bonus Snappy Straw, for those extra busy days. Your choice of styles (see "Rewards" section for details).

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    Sip & Spin Cup + Bonus Snappy Straw - Pre-order the Sip & Spin Cup, a high quality cup with a pinwheel that spins when you drink. Also comes with a bonus Snappy Straw, for those extra busy days. Your choice of styles (see "Rewards" section for details).

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    I WANT IT ALL - Pre-order 1 Sip & Spin Cup + Bonus Snappy Straw, 1 Snappy Straw Cup, 1 Sip & Spin Straw, and our artsy .pdf coloring pages. Now your children can color like da Vinci. Your choice of styles for each (see "Rewards" section for details). Note: due to our super configurable design, this kit allows you to alternatively make: a) 2 Sip & Spin Cups OR b) 2 Snappy Straw Cups and 2 Sip & Spin Straws.

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    Autographed Sip & Spin Cup - Pre-order one of the first 100 cups to come off of the production line, autographed by the artist and the nuSpin kids team. Get both the Sip & Spin Cup + Bonus Snappy Straw. Your choice of styles (see "Rewards" section for details). Plus, your name will live on for all eternity with a special recognition on our website.

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    Autographed Sip & Spin Cup, Early Prototype Cup, and a Party Pack - Pre-order one of the first 100 cups to come off of the production line, autographed by the artist and the nuSpin kids team. You also get a piece of pinwheel cup history - a rapid prototype of our early spinning sippy cup design. Plus, you can host a party with a party pack of 20 Sip & Spin Cups (with a Bonus Snappy Straw for each). Your choice of styles (see "Rewards" section for details). Finally, you achieve immortality with a super special recognition on our website.

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