About this project
- Featured Online -
Thanks for shout outs guys! The Clean Cup is making it's way across the World Wide Web, Cleaning up the Beer Pong game one dirty ball at a time!
GadgetReview.com --- The Clean Cup Rinses Your Balls
Gizmodo.com --- Beer Pong Ball Washer Solves Every Undergrad's Worst Nightmare
LATimes.com --- Introducing the world's first beer pong ball-washer
HuffingtonPost.com --- Beer Pong Balls Are Disgusting, But Now You Can Clean Them
Think-About.pl --- The Clean Cup – maszyna czyszcząca piłeczki do Beer Ponga
Coed.com --- Keep your Balls Clean With "The Clean Cup"
PerezHilton.com --- Beer Pong Ball Cleaner
TheDrinksBusiness.com --- Cup To Clean Beer Pong Balls Seeks Funds
CraziestGadgets.com--- Clean Cup Portable Beer Pong Ball Washer
FoodBeast.com --- This Kickstarter is for an automated Beer Pong Ball Cleaner
NowThat'sCollege.com --- Introducing : “The Clean Cup”, The World's 1st Ever Portable Beer Pong Ball Washer
- The Clean Cup -
"Everyone loves beer pong, but No One Likes A Set Of Dirty Balls."
Here at House Rules we want you to play beer pong the way it was meant to be played. Cups of cool, clean, refreshing beer and not worrying about what’s growing in that nasty “wash cup.” Hairs floating on top, dirt collecting at the bottom, that brown tint to the water becoming a bit darker as the night goes on - not our idea of a good time.
But not to worry, it is our pleasure to introduce to you The Clean Cup, The World’s First Portable and Automatic Beer Pong Ball Washer.
The Clean Cup is a battery operated, table top unit that will replace the nasty and highly ineffective "wash cup” that is so commonly used in today’s beer pong play. Players have built custom ball washers into their home tables, but never before has playing with Clean Balls anywhere been an option.
- How The Clean Cup Works -
At the start of your night, simply slide the filter into position, fill up the tank, and snap down the top. You then use The Clean Cup just like the regular wash cup. At any point during the game when you find yourself needing a quick rinse, insert a dirty ball into the top of The Clean Cup and push the button. The Clean Cup then begins it’s automatic wash cycle. Using a combination of a high pressure stream of water and bursts of air to ensure full cleaning coverage, the ball is then returned to the user, “floating” on a stream of air as if it was sitting in the regular wash cup. The entire cycle lasts only five seconds, perfect to get a good rinse in before your next turn.
So quit playing with your dirty balls, take your game to the next level, and grab The Clean Cup!
The Clean Cup’s automatic wash cycle can be started with the press of one button. All you do is drop the ball into The Clean Cup, press the button conveniently located on the top of the unit, and within 5 seconds your ball is back rinsed and ready to go.
With it’s “Party Cup” design and small footprint, The Clean Cup will be ready to rinse any place you play: tailgate parties, bars and clubs, frat parties, even your own dining room for those intense family throwdowns!
LED Indicator Light.
The Clean Cup’s cool LED indicator light lets you know not only when a rinse cycle is under way (Blue), but also when the batteries are getting low and you may need change them soon (Red).
Filter to catch Yo Nasties!!!
The Clean Cup comes with a removable and reusable filter to catch all of those nasties and unwanted chunks that are rinsed off your dirty balls. Slip the filter in before the night starts, and give it a quick rinse once the party is over.
- Rewards -
$1 The Troll
If you've played Beer Pong, the right way, then you know all about the Troll. We all know you could toss a few more...Accurate shots:-) but hey, Thanks for the support!!! I'll send you all a fun thank you video and include everyone's name in the credits!
$15 Propaganda Pack
Love our logo? Think "Ball" jokes are funny? Well this is the package for you! This reward includes (3) custom The Clean Cup beer pong balls, a random sticker pack full of good "clean" ball jokes, and an "Introducing The Clean Cup" poster with a signed thank you note!
$20 Early Bird Shirts!
Grab our Original Logo T-shirt at an Early Bird Special for the first 100 backers!
$25 No One Likes A Dirty Set....
Grab our classic slogan T-shirt and let everyone know that "No One Likes A Set Of Dirty Balls!"
$30 Up In Yo Face!!!
Grab our special edition "Up in Yo Face" T-shirt. An awesome all over print makes sure everyone knows that you Keep 'Em Clean with The Clean Cup.
$65 The Clean Cup( $60 Early Bird Special for the first 100! )
The main attraction!!! Choose this reward to get your hands on one of the first batch of Clean Cups. Hot off the production line and heading your way! Includes shipping within the US. This package includes (2) custom The Clean Cup beer pong balls. Why? Because each unit has to have it's own pair.
$90 The Clean Cup Kickstarter Limited Edition
Show everyone you were a pioneer in the battle for Clean Balls. This reward level includes one of the first 250 Clean Cups from our initial production batch. Including a limited production sticker pack to show you supported us right from the get go. Each KS Clean Cup will include a serial number ( X out of 250) just so you know how awesome you are!
$120 The Party Pack
What's better than playing beer pong with your friends? Playing beer pong with your friend's clean balls! This package includes two Clean Cups so both sides of your table can Keep 'Em Clean. Jump in with a buddy, split the cost, and make sure your table is the talk of the block next fall.
$650 Mr. Clean
If you love beer pong, love clean balls, and love to customize... this one is for you. You will get your own custom early release small batch production Clean Cup. We have the ability to create single production Clean Cups EARLY. Not only will you receive your Clean Cup MONTHS before any one else, you can CUSTOMIZE YOUR CUP. Choose your inner and outer cup color and we will work with you( through 2 rounds of revisions) to create your own one-of-a-kind sticker pack! Of course, this unit comes with its own pair as well.
- Why We Need YOUR Help -
All research and development of The Clean Cup has been completed. Packaging has been finalized and all production vendors are in place. We are currently working with our manufacturer to source all components and finalize all production details. Once successfully funded, we will be ready to pull the trigger on our tooling and start our first production batch of Clean Cups! That's where you, the Kickstarter community, come in.
Creating steel tooling for the injection molding process is very expensive. This is where the majority of our funding will be going. The remainder is going towards the first production batch (parts, packaging) and a large order of Custom Clean Cup Balls.
With help from the amazing Kickstarter community I believe we will be able to fund what will be a revolution in beer pong history. An incredible amount of work has been done to get to this point and now I need your help to take it to the next step. All we need is the capital to move into mass production and we can start cleaning up each game of beer pong. One ball at a time.
- Production Schedule -
We have gone through 3 rounds of 3D printed and molded prototypes with one more in the next week to make sure we are ready for production. We've spent the time to carefully learn the processes involved in creating The Clean Cup, and we are confident to take this design into production.
Once we are able to move into mass production and get the ball rolling, we will begin to release "Customize Your Clean Cup."
I have designed The Clean Cup with the ability to be customized with additional sticker packs. Themed packs that will really allow you to make The Clean Cup your own. As an avid player and custom table builder myself, I know the importance of having your own table. Your own design. Beer Pong is more than a sport, its a way to express yourself, to make sure people know what table they just lost on. I had to incorporate this into The Clean Cup's design to really make it part of the game I love.
We have tons of own sticker designs created and hope to team up with companies, schools, all of our favorite sports teams, and of course you all in the future to really allow you to show off what you love!
- The Pursuit Of Clean Balls -
The Clean Cup started out in 2004 as a college project. Yes, you heard that right. School and beer pong in one sentence; like that has ever happened.
One of my engineering Product Development courses required that we take an idea and go through the entire design process. Creating multiple conceptual designs and finally proving the concept via rough prototype. Thus, The Clean Cup 1.0 was born. We went through various options of design for the washer until the basic input/output via same tube concept was chosen. With a simple logic board, PVC tubing and a hair dryer The Clean Cup was far from a finished product, but a solid concept.
After the class project was completed, The Clean Cup went dormant for a few years. The dream of “Clean Balls For All” was always in the back of my mind. Sketches, drawings, fiddling with various ideas, the design process never stopped.
It wasn't until after graduation, some global travels, and attempted jobs in San Francisco that I was back in my home town working in the family business as a designer and fabricator of equipment for the drilling industry. Not my first choice, but it has been one of my greatest decisions and has created one of the most amazing opportunities for me. It was then that my family encouraged me to take my idea and make it a reality. I found a great design team to get all of the details of The Clean Cup in order. After almost a full year and many revisions, leaky tanks, ping pong balls, and prototypes later; we have created The Clean Cup.
The basis of the product started off as a replacement for the dirty wash cups in regular play during a beer pong game. From my experience, those regular wash cups become quite filthy very quickly, especially in some of the more “interesting” places people choose to play. Garages, frat houses, campsites and the list goes on. I realized The Clean Cup had to be battery operated, portable, and easy to use. I didn't want to change the way beer pong was played, only add to the experience. I learned quickly that starting your own company and bringing a product to market is NO easy task. I reached out to my friends and family for help and I have created an amazing network of helpers, mentors, and Clean Ball Backers.
- Meet The House Rules Team -
- Thank You! -
A huge thank you to everyone that helped out on the campaign! Big UPs to all that came out for the video shoot and a special THANK YOU to Ethan Schatz of Shotz Multimedia for the AWESOME video footage.
Risks and challenges
We have carefully looked at all aspects of this project, where things could go wrong, where things will go wrong, and how we can correct them.
I have spent extra time and resources to properly weigh all options and possibilities of having The Clean Cup produced within the United States, but was unable to find a viable and cost effective production path. In my current line of work I deal with importing from an overseas production company and feel I have the knowledge and support to handle the chosen production path of The Clean Cup.
If successfully funded, the project doesn't end...it comes to life.
Fulfilling the rewards all while maintaining our production schedule will be a challenge, but with proper preparation and dedication I am confident that House Rules will make it happen and stay on schedule. I have previously ordered items from our suppliers and have created great working relationships with them.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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