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TMATE fine teatoolsBy TMATE fine teatools
First created
TMATE fine teatoolsBy TMATE fine teatools
First created
$2,592
pledged of $120,000pledged of $120,000 goal
38
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Mon, March 25 2013 12:55 PM UTC +00:00

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Hi kickstarters, we created a new reward!! The WiFi-Version. Please check the updates!

Thank you! Christoph

GREEN TCULT

.. is something new and probably the "smallest green tea machine in the world". It controls falling water temperature and helps ensure that temperature sensitive tea is automaticly put into water at the ideal temperature!

ENJOY ALWAYS PERFECT GREEN TEA

Sitting by the fireplace and reflecting on the day :-)

Brewing healthy and delicious tasting green tea with GREEN TCULT is very easy! Anybody can do it! "Have you ever been drinking perfect green tea?"

GREEN TCULT is a patented innovation which is presented here for the first time to the public at www.kickstarter.com. A surprising and good looking kitchen device for all tea drinkers who like to prepare temperature sensitive tea. "And for all of you who have not yet dared to brew green tea"

1. USE THE STEAM

The design allows GREEN TCULT to hold the tea tongs right over hot water.

This allows the water vapor to condition the tea by opening the tea pores and enlarging the surface of the tea allowing you to get the maximum flavor and nutrients out of it! Impress your friends with a wonderful cup of green tea.

To view larger pictures visit our website

2. WHAT IT DOES

GREEN TCULT is a tool that helps ensure that your green tea is put into water at the ideal temperature. Some varieties can be brewed with no more than 140 °F, other varieties require 176 °F. Ask your dealer!

September 2011

"If you brew green tea too hot you destroy the ingredients and the tea tastes bitter. Too cold, it´s only a thin broth. Done right, green tea is very healthy and tastes delicious!"

3. HOW DOES IT WORK?

Fit the filled tea tong on it and lock it in place by pressing the push-button. Then choose your memory to activate. You attach the GREEN TCULT to your cup with the the hook in the water ....

The GREEN TCULT immediately starts monitoring the water temperature and when it falls to the memory setting the tea tongs are released into the water. You will get an alert when brewing is complete.

In series production all housing parts are made ​​of high quality ABS plastic

GREEN TCULT is small & mobil

Probably the "smallest tea machine in the world " and including the docking station all together 4.7 inches high. But anyway brew with GREEN TCULT as much tea as you want!

EQUIPMENT

GREEN TCULT fits perfectly together with almost any teacup, glass jug, tea egg tong and of course our TMATE teabag-holder.

TMATE TEABAG-HOLDER

Specially developed and manufactured for GREEN TCULT: the stainless steel "TMATE teabag-holder". It should work with all kinds and sizes of teabags. Engraving our logo "TMATE fine teatools"

YOU NEED WHAT YOU HAVE ALWAYS NEEDED

  • Well boiled water
  • tea jugs
  • tea cups
  • tea tongs
  • tea

These are available in tea shops. For loose tea, take tea tongs in common ball sizes. GREEN TCULT can be used with any of these tea tongs! Our TMATE teabag-holder engraved "TMATE fine teatools" works besides with teabags of all kinds and sizes.

Use common tea tongs and our teabag-holder

MOBILE & SEXY

GREEN TCULT has a sensually round design combined with an edged sporty shape and fits well in the hand. It's mobile, reliable and manufactured to the highest quality. Take it everywhere! Use it in the office, workshop, holidays, home or when you travel. It's a precise instrument that helps everybody to always brew the perfect green tea!

To view larger pictures visit our website

CIRCUIT BOARD

The Institut für Mikroelektronik Stuttgart (www.ims-chips.de) developed for GREEN TCULT the circuit board and programmed the chip. ADKOM™ Elektronik GmbH (www.adkom.de) developed and manufactured the display specially made for GREEN TCULT.

PACKAGING

We want a stable fibreboard cover with a good quality. Customized, protective and recyclable. The package with the extent 8 cm x 11 cm x 13 cm fits perfect for our product. Small but beautiful. The carton must GREEN TCULT offer good protection. Fortunately we have found nearby a company that can provide us with an optimal packing.

In the packaging is all perfectly packaged. GREEN TCULT, the docking station, the charger and the manual.

TMATE BASEBALL CAP

Relax with our beautiful baseball cap. A cup of green tea in hand, watching the sunset, reflecting on the day :-) Show others that you were a part of making this idea happen.

FINALLY

After 4 years work with less money, more worries and countless sleepless nights I finally found the best solution for our mobil teatool. The design is finished and the development is done!

The production costs have been carefully calculated as we only want the best parts in GREEN TCULT. Living in south germany of course we intend quality "made in germany". We only need to lock down a few more details and the GREEN TCULT will be ready for production.

Few examples of development

Welcome to our first Kickstarter project

We're very excited to show you our first Kickstarter project: GREEN TCULT= Perfect Green Tea! This little gadget offers you an incredibly simple way to brew all kinds of temperature sensitive tea.

Project Status

The GREEN TCULT has been in intensive development since April 2010 and we have finalized the design after multiple prototypes.

The first prototype was completed in September 2011. After that we developed in conjunction with IMS Institut für Mikroelektronik Stuttgart (www.ims-chips.de) and ADKOM ™ Elektronik GmbH (www.adkom.de), the circuit board and the special display. An extensive amount of testing was performed with this prototype and the lessons learnt during this testing were incorporated into a second prototype, completed in November 2012.

The funds raised through this campaign will cover the cost of tooling, equipment, and other initial production costs.

Whats coming next

The devices we are showing in this Kickstarter presentation are prototypes. Based on everything we have learned from these prototypes, we will be able to revise our designs to simplify manufacturing and increase the robustness of the manufactured version.

We will be working on small modifications to everything from the stainless steel hook, selection and refinement of adhesives, adjustments to the display module, color and material choice and simplification of circuits. The revisions we plan on doing will tackle key issues like making the product as waterproof as possible, optimizing scratch resistance, and ensuring that every product that comes off the line stands up to a high standard of quality.

The charger will be a series charger from China with CE Norm and has got charge control. It comes in 2 versions. 220V Europe / 110V USA. 

The fibreboard cover for the packing gets produced from a manufacturer with whom we are already made contact. Once we know how many units we produce we ask for an initial offer.

The manual (english, french, german) will be printed by a local printer

Assembled in Germany

We plan for the GREEN TCULT to be assembled in Germany where we have got the partners and workers. We have received a good offer from an excellent molding tool manufacturer (www.ems-schwind.de), as well as an offer for the bending tools and the turned parts (www.rbh-gmbh.com), and we have received an offer for the electronic display unit (ADKOM ™ Elektronik GmbH). These will all be available soon.

Most importantly, we have got the experience and the knowledge to realize projects. With your help we can immediately start the production as we have already secured enough room to set up assembly line in which one person can build around 50 machines a day or 1.000 pieces a month.

The estimated delivery for GREEN TCULT will be November 2013. So there is enough time based on demand, to engage more people to assemble and deliver the GREEN TCULT to everybody right on time or possibly even before!

We are prepared to start with the production right after funding or even before but we need to have final numbers for our initial manufacturing run and before we can start to order necessary tools and parts.

USA is far away from germany. The shipment will be done with an internationally experienced company like DHL. With the parcel service around June / July 2013 detailed discussions take place. For optimal communication and other logistical operations supports me Frank Baxter from Los Angeles. 

Please help us and become part of this story!

First we need your help. 6 moulding tools for the ABS plastic parts like the housing, the 2 bending tools for the stainless steel hook and for the black-coated and curved holding spring, test stations, hardware and electronic parts are expensive. But we want to still be able to sell at a fair price! Please help us and become part of the story making this idea happen. Thank you! 

After funding we always will inform all our backers about the next steps into production.

Pledge now and soon you can use this amazing machine.

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Thank you all!

  • - to my family and my friends!! Impossible without all of these discussions
  • - Kickstarters, without your help we could not realize it!
  • - Modellbau Ritzmann: first prototype models
  • - Napoli Design: transformed our 2D data into 3D data
  • - for the feasibility study we received € 7,500 government grant
  • - IMS chips: circuit board prototype, software programming
  • - ADKOM: special developed display and electronics
  • - Shapeways: 3D printing (white & flexible)

Questions

  • Do I add the shipping fee to the pledge amount or is it charged later? „Please add the shipping fee to your pledge total. If you did not do so, click the "Back this Project" button again and it will take you to a screen where you can edit your original pledge amount to include the cost of shipping”
  • How long does the battery last?  “The rechargeable battery should keep GREEN TCULT going for a few hundred cups”
  • Is it possible for the weight of the GREEN TCULT to overturn my tea cup? "Yes, if the cup is tall and narrow. These types of cups are not suitable. Just use normal tea cups as shown"
  • Does the display stay on all the time?  “No. 10 min after total brewing time GREEN TCULT switches off”
  • How do I switch on GREEN TCULT? “Press Memory 1 or Memory 2 and it’s activated”
  • Is it possible to release the locking pins by myself? “Yes! Just press memory 1 and memory 2 same time for a second and the locking pins are released. It is also now switched off”
  • How do I clean GREEN TCULT? “Use a slightly damp cloth to clean it”
  • How do I charge it? “Put it on the docking station and connect the dock with the charger”
  • What is the weight? "GREEN TCULT and the docking station each around approximately 4.50oz (130g)"
  • When can I choose the color of my GREEN TCULT? “Following the end of the project (November 2013), backers will be contacted to confirm color choices”
  • Can I mix colors of the collectors pack? “Yes, you can choose any color combination (choose from silver/black, gold/black, cherry-red/black, blue/black, turquoise/black or black/white). The tool and the dock comes both in the same color combination”
  • Is it possible to switch between Fahrenheit and Celsius? “Yes. In the setup you can easily choose either one”

To get up to date information visit our website

Still more questions? Send us an email. We will answer them as quickly we can. May be slow responding, but we would love to help if or when we can!

Risks and challenges

Manufacturing a new product is an extremely complex process. We have endeavoured to minimize the risks as much as possible. We have undertaken considerable review and research at every step in the process, assessing samples by all suppliers before making our decisions on the most suitable companies to engage. We have made some high claims and wanted to ensure that we were able to back them up.

Currently we are testing adhesives to determine which adhesive is best to stick to our sensor in stainless steel hooks. The adhesive must not only be temperature-resistant but also provide optimum heat pass to the sensor. So far a special 2-component casting resin has achieved the best results.

We have been testing our prototypes on a daily basis. They are working well but there is still some detailed work to do to simplify manufacturing and increase the robustness of the manufactured version. We want it to be perfect. That’s why, for example the integrated chip needs a closer look.

An order has already been made to the Institut für Mikroelektronik Stuttgart (www.ims-chips.de) to program the integrated chip with a brand new update incorporating some new functions.

ADKOM™ Elektronik GmbH (www.adkom.de) will be our display and electronic supplier. As soon as the Institut für Mikroelektronik Stuttgart are ready ADKOM™ Elektronik GmbH are prepared to start production.

We have very good toolmakers and molders nearby of which we have already received attractive offers. It needs 3 months to produce all the injection tools.

Also we have already talked to other companies. We have found a very good supplier which has optimal devices for our small turned parts. Meanwhile we have organized everything with all the other parts. So when the tools are ready we are also ready to start production.

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    Pledge $1 to stay connected with our process through exclusive updates offered to kickstarter backers only. Get news on the next steps to production!

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    Get One of our beautiful "TMATE teabag-holders" (stainless steel with engraving "TMATE fine teatools"). Also get one "tea egg tong" (stainless steel, diameter 2,50 inches) for loose tea. Save $5 off the retail price of $15. For US, Canada, Europe and rest of the world please add $6 for shipping.

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    Get One beautiful "TMATE baseball cap" with stitched TMATE logo. Adjustable. Brushed Heavy Cotton with double Pique Mesh. For US, Canada and rest of the world please add $6 for shipping. For Europe please add $3 for shipping.

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    GOURMENT PACK! You will get all the rewards mentioned above. Also 20 x extra large teabags (each with 4 grams) best Bio Darjeeling Green Tea + a sortiment of 3 x 25 gram different loose Green Tea + 2 delicious shortbread fingers (tea biscuit) handmade in Scotland.
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    EARLY BIRDS - Help us get started! GET THE KICKSTARTER EDITION !!
    One Turquoise & Black "GREEN TCULT" including docking station and charger. This tool will retail for more than $120. For Kickstarters free: One "TMATE teabag-holder"! For US, Canada and rest of the world please add $15 for shipping. For Europe please add $10 for shipping.

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    One Black & White "GREEN TCULT" including docking station and charger. For Kickstarters free: One "TMATE teabag-holder"! For US, Canada and rest of the world please add $15 for shipping. For Europe add $10 for shipping.

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    NEW: WiFi-Edition! One "GREEN TCULT" black & white including charger and smartphone app.
    For Kickstarters free: One "TMATE teabag-holder"
    *Free shipping worldwide*

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