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iCups - the ultimate iRonic gag gift for family and friends
iCups - the ultimate iRonic gag gift for family and friends
128 backers pledged $10,089 to help bring this project to life.

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 (OK, so this isn't actually the picture of Tim with the iCups, but we swear, he laughed just like that!!)


 1. You know right away when a girl gives you a fake number.

2. No more confusing IOS updates. With iCups, it's like nothing changes... ever.

3. Can’t get pulled over for talking on the iCups while driving.

4. No embarrassing ringtone to go off in the movie theater.

5. Base model comes fully loaded. 

6. Replacement parts available at your local convenience store.

7. No international roaming charges to worry about while vacationing.

8. Can you drink a soda out of your smartphone? Didn't think so!

9. Never get put on hold by a customer service rep again.

10. Lightweight. Weighs less than three paper cups.

11. Call anyone anywhere in the world anytime! *As long as that person is standing within 6-feet from you.

12. Unlimited, totes everything plan available starting at $0 a month.

13. Cut ties with your service provider with one snip of the scissors.

14. Gets full reception in elevators, basements, and tunnels.

15. Let's see the NSA listen in on these phone calls...

16. Now you'll know for certain when somebody's ignoring your call.

17. Never lose your phone again. Just follow the string…

18. Use your iCups to build sandcastles at the beach.

19. Listen to other people’s conversation in another room by holding the iCups up to the wall.

20. Hold the iCups up to your ear when no one is talking, and you can hear the ocean.

21. Nunchucks, in a flash!

22. Phone sex escalates waaay too quickly

23. Impossible for a thief to access your personal information.

24. Have you ever picked up a girl with: “Hey, wanna see my new smartphone?” No? Well, how about: “Hey, wanna see my new iCups?” “What’s iCups?” she asks. And it’s all downhill from there…

25. With iCups, you know instantly if someone’s really “on their way” or not.

Too lazy to read? We drew them too! Just click here

Wait wait wait… You’re asking for money for a joke??? Is this a scam?

Ha, we get that a lot. But no, it’s not a scam, nor is this a fake project.

Many people compare us with the Potato Salad project that raised over 55k on Kickstarter (genious, BTW). Yes, our project does have an element of irony and fun, but the crucial difference is that we have a REAL PRODUCT that we want to mass produce and see on gift store shelves everywhere!

Like all products in the world, it costs money to manufacture, and even though our product is just two cups connected by a string, you’d be surprised at how everything add up. Since we want to be absolutely transparent we’ve listed our expenses below:

Earlier this year, we pooled all of our resources together to make a first run of 250 iCups (500 cups in total) to send out to friends, gift websites and press members as a proof of concept. So far, we've been reviewed and featured by CNET, Business Insider, and even Fox Business News!

The full production cost came out to roughly $5 per fully loaded box of 250 iCups. However, if we increase the quantity to 3,000, the price point would drop to $3 per iCups.

So we need $9,000 for production costs to manufacture 3,000 units and another $1,000 for warehouse storage, office equipment, and miscellaneous expenses. That's why we are asking for $10,000 – to make sure the job gets done right!

We have already been in talks with a few distributors of joke products, including Spencer’s Gifts, but we need to develop a proper manufacturing and fulfillment strategy, and most importantly, have the product on our hands to sell it. 

                             PRESS

For all press inquiries, just follow this link: http://www.icups.us/press/ or email us at info@icups.us 

                      SOCIAL MEDIA

Stalk iCups on www.facebook.com/iCupsTechnology 

Follow iCups on https://twitter.com/iCupsTechnology

Enjoy iCups on http://instagram.com/iCupsTechnology

                  THANK YOUS AND CREDITS!

Without these amazing people, iCups would never been where it is now (in no particular order): 

Kickstarter video production, editing and overall mastering – the extraordinary Ray Izad-Mehr from Ozon Films (http://ozonfilms.com/). 

Parodying Sir Jonny Ive –the very talented Malcolm Matthews. 

Shooting cool pictures of iCups – the extremely creative Ksenia Ashikhina. 

Design elements of the Kickstarter page – the lovely Lana Fedorovskaja. 

Illustrating the 25 features of iCups – the exceptionally funny and artistic Alicia Garcia (www.pigpigmentation.com). 

Creating Press Releases and helping spread the iCups love – the inspirational Patricia Handschiegel. 

And last but not least – the one and only Dan Moyer Jr. –co-writer of the Kickstarter page, Kickstarter script, 25 Features of iCups, and just an overall cool dude! 

And a special thanks to everyone in the press who have helped raise awareness for our iRonic revolution: Shara Tibken and Amanda Kooser from Cnet, Julie Bort from Business Insider, Brian Crecente from Polygon, Lauren Simonetti, Matt Dean and Steve from Fox Business News and countless writers, journalists and bloggers! 

And insanely-huge thank yous to Steve Wozniak, Tim Cook, and the thousands of iCups supporters and fans around the world! How else can I put it but – you’re aweseome!

Risks and challenges

Our biggest obstacle is expense. We made the first iCups in our garage with a cheap printer. To mass produce we need commercial printing, packaging, and to develop a fulfillment strategy. Plus we need to be prepared for the onslaught of lawsuits from the phone companies whose business we'll be stealing!

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    EARLY BIRD iCUPS

    Basic 64 inch model for only $7 (normally $10 MSRP). If you’re a backer of this category – you’re a pioneer! You see the revolutionary future of pure communication! Basically – you’re awesome! And you’ll receive your iCups as early as next month! You can post on Facebook and brag: "I had the iCups before it was mainstream!” The most unique gift you could ever give to that special someone – even if that someone is yourself!

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    SPECIAL CHRISTMAS EDITION

    Basic 64-inch model plus special edition RED Christmas string. Yes, you're one of those people who plans their gifts months in advance and recognizes a good deal when they see one! To receive more than one iCups, please multiply your pledge by the amount you would like. (2x, 3x, etc.)

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    INTIMATE COMMUNICATION (iCups IC)

    Everything above plus extra 32-inch string (basic and Christmas) for intimate communication. Ideal gift for High School sweethearts, flirtatious coworkers, and parents who just don’t get enough time away from their kids. To receive more than one, please multiply your pledge by the amount you would like. (2x, 3x, etc.)

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    iCups LUXURY BOX (retail $20). For those with a slightly more sophisticated sense of style and humor, the design of the iCups Luxury Box is inspired by the actual iPhone box, adding another layer of parody to an already hilarious gag gift

    To receive more than one, please multiply your pledge by the amount you would like. (2x, 3x, etc.)

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    LONG DISTANCE (iCups LD)

    Everything above plus 128-inch string (basic and Christmas) for long distance calls. Ideal for kids with treehouses, members of the neighborhood watch, and local law enforcement!

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    4-WAY GROUP CALL EDITION

    Basically, you get two iCups in a box, tie them together, and up to 4 people can join the conference call. Models for 8-way-calling are currently in development. Ideal gift for the entire family!

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    8-WAY GROUP CALL

    Actually, as we were creating our rewards program, our genius inventors outdid themselves and created the 8-way group call model. The perfect gift for offices looking to strengthen team building through fun! DISCLAIMER – do NOT try a 16-way group call. Just don’t. The amount of fun is too unbearable and not fit for a work environment, trust us.

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    KING OF THE CASTLE 12 iCups! You love to laugh. You know how to party. All hail the king!

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    PERSONALIZED AUTOGRAPHED iCUPS The inventor of the iCups will sign your name on your very own iCups, and he'll do it Starbucks style – barely legible and misspelled. He was actually a Starbucks barista once upon a time, so he got pretty good at screwing up people's names. Also, you can suggest one idea as to how the iCups is an improvement over the iPhone, and if we like it, we'll post it on our campaign along with a cartoon picture and your name!

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    WHOLESALER PACKAGE

    100 iCups ($1500 value) Includes basic 64-inch model, plus 32" and 128" strings, in red and green.

    Reserve your spot and be the first retailer in your area to carry this upcoming holiday season’s hottest gift before it hits shelves!

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    SILICON VALLEY TIME CAPSULE

    The team behind the iCups will travel to Silicon Valley where they’ll bury a miniature time capsule with your photo, name, and a personal message about your historic contribution to the iCups project. Imagine, in the future, after aliens have invaded the planet, they’ll discover this time capsule and marvel at our lack of technical ingenuity.

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