This project's funding goal was not reached on June 3, 2014.
About this project
Keeping your drink cold from the cooler, to the last sip...that's no easy task. Until now.
Technology has made tremendous advancements in the past 2 decades. We've seen new developments in almost every industry. Why, then, have we not improved our way of drinking? Drinking is essential to life, and we do it everyday. According to the US Container Recycling Institute, 274 Million canned beverages are consumed every day.
Why do people use the same, cheap, foam koozies to wrap around their canned beverages and bottles in a futile attempt at keeping them cold? Simple = lack of options.
So we thought, "What if we were to design a new beverage insulator, using superior design and technology, modern manufacturing techniques, with an eye on solving as many issues related to drinking from beverage containers? How would we do that, in the best way possible?" And that's how ColdCan was born.
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One of our main goals was to find many ways for one product to fit into our lives. We wanted ColdCan to be more than a "one trick pony." So we developed the modular attachment system that we call CryoLok.
CryoLok locks easily, but firmly, together with various ColdCan attachments. The ColdCan Core acts as the body of the ColdCan and fits a 12 ounce can. The ColdCan Core locks with the ColdCan Riser, to expand the container to hold most 16 ounce cans. And like the ColdCan Riser, the lid uses CryoLok fittings and attaches to the top of the container, to seal your beverages, or on bottom for convenient carrying while you drink.
This modular system will allow us to expand the ColdCan to fit your life in many ways.
Thanks to the CyroLok system we'll be able to produce additional attachments like a bottle attachment , a cup or water bottle attachments, dry storage of food attachment and more.
We are already developing the alpha stage prototypes of a bottle attachment, as seen in our video.
Everyone likes to enjoy what they drink. When you want your beverage to be cold, you don't want it to be cold for just the first few minutes after you take it out of the refrigerator or cooler. You want it to be cold until the last damn drop.
We searched everywhere for advances in insulation material. We wanted to transform our cold drinking experience from using the same old beverage insulation technology our grandfathers and grandmothers used (which basically doesn't insulate at all) to something that was fitting of the world, today. When it was all said and done, we found it closer to home than we would have imagined. Cryogel, a derivative of the same substance (silica aerogel) used in NASA space suits and the Mars rover, would be the insulation technology that would lock in the cold for the ColdCan. It is the most insulating substance known to man for this type of application. And it's crazy expensive, but unbelievably effective.
Spill-proof, Waterproof, and it Floats!
You're driving, and you have a cold drink freshly popped sitting in your cup holder. You have to slam on the brakes, and, there goes your drink all over your car.
Not with ColdCan. Our lid has a specially designed gasket that seals to the rim of your can, preventing spills inside or outside of the ColdCan. Who needs a cupholder? The seal also prevents foreign matter from contaminating your drink. The CryoLok rings create a waterproof seal when the container is closed. Yes, ColdCan floats (even when holding a full can). Hello water sports.
Durable. High Tech.
ColdCan products are all designed for rugged durability. The ColdCan is constructed of high quality, BPA-free Polypropene, a thermoplastic polymer, and Santoprene rubber for the CryoLok fittings.
A tremendous amount of time went into engineering and design to ensure it's functional, stylish, and highly insulative. The double wall body and Cryogel thermal insulator lock in the cold.
Along with high-tech touches, it's modular with universal fittings. And, to top it off, we offer a lifetime warranty on the ColdCan Core & Riser.
Eye For Detail.
Some features the ColdCan offers are less obvious. For instance, the CryoLok ring on the bottom acts as a grip when ColdCan is sitting on a flat surface. The ColdCan is easily carried one-handed (even by a toddler), very easy to hold (ergonomic shape built into its elegant curvy design) and it is lightweight due to its construction from BPA-free Polypropylene.
Commitment to Excellence.
You get a LIFETIME WARRANTY with every product you purchase from us. At ColdCan, we pride ourselves on our commitment to bringing you only the highest quality products. That's why we decided to make every ColdCan product right here in Houston, Texas. We believe in good old-fashioned American values, such as quality, integrity and innovation. We know that when you do business the right way with someone, they will respect you and your product all the more because of it. Our goal is to show you that same respect in every aspect of our relationship with you.
Inspiration and Idea:
It was August 2010 when the idea for ColdCan came to T.J. on a hot summer day at the lake, where the once cold drink was quickly getting warm. That’s when T.J. decided there had to be a better way to insulate your drink of choice. He began brainstorming immediately. Contemplation of the idea was addictive and wide-reaching. A year worth of thought, scribbled designs, research, and imagination went into the concept. Then, around November 2011, the idea started to solidify and T.J. began to see the real potential to truly innovate on what a modern beverage insulator should be like. With this, T.J. began serious progress on creating the ColdCan.
Designs & CAD Engineering.
T.J. started talking to several materials engineers and design engineers to understand more about options, processes and how to truly bring his idea to life. In February 2012 he connected with a like-minded designer who had experience in thermal containers and understood the importance of thermal insulation materials and designing for thermal effectiveness.
Several concepts were exercised and in July 2012, the first functional design and prototype was created which used a double-wall air insulated chamber. This proved effective, but not to the level T.J. expected in this product – it had to be better at locking in the cold.
For the next several months, T.J. became entrenched in thermal insulation techniques, materials and designs. A few options emerged, but the design didn’t make sense with this new approach.
In January 2013, T.J. saw this was bigger than he originally thought it would be so he enlisted Justin, a trusted friend, colleague and marketer. It was time to break through. Now, with two heads on the problem, the design requirements, unique features, and direction became clear.
By March 2013, T.J. and Justin decided on using the highly insulating aerogel / cryogel and they two set out to completely redesign the product to include this material. After several iterations, most of the kinks in the design were ironed out, but one thing still bothered us. This new and improved design was great, but was limited to only supporting 12 ounce cans. By this point, the prototypes were being used regularly and T.J. and Justin were in constant discussions on the product and how to improve it. Refusing to be stuck with just a 12 ounce insulator, T.J. and Justin unlocked the secret to the ColdCan. It had to be completely modular to support 12 ounce and 16 ounce cans!
By April 2013 the modular concept had expanded even further to a complete modular system that could support cans, cups, bottles and more. With this came new design challenges to actually make it modular while including the Aerogel derivative, Cryogel. Shortly after, the Riser attachment came to life during the 3rd phase of design and prototyping.
The design was finalized when all the details of the CryoLok modular system were worked out. The CryoLok system is what gives the ColdCan its universal fittings for the lid, riser, and future attachments.
In September 2013, we began the alpha design concepts for the bottle attachment further exercising the CryoLok system and market interest in the ColdCan and it's unique attachments. At this time, we also decided on our manufacturing partner in Houston for local production and ensuring all manufacturing, assembly and materials were 100% American made.
From September 2013 to January 2014 we created more prototypes of the core, riser and bottle attachment for field testing. We encouraged reactions from friends and family and strangers and they all loved the ColdCan and how it worked. Further encouraged that our design was complete, we even bought our own equipment to create prototype’s in-house. In total, nearly 20 final prototypes were created and tested. The video features many of them.
In January 2014 we began prepping for Kickstarter and shooting for the Kickstarter video. After a few months of that, we felt our message was perfected and here we are today.
Here's more on the evolution of the idea.
People Love the Prototype!
We've been working on this for more than two years. Everyone loves the prototypes!. Here are some shots of our functional prototypes.
Manufacturing and Production.
To make ColdCan a reality, we need to pay for expensive materials and tooling on the magnitude of a large-scale operation. This is our final step. With your help, we'll pay for the one-time cost of tooling and purchase the bulk quantities of Polypro, Cryogel, Santoprene rubber and all the finishing materials needed for our first production run. We'll directly oversee the manufacturing and assembly at our manufacturing facility in Houston, Texas.
About the CreatorsWe make no bones about the ColdCan’s origin. It was hot, the lake was cool, the beer was getting warm - and that’s when T.J. decided there had to be a better way to insulate your drink of choice. Along with coming up with the brilliant idea of ColdCan, T.J. is also an entrepreneur and successful accountant for a large firm in Houston Texas. When he isn’t counting beans and auditing big businesses, T.J. enjoys getting outside, supports American made products (and values) and has a deep love for seeking out postcard moments.
But the ColdCan is what it is today, not because of an inspired drinking moment, but because of a friendship between two passionate entrepreneurs. Justin brings two decades of marketing, sales and tech experience to ensure the ColdCan is not only wildly interesting, but marketable and unique for drink lovers and distribution partners. Justin is an executive at an ecommerce software company and loves life, family, and a good cold drink.
Risks and challenges
+ CAD Files and Final Engineering
+ Materials Sourcing
+ Manufacturing Sourcing
+ Assembly, Warehousing and Shipping Sourcing
+ Intellectual Property Protection
Risks and Challenges to consider now:
- Product Packaging
- Perfecting tooling and molds for best quality production runs
- Reserving and scheduling production resources
- Meeting Kickstarter goal to fund materials purchase and production run
Once funded, we're confident of our suppliers and manufacturing, but we are dependent on coordinating three companies for all required production material and may be subject to unexpected timing challenges between any of the three sources. Two of the companies are raw materials sources and it's highly unlikely they will present a significant delay once we begin procurement process. The third company is our manufacturer (who is responsible for the plastics production as well as the tooling setup) and since they are located in Houston Texas, we have the ability to be onsite to address challenges and leverage our personal relationship to overcome obstacles.
After funding, we will provide ongoing updates to our backers on the progress of production. We'll be here to personally answer any questions along the way.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Yes, all ColdCan Core & Riser packages include a lid.
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