A prototype is a preliminary model of something. Projects that offer physical products need to show backers documentation of a working prototype. This gallery features photos, videos, and other visual documentation that will give backers a sense of what’s been accomplished so far and what’s left to do. Though the development process can vary for each project, these are the stages we typically see:
Proof of Concept
Explorations that test ideas and functionality.
Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.
Looks like the final product, but is not functional.
Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.
Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.
Unlike any other shower experience, bödysöf-WASH blends body wash into shower water to shorten shower time if you want, provide pH-balanced bubble bath like skincare, enhance body wash aromatics, reduce bottle clutter, and save energy & water.
3-minute easy install, no tools. Screw mixer onto the shower pipe opening then reattach showerhead. Mount the wall unit with the included suction cup or 3M VHB tape. Connect the two with clear mini-hose.
Simple to operate: Press and release the wall handle. Cleanse hands-free in a soothing soapy spa mixture. Times-out automatically to clear water. Repeat as needed. The easy-to-load tank holds 30 applications at 0.3 fl oz each.
Better skincare: When washing dishes or an automobile, we do not slather on detergent then rinse. Instead, we use a soapy water "mixture". Similarly, bödysöf-WASH shower and bubble baths use a soapy water "mixture" to clean better with less caustic pH inbalance harm that dries skin and encourages unhealthy bacterial growth. bödysöf-WASH also leaves no bathwater residue or crud to rinse off. 'A car wash for humans!'
Save water, energy and time: Showers use less water and energy than baths. bödysöf-WASH improves this with shorter prep and lather time (save 5-15%) and fine-tunes even high-efficiency showerheads (save 3-40%).
Enhance aromatics: bödysöf-WASH enhances the aromatic dispersal of body wash. Some folks mix aromatic oils into the tank.
Simple controls: The more the handle is pushed the longer it mixes. Body wash volume is set by a simple bib lever on the tank.
The CAD video below shows the bödysöf-WASH handle at rest against the wall, lifted to begin, pushed once to pump, and rising as it shows injection progress.
bödysöf-WASH also works on handheld showers.
Multiple units can be added to the same showerhead for separate "His 'n Her" body wash brands.
To wait-list for bödysöf-MOISTURIZE on Kickstarter and more detail go to www.bodysof.net
How bödysöf-WASH works: When the wall handle is pushed, it compresses a spring and draws a measured amount of body wash into a piston from the atmospheric tank. When the handle is released, the spring's energy pushes body wash via a mini-tube into the mixer at a PSI greater than the shower water flow. The mixer evenly blends body wash into the flowing water with a turbulence-inducing edge. The mixture then enters the showerhead.
Prototypes were manufactured for feedback and tests with friends, family, and acquaintances. The final bödysöf-WASH will have designer styling, more compact push-to-wall handle, easier front load flip-lid tank, firmer pathways for thicker body washes, simpler bib-lever to adjust for super high water pressure systems, simpler installation and 20% fewer parts.
Backer funds will test the improvements, create new CAD files so a broad range of molders can compete and manufacture. We have begun work in Palo Alto, CA with our planned design partner, Studio Red, http://www.studiored.com
Given our manufacturing experience, prototype testing should be 3 weeks, final CAD design 4 weeks, mold building 5 weeks and production 4 weeks for a total of about 16 weeks to manufacture. Items may overlap.
Join us to experience our truly eco-friendly and ergonomic shower that is faster, safer and provides bath-like skincare.
A side benefit of bodysof-WASH is that it regularly injects body wash (a detergent) into your shower head to clean out bio-film created by unhealthy and deadly pathogens and inhibits further growth.
The U.S. Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) and the University of Colorado, Boulder state that "showerhead waters have been implicated in disease. … microbes of potential public health concern are enriched to high levels by the showerhead environment.” These include Legionnaires Disease, pneumonia and other dangerous lung infecting pathogens. These microbes, even impervious to chlorine, breed and build biofilm colonies inside "moist, warm, dark” showerheads that dangerously spew and ride in shower mist to be inhaled.
People with poor immunity are especially at risk. People with good immunity can acquire coughs, headaches, muscle aches, fever and shortness of breath from such pathogens. There appears to be a correlation between people bathing less and increased lung diseases caused by showers over the past few decades.
These studies show that about 30% of national U.S. showers have such infection buildup. The problem is not knowing which showerheads.
With bödysöf-WASH, these microbe pathogens "would at least retard and probably prevent much biofilm build-up" by a detergent/body wash being introduced into the showerhead, writes Dr. Norman Pace, the study's main author, in an email to bödysöf's founder.
National Institutes of Health "Legionella pneumophila growing in water systems can infect consumers, and others can be exposed via aerosols dispersed from different water systems, including hot- and cold-water showers." https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1892874/
These findings have had a lot of Media coverage:
MEDICAL NEWS TODAY: "Is Your Daily Shower Blasting Your Face With Pathogenic Germs?" ... "30% of showerheads harbor significant levels of Mycobacterium avium (M avium), a bacterium associated with lung disease that can pose serious health risks for people with weakened immune systems and can sometimes infect healthy people too. ...Water spraying out of showerheads can spread pathogen-filled droplets that float around in the air and are inhaled by humans into the deepest parts of the lungs. Symptoms of pulmonary disease caused by M avium include Fatigue (tiredness), Persistent, dry cough, Breathlessness (panting, shortness of breath), Weakness General feeling of malaise (feeling generally unwell)" ..."According to research carried out at The National Jewish Hospital, Denver, Colorado, USA, the increase in lung infections (pulmonary infections) in the USA over the last twenty or so years from non-tuberculosis mycobacteria species, such as M avium may be linked to a rise in the number of showers people have been taking in comparison to baths." http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/164004.php?utm_source=TrendMD&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=Medical_News_Today_TrendMD_1
CBS TV: “Are you showering in dangerous germs? U.S. study finding many showerheads are dirty and may be covering you in a daily dose of bacteria that could make you sick.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rrvlc1TOxYc
CNN: “Study: Showerheads may deliver blasts of bacteria. A new study says that potentially disease-causing germs can get trapped in showerheads and grow into biofilm, or coats of slime that deliver a bacteria blast along with your hot water. Showerheads are dark, wet, and warm -- the ideal environment for bacteria that cause lung diseases to thrive. In fact, levels of these bacteria are more than 100-fold higher than levels found in the pre-shower water, according to the researchers.” http://www.cnn.com/2009/HEALTH/09/14/showerhead.bacteria/
CONSUMER REPORTS: “Recent study points to showerheads as bacterial breeding ground. When a shower is on, pathogens accompany the water droplets that become suspended in the air ...these droplets are easily inhaled deeply into the lungs.”
Since we have already manufactured 300 systems and sold many original bödysöf production prototypes on Amazon.com and other outlets, we have a realistic marketplace handle on risks and quality controls needed to manufacture and distribute our new improved bödysöf-WASH on schedule and at the best quality.
US/Canada based, we have excellent experience in Asia and North America with parts supply, injection mold production, assembly, packaging, fulfillment and are actively seeking the best CAD designers and molders in the US, Canada and/or Asia for modifications for bödysöf-WASH.
We may produce the bodysof-WASH systems with variations based on final tests but will keep the current new design as described.
We will avoid production and delivery delays as best we can but will provide a top quality product as promptly as possible. That said, if delays occur, we will always be upfront and promptly inform our backer community of our remedies. We will post a monthly photo-based progress memo to all backers and updates.
Our group has been working on bödysöf for over 17 years. After 5 functioning prototypes and one full production version, we are prepared for our second manufacture run. Unlike before, the Founder is now a retired executive and is able to focus full time and will retain appropriate staff and support.
There is no approval or pre-market review from an outside company or agency needed before we can distribute the rewards. We are clear of potential patent disputes since we own a relevant US Patent: https://patents.google.com/patent/US8490890B2/en….
As you know, in any project there are risks but we have them well under control and will do our best to avoid.
Come to our Palo Alto, California, USA lab (near San Francisco, Stanford University, Computer History Museum, Googleplex, Facebook HQ, Apple HQ) where you (and a guest, if you wish) will meet the bödysöf team, including the Founder.
Be one of the first to get a bödysöf-WASH system by assembling your own with the team, as you learn how it works.
Learn about our future plans and patents pending, if you sign a Nondisclosure Agreement.
The Founder will treat you to lunch or dinner.
You'll receive 20 assembled CHROME plated or White systems in addition to your assembled system. Markers ready for autographs units.
We'll take a group photo with you and the team. If you wish, your photo will be on our webpage as a founding Top Backer in perpetuity.
Includes a $500 airfare credit and an overnight stay in Stanford, California area.