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We’ve all been there. You’re packing for a family trip and trying to fit everything in one bag to save on luggage charges. Shortly after this you realize its nearly impossible to fit everything in one bag.
That is, until now. Lets try this again. Introducing the AROO. A portable vacuum packer that reduces the size of your clothes so you can pack more.
The AROO was designed to be incredibly easy to use. Simply attach the included universal adapter to any vacuum seal bag. Then connect the universal adapter to the AROO and power on the AROO using the switch. When fully charged it will only take the AROO a few minutes to pack down your clothes.
You can easily fit several vacuum seal bags of packed clothes into a single suit case. We were able to fit 42 shirts, 3 sweaters, 3 shorts, 5 pants, and 4 jackets into a normal sized checked bag.
The AROO also works great for business travelers who prefer to carry on. Pack your clothes down in a vacuum seal bag so that everything fits and you don't have to wait for your luggage when you land.
We have been working on the design of the AROO for over 2 years and we are ready to release it to the public. However, we need your help to bring it to life. We have manufacturing lined up and we have worked with many consultants to perfect the design. We are using top of the line components and electronics and we are in the process of getting the AROO certified. We are ready to go and begin the manufacturing process upon the success of this campaign. We thank you for your support of our product.
Aroo is an exciting project - from the original brainstorming concept sessions through consultations with industry experts from industrial design through the complex puzzle of supply chains, design, certification and manufacturing. The experience has stretched into a worldwide travelers dream endeavor - from places like Germany, Israel, New Zealand, Australia and China.
In my work experience, many truths have been learned over time. A driving core belief is to focus on doing the very best job possible - that a great product will speak for itself. That is the cornerstone principle behind the development of Aroo.
My father started his career life in the United States Army and later in life prided himself on high craftsmanship in every endeavor he took on. He passed along his passion for honor and craftsmanship to me. I believe my dad, with his high standards, would be impressed with the Aroo and the product that it has become.
*See Kickstarter exclusive below
Your pledge to bring this product to life will include everything you need to head off on your next trip (minus the extra suitcase maybe?)
Aroo (purple or orange)
2 Hands free adapters
Plug in wall charger (specify type)
A medium sized vacuum bag
Shipping costs - YUCK! That being said, Aroo really likes the kickstarter platform, so shipping is part of reality here. The most frequently requested item for Aroo is additional hands free adapters. In an effort to offset the shipping cost pain - we are including 4 extra adapters for each Aroo!
Height: 4.9 inches / 125 mm
Width: 2.95 inches / 75 mm
Depth: 1.575 inches / 40 mm
Weight: 11.5 oz / 325 grams
Run Time: 1.5 hrs at full load
Vacuum: -55 kPa / -412 mm Hg
Rate: free 1.45 gpm / 5.5 L/min
Bright operating LED
Sanyo Lithium Ion protected battery pack
2x hands free adapters* (6 total for KS supporters)
Plug in wall charger
Universal fit pliable vacuum port
Heavy duty body
Aroo project supporters on Kickstarter receive special pricing and additional supplies. The more Aroo's you pledge for, the greater the savings, from 20-30% off! In an effort to offset shipping costs - an additional 4 hands free adapter will be included for each Aroo! That's a total of 6 adapters!
1x Pledge receives:
One Aroo (color of your choice)
2x hand-free adapters
1x plug-in wall charger
1x. medium sized vacuum compression bag
2x Pledge receives:
2x Aroos (colors of your choice)
4x hands-free adapters
2x plug-in wall chargers
2x medium sized vacuum compression bags
3x Pledge receives:
3x Aroos (colors of your choice)
6x hands-free adapters
3x plug-in wall chargers
3x medium sized vacuum compression bags
Aroo has you covered while away from home when the unexpected happens. Pick up more clothing on your trip? Aroo works fine without the adapter too!
When you purchase your vacuum bag, wherever you are worldwide, chances are AROO is compatible! In fact, to date we haven't been able to find a vacuum bag that won't work! AROO won't leave you stranded.
Campers, RVer's - well, anyone really can use more space! What a perfect use for Aroo! If Aroo works this well on a large pillow (sorry, the pillow bag says HUGE) and a sleeping bag? Imagine how well it does tackling a winter comforter come springtime? Sweaters? Jackets? Ski clothes? The list goes on....
The Aroo has taken shape surrounded by many industry leading professionals. The concept and trademark was developed by Aroo's Industrial Designer group. From there, the case design was further developed by German CAD designer Thomas Bögel. MTO Battery CEO, Jason Abel worked extensively with Aroo to prototype a light, powerful and safe lithium power supply. The heart of the Aroo, the motor was recommended through a leading electronics sponsorship and collaboration with their Mechanical Engineer - an amazing motor pump system used in robotics (we affectionately called it the "super sucker")
February 12, 2015 Jason Abel - President MTO batteries. Initial Consultation re: lithium batteries for Aroo.
March 2015 - Idea creation for compression bag vacuum system
- Begin Garage development of concept in general
March 22, 2016 Industrial Design with Jeremy WIlkens, Owner and Francisco Hernandez, Head Designer - Presentation of travel vacuum bag system
Sept 8, 2016 - Sponsorship of Aroo by Arrow Electronics an elite fortune 500 company
Sept 21, 2016 Begin meetings with Zachariah Wendt and Paul Ferrari of Arrow Electronics - Identification of Robotics compression pump to be used in final product
Sept 20, 2016 - Begin exterior case design by Thomas Bögel
Nov 12, 2016 - Thomas Bögel - Prototype concept complete
Jan 25, 2017 - Thomas Bögel - prototype working model complete
June 1, 2017 - Thomas Bögel - prototype modifications complete
July—Oct 2017 - confirmation of suppliers and injection molding confirmed and negotiated—Trademark, PP process and certification
Dec 1 2017 - Launch of KS!
Close of KS and collect backer data for processing
Jan 1 2018 - Complete compliance certification
Feb 1, Begin manufacturing process, initiate supply chain component delivery
April - Assembly, manufacturing, boxing and order process completion.
July— Shipping your AROO to YOU!
Cross and Co. Stuidios - Jacob Cross and Kylie Thompson; Videography; mail to:firstname.lastname@example.org
ID Group Industrial Design - Concept development, design and branding: Jeremy WIlkens, Presidnet and Francisco Hernandez, Chief Designer: http://www.idgroup-inc.com/
Rewards after $55,000 : Travel bags and 2 more hands free adapters!
Our collective achievement goal is to bring AROO to life! The only way this can happen is with your support and the support of other like minded people who travel. KICKSTARTER is an incubator platform that relies on a group of active and enthusiastic supporters! Please take the time to contact family and friends and together WE can achieve our GOAL!
Risks and challenges
Since this product has never been mass produced, we face the challenge of being the first to market with a new technology. We will run into manufacturing hurdles along the way - finding the right partners, as well as meeting production, assembly and shipping deadlines. The good news is that we gave ourselves plenty of time to do these things and do them right. Any hiccups that do arise will swiftly be dealt with and overcome in a timely manner.