About this project
* If you are interested in purchasing UviCube after the campaign ends, please visit us at www.uvicube.com.
As parents, we all face challenges in deciding how best to protect our children. When it comes to germs, UviCube wants to make it easier and modernize the way we can help keep our babies safe with the power of ultraviolet (UV) light. The future is here.
- UviCube helps keep your baby safe from germs by eliminating 99.9% of harmful bacteria with UV light.
- UviCube dries, disinfects and stores baby bottles, pacifiers, or cups in a safe, clean enclosure until they are needed.
- Because UviCube uses UV light, you can sanitize mobile phones, electronics, toys and other household items that cannot be exposed to moisture or heat.
Disinfecting bottles and pacifiers the old fashioned way takes time and potentially exposes you to the risk of burns when dealing with boiling water and hot steam. Even electric steam sterilizers need you to prepare water at the start, and clean it afterwards for lime-scale build up. After all this prep work, you still need to find space to lay out the bottles to dry and hope they stay clean if they accidentally get knocked over.
UviCube dries and disinfects wet items with a press of a button, and stores them in a clean, safe enclosure until you need them.
Because UviCube uses UV light, you can safely sanitize mobile phones, electronics, toys and other household items that cannot be exposed to moisture or heat. Sanitizing electronics and other dry items can be done with a press of a button.
Many personal items that need cleaning often go overlooked, such as mobile phones and remote controls. In 2014, The Today Show featured a Stanford University study showing that "mobile phones are 14 times dirtier than toilet handles", while a University of Arizona study found that in a hotel room, "the single dirtiest thing was the remote control", scoring four times the acceptable level for harmful bacteria.
Simply wash baby bottles and shake off excess water before loading them into UviCube. Select the DRY+UV cycle and press START. Separately load mobile phones, electronics and other dry items to avoid the low heat of the DRY cycle, and place them inside UviCube. Select the UV cycle and press START.
The DRY+UV cycle (for washed bottles and wet items) takes 45 minutes while the UV cycle (for electronics and dry items) takes 10 minutes.
While 45 or 10 minutes may initially seem a bit long, the time it takes to place items inside UviCube and press START is around 30 seconds or less. What's important to consider is how quickly we are able get back to what we were doing and spend time with our child.
Because it's such a new and unique product, we were careful to design UviCube to be a great conversation piece, but not look out of place in any kitchen or nursery. We wanted to create something that would look good in any American household.
UviCube is about the size of a small microwave or toaster oven. It has the capacity to hold 4-6 bottles and their accessories, depending on their size. A mini tablet fits perfectly on the tray, and has plenty of room to hold a mobile phone, a remote control, a watch or other small personal items in one cycle.
- UviCube was found to eliminate 99.9% of harmful bacteria by a nationally recognized, third-party ISO 17025 accredited test facility based in the United States, and in compliance with U.S. and international regulatory requirements for independence and impartiality of lab data.
- The study was conducted using Salmonella Enterica, Pseudomonas Aeruginosa, Klebsiella Pneumoniae, Staphylococcus Aureus and Escherichia Coli. UviCube will submit its results to the appropriate states requiring these filings in order to distribute the product in those areas.
- Any device that makes disinfection claims is regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). UviCube follows the guidelines set forth by the Agency in making disinfection and sanitization claims, and has registered for an EPA Establishment Registration Number.
- UviCube is built to follow and pass the appropriate safety standards set by a nationally recognized testing laboratory approved by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), a U.S. federal agency. This includes safety standards that protect against any harmful exposure to UV light.
- UviCube is built with UL rated parts and materials, from its power supply and key electronics to its mechanical components.
- Tempered glass protects and reflects UV light back into the super high-polish stainless steel inner chamber for optimal exposure.
- A UL rated micro-switch (tested up to 100,000 cycles) automatically shuts off the unit if the door is opened during a running cycle. UV or Drying cycles will not work unless the door is properly closed.
- UviCube consumes 54 watts and should cost $6.05 per year. For comparison, a PC and monitor consumes 270 watts and can cost up to $43.34 per year. * Based on energy.gov calculations
- Voltage 100-240 VAC, 50-60Hz, universal power supply, compatible worldwide, U.S. standard plug.
UviCube was found to eliminate 99.9% of harmful bacteria by a nationally recognized, third-party ISO 17025 accredited test facility based in the United States, and in compliance with U.S. and international regulatory requirements for independence and impartiality of lab data. Salmonella Enterica, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Staphylococcus aureus and Escherichia coli were all tested in the study.
Our first child Callie, was born with an infection and minor heart problem. If that wasn’t enough, Callie was born in Asia during the H1N1 outbreak, so we were on high alert. Thankfully, the germicidal properties of UV light used in hospitals, water purification and food processing started finding applications for the home and we owned a host of devices to make life a little easier. But when we moved back to the states and had our second child, Rocket, we found that the UV devices that were so helpful for Callie weren’t available here, and even if we decided to import these items, the voltage was incompatible. That’s when we decided that there was an opportunity to share this with other parents in the United States.
We wanted to combine the common sense of a modern parent with the expertise needed to create a product that was safe for our very own children. Our goal was to develop a professionally designed, commercially manufactured product. So we collaborated with fellow entrepreneurs and experts in Southern California in the areas of electronics, manufacturing, and medical devices to balance convenience, safety and effectiveness.
Because it’s such a new and unique product, we were careful to design UviCube to be a great conversation piece, but not look out of place in any kitchen or nursery. We wanted to create something that would look good in any American household.
We also spent a lot of time on research and due diligence to make sure we followed the proper federal, state and local requirements to legally and safely market UV germicidal devices in the country. One of these requirements is validating our disinfecting and sanitizing results by a nationally recognized laboratory in the United States and submitting them to certain municipalities that require them.
We all face challenges as parents in deciding how best to protect our children. We hope that UviCube can help give you that peace of mind, at least when it comes to keeping your baby safe from germs.
Our vision is to make UviCube an important part of building a clean, safe environment for your child. Just as you would buckle your child in a car seat, put on a helmet or get a flu shot, we hope UviCube can be another useful tool to help you protect your baby.
Autumn Cho Colayco has been an international business development executive for online video games since 2002. She was based in Seoul, Korea, the forefront of the online video game industry at the time and was responsible for expanding business overseas. She met her husband Ben on a fateful business trip to Manila. She is a graduate of Amherst College and grew up in New York. She is a mother of two, with UviCube as her ‘third’ child, inspired by her dedication to the health and happiness of her two children.
Ben Colayco unwittingly became an entrepreneur when he started Level Up! Games in 2002, an online video game publisher for emerging markets. Over 10 years, Ben bootstrapped every operation of the company from the Philippines, India, Brazil, Colombia and finally the U.S., responsible for over 400 employees worldwide. More than a decade later, after expanding from Manila to Mumbai, Sao Paolo to Bogota, and finally Irvine, CA, Level Up! was acquired by Naspers (JSE:NPN) from South Africa, and subsequently Tencent Holdings Ltd. (HKG: 0700) from China. The company joins a portfolio of brands that are responsible for some of the most played online games in the world. Ben met Autumn on a fateful business trip where she tried to sell him new games. He declined, but decided to marry her instead. Ben grew up in New Jersey, and is a graduate of New York University. He has been a member of the Entrepreneur’s Organization (EO) since 2004, for which he credits his personal growth and thirst for learning.
We wanted to introduce UviCube first on Kickstarter because we feel that the community believes in new concepts and ideas. The funds we obtain on Kickstarter will help pay for the final tooling and some upfront costs to bring the first UviCube inventory to the United States.
Your reception of our campaign will also be important in helping us manage inventory when we launch, and your support will help us educate the market with this new concept.
Risks and challenges
We have taken great care and diligence to develop UviCube over the last two years, and our plans to launch in 2015 will continue alongside our Kickstarter campaign.
This is still very much a self-funded project, therefore your contributions help a great deal in paying for the final tooling and upfront costs to bring our first inventory to the U.S. Your reception of our campaign will also be important in helping us manage inventory when we launch, and your support will help us educate the market with this new concept.
Having said that, the risks and challenges we face are:
o Potential Manufacturing Delays: Depending on the quality inspection Ben performs in March, things can take longer than expected. We will send product only when we feel the quality meets our expectations.
o Potential Customs Delays: Since this is a new product category, we are trying to anticipate all the requirements, including a special clearance from the EPA to avoid any delays.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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