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$25,851
pledged of $30,000pledged of $30,000 goal
355
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, September 6 2018 12:57 PM UTC +00:00

About

Klear Shaker is the world's first odor eliminating/self cleaning protein shaker. 

How did we accomplish this you ask?

We designed an EPA approved patented coating that uses nanotechnology to protect the bottle from micro organisms. (One of our founders, Dr. Steve Oldenburg - owner of Nanocomposix - has 10 issued patents and over 40 papers in the area of nanotechnology) 

On top of overcoming the significant problem of a smelly protein shaker, we also engineered a number of other premium features into Klear Skaker:

The Story...

(As told by Klear Shaker founder Brendan) My normal Sunday night routine is to get my meals prepped for Monday, get my work stuff ready, and pack my gym bag.

I had everything ready to go but my shaker cup wasn’t in the cupboard or dishwasher. I always have a protein shake after my workout. I went out to put my stuff in the car for the next morning and then I saw my shaker, sitting on the floor of the passenger seat.

My last workout was Friday, this wasn't going to be good… 

I hesitantly opened the bottle...in seconds the whole car was filled with that awful rotting carcass smell! 

It was late and there were no stores open that sold a shaker bottle. I was sick of throwing bottles out and spending money every time this happened anyway!

No matter what soap or degreaser I used, that smell would not come out of the plastic… another shaker bites the dust.

I went to go power down my laptop and pack it away for the morning. I did a quick scan of my work before shutting it down and something dawned on me…. I already had the technology in my hands to solve this problem!

I work currently as the CEO of a startup medical device company. Our flagship product is a topical for really infected wounds that happen to also smell extremely bad. The nanotechnology we use in our device kills the bacteria that make smell and control odor while being safe for people. *LIGHTBULB MOMENT!*

I went straight to the lab the next day and told my partner, Steve (ya know, the Ph.D. in applied physics and Chemistry and holder of 10 nanotechnology patents) and shared my idea. He knew that pain all too well. 

The Science...

The experiment began. We took a non-toxic EPA registered polymer meant for the food and beverage industry, and put the same nanotechnology in this coating that we use in the medical field.

We put a protein shake in our test cup as well as a regular cup and put them both in an incubator for 48 hours at 100 degrees (just like leaving it in your car in the summer over a weekend!)

The concept made sense but would it work? Steve and I opened the regular bottle...you guessed it, smelled like someone hadn't taken the garbage out for weeks! Then, we opened the coated bottle…. Nothing happened….. The room wasn't all of a sudden filled with pungent death, we move closer and stuck our noses in the bottle.. A gentle hint of staleness was present, that’s it! It worked!

Since Steve is the CEO over at nanocomposix, he has the power to make all the scientists come smell the bottle...they reluctantly agreed… It was unanimous, the coating worked!

We knew we were on to something here!

Steve, myself, and the chemistry team further refined the coating for higher performance. Here is what we achieved:

  •  The coating contains nanoporous particles that have potent antimicrobial properties. 
  • The coating is nearly stronger than the metal we have made the bottle out of.. A solvent 8x stronger than nail polish remover was rubbed on the coating 2000 times before any sign of breakdown.
  • Smell (aromatic compounds) cannot penetrate the coating.

The coating contains two types of nanoparticles that have potent antimicrobial properties. 
 These same nanoparticles bind to proteins, called thiols, that are present in protein shakes as well as your own body.

When you forget a protein shake, the smell is produced by the breakdown of these thiols (amino acids like cystine) and they have a rotten smell. The coating interacts with these thiols by binding to them and stabilizing them, thus preventing the smell.

Additionally, different forms of bacteria and fungus are produced when the protein in a shake breaks down which also produce odors or aromatic compounds in chemistry terms. Our coating completely inhibits all bacterial and fungal species preventing smell and keeping the bottle sanitary!

Since we solved the biggest problem of all shakers, we felt that the bottle should match the technology inside so we added lots of premium features including:

  • Double walled vacuum insulation for temperature maintenance, further reducing bacteria growth and smell.
  • Rounded edges to prevent caking of protein (going for that cleanest protein shaker ever thing)
  • Threading halfway so you can easily get your hand in the bottom for a deep clean
  • The world’s first magnetic cap, because why not have the coolest cap of any bottle??

We were sick of throwing out out stinky bottles so we made Klear Shaker, the odor reducing self cleaning protein shaker. This will be the last shaker you ever buy! 

Risks and challenges

The EPA approved patented coating has been tested and commercialized. Our supply chain is also ready and proven for this key portion of the product.

We will begin the manufacturing and production process based on the current design of the shaker as soon as we meet our target. With your support, we can quickly scale and expedite the manufacturing and production process so that we can get the KLEAR Shaker into hands of thousands, and you can be proud to know that you made it happen. While we have budgeted sufficient resources and time, we know that there might be things outside of our control and current visibility:

Shipping in January 2019 - We plan to place the manufacturing order by October 2018. We'll iterate, review samples and do quality control in November and December. Jan 2019 / Feb 2019 is our shipping estimate when we account for both making revisions and getting the first shipment in from the factory. We don't anticipate any issues currently with this timeline. However, if by chance anything unexpected happens, we promise to keep you informed, both during the campaign and afterward.

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