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Relay Kitchen — Fresh Spices Meet Touchless Convenience (Canceled)

A self-sealing, hands-free, fully adjustable, beautiful grinder delivers fresh spices instantly, while leaving your kitchen clean.

Relay Kitchen — Fresh Spices Meet Touchless Convenience (Canceled)

A self-sealing, hands-free, fully adjustable, beautiful grinder delivers fresh spices instantly, while leaving your kitchen clean.

$3,746
pledged of $100,000pledged of $100,000 goal
17
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Feb 21 2019

About

RK1 Grinder by Relay Kitchen

Hands-Free Automatic Pepper, Salt, and Spice Mill

Unlike traditional pepper and spice mills, the RK1 is the first electric grinder that includes hands-free functionality with a self-sealing port that keeps your spices fresh, ensures clean cooking areas, and delivers consistent grind quality. 

Perfect for modern cooks, the RK1's hands-free design keeps hands and kitchens clean while complimenting any home decor. 



  •  Automatic Hands-Free Grinding — Place your hand or plate directly under RK1's motion sensor to instantly deliver a consistent grind with precise control.

  •  Clean Self-Sealing Outlet  — Minimize extra debris from falling onto your counters while also ensuring fresh spices by keeping out moisture and contaminants.

  •  Stunning Modern Design — Eye-catching anodized aluminum compliments any home decor while equipping home chefs with a useful and clean way to deliver spices.

  •  ​Works with Your Favorite Spices — Go beyond salt and pepper and use the RK1 to grind other dry spices such as coriander seeds, fennel seeds, and more.

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Designed for ease of use, the RK1 grinds automatically so you can season food quickly and efficiently.

Leave your hands free to work with your food by utilizing touchless grinding technology.

Touchless Operation

The RK1 features an infrared motion sensor to detect hands, cups, or plates.


When the sensor is activated, an actuator arm in the stand starts the grinder automatically and delivers a consistent, speedy grind. Deliver spices directly onto plated foods for finishing, or into your hands for applying to raw foods, or use the RK1 to grind large quantities quickly.

Fully Adjustable Grind Size  

Grind size affects the flavor and texture of your food.

Make seasoning easier with the RK1. Different seasonings may require a larger or smaller grind, and we make adjustments simple with a convenient mechanism on the bottom of the grinder.

Portability Built into the Design

The grinder separates from the stand so that you can deliver spices where you need.


Powered by AAA batteries, the RK1 grinder can be removed from the stand allowing you to deliver fresh-ground spices where needed when cooking, or directly onto your food at the dining table. 

Removing the grinder from its stand can also save countertop space when hands-free dispensing technology isn't needed.


Keep Debris to a Minimum while using the RK1.

With a unique self-sealing port and touchless operation, the RK1 keeps spices fresh and free from contaminants.

Self Sealing Port

Keep Harmful Moisture and Contaminants Out.


By automatically opening and closing the outlet port each time it operates, the RK1 minimizes sprinkles from collecting under the grinder while preventing moisture and contaminants from infiltrating your fresh spices. 

Even when it makes sense to use the RK1 grinder with your hands, its self-sealing feature diminishes the debris left behind while maximizing freshness. 

Prevent Cross-Contamination

The RK1 keeps kitchen counters free from debris and leaves your hands available to work.

Often it’s easiest to rub spices into food; sometimes there’s no better way to get flavor precisely where you need it than by using your hands.  Studies have shown that conventional pepper shakers and grinders are often coated with germs from dirty hands. The RK1 leaves your hands free to work with your food by utilizing touchless dispensing technology so that you don't need to worry about dirtying other kitchen surfaces.

Complimenting any home's style and decor, the RK1 is constructed with a timeless anodized aluminum body. 

A beautiful, rugged, and unique design matches high quality materials with a keen attention to detail. Unlike low-cost grinders, the RK1 is extremely well-constructed and durable.

Anodized Aluminum Body

Striking and Corrosion Resistant, RK1's body is built to last.

RK1's high quality materials are housed inside a noticeable and elegant body. Built to last for years of use, the anodized aluminum creates a very thin but very hard natural barrier to corrosion, keeping not only your spices fresh, and ensuring that the RK1 will look beautiful through years of use.

Transparent Polycarbonate Bowl  

Easily view the remaining level of spices in the grinder.

Easy to refill, the RK1's transparent bowl lets you monitor how much of your ingredient is left before needing to refill. Filling is a breeze, using the easily-accessible refill port.

Ceramic Grinding Mechanism  

The RK1 has a durable corrosion-resistant grinding mechanism made from hardened ceramic materials.











Created by Accomplished Product Designer — Michael Baum.

After having helped developed incredible products including:

Michael, a long-time a cooking enthusiast, had the idea for this product after being frustrated by the need to constantly wash hands every time he picked up a pepper grinder, especially during preparation of raw foods.

Relay Kitchen was founded in early 2018, although its founder Michael has been working on the idea for the RK1 Hands-Free Grinder for several years.  

For almost 25 years, he's been creating hardware products for consumer, medical, and commercial applications.  He's been in key development and management roles in startups as well as larger companies.  

Michael has a BSME degree from the University of Maine, an MBA degree from Seattle University, and Certificates in Project Management and Intellectual Property from the University of Washington.

Relay Kitchen is currently working with a variety of product and business development professionals, including industrial designers, electrical & software engineers, marketing specialists, and more.


Risks and challenges

We have been successful in creating solid working prototypes, and have also iterated the initial design for manufacturability. There is a surprising amount of technology that goes into the RK1 design, including precision electromechanical systems, software, motorized actuators, and premium material finishes. Relay Kitchen is already working with potential manufacturing partners to validate manufacturing processes and quality control procedures.

Despite this progress, there are a variety of risks that need to be considered:

- Complex electromechanical designs require tight control of dimensional tolerances and manufacturing processes; this can translate into higher manufacturing costs.
- Ongoing international trade disputes may disrupt supply chain availability and product cost.
- Usability, durability, and regulatory testing may impact the production timeline if design issues are discovered.
- Lower initial production volumes may require additional effort to source suppliers and components cost-effectively.

We leverage over 25 years of design, manufacturing, and product deployment experience to mitigate these risks.

Price of the RK1 Hands-Free Grinder has been perceived as high compared to other grinders on the market. However, our customers understand that it doesn’t save money to buy cheap items that don’t work well, fall apart quickly, and that aren’t backed up by a reliable company. This philosophy is behind Relay Kitchen’s approach of creating premium products that provide the right balance between cost, unique functionality, uncompromising quality standards, technology, and beautiful aesthetic design.

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    Thanks For Your Support — Premium Spices

    Thanks for supporting our campaign! As a small token of our appreciation, we'll send you a pair of customized spice jars that include 35g of Kampot (Cambodian) peppercorns and 50g of Pedra do Sal (Brazilian) sea salt.

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    Super Early Bird — RK1 Grinder/Stand

    Take advantage of our limited super early bird special pricing and get one (1) RK1 Grinder and Stand Combo at 33% off (MSRP of $180). Each RK1 Grinder includes your choice of 35g of Kampot (Cambodian) peppercorns or 50g of Pedra do Sal (Brazilian) sea salt.

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    Super Early Bird — Chef's Bundle

    Take advantage of our limited super early bird special pricing and get two (2) RK1 Grinder and Stand Sets at 36% off (MSRP of $345). Our combo pack ensures you'll receive both 35g of Kampot (Cambodian) peppercorns and 50g of Pedra do Sal (Brazilian) sea salt.

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    • 35g of Kampot (Cambodian) peppercorns
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    Customized Chef Bundle

    Get a customized chef bundle which includes your choice of finish and a laser-etched message on both grinders. Our combo pack ensures you'll receive both 35g of Kampot (Cambodian) peppercorns and 50g of Pedra do Sal (Brazilian) sea salt.

    Includes:
    • RK1 Grinder and Stand
    • 35g of Kampot (Cambodian) peppercorns
    • 50g of Pedra do Sal (Brazilian) sea salt
    • Choice of Black, Blue or Silver Anodizing Color
    • Custom Laser-etched message on each grinder
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