This project's funding goal was not reached on December 26, 2013.
About this project
The GEAR CASTER “A cooler that can make blender drinks, play music, transport all your picnic gear, and grill your food? Yes, please!“
TRENDHUNTER “College kids and happy families alike would benefit from this incredible multi-tasking cooler… Essentially, this cooler is all you need for a successful party.“
CROWD DISTRICT “This product reminds me a lot of the golf bag that Rodney Dangerfield sported in the film Caddyshack, and I know everyone thought that was the coolest thing around.”
GM “The Coolest Cooler - a Portable Multi-tool of Coolness”
GEAR HUNGRY “This wheeled combination cooler takes the party anywhere, or rather, it is the party.”
WHAT IS THE COOLEST?
The goal of the 'Coolest' is to make it easier to have more fun anywhere with family and friends. Nothing draws a crowd like cold-blended drinks and good music! The 'Coolest' is the world’s first portable party cooler with a built-in ice-crushing blender, Bluetooth speakers to stream your music, in-cooler lighting, and adjustable tie-downs to help carry all your stuff.
The ‘Coolest’ is just getting started where your typical beverage cooler ends. Whether you're tailgating, camping, RV'ing or enjoying a picnic at the park, the 'Coolest' is a must-have accessory for food, drinks and tunes. Check out these NEVER SEEN before features on the COOLEST:
BATTERY POWERED BLENDER
Nothing is more refreshing on a hot day than a cold, blended drink. This 18-volt powerhouse blender can blend ice, fruit, smoothies and cocktails ALL DAY LONG on a single charge.
Outdoor gatherings and sports events are more fun with blended drinks. The 'Coolest' has you covered with the push-of-a-button.
REMOVABLE BLUETOOTH SPEAKERS
If life is supposed to be a party, then you better bring the music. You’re gathered around the cooler anyway, but now you can DJ the music right from your phone or Bluetooth-enabled device directly to your 'Coolest'. Just turn your phone on, match it with the 'Coolest' speaker, and rock out with your bad self.
GEAR-CARRYING BUNGEE TIE-DOWN
Carrying your gear to and from your destination can be a hassle, and your old cooler isn’t doing you any favors.
The 'Coolest's' locking tie-downs are like having a roof-rack on your cooler so three trips can be done in one. Easily secure your lawn chairs, blankets, towels, toys, fishing tackle, or grill.
LED LIGHT IN THE LID
The party doesn’t stop just because the sun goes down, and you shouldn’t have to freeze your fingers searching endlessly for your favorite drink.
The ‘Coolest’ has LED lights embedded in the lid so you easily find what you’re looking for. LED lights last forever, and ours turn on or off with the push of a button.
ATTACHED BOTTLE OPENER
Your teeth. Your keys. Your lighter. Your wedding ring. The curb. The car bumper. From this day forth, these things need not ever again open your beer. Introducing the built-in bottle opener. Innovation, right!
You’ll never have to ask for or lose another bottle opener again. Finally.
Decorate your 'Coolest' to match your style by choosing of any four of our 36 colors. The permanent, durable, waterproof decals make the 'Coolest' as cool as you can imagine. Pick the colors that complement your tailgate, your RV or your beach chairs - customize your own 'Coolest' today.
Nothing goes better with cold drinks than hot food, so I worked really hard to locate and customize an AWESOME portable GRILL to pair with the 'Coolest'.
The GRILL locks onto the top of the lid of the 'Coolest' for easy transport to your party, then pops off easily and can sit evenly on any surface you want -- put the GRILL on your tailgate, on your patio, or on the grass or table at the park.
Check out the video below and see this dual-burner, stainless steel, 20,000BTU portable GRILL in action:
I’m always looking to maximize my fun when I get together with my family and friends. That’s why I am so passionate about the COOLEST. I invent lots of things, but honestly very few have brought so much fun to my life.
As of today, there’s only one 'Coolest' in the world. It lives in my garage and has a very full social calendar. We've been tailgating all fall and lounging on the beach all summer. I’m hoping the Kickstarter community can help me change that so we can get you a 'Coolest' of your own.
I know firsthand how much fun it is to have a cooler with speakers, and a portable blender for beachside margaritas, because I built myself one of each around ten years ago. This year I reexamined these well-loved creations and realized just how much room for improvement there was. The 'Coolest' is the traditional cooler completely re-imagined and supercharged, and the reactions have been overwhelmingly positive.
I’m not new to product development. I’ve licensed and co-licensed over a half dozen inventions, and I’ve developed, manufactured and successfully brought two products to market on my own.
To take the 'Coolest' from my house to yours, I really do need your help. Your support will help me finalize the specs and begin manufacturing. I know I can deliver for you.
Thank you so much in advance. This is going to be so fun. That’s all I want – to bring a little more fun to your next outdoor gathering!
FROM MY BACKYARD TO YOURS
The traditional manufacturing and launch timeline for a product of this size and complexity would be almost a year and a half. Frankly that just won’t do and I know you don’t want to wait any longer than absolutely necessary. Luckily, I have experience fast-tracking other products to market
Here’s what I’m doing to streamline the process and cut that timeline to just 8 months.
Our CAD models are already designed, and we have sourcing redundancies for each major component.
We are working with a leading manufacturing design firm and have developed a strategic partnership with the category leader in commercial manufacturing to make the 'Coolest'… well, the coolest!
With your support we will complete the pre-manufacturing phase and begin fulfilling YOUR orders.
We are close but we still need your help to:
- Optimize our design for manufacturability with help from our preferred and highly-renowned industrial design firm
Pay for blow-molding and injection molding tooling, a very expensive one-time cost
We want you to have your ‘Coolest’ before next tailgating season. Here’s our plan to achieve that:
- November/December: Make lots of new Kickstarter friends
- January: Final design and engineering revisions for production and engage our supply chain partners
- February: Build and test the production prototype, and finalize the plan and process for full-scale manufacturing plan
- March: Finalize the engineering and prototype iterations and place the tooling orders
- April / May: Tooling build-out and procurement of raw materials and components
- June: Begin manufacturing for the injection molded, thermoformed and blow-molded parts
- July: Part qualification and pre-production builds, pilot production, quality assurance and product validation
- August: Finalize the assembly and shipment process and begin fulfillment, yay! Celebrate with our team around our COOLEST as we look at photos all over the web of people enjoying their own 'Coolest'. Thanks everyone!
READY, SET, PARTY!
This is where you come in.If we can reach our investment goal of $125,000, then we can bring the ‘Coolest’ to everyone’s backyard, beach party, sporting event, race day…you get the point.
Still searching for a perfect gift idea? All rewards come with a printable poster for easy Holiday gift giving, and a link to a special “You’re the Coolest” gift opening video. Remember, when you give the ‘Coolest’ Kickstarter you’ll get twice the thank-you’s of any other gift! Once this holiday season, and again next August… waaaaaay better than a sweater vest!!
PRODUCT FEATURES AND SPECIFICATIONS
- 18 volt battery powered, full size blender, capable of 60+ batches per charge
- Rechargeable, removable Bluetooth music player capable of operating for over 8 hours per charge, while streaming music from up to 50 feet away
- High strength, locking bungee tie-down
- Virtually unbreakable LED lighting recessed and waterproof in the lid
- Built in bottle-top opener
- Fully customizable color skins, available in 36 colors choices
- 60 quart, hard sided, rolling cooler (20% larger than my prototype)
- Reinforced, easy rolling wheels
PORTABLE GRILL OPTION
- Dual burner
- Stainless steel
- 20,000 btu
Risks and challenges
No one wants to see a good idea executed poorly, so I have worked extremely hard to ready this product for Kickstarter and full-scale manufacturing and fulfillment. I spent the last several months sourcing components and interviewing potential manufacturers. Throughout this project I’ll be using my experience, as well as a pool of experts in the field to make sure the COOLEST lives up to it’s name.
MANUFACTURING: Creating the tooling to manufacture a product of this size is expensive and requires expert knowledge to get it right. The instant the campaign hits its funding goal, I’ll begin work with one of the top industrial design firms. We’ll refine the prototype in preparation for production tooling and molds.
PRODUCT ADJUSTMENTS: As the COOLEST gets geared up for production, there will inevitably be some adjustments to improve the product. These will always be for the benefit of you, the consumer, and we will let you know exactly how and why we chose to improve the product.
FULFILLMENT: Sometimes things go awry that can’t be planned for: a supplier misses a deadline, a machine breaks down, or a shipment gets lost. Those things could cause a delay. To minimize the possibility of manufacturing setbacks I’m working with a world-renowned team of product commercialization experts to ensure smooth sailing from our suppliers and factories.
We will be working with manufacturers who have years of experience delivering excellent products in tremendous quantities. There will no doubt be some surprises along the road, but any obstacle will be addressed by combining our internal knowledge with external expertise, and an overall goal of making the best possible product, for our ‘Coolest’ customer.
Any pledge amount brings us one step closer to our goal. Help us make the coolest idea the coolest product by clicking the ‘Back This Project’ button at the top of the page, or by helping us spread the word by 'liking' our page.
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