and why this handy little toothbrush companion provides such an easy, convenient, and fun experience for kids and adults. But first, lets look at how we rinse our mouth.
Normally, we rinse our mouth in three different ways. It applies to both kids and adults: We use our hands to cup water. We sip water directly from the faucet. Or we simply use a cup.
A quick survey reveals which method people prefer to use:
Contrary to popular belief, the finding shows that most people don't actually use a cup to rinse their mouth even though it's specifically designed for such purpose. Cupping water with hands and sipping directly from the faucet is the most preferred method. While 80% of the users have no problem with this, we found out that 20% says there should be a more convenient, and easier way of rinsing the mouth without having to cup water with hands or sip directly from the faucet. And here's what they're saying:
- Using a cup -"It's slow"
- Cup water with hands-"I don't use my hands to cup water because it's dirty"
- Using a cup-"cleaning toothpaste stains inside the cup is disgusting"
- Sip water from the faucet-"Too much effort to bend my back"
Like 20% of these users (including kids), I personally went through the same setbacks. We know that brushing our teeth is a daily task which can't really be skipped. The American Dental Association recommends at least twice a day. If you think about it, that's quite a lot of work. So it's not surprising sometimes kids and adults skip the routine entirely. What can we do to establish a good dental hygiene habit then? We obviously need a product that can make the experience more convenient, easy, and as well as fun.
In the past, inventors and designers tried many approaches to this problem, and came up with solutions after solutions in the span of 70 plus years. A quick patent search in USPTO database on "toothbrush rinsing" (or anything related) reveals numerous patents catered to solve this issue. However, they are either too complicated to use or too expensive to manufacture. Most ideas never saw the daylight. Instead of going with a complicated solution, we stuck with a simple concept that is extremely easy to use, convenient, and fun. And without any of the drawbacks.
We called it the Garppy, a small attachable cup for your manual toothbrush.
Why you will be interested.....
Some Great Conveniences You'll Love
A daily convenience - If you brush your teeth more than twice daily, and are looking for a faster experience, then Garppy will definitely help speed it up. All you need is one hand to perform the task!
Kids love it because it's fun & simple - Your kids might not like to brush their teeth. But Garppy makes the overall experience fun and easy for them!
Great for traveling - Whether you brush your teeth in an airport bathroom, on the airplane, in your company or during a camping trip, Garppy will always be easy to carry around to help you do the job.
Space saver - It's hard to place a cup or mug if there are no bathroom counter. With Garppy, you can now place it along with your toothbrush on the suction toothbrush holder.
Super easy to assemble. Fits 99% of manual toothbrush in the world – The Garppy will fit snugly onto almost any manual toothbrush, and it can also be adjusted to different locations of the toothbrush handle. Releasing it is also a breathe, just like a watch.
Comfy for your lips - The shape of the cup is designed ergonomically to fit the profile of our lips. It's incredibly comfortable for daily use. The silicone material is also soft on the skin.
QUALITY - We made sure the Garppy uses top quality material from a top quality manufacturer. The main materials(cup & strap) are made from food grade silicone and the stabilizer ball is made from durable nylon. It is built to last.
Multi-tone color - We designed the Garppy with multiple colors to make it incredibly personal and to match your toothbrush color. The multi-tone color also differentiate the different parts of the Garppy even though it's manufactured in one piece.
Extremely lightweight - Just 5.6 grams. You'll hardly notice any difference in weight after attaching it to a toothbrush.
Holds sufficient amount of water - It is certainly small, but it holds just the right amount of water for each rinse.
Noninstrusive to use - The adjustable strap allows you to position the Garppy onto any section of a toothbrush handle. It will not disturb your normal operation or bluntly put, come in contact with your face.
Heavy duty - The silicone we used is extremely elastic and durable. You can drop it, smash it, stretch it and it will not break!
Affordable- MSRP is $2.99. All backers will receive an additional Garppy for FREE when they share us on blog or any social media sites!
See what others are saying about the Garppy!
- This product is fun and useful and it even encourages my kids to brush and rinse properly" - The Children's Nook (See full review here: http://bit.ly/1xxHMCU)
- "Eliminates nasty cups cluttering up the bathroom vanity top and comes in a variety of fun color combinations" - Central Minnesota Mom http://bit.ly/1DPI4wm
- "My son and daughter loved using it" - San Francisco
- "I would bring it with me when I go camping, this will be very useful" - Missouri
- "Absolutely great for bringing and using at work, no more coffee mug!" - Sacramento
- "Better than cupping water with hands"
- "It's really cute and saves space" - Canada
- "This would be great for daily use" - EU
An overview of the Garppy production freight arrival time and shipping schedule. As soon as the campaign is over we'll start processing orders and begin shipping.
All backers(L2-L7) who shared the Garppy on blogs, social media, news sites or anywhere else, will get an additional Garppy for FREE (100% on us)!
Example: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Reddit, Coroflot, etc. Just email us a screenshot of your share and that's it! Offer available to L2-L7 pledges)
Developing the Garppy for more than a year has been both fun and challenging, but it has also depleted most of our personal funding. All we're asking is the bare minimum and your support is extremely important to us. Not only will your contribution breathe life into Garppy, but it will also scale up production and bring the product in front of your door.
So please support us and help spread the word about Garppy!
You can find us here as wellhttp://kickingitforward.org
Risks and challenges
The risks are very minimal since Garppy is quite simple. But sometimes unexpected circumstances could affect the schedule. So, to minimize lead time, we finished tooling and molding ahead of time. It would normally take 20-30 days to complete. Besides holding one of the highest quality standard, our factory's production capacity is also large and efficient and mass production of several thousand units would only take a few days.
Me and everyone else working on the Garppy are all very experienced in product development (I have been doing this for years) so you can rest assure all promises will be met, schedule won't be delayed and your product will be delivered to your door safe and sound!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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