Here’s a fresh twist on a kitchen essential. Apri is a can opener that relieves strain on your hands, prevents sharp metal edges, and helps lift lids out of your way. It is designed to work with the weight of your body instead of forcing you to squeeze handles tight. Shaped to fit in the palm of your hand and look great standing on the counter, this is one tool that will be indispensable to the home cook.
Jon Corral dreamt up a tool that could make opening cans as easy as twisting off a jar lid. Over 625 community members came together to make that dream a reality. Apri is now available in the Quirky store for $19.99 presale ($24.99 retail) with a threshold of 1500 commitments.
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Welcome to the first edition of the rebooted Quirky Production Reports. While we’ve had production reports in the past we’re changing both the way that we gather information internally and how to share it with you, the Quirky Community. It’s kind of like our Batman Begins moment but for product updates (although I highly recommend reading this post in Christian Bale’s ridiculous Batman voice).
Without further ado:
Bandits: We got in a great sample two weeks ago. There’s details (such as making sure the colors of the hooks match the colors of the elastic) that are being polished but we feel confident that we’re going to be able begin manufacturing in the n Read More...
¡Hay el venir de la tormenta!
That’s right, there is a storm coming. Tomorrow at 12:00pm EDT, for the first time ever we’re going to be livestreaming QDS’ weekly brainstorming session.
From 12:00 – (approx.) 12:45, the Quirky Community, will have the opportunity to participate in this week’s brainstorm through our brand new Quirky Design Staff + Quirky Community Brainstorm Livestream channel on Ustream.
Here’s how it’s going to work.
This week’s brainstorm will focus on two topics:
1) The three-sided mop: This section of the brainstorm will be ‘mind-mapping’, i.e. exploring all opportunities in terms of design, market, end user, u Read More...
Tired of bending over backwards to feed your dog? Pedestal is an adjustable height dog bowl stand. Need to sate your Saint Bernard? You can lock in both of the bowls up to 19 inches off the ground. Chow time for your Chihuahua? Slide the bowls back down to the bottom of the stand. Each bowl moves independently so you could even feed two different size dogs at the same time. We even made the footprint of the stand larger than the bowl holders to catch any spills from an overeager eater.
Marc Rumaner proposed a set of dog bowls that would make feeding your pets less of a pain in the back. Over 672 people came together to develop this idea into a product. Pedestal is now available in the Quirky store for $69.99 presale ($73.99 Read More...
Prophecy has foretold that on Monday afternoon the top five voted submissions from the previous week’s Community Evaluation would reveal themselves in the form of a blog post.
Congratulations to this week’s contenders:
Product Round 149
Tim Hayes – Collapsible watering can
Jay Kim – Retractable whisk
Jared Joyce – Personal ice cube tray
Michelle B. – Spoon with thermometer and straw
Brandon Craven – Cooling stir stick with thermometer
Angelo Caccione – Portable gadget cradle system
Brian Shy – Suction cup magnets
Robert Pontius – Flexible suction cup arms
Imants Caklais – Travel/Dorm shower bag
Adam – Shower splats
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We did not make a selection for 148. In some cases we felt that the submissions were off-brand and too novelty. In other cases we were attracted to the concept, but did not feel that it had been at all proven in the real world and we did not want to pursue. The retail partner for this brief did not supply positive feedback for this round of submissions, and therefore we took the decision to pass on moving a submission into the design phases.
Inventor: Robert Francois
Selected: Three-sided Mop
Design noted that this would be a great line extension to our range of stick goods and cleaning tools. Great opportunity during design phases to explore what the 3 cleani Read More...
We’ve been talking about lots of new features / initiatives for a while now at Quirky, and while there is progress being made on all fronts- we have been hearing that you (the community) are feeling as though we are slow to deliver on iterations on the platform.
Quirky’s technology team is one of the smallest departments here at Quirky. This is something we are working hard on changing (by recruiting great developers)- but for now, it’s sort of a fact of life.
So we’re asking for your help. We’ve compiled a list of all of the changes/initiatives we have AGREED on taking on, and we are asking for your help prioritizing them.
We’re going to provide complete visibility into o Read More...
It’s time to air out your ideas, inventors. With your help, we’re going to tackle bad smells.
This week’s brief is all about preventing and treating bad odor.
We’re going to be open to it all. Air fresheners might be your first idea, but it’s not the only answer. We’d love to make something that’s new and exciting. Here’s some guidance to get you thinking out of the box.
Where does odor start? Look at the situations in your daily life to see if you can identify a problem. It can range from playing sports to smoking cigarettes, from cooking dinner to taking care of babies & pets, and so on. Once you figure out where odor control is needed, you can brainstorm diff Read More...
Does your sink stink? Ripple is a sink strainer with interchangeable scented rings to help keep your kitchen smelling clean and fresh. When one ring runs out, simply peel it off and replace it with a new scent.
Josh Wright proposed a sink strainer that would help eliminate odors emanating from his garbage disposal. Over 573 people came together to develop this idea into a product. Ripple is now available in the Quirky store for $7.99 presale ($9.99 retail) with a threshold of 1000 commitments
– Stainless steel strainer
– Unique, pebble shaped cut out pattern
– Sold with 2 tropically scented rings
– Fits in all sinks
– 4.25″ diameter
– 1.25″ deep
We’ve been getting a lot of questions from inventors and community members asking what they can do to help generate retail interest in products. We love the enthusiasm and persistence coming from the community, but it’s important to abide by some guidelines to make sure that you do more good than harm.
It is imperative that all retail discussions begin and end with Chad. As Quirky’s Head of Sales, it’s his responsibility to form strategic partnerships with retailers and to pitch them not just individual products, but the entire Quirky brand and story.
If you have a personal relationship with someone at a major retailer, you have Chad’s permission to email him directly (CC que Read More...
Why choose between coffee, tea, and being free to sip on the go? Perk is a travel mug that operates as a French press, tea infuser, and electric kettle as needed. With all those features, it’s a product that works as hard as you do!
Brian Wethington submitted an idea for a fast boiling kettle. While we couldn’t engineer a quicker boil, over 605 influencers came together to develop a product that would help you boil, brew and get out of the house faster. Perk is now available in the Quirky store for $37.99 presale ($39.99 retail) with a threshold of 1500 commitments.
-Multi-function travel mug, electric kettle, French press, and tea infuser
-Double-walled travel mug allows you to carry hot liquids
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