When it’s so hot your skin feels like it’s boiling and the air conditioner seems to be giving up on working, your only goal is to cool down. It’s easier to do in the evenings when the sun isn’t up, but you still have to make it through the day. One major obstacle is keeping your drinks cool while it’s still light out. The sun has a nasty habit of warming all it touches, and a forgotten beverage is sure to become warm in no time.
Of course, some drinks are rather unpalatable if above a certain degree, which is why you need to make sure you’re putting it in the right container. This Terra Cotta Tumbler will help you keep your drink chilly for hours, and you only need to soak it in water for it to work. The exterior is black and coarse, so you can easily write on it with chalk. This would be a perfect way to know which drink belongs to who without any confusion.
Paying $40 will get you a set of two of these, which won’t be enough for a full-fledged party, but would be ideal for hanging out with a significant other or friend. Of course, you can always keep one soaking while the other is in use so there’s always a replacement waiting for when the water evaporates. It is a bit expensive considering these are just tumblers, but there’s nothing to charge or batteries to deal with as you only need to set it in water for 90 seconds so it can become 40% cooler than ambient temperature.
아무 액체(와인, 커피, 차, 간장, 주스 등)를 잉크로 넣어 평생이라도 사용 가능한 펜이 나왔다.
친환경 제품으로는 최고의 제품이 아닌가?
플라스틱에 잉크에 엄청 많은 양이 매일 쓰레기가 되어가고 있는 지금.....
‘윙크펜’은 쉽게 분리할 수 있고 펜촉과 몸체 부분은 붕규산 유리로 만들어 간단하게 세척가능하다.
물론, 공식적인 문서를 작성할 때 사용하기에는 적합하지 않지만 일상생활 속에서 필요한 메모를 적거나 생각을 정리할 때 매우 유용하고 재미있는 방법이 될 것이다.
잉크 충전을 위해 상점을 찾거나 자리를 떠날 필요도 없다.
잉크가 다 떨어지면 좋아하는 색깔을 내는 용액 속에 펜촉을 담근 후 펜 끝을 비틀기만 하면 된다.
제품의 가격은 60달러이며 앞으로 외부 장식이 좀 더 추가되어 한층 멋진 제품이 될 것으로 보인다.
하지만, 펜 하나에 60달러라면 조금 망설여지는 금액이다.
대량화가 되고, 더 기술 발전을 이루어 가격 경쟁력을 가춘다면, 이는 하나의 완벽한 비즈니스 모델이 될 것이라고 생각된다.
About this project
The basis for the branding, WINK, was derived from the concept of using “wine as ink” but the pen can be loaded with virtually any liquid that possesses a staining property.
The idea of using raw inks was something I thought of while working on a concept for a sustainable printer, during which I learned that inks—even those made with vegetable and soy—used in traditional printers are not 100% biodegradable. From the printer project, I re-evaluated my approach toward product design as a whole and began taking into consideration the full cycle of products; everything from how materials are first sourced to the manufacturing processes, as well as environmental foot prints pre and post-consumer use. Being inspired I ran with the idea of integrating alternative inks leading me eventually to the creation of the WINKpen!
In essence, the WINKpen was born from the desire to create a sustainable alternative to something that many of us use in our daily lives. Traditional pens are, more often than not, disposable products; once the pre-loaded ink stem is exhausted, they essentially just become empty plastic cases that inevitably wind up in a land-fill somewhere. With with the WINKpen, however, an ink reload can be found right there in your kitchen.
Reusable, sustainable, and long-lasting. Helps mitigate “throwaway” culture and there's also the added benefit of having inexpensive ink available virtually anywhere!
Everyone! My goal with WINKpens was to create an innovative and simple product people could use and re-use in their daily lives. In many ways, this pen can be a new addition to your creative arsenal, allowing individuals to experiment and express with untraditional mediums. It can be a unique purchase for the creative in your life or just as easily serve as an elegant and customed promotional gift for your business. It is a “low-tech” product that marries modern aesthetics and environmental awareness with traditional function.
Over the last year and a half, I've devoted the majority of my spare time outside of work to the creation of the WINKpen. Like the creation of anything worth-while, it wasn't exactly easy! There was a lot of sleepless nights spent sketching, designing, and just tinkering in the shop; utilizing everything from 3D printing, sanding mock-ups, jumping on the lathe, using saws, sourcing various materials that were within reach, and reverse engineering. There was a lot of back and forth with sketching, prototyping, and testing. Whenever a prototype failed to meet expectations, I'd start again from square one. While I've poured a lot of my time, and personal finances into the project, I wasn't without support. I contracted others on board when necessary—such as my engineer, who explained to me what was feasible and what wasn't—all of which have aided me into bringing the best solutions into constructing the most user-friendly product possible. Thank you to everyone who's encouraged, advised, and helped me along the way... because without each and every single one of them, I certainly would not be where I am today.
The WINKpen is built to be as modular and user friendly as possible. All components fit snuggly together with the use of rubber o-rings, and can be easily pulled apart and pushed back together for ease of cleaning.
A double-sided glass nib features an angled tip for calligraphy and also a conical tip for finer penmanship. The glass replaces the metal tips and ball-points in traditional pens, removing the risk of corrosion and making it easy to clean. Spiraled grooves in the glass nib elegantly feed ink to paper while also boasting a beautiful aesthetic.
The interior of the coupler is lined with an elastomer which acts to hold the glass nib securely in place. The elastomer lining, in combination with the fine feeding tube also aids in the steady flow of ink.
Diplomat's piston design allows for a simple twist refill and ink release system, making it a simple process to controllably unload and load the pen with various inks of your choosing.
Our logo will be beautifully etched on the outside of the glass housing. Customizable options will be available in the near future however, as part of this kickstarter you can get yours personalized NOW!
** see pledge perks for details**
Check out WINKpens rewards for contributing! The connection I have to this product and startup is something I would love to also share with my supporters, thus I will happily be spending time sketching with beer and wine myself for some unique perks!
** International Backers - YES I can ship to you!:) However in order to cover this cost, please add on $25 to your pledge - contact me with any questions**
After getting the first version of this product into the world for people to use, plans for the future of the product include sketch pads, inks, and customizability options; such as cosmetic sleeves (wood, metal, etc.), colored glass nibs, business logos, and personalized names.
- WINKpens' vision of an innovative new tool that will open up new avenues of creativity.
- Upfront tool cost and materials. 30k is needed for tooling alone!
- Allowance for large-scale production.
- The very first order and run of our product!
- Continued support for business development, strategies for production, growth, and order management.
- A few hours of shut-eye for the designer!
Hi, my name is Jess! I'm an industrial designer and contemporary artist located in Portland, Oregon. Creativity made its way into my life early on in a number of ways. Growing up, there was so much in the world that inspired me: nature, colors, and objects that provoked my natural desires to express and problem solve. It wasn't until very recently did my career of choice really begin to emerge to combine all of my experiences into my current path of becoming an entrepreneur.
My diverse background from teaching martial arts and personal training to business marketing, customer service, construction, freelance and design--has all contributed to the creation of product that I'm beyond passionate about. Martial arts instilled in me the fighting mentality to relentlessly pursue my goals, business provided the applicable knowledge, construction gave me the hands-on experience, and freelancing as an industrial designer and artist taught me how to better manage and deliver quality products. In a way, each major experience has been a stepping stone to who and where I am now.
For me, design is all about solution and utility, while art is expression – together, they provide endless opportunities and create stories of growth all their own. The potential to touch another person, to ignite that spark in them that might blossom into something great, and the daily opportunity to just provide new experiences is what eternally fuels the love for my craft.
From the very bottom of my heart, THANK YOU for your support and sharing this project with your friends and family!
AN EXTRA SPECIAL THANK YOU to this awesome crew for your expertise and support!