Kids these days…

Inspired by the need to create a cup for her grandfather who had difficulty holding onto drinking vessels due to his Parkinson’s Disease symptoms, 11-year-old Lily Born of Chicago created a unique cup design that has already surpassed its goal on Kickstarter in less than a week.

The three-legged Kangaroo Cup was designed not through fancy sketches or in a complicated CAD program, but rather with simple moldable prototyping plastic…the perfect medium these days for a young maker with a design vision.

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The first iteration came in the form of a stackable ceramic cup that arrived on Kickstarter in October of 2012 and was successfully funded in less than a month. Post-campaign, Lily and family took a trip to JingDeZhen, China—the world’s capital of fine porcelain—where she had her first experience of watching her product design go from prototype to a mass-manufactured good.

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After a couple of years of using the ceramic version, Lily was convinced that there needed to be an unbreakable version as well for both kids and those in need of a hardier cup design.

Thus, the Unbreakable Kangaroo Cup was born:

The Unbreakable Kangaroo Cup

  • Stable on uneven surfaces
  • Tip-resistant three-legged design
  • Elevated base means no need for a coaster
  • Contoured handles provide a comfortable one- or two-handed grip
  • Stackable design saves space on the shelf
  • Break-resistant, stain-resistant & BPA-free plastic
  • Microwave & dishwasher safe
  • 9-ounce

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One of the bigger challenges for Lily and her design team moving from a ceramic cup to a plastic cup was moving from the more simple slip cast (ceramic) mold to an expensive injection mold.

With over $35,000 raised of their original $25,000 goal so far (not to mention nearly a month left in the campaign), it looks as though Lily is on her way towards another crowdfunded success.

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You can check out the Unbreakable Kangaroo Cups on Kickstarter here.

Author

Simon is a Brooklyn-based industrial designer and Managing Editor of EVD Media. When he finds the time to design, his focus is on helping startups develop branding and design solutions to realize their product design vision. In addition to his work at Nike and various other clients, he is the main reason anything gets done at EvD Media. He once wrestled an Alaskan alligator buzzard to the ground with his bare hands… to rescue Josh.