While living on the road, we encountered a few too many dirty gas station bathrooms. The door handles were gross, and we got tired of touching them. So we developed a little keychain to solve our problem and started hand making them for friends.
The idea was originally conceived while riding a subway in Seoul South Korea. There were big signs warning people about germs on the handles, but riding the subway without holding onto anything is a bit tricky. What if everyone had a little device that allowed them to avoid touching public surfaces? We've always been germaphobes and the idea stuck.
Over a year and a half later, we found ourselves living in Las Vegas; one of the dirtiest cities in the nation. The door handles were grosser than ever and the idea came back. The next time we were at the store and saw a silicone oven mitt, we remembered the idea. That night, our keychain was born. The first prototype was cut out of that oven mitt with an x-acto knife and we sewed it together by hand. We made a bunch, and handed them out to friends for testing.
Living on the road gave us a ton of free time to focus on our project. We worked from coffee shops all around the country while we traveled. We even got Patent Pending status from the USPTO all from a Starbucks in Oregon. After finding an industrial engineer in San Diego we refined our prototype into a simple little keychain. We've sold them as far as Singapore! You can find more here.
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