After spending a year 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.
Buck originally came up with the idea while riding a subway in Seoul South Korea. There were big signs warning people about the germs on the handles, but riding the subway without holding onto anything is a bit tricky. And he wondered... What if everyone had a little device that allowed them to avoid touching public surfaces? Buck has always been a germaphobe and the idea stuck with him. He put it on the backburner until he arrived back in the States.
Over a year and a half later, we found ourselves living in Las Vegas; one of the dirtiest cities in the nation (metaphorically and literally). The door handles were grosser than ever and Buck told Penny about the idea he had in Korea. The next time Penny was at the store, she saw a silicone oven mitt and thought of Buck's idea. That night, our keychain was born. The first prototype was cut out with an xacto knife and sewed together by hand. We made a bunch, and handed them out to friends for testing.
We worked from coffee shops all around the country while we traveled. We even got Patent Pending status from the USPTO... at a coffee shop in Oregon. After finding a manufacturer in Minnesota and an engineer in San Diego, we refined our prototype into a unique keychain that we put up on Kickstarter. Once we posted it to Kickstarter, we were contacted by an investor that provided us with private funding. We abandoned the Kickstarter Campaign, and got to work building a website and producing our product. It's currently for sale here.
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