On a hike up Hochkönig, an idea is born from a problem... For reasons of focus and hygiene most sports require the use of a squeezable bottle, yet nobody seems to like the taste of such bottles, because they are all made of plastic. So when it comes to the essential subject of hydration, why should we sacrifice purity and good taste for mere functionality?
Pictures actually taken that day!
Applying for state funding. The idea is taking shape – a sports bottle that fuses optimum functionality with clean taste.
Spending countless hours at trade fairs, looking for solutions in materials and possible technologies...
From alloys, elastic and metallic glas to complicated pump systems, origami structures, hydroforming, deep drawing and creative welding – for one or the other reason none of these technologies seem to be quite the right solution for the challenge at hand.
Good things come to those, who keep going... Austrian state-funding (AWS impuls XS) is finally granted.
Still looking for solutions... Pressure is on!
A hint by an old friend and engineer from Switzerland draws our attention towards the field of layering-technology. Crucial...
Breakthrough... Having found a partner of development in the University of Leoben (Austria), first tests regarding the layering-technology bring positive results.
Finally time to catch a breath...
Looking for a possible production partner and finding one in Denmark. A company renowned for producing accelerator parts for CERN.
Proof of concept... Thank you Uni Leoben!
Time for Teambuilding! Relocating to Vienna, looking for people to join the cause.
Another proof of concept. This time from Denmark. Layering does in fact work for the production of a sports bottle.
Applying for more state-funding. The purse is tightening...
Baptism: Officially registering under the name of KEEGO.
Building the first prototype.
2017 ends on a high note. Getting the deal done with the Danish production partner. Being granted another state-funding. While shooting photo and video content for the Kickstarter campaign. KEEGO finally on camera... Epic!
Crowdfunding Campaign on Kickstarter and Indiegogo
Planned production system turns out to be too small
Outer metal finish turns out to be unfeasible
The intended material combination turns out not to meet the requirements
In order to process the new materials a new production partner is needed
A new production partner is found in Switzerland
Start of production
Delivery to all the crowdfunding backers
Go Live of the onlineshop