Crowdfunding a consumable spherical water bottle—the Ooho!

April 13, 2017 by Bob Yirka, Phys.org report
Credit: Skipping Rocks Lab

(Phys.org)—A small team of entrepreneurs affiliated with Skipping Rocks Lab has started a crowdfunding effort to mass-market a consumable water bottling device that produces what they call the Ooho!—a spherical blob of water held in a thin membrane that is small enough to be popped into the mouth. The team is looking to raise a half-million dollars to market their idea, which they claim is an attempt to do away with plastic packaging waste.

Skipping Rocks Lab is a London-based startup that has set a goal of creating innovative sustainable packaging for products. The idea for the Ooho! came from the culinary world, where liquids are packaged using what is called spherification—an ice ball is dipped in a mix of brown algae and calcium chloride. A clear forms, holding the ice as it melts, eventually giving way to a sphere of water, juice or other liquid. Some have suggested the end result looks very much like a breast implant or even a jellyfish. Because the membrane is made from natural ingredients, it can be eaten or tossed in a compost pile, or perhaps on the ground, where it biodegrades over the course of a week or so. On their site, the team notes that the process can be modified to create different sized balls and membrane thicknesses—it can even be made to allow for edible labels (made from rice paper) to be suspended between layers. Flavors can also be added to the membrane itself; otherwise, it is tasteless.

The purpose of the project, the development team claims, is to rid the world of the problem of water bottles piling up in landfills around the world—hundreds of millions are added to the global pile every day. Bottled water, which now outsells all other packaged beverages in the United States, presents a clear environmental problem. The team at Skipping Rocks wants to make and sell (or lease) the machine that is used to create the Ooho!, which would allow venues to produce them onsite, instead of selling in plastic bottles—prime possibilities would include marathons, concerts, park-side stands or amusement parks.

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Mayday
3 / 5 (2) Apr 13, 2017
How is this sanitary? I would never lick the outside of a bottled water, nor would I lick my fingers before taking a drink. When I open a bottled water, my lips only touch the plastic that was under the sealed cap. Is there an antibacterial/antifungal agent in the coating? There must be. And is it safe to eat?
TheGhostofOtto1923
3 / 5 (2) Apr 13, 2017
Yes and I have just invented an ohoo gun. Supersoakers beware.
How is this sanitary?
They will come in a wrapper but that will also be edible.
antialias_physorg
4.3 / 5 (3) Apr 13, 2017
How is this sanitary?

Think of it like buying an apple. Do you eat the apple? Yeah you do - you just wash it off first.
Pratyeka
1 / 5 (1) Apr 13, 2017
Wash it off??? Like they say if they sell that in a stadium, how will you wash it off?
They come in a wrapper? but to carry a dozen of those, you will put them in a plastic container or bag...
What about the energy needed to freeze the liquid before you dip them in the solution?
Bad idea all around.
Just use a glass bottle made of recycled glass... or a stainless steel bottle...cheap and reusable thousands of time...
antialias_physorg
5 / 5 (2) Apr 13, 2017
Wash it off??? Like they say if they sell that in a stadium, how will you wash it off?

If they're delivered clean then there's no need to wash them off.

Just use a glass bottle made of recycled glass

To use your own argument: Glassware is forbidden in most stadiums.
TheGhostofOtto1923
not rated yet Apr 13, 2017
Wash it off??? Like they say if they sell that in a stadium, how will you wash it off?
Do you wash off hot dogs when you buy them at the stadium?

Euros buy naked bread loaves in open markets which they carry around in their backpacks so I wouldnt consider aa's perspective helpful.
antialias_physorg
not rated yet Apr 13, 2017
Do you wash off hot dogs when you buy them at the stadium?

Hot dogs are fried, so can be considered 'sanitized'. A better example would be straws at your local fast food place You take those out of a container and put them in your mouth without so much as a second thought. So why not such 'containers'?

Humans don't immediately die (or even get sick) from stuff they put in their mouths.
(Heck, kids put fistfulls of dirt in their mouths and you don't see them keel over all over the place,)
TheGhostofOtto1923
not rated yet Apr 13, 2017
Do you wash off hot dogs when you buy them at the stadium?

Hot dogs are fried, so can be considered 'sanitized'. A better example would be straws at your local fast food place You take those out of a container and put them in your mouth without so much as a second thought. So why not such 'containers'?

Humans don't immediately die (or even get sick) from stuff they put in their mouths.
But the buns arent fried. You forgot about the buns. And for the record wieners from vendors are usually boiled.
(Heck, kids put fistfulls of dirt in their mouths and you don't see them keel over all over the place,)
-Is this what you guys meant by 'Blut und Boden'?
CarnSoaks
not rated yet Apr 14, 2017
armed forces will lap it up, low weight, reliable managed hydration

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