Ancient people cleaned their clothes by pounding them against a rock and letting the local stream carry away the dirt. There was even evidence of ancient washing soap found in Rome, where the fat of sacrificial animals was used as soap. The next phase was the use of a scrub board that started in 1797 – kind of a modern ‘rock’ if you will. James King patented the first washing machine drum in 1851 and although it resembled a modern washing machine, it still ran by hand. Shortly after, in 1858, Hamilton Smith patented the rotary washing machine, but it was not until 1874, that William Blackstone built a birthday present for his wife – the first washing machine which removed the dirt and then washed it away…he was quite a guy and must have loved his wife very much. The Thor was the first electric powered washing machine in 1908 – a drum type machine with a galvanized tub and an electric motor.
Except for improvements in style, quietness, choices in top-loaders and front loaders, settings, etc. the basic theory behind washing clothes has not changed much in over one hundred years…until now. A new Kickstarter campaign for Crystal Wash 2.0 launching on January 26, hopes to reinvent how we wash clothes. It will use an app with an embedded state-of-the-art pH water sensing chip and a micro-controller with Bluetooth capability inside the current Crystal Wash ball with Bio Ceramic ‘pellets’ – giving you the ability to do 1,000 loads of laundry with no detergents, no chemicals, no dyes and no perfumes.
The Crystal Wash original retails for $49.99 and can handle 1,000 loads of laundry – now the new Crystal Wash 2.0, the “connected” version, will make it easier than ever to use by supplying you with tools and features to help you do you laundry better. By embedding a state-of-the-art PH water sensing chip and micro-controller with Bluetooth capability inside the current Crystal Wash ball, you will be able to receive notifications – recharge alerts, temperature sensor, pH levels, wash cycle, TDS (total dissolved solids) and more.
The Crystal Wash 2.0 Kickstarter will start January 26 and run for 39 days with a $100,000 goal. They will accept a pledge of $5 or more with an estimated retail cost of $59.99 for the final product and an estimated ship date in September 2015…and they will ship anywhere in the world. The technology behind Crystal Wash uses Bio Ceramics from the earth – they look like polished stones. They naturally clean your clothes as effectively as laundry detergent, but with none of the harsh chemicals and are gentler on your clothes and skin. They will not fade colors, there are no perfumes or overbearing scents – just 100-percent natural – and it is eco-friendly, natural and non-toxic. The Bio Ceramics do two key things to your laundry water – they raise the pH level to 8.5 or greater. This shrinks the water molecules to a size that allows them to soak out the dirt within the fabric. The second key is they also create Hydrogen Peroxide that disinfects the clothes by killing bacteria and odor.
As the Bio Ceramics collect all of those odors, dirt and waste from you clothes, they have to be ‘recharged’ so the pH level stays higher than 8.5. But even ‘recharging’ is simple enough – every 30 days (or 30 loads) just sit the Crystal Wash balls out in the sun for an afternoon. There is nothing else for you to do and after the ‘recharge,’ they will be as effective as when you used them the first time. The app on your smartphone, connected via the Bluetooth transmitter inside the Crystal Wash 2.0 will automatically remind you anytime you need to handle any maintenance. The Crystal Wash App features: Real-time Wash pH Levels – Recharge Alerts – Wash Complete Alerts – Wash Cycle Tracking Stats – Graphs, Counters, Social Sharing – Savings Tracking – Crystal Wash – Wash Cycle Counter – Time to order new Crystal Wash – Stain guide – and Label decoder.
The development team has gone through a few prototype phases and are now working on how to miniaturize the components to fit inside the current Crystal Wash ball. The electronics must be able to withstand the harsh environment within a washing machine – water, shock and temperature exposure. Advances are being made and they reached a milestone in their R&D process by building a ‘lab on a chip.’ Response at the CES show in Las Vegas was huge from potential customers to investors.
Keep an eye open on January 26 for their Kickstarter page on the link below – please hit us upon our Google+ Page and let us know if the Crystal Wash 2.0 sounds like something you would be interested in using…as always, we would love to hear from you.