Meet Nebia, the new startup on Kickstarter with an innovative $399 shower head that aims to save up to 70 percent water every time you take a bath. Impressed with the idea, this tiny startup is already backed by Apple’s Tim Cook and Alphabet’s executive chairman Eric Schmidt (formerly Google) among others. Also Read - Xiaomi WalkingPad Mini Smart Treadmill to be available via Kickstarter at $499
Kickstarter is a perfect platform for talented young entrepreneurs to showcase their innovative product ideas. Nebia’s Kickstarter page for its innovative shower head went live on Monday and within three days; it has already surpassed its $100,000 goal. The concept so interesting, that even tech biggies couldn’t resist from being a part of this project. Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook is one of the first investors to take personal stake in the company. Other big names backing the project include Alphabet’s executive chairman Eric Schmidt and American seed fund Y Combinator. Also Read - Lucis Lamp: This wireless lamp is cool and disconnected
Nebia, the six-person startup has spent over five years to develop a water-conserving shower head that takes advantage of aerospace engineering techniques. The team consists of designers, engineers and thermofluid experts. In the introduction video, Nebia co-founder Carlos Gomez Andonaegui talks about how concerned he was seeing that his fitness club was using too much of water. That’s when he along with his father Emilio set out in search of a solution. Also Read - Mi Fan Festival: Xiaomi to bring 'crowdfunding' platform to India
Together with CEO Philip Winter, the entire team spent years while working on dozens of shower-head prototypes. Their idea was simple – to build a shower head with advance nozzle technology that can change the size and distribution of water droplets. The way this shower head works is by atomizing water into millions of tiny droplets that covers bigger surface area while using fraction of water.
The video also talks about average Americans using roughly 20 gallons of water while taking eight minutes of shower. With Nebia, the water usage can drastically cut down to a mere 6 gallons, which is a good 70 percent less than usual. Nebia shower head is build keeping easy installation in mind, without having any need to hire a plumber or break tiles. All you need to do is, unscrew the existing shower head and replace with Nebia. You’ll need some plumbers tape and adhesive, both of which will be included in the package.
The Nebia shower head will be manufactured in the US and is expected to start shipping in May 2016. It’s expected to retail for $399 (roughly Rs 26,000), but those who are keen on getting one can pledge for $280 (roughly Rs 18,200) by pre-ordering it via Kickstarter. While the price is pretty steep for a shower head, Nebia claims that its efficiency will pay for itself in a couple of years or so.