Monday, July 27, 2009

World's first color bubble soap solution


Who doesn't like blowing bubbles in the air with that bubble solution from the amusement park or a toy store. Ever wondered why those bubbles are never available in color even after the huge popularity of those soap solutions amongst kids all over the world? Here's why.

Inventor Tim Kehoe has developed the world's first non-stain color bubble. Dubbed Zubbles, the colored bubbles went on sale after 15 years of research by Kehoe, spending almost $3 million in the making.

Bubbles are the world's most popular toy with about 200 million bottles of bubble solutions sold every year. Creating colored bubbles that do not stain the surfaces on which it pops is believed to be the 'Holy Grail' of toys by many toy manufacturers.

"A lot of people said that you just can't color a bubble," said Kehoe, "which is discouraging when that is exactly what you are trying to do."

Creating a colored bubble from standard dies either didnt give the effect of a full colored bubble or would strain the clothes, eyes, skins of kids when it pops. Kehoe says "I thought a washable bubble was a great idea.But the kids (of a large focus group) were covered head to toen red dye. It looked like a scene from Braveheart."

But the Zubbles dye would fade out in 15-minutes after it pops from almost every material - wood, clothes, skin, nylone, cotton, paint.

"It's a good feeling after 15 years to see colored bubbles become reality," said Kehoe. "After eight years, you think, 'What am I doing this for?' but I am absolutely glad I stuck with it."

The colour bubbles are now available only in Pink and Blue color. But Kehoe says that he can make the solution in any color and other colors would be available soon.

[Zubble] via [Discovery]

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