floating mugA floating coffee mug! What will we see next! But seriously folks, what we have here is a revolutionary invention that is bound to spawn others of the same kind. A futuristically floating cup that will not leave stains or rings on furniture, without using a coaster.

Newlywed Tigere Chiriga of Mooresville, North Carolina,was getting in big trouble with his spouse for leaving coffee and tea stains on the new furniture. So he decided to do something about it. A permanent solution. He took inspiration from a banana holder and working on that, he came up with a mug holder.A banana holder lets you hang bananas up instead of letting them rest on a surface. This tends to keep them in better shape.

The mug is wide at the mouth and gently curves inward so that you get a rather narrow bottom, the handle starts out as a conventional handle at the top, but then it curves gracefully inwards till it reaches below the mug. There it broadens out into a small saucer which is just bigger than the base of the mug, and directly below it. Any overflow or drip from the mug will flow down the gently curved surface and drip on to the attached saucer.

It is an unusual sight. A mug which floats a little above a small saucer. The design/invention was effective enough that it now sells for $19.99 online, and is called the Floating Mug and Tigere must be feeling quite happy about it.

From simply looking at it, you may be thinking it’s made of synthetic materials, but you will be pleasantly surprised when you touch it and find that it is actually porcelain. Like most of us, I presume, Chiriga likes the feel of porcelain crockery, and so decided to go that way.

The Floating Mug may look fragile with those graceful curving lines, but it is actually quite rugged. It is dishwasher proof, and can actually support the weight of a gallon of water without breaking up. We cannot guarantee anything if you throw it against the wall or drop it from a height though.

Initial Mr. Chiriga had them custom made from a manufacturer in China. However, as more and more people saw it, liked it and wanted one. Understanding that there was a market for it, and luckily hearing of Kickstarter, a site that liaisons crowdfunding of projects by entrepreneurs, he decided to go for it.

The project became popular even before its launch, as it drew more than 500 backers, and nearly $40,000 in pledges, which exceeded Chiriga’s expectation of $15,000 by a huge margin. Many of the backers will be receiving one of the mugs as a return for their backing.

For the actual project, although he knew that sourcing the mug from China would be cheaper, he decided to go for a US manufacturer. He finally found a manufacturer who would do it for him. Although there were initial teething problems, mainly because of the unique design, it all worked out. That started ‘The Floating Mug Company’ rolling in 2012. Mr. Chiriga’s initial target was a batch of 500 cups.

Have you ever dreamt of a levitating cup? Or a cup that collects drips by itself. Bet you didn’t. But Tigere Chiriga not only did, he also took the effort to make it a reality. Not only for himself, but for other people too. As a result, the world took a step forward. Does that sound over exaggerated? Think about it! How much would you bet that within a year or two, Tirige Chiriga’s design will become commonplace all over the world? You have to simply look at the design, the concept and the utility to understand that. Don’t you think so? So just go get one and see how dripless it makes drinking a cup of tea.

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