The founders and owners of successful Wilton-based web development company CyberSidewalks.com, LLC. are now looking to break into another market with an invention that simplifies the process of peeling boiled eggs, thereby solving a \u201clong-standing kitchen nightmare.\u201d Bonnie Tyler and Sheila Torgan\u2019s Negg\u2122 Maker is weeks into a crowdfunding effort on Kickstarter.com, and with 15 days to go, the duo sits $17,708 away from their goal of $30,000. For those unfamiliar with Kickstarter, if a venture falls short of its goal, it receives no funding, regardless of any pledges it may have received during its run on the website. \u201cPersonally, I haven\u2019t found anyone that doesn\u2019t hate peeling eggs,\u201d said Torgan, \u201cbut we really need to test the market, and Kickstarter.com will allow us to do just that.\u201d The patent-pending Negg Maker is a simple, handheld plastic device with a convex shape and bumps that protrude from the sides and tops of its interior. A boiled egg is placed inside, water is added, and the device is shaken. \u201cThe convex shape causes water to flow faster and more aggressively over the egg,\u201d explained Torgan. \u201cAs the space between the egg and the Negg Maker constricts, the water-flow in those spaces intensifies.\u201d After the egg\u2019s shell is weakened by these intense water flows, the interior bumps break it away, leaving the user of the Negg Maker with a perfectly peeled boiled egg. \u201cEverybody that we\u2019ve shown it to loves it,\u201d Torgan said, \u201cfrom little kids to seniors to housewives to chefs.\u201d \u201cIf we had 100 of them,\u201d added Tyler, \u201cwe\u2019d sell them all. The problem is we don\u2019t have a product.\u201d That\u2019s where Kickstarter comes in. While Torgan and Tyler have managed to design and 3D-print two prototype models, they lack the funds necessary to manufacture a first-run of the Negg Maker, a portmanteau of \u201cnaked egg.\u201d If funded, however, Negg Maker\u2019s mold and initial batch will be manufactured onshore. \u201cIt\u2019s important to both of us not to send our money overseas,\u201d said Tyler. \u201cWe live in a great country and want to keep the jobs at home.\u201d \u201cIt\u2019s also a bit of a misconception that it\u2019s cheaper to manufacture in other countries,\u201d Torgan added. \u201cYou save 10%, but the nice thing about the U.S. is that we can be onsite to ensure quality and that our specifications are met.\u201dAn idea is bornThe Negg Maker mimics on a small scale the turbulent process by which pre-peeled boiled eggs are mass-produced. \u201cIn mass-production, a conveyor belt agitates the eggs,\u201d Torgan said. \u201cThe eggs roll, shake and bounce on the belt and water is poured over them, causing their shells to break away.\u201d Tyler, fed up with peeling eggs by hand, sought a way to recreate that turbulence, and began searching the web for a home-sized solution to what she saw as a tedious problem in her own kitchen. What she found was a method by which an egg is placed inside a drinking glass, water is added, and the opening of the glass is covered by hand and shaken. Confident that she was on the trail of something great, Tyler approached her business partner of 14 years with the idea. \u201cWe added the convex shape and bumps,\u201d Torgan said, \u201cand created a fool-proof version of the same idea.\u201dInformationCertain rewards for backers of Negg Maker\u2019s Kickstarter campaign include one freely shipped Negg Maker for pledges of $18 or more, all the way up to a dozen free Negg Makers in an assortment of colors plus online access to the Negg Maker recipe collection for pledges of $200 or more. The campaign ends Wednesday, Dec. 2 at 10:51 a.m. EST. Information: Kickstarter.com\/projects\/peelanegg\/peel-an-egg-with-the-neggtm-maker, PeelanEgg.com.