The Negg: A better way to peel an egg

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 “long-standing kitchen nightmare.”

Bonnie Tyler and Sheila Torgan’s Negg™ 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.

“Personally, I haven’t found anyone that doesn’t hate peeling eggs,” said Torgan, “but we really need to test the market, and Kickstarter.com will allow us to do just that.”

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.

“The convex shape causes water to flow faster and more aggressively over the egg,” explained Torgan. “As the space between the egg and the Negg Maker constricts, the water-flow in those spaces intensifies.”

After the egg’s 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.

“Everybody that we’ve shown it to loves it,” Torgan said, “from little kids to seniors to housewives to chefs.”

“If we had 100 of them,” added Tyler, “we’d sell them all. The problem is we don’t have a product.”

That’s 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 “naked egg.”

If funded, however, Negg Maker’s mold and initial batch will be manufactured onshore.

“It’s important to both of us not to send our money overseas,” said Tyler. “We live in a great country and want to keep the jobs at home.”

“It’s also a bit of a misconception that it’s cheaper to manufacture in other countries,” Torgan added. “You 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.”
An idea is born
The Negg Maker mimics on a small scale the turbulent process by which pre-peeled boiled eggs are mass-produced.

“In mass-production, a conveyor belt agitates the eggs,” Torgan said. “The eggs roll, shake and bounce on the belt and water is poured over them, causing their shells to break away.”

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.

“We added the convex shape and bumps,” Torgan said, “and created a fool-proof version of the same idea.”
Information
Certain rewards for backers of Negg Maker’s 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.