As we take a look back on history and the evolution of
human capabilities, it's easy to see that as we grow, our focus
is set on improving every component of our lives. It's no
wonder that many think about how certain processes/
products can be built upon and/or made easier.
This holds very true within the engineering community. Take
for example Michael Chou of Detroit, MI. Michael, a
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineer, continually evaluates
how certain everyday products can be improved upon. Over
the past three years, Michael has worked on and has put his efforts into designing a more efficient ice cream scoop. Recognizing that the traditional scoop places unnecessary pressure on the wrist, Michael came up with an idea and developed the ultimate ice cream scoop that will be the last one you'll ever need.
After 38 prototypes, and many nights working on the design, Michael is utilizing crowdfunding to introduce his product, the Midnight Scoop. Having a different look than the regular ice cream scoop, Midnight Scoop was produced with a few features that will provide the end user with a great experience.
Starting with the handle, "The ergonomically shaped curved handle and weight distribution lets you push the Midnight Scoop with your wrist straight and protected instead of twisting and bending it." Instead of powering through the frozen ice cream using your wrist, the Midnight Scoop uses your larger muscles, such as the chest and arm. And as you control the scoop with your palm, the neatly designed scoop digs through the frozen ice cream. The interesting shape of the scoop is "thin enough to cut through ice cream like butter, and thick enough to last. The base of the scoop design forces ice cream to curl into that appealing ice-cream-advertisement look, every time."
It's also significant to note the materials used for producing the Midnight Scoop. With the mentality of creating a product that is made to last, Michael is using hot-forged solid 6061 aluminum for production. Doing so provides Michael the opportunity to guarantee a lifetime warranty on any of his Midnight Scoops.
When I spoke with Michael, I asked him how he has been able to stay motivated for three years to finally see Midnight Scoop come to life, instead of pursuing other ideas that he has come up with along the way. He noted that he looked at which opportunity could make the biggest difference and an idea he truly believed in. Every time, the Midnight Scoop took precedent over the other ideas.
It's clear to see Michael's dedication and passion behind his product, as his Midnight Scoop has the potential of replacing a substantial amount of regular ice cream scoops found in homes. Considering the success his campaign has already had, Michael will now be able to work towards introducing his product in retail outlets.
Overall, revamping the ice cream scoop and making it more efficient and elegant POPs.
Midnight Scoops' Campaign Page
Midnight Scoops' Website