You may think there’s no need for a new kind of spoon, particularly when it is groovy and totally flat. Well, think again. This time the grooves are an integral part of the spoon itself. ‘Polygons’ starts off flat then folds into an origami-like measuring spoon.
If you’re wondering — what’s the point? Well, on his Kickstarter fundraising campaign, due for completion in November 2016, inventor Rahul Agarwal points out lots of reasons why this is the essential kitchen item we’ve all been missing out on. It looks good; it’s easy to store; it’s durable; it’s elegant; it’s ergonomic; it’s fun!
The idea itself was the product of a rebellious frame of mind. While studying at a renowned Indian university, his tutor had warned him, “Do not tackle designs that have reached the final stage of their evolution. For example, a spoon.”
Determined to reinvent the wheel, Agarwal invented Polygons as a result of the extensive testing of a variety of shapes using various materials. The 4-in-1 measuring spoon is made from materials that are non-stainable and that do not retain ingredients on their surface. Even sticky substances like honey are easy to clean, and because the spoon flattens out completely, it’s easy to scrape substances off it before cleaning.
Here’s the fun statistic: The hinges are made of a wonder material known as TPR, and its core property is flexibility. Polygon can endure 100,000 cycles of flexing without breakage or stiffness. In other words, it would last for more than 10 years if it was used 25 times a day. That’s a lot of measuring!
TPR is the acronym for thermoplastic rubber. It has the molding and melting properties of plastic, though it also retains the flexible properties of rubber. When it is melted, it has a shiny surface, hence the ease in cleaning. Also, it looks all shiny and nice!
As there are four potential measurements in each Polygons spoon, the array of spoons typical of a traditional measuring spoon combo is decreased. This cuts down on the manufacture and storage space required of lots of additional plastic. So, it’s durable, easy to clean and good for the environment!
So, what’s not to like? Well, the images are a little misleading. The spoon can only fold into place when in use. Naturally flat, it requires the addition of your hand to keep its shape and ultimately to fulfill its purpose. If you want it to stay as a rigid receptacle when it’s lying around, then don’t worry; it seems the inventor is working on it as we speak.
If you’re enamored of this fine spoon, then you can donate $5 to the cause on Kickstarter. Or, if you want a finished product, check out the additional pricing options, from an “early bird” cost of $8 per spoon right up to a “jumbo set” package deal of 10 spoon sets (a set of two different sizes) for $89, it can be yours. By the beginning of November 2016, the campaign already had 25,000 backers and Agarwal was planning to introduce some flash new colors. You can even give your own input if you feel anything can be incorporated that would improve Polygons. Agarwal will no doubt rise to the challenge — after all, determination to succeed was what stimulated his inventive creativity in the first place.