This article originally appeared on the BUILDER website.
Bars and restaurants have long been turning to glass rinsers to power wash residue from bottles, cups, and glasses—to either pre-clean for the dishwasher or help care for delicate items that require hand washing. This week, Delta Faucet Company's Innovation Lab, dubbed First Wave, introduced the first model that's reimagined for residential use.
Composed of a team of engineers and and innovators who aim to create faucet- and shower-related products that change the way consumers think about water, First Wave designed the product to function much like the one at any local coffee shop, but is specialized to work in home kitchens. It's simple to use: press down and high-pressure water jets upward, powering away leftover build-up before it dries.
"The Glass Rinser is a perfect example of what our Innovation Lab can accomplish, taking a product with longstanding commercial value and reimagining it for use in home kitchens," said Missi Tate, senior marketing manager at Delta Faucet Company. "Our market research showed us that customers were interested in a solution to more efficiently and effectively rinse items at the kitchen sink, so we decided to make that concept a reality."
The rinsing spray is center-positioned to clean out a variety of drinking vessels, including baby bottles, water bottles, and smoothie containers. It's easily installed on sinks alongside any new or existing faucet, and its design allows water to funnel directly into the sink. It also sports a clean, low profile that blends with the overall design of a sink area.
To test the concept and features before mass-producing the Glass Rinser, First Wave Innovation Lab is utilizing Indiegogo's enterprise services, which enables established companies to accelerate innovation by engaging directly with the company's global community of 10 million users. The Indiegogo users are early advocates and market validators for soon-to-launch products, suggesting improvements and providing early feedback. Following the Indiegogo campaign, the First Wave team will evaluate interest in the Glass Rinser and determine a production strategy.
The Glass Rinser is currently in the concept stage—slated for potential release next year—and is pre-selling for $95 on Indiegogo.