Kickstarter campaigns exist for nearly everything you can imagine, from indie films to specialty clothing to items you may never in your life have a need for. But there’s one Kickstarter campaign lately that’s been getting a great deal of attention — mainly because it’s apparently a clever new way to sneak alcohol around in one of the modern world’s most ubiquitous devices.
The Kickstarter page for StashPad describes the invention as “the trailblazer of all flasks,” being (to put it simply) a flask shaped like a tablet. It holds 12 ounces of your beverage of choice, is three times the size of the creators’ smartphone-shaped iFlask, and also has a compartment for four cigarillos. The Kickstarter campaign is already over half-funded at the time of this writing with 27 days to go.
The people behind the Kickstarter, Ethan Hou and Daniel Novaes, aren’t new to invention or innovation. The two created and successfully marketed the aforementioned iFlask, which was also funded via Kickstarter — to date, more than 75,000 iFlasks have been sold. Novaes has also founded multiple other companies. The two describe themselves on their Kickstarter page.
“[We are] very driven, logical, and entrepreneurial minded individuals that have taken all the necessary steps to make sure the StashPad will get delivered to the Kickstarter community on-time and of the highest quality.”
CNET compares the concept for this Kickstarter to a variety of existing stealth flasks, shaped like everything from game cartridges to actual babies. They also point out that the StashPad isn’t a perfect replica — it’s considerably thicker, in order to hold the advertised amount of drink, and the switch on top (which effectively replaces a screw-on cap) might be a bit of a giveaway, too.
The creators of the StashPad are looking to raise a total of $10,000 via Kickstarter for their creation, the prototypes for which were created via 3D printer. And if the Kickstarter makes it to 100 percent, they expect to ship the pads starting on December 15.
Hou and Novaes are optimistic about their chances.
“With the StashPad we’ve designed everything for manufacturability, so what we’re producing is exactly what we desire. Our team is a well-oiled machine full of motivated people who are eager to bring the StashPad to your door step.”
The Kickstarter has already received a variety of press coverage everywhere from Business Insider to Playboy, and they seem to be on a trajectory to be funded early — which could mean stretch goals for their Kickstarter campaign if they are so inclined.