by Jerry ElengicalNov 10, 2021
For both new and seasoned dog parents, the most challenging task among their vast array of responsibilities is likely to be cleaning up after their unassuming children. Even the most experienced individuals may still occasionally sigh in frustration each time they have to take a hands-on approach to disposing of the waste left behind by their loving companions. To alleviate the woes of pet owners across the globe, a US-based startup, headed by Khachatur Balbabyan, has developed an inventive product that is as compact and portable as a smartphone. Dubbed ‘Pupsule’, the device is a pill-shaped collection and storage solution that allows users to deal with the hassle of waste disposal on-the-go.
Created to serve as a natural extension of a user’s hand, the product’s design is composed of an upper section housing sturdy, adjustable ‘claws’, as well as a lower receptacle that is used to store the waste. The device’s set of six claws span six inches when extended, and can handle multiple waste pick-ups at 360 degree from surfaces with various textures, including concrete, long grass, earth, gravel, sand, and even snow, according to the designers. Pupsule’s ergonomically designed handle has been described by the designers as sturdy and able to respond to a wide range of tension applied by users as and when required.
Once collected, Pupsule's lid seals the debris to prevent any leakage or smell with the assistance of a specialised safety lock - eliminating the need for users to immediately find a trash bin to permit them to savour the remainder of their walk. Made of ABS and PP plastic, the product is said to be almost entirely shock proof, making a durable, lifelong investment. When closed, Pupsule measures 24.5cm x 8.5cm and weighs only 240g, and can be readily carried around on a user's neck or wrist by means of a lanyard or strap.
The device is equipped with a built-in bag dispenser that can accommodate a roll containing up to 20 bags. To this end, the product negates the need to carry multiple plastic bags on each walk. Furthermore, the designers mention that each purchase of Pupsule will come with 10 such rolls, totalling 200 in number. The bags are entirely biodegradable and compostable, ensuring that disposal does not come at a cost to the environment. Pupsule is available in a diverse range of sizes, fit for dogs ranging from Chihuahuas to Great Danes and German Shepherds.
Pupsule's introduction is especially timely given that over two-thirds of households in the United States currently have a pet. A much-needed solution for an everyday conundrum, the designers expect to commence mass production of Pupsule devices in November 2021, with shipping projected to start from January 2022 onwards.