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The Zip Chip is a new toy that is half the size of the average smartphone and perfect for your pocket. There is simple nothing else quite like it on the market. Frisbees are large and hard to use. However, the unique shape and softness of this toy means you can throw it sidearm and watch it fly up to two hundred feet. Keep it on your person when you travel and you can have fun anytime, anywhere.
The item is half an inch thick. Two and one half inches in diameter. It weighs. 75 ounces making it light as a feather.
- Safe for Water Play
Play with it at the beach or in your pool. This toy is buoyant so it will float no matter which watery surface you are near.
The Zip Chip is soft and flexible. Made from an elastomer material, it is even recyclable.
Throwing and catching is made possible thanks to the stable flight. Level release means a level flight. Angled release means a curved flight. This means you can make accurate and predictable throws and catches each time you play. Change things up with curved throws or keep things simple with straight throws.
Totally portable, this toy is small enough to fit into your pocket. This means you can enjoy spontaneous fun and take it with you anywhere you go, even international travel.
- Travels Long Distances
When you take it out to play, be advised that you can play at short ranges for leisure, or you can spread out. Zip Chip can fly 200 feet, so don’t let distance stop you from having the fun that you really want.
- Manufactured Locally
Manufactured in Connecticut, the Zip Chip is designed right in the backyard of the local manufacturers. Conception all the way to construction is done locally. Partnering with mold makers and injectors in state keeps hands on the project each step.
- Fast Production
The provisional patent was granted back in 2014 and their financial campaign began in 2015. That same year the production molds were made and injection molded in preparation for shipment.
The design for the Zip Chip is currently being finalized and the molding for the final design remains on the list of last tasks for the company. They are working with their material suppliers to figure out the precise level of firmness, known as the durometer. Given that zip chip is made up of one piece, the perfect firmness is essential. So obviously this means there is a high chance that a slight modification or improvement will be made to future designs.
How it's Different from Competitors
The company found out that the physics of flying discs are very complex. Even with a lot of math it was challenging or the company to get accurate flight predictions. As such, they went through a lot of trial and error to help them develop the chip. Prototyping helped by casting rubber into the bottom of different bowls, glasses, and cups. Soon enough it was evident that the limited possibilities of pre-existing shapes was not the best idea for the creation of this unit. Starting from the ground up, the company started hand turning wood pieces onto the lathe.
Lathing allows the company to change the shape, test different variations. Reconciling many things at once, the design had to take into consideration ergonomics versus aerodynamics, also rigidity versus the softness needed for throwing or catching. Finally, they had to take into consideration size versus weight. Following many prototypes they were able to get the characteristics that set the Zip Chip apart. Tests were done in the air and on the ground for color too, so that it would be as visible as possible. Neon yellow was decided upon as the color of choice.
How to Use (Step by Step)
- Play in Pairs or Groups
The new Zip Chip is best as a game played between two or more people. Think of it the same as a game of throw and catch.
- Start Close
Start off close in order to get everything dialed in and to warm up.
- Slowly Spread Out
Slowly spread out so that you can increase the challenge and subsequently, the fun. You might notice that because it is rather light weight, you have limited arm fatigue. As such, you can play for a longer period of time. Even kids can enjoy the Zip Chip.
Catching it should be done with one or two hands. It is recommended that you use two hand when you are first getting accustomed to how it works and how it zips. Once you really get the hang of things, you can start to test it with one handed catches.
When you use the Zip Chip in public, you might notice strangers marveling at it and perhaps even approach you to ask about it. Most people will want to know how it is played and how it works, so you get to be to the one who teaches them.
How to Throw
Throwing the ZipChip is similar to the process of skipping a stone, but with the main exception being you are not trying to skip the unit. You want to try and skip it on an imaginary watery surface because it is meant to be thrown forehand, not backhand like you do when using a Frisbee.
- Grip it
The more often you throw it, the better you get and the more fun you have. You literally grip it between your thumb and forefinger. Hold it in your throwing hand with the domed part of it facing up. Place your index finger into the groove located around the perimeter. Exact placement for the other fingers is not as important. Put your thumb on the edge or the top. Remaining three fingers just go underneath it. Experiment using different grips in order to maximize your performance and above all remember that your grip needs to be gentle.
- Zip it
Now it is time to zip it. Every throw should combine spin and angle upon release. For spin, you want to maximize the spin to combat wobbling. Generate spin when rolling it off your index finger tip upon release. Angle needs to be level. When you release the Zip Chip, it needs to be released level so that it will fly straight. Doing this means your forearm has to be horizontal. Do not hesitate to use force when zipping it because this will enable you to get the right amount of spin.
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