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Published on September 19th, 2009 | by Greg


Quick Hit: Zubbles, The Colored Bubbles

Some products seem obvious once you hear about them. Take, for instance, Zubbles- the world’s first colored bubbles. The name might seem misleading- you’ve probably seen tinted bubbles before after all- but these are different. And we’ve been waiting, and waiting, to check them out and following the progress from first media coverage all the way back in 2005. The coverage was, and still is, focused on the inventor (Tim Kehoe) and his struggle over fifteen years and 3 million dollars to create a working method. It’s a great story indeed, and one with a pretty happy ending!

They are finally available now, and are pretty much what you’d expect. Right now, Zubbles come in only pink and blue, and we tried each- note that we said “and”, because you’ll have to get a two-pack for the moment. And while the color was initially impressive- reviewers unanimously went “ooooh”- they were in the end, just bubbles. Four ounces per bottle, $15 for the pair, and plenty of fun, especially for the younger folks. You’ll be worried about the dye leaving traces behind when they pop; we tried it out on some of our white furniture (the things we do for our readers) and were scared at first. But, indeed, the color faded in a few minutes. All in all, we look forward to seeing colored bubbles (in more colors) for a long time!

About the Author

Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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