â€œWeâ€™re looking to change the world one collar at a time,â€ says Kenneth L. Wright, the Founder and CEO of KleanCollar, Inc. Wright is somewhat of a fashion buff that also has a background in sales at Fortune 500 companies, including Apple and Microsoft.
Combating Ring-Around-the-Collar with Tech
KleanCollar is a high-tech collar insert that prevents the dreaded â€œring-around-the-collar.â€
Wright had grown tired of expensive cleaning bills for his dress shirts. So, he teamed up with a retired engineering professor who taught at Georgia State to develop a prototype for KleanCollar.
Investors pointed the duo to a newly invented, Band-Aid thin material, developed by a Stanford professor, that isÂ medical-grade silicone that feels comfortable to the human skin, is reusable, and is also eco-friendly. Additionally, it’s translucent, so it matches whatever color collared shirt you are wearing. The deviceÂ sits on the collar of a shirt with adhesive magnets.
Wright said getting the correct material to make KleanCollar was imperative. â€œWe had to create something not intrusiveâ€ while also adhering to a sense of â€œfashion and wearability.â€
The company is still working on the prototype. â€œWe have a working base version of the prototype, and are anticipating another updated prototype within the next few weeks. We are not currently shipping just yet, but are slated for a September/October launch this year,â€ says Wright.
Wright wants to keep the price affordable at $17.99 for three per package. There will be sizes for menâ€™s, womenâ€™s and kidsâ€™ shirts.
Making KleanCollar a Smart Wearable Device
There is also a goal to integrate KleanCollar with other technologies. Wright sees potential for the product as a smart wearable device.
The company is looking at a way to make KleanCollar of use to the military and government. â€œOur engineer has found a way the product can determine carbon monoxide.” Also, Wright says they are working on adding the capability of detecting the wearerâ€™s stress level.
This, of course, means that KleanCollar would need an app. A mobile app developer is working on an app for these use-case scenarios, says Wright.
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