Fame or Shame Game #13: Chameleon Lego Baby Bottle

Update: I’ve been contacted by one of this product’s inventors and so am clarifying that the information on this page “is not representative of [the] final design.” They are aware of the concerns raised by Thinga-readers and are working to address them in the final design.

Original article: Chromi is a prototype baby bottle conceived by a group of undergraduate students at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.  Over the weekend, the bottle’s idea won “Team E-Thermnity” first prize in the youth product division of the Start-Up@Singaport 2009 business plan competition.

Now, I know what you’re thinking. Please, do not confuse Chromi the baby bottle with Chromi the Chromosome which is “the hot new educational toy that all the geneticists are talking about.”

Are we clear on that one point? Okay, good. Now…

Few details exist online, but here’s what can be gleaned about the bottle at this early stage:

  • BPA-free, probably plastic.
  • Composed of ‘Lego-like’ removable segments for easy cleaning and custom capacity (e.g., to hold more or less milk).
  • Shows the milk’s temperature based on changing bottle color. Four temperatures can be indicated: yellow for room temperature, blue for 30 degrees (86 F), lime green for the optimum 38 degrees (100.4 F), and red for a hot 45 degrees (113 F).

Excuse the poor quality images below. They are screen shots from a digital rendering of the bottle hosted on Youtube:

Two photos of a digitally rendered baby bottle. One shows the bottle separating into several segments.

Two images depicting the bottle changing to a lime green and blue color.

Two images depicting the bottle changing to a red and yellow color.

I’m intrigued to know… How do the bottle segments interlock for a milk-tight seal? How much easier or harder is a bottle to clean when it’s broken into segments? When my kid is 4-years-old, will I take all these unused parts and turn them into a huge 64 ounce model space ship?

Please tell us dear Thinga-readers, are these inventors destined for fame or shame… and why? Begin your comment with “Fame because…” or “Shame because…”


4 Responses to “Fame or Shame Game #13: Chameleon Lego Baby Bottle”

  1. Jennifer says:

    Oh, I hope shame because do we REALLY need another bottle on the market? Seriously, what exactly does a bottle need to do other than hold milk and dispense it to a baby in such away the child is happily fed? Besides, looks like too many nooks and crannies for the milk to hid in and get gross.

    June 1st, 2009 at 10:05 am

  2. silver says:

    I vote shame because (1) the feature that I care most about isn’t even mentioned (the bottle nipple). As a breastfeeding mom, I want to make sure the nipple isn’t going to choke my baby that is used to a slower flow and I want to make sure it’s at least trying to mimic the breast. Also (2) I see a bottle with that many possible leaking points to be horrible when you are rushing to get a bottle together for your hungry infant. Even if they have seals on all those screw apart areas, you still need to make sure you screw it on just right. Most bottles I’ve used, you can’t screw the top on too tight or too loose, or you wind up with leaks.

    June 1st, 2009 at 11:30 am

  3. My Boaz's Ruth says:

    Shame because…

    Traditional bottles are not that difficult to clean

    The nipple does not appear to be appropriate to our needs just the old “Default” nipple that didn’t work for us

    Lots of places to leak

    lots of pieces to lose

    Looks expensive. Esp with the color changing and multiple pieces.

    June 2nd, 2009 at 8:00 am

  4. LooneyJen says:

    i vote shame for many of the same reasons as above. And holy cow, I have enough trouble keeping sippy cup components together to worry about this.

    And definitely ditto on the nipple

    June 2nd, 2009 at 11:33 am

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