The 11-Year Quest to Create Disappearing Colored Bubbles
Chemical burns, ruined clothes, 11 years, half a million dollars—it's
not easy to improve the world's most popular toy. Yet the success of one
inventor's quest to dye a simple soap bubble may change the way the
world uses color
By Mike Haney | December 2005
Tim Kehoe has stained the whites of his eyes deep blue. He's also
stained his face, his car, several bathtubs and a few dozen children.
He's had to evacuate his family because he filled the house with noxious
fumes. He's ruined every kitchen he's ever had. Kehoe, a 35-year-old toy
inventor from St. Paul, Minnesota, has done all this in an effort to
make real an idea he had more than 10 years ago, one he's been told
repeatedly cannot be realized: a colored bubble.
No, not the shimmering rainbow effect you see when the light catches a
clear soap bubble. Kehoe's bubble would radiate a single, vibrant hue
throughout the entire sphere—a green bubble, an orange bubble, a
hot-pink bubble. It's a bubble that can make CEOs giggle and stunned
mothers tear up in awe. It's a bubble you don't expect to see,
conditioned as you are to the notion that soap bubbles are clear. An
unnaturally beautiful bubble.
Share and enjoy,
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics
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