Now taking pre-orders for a limited supply of the Roving Blue O-Pen! The first 300 units will be a brushed Stainless Steel Pen in an attractive gift box. Might even be a collector’s item one day!
Anticipated ship date is July 30.
See the O-Pen in Action Here:
Travelers: TSA approved to bring on board, the O-Pen will allows you to drink water from any tap worldwide, and ensures that you won’t get sick from microbes in the water.
Campers/Hikers: This is as lightweight as it comes! Say goodbye to hauling water around, and say hello to any river, lake or stream in the vicinity.
Preppers: What are you waiting for? This is the FIRST thing that should go into your bug-out bag!
Drinking water is one of the first things that gets compromised when there is a disaster; floods, hurricanes, or earthquakes. Now you can have peace of mind right in the palm of your hand!
Featuring the SAME advanced technology in our Roving Blue Model MVP-A, dissolved ozone gas IS the cutting edge of water purification today!
Sturdy: Stainless Steel case ensures durability and long-life.
Fast-Acting: It will purify .5 L or 16 oz. of water in under one minute.
Ultra Portable: The O-Pen weighs only 1.2 oz. (30 g).
No Waste: Rechargeable battery with USB cable included. Purifies approximately 15 liters per charge (about 30 uses)
You CAN drink the water!
The O-Pen makes water safe by infusing it with tiny bubbles of ozone gas.
Approved by the FDA and the USDA for use in drinking water, ozone is more powerful than chlorine and is highly effective against bacteria, viruses, giardia, cryptosporidium, typhoid fever, coliform, dysentery, cholera, infectious jaundice, hepatitis, influenza virus, e-coli, enteric and many other dangerous microorganisms.
Ozone also removes unpleasant tastes and odors – you won’t be able to tell the difference between your glass of tap water and bottled water.
Product Information Sheet:
Stay tuned for an EXCITING announcement about a new Roving Blue water purification product launch this week!
You have quite an interesting background. Tell us about yourself and your new venture into clean water and creating an advanced portable water purification product, Roving Blue.
On day one, Roving Blue was a whirlwind of activity, and it hasn’t stopped. I like to tell people that in the businesses I had worked in before, I always felt like I was shoving a large rock up a hill. With Roving Blue, I have had all I can do to chase that boulder bouncing down that hill, and stay on my feet!
When I started out, I had one vision: Roving Blue had to be portable, it had to really do its job well, it had to be the smallest and lightest machine that could still serve 40-100 people per day, and it had to do it with the energy equivalent of a light bulb. I wanted it to be made in America. I wanted it to be the best. There is no room in this company for “good.” It has to be great. I also wanted it to be as affordable as possible, yet still offer our dealers and distributors a great margin for profit. I think our very first “Model A,” launched in late 2015, has done all that and more!
What inspired your interest in water purification? Can you tell us about some of the design advances in this market and what we can expect to see in ten years?
Early in my career I produced hunting and fishing TV shows. I am a big water drinker, and in the days when bottled water didn’t even exist (can you imagine that?), I was always facing the problem of how the heck I could pack water into all these beautiful wild places. In many cases, we’re surrounded by water, so it was frustrating that I couldn’t just drink it.
Fast forward a couple of decades, and I’m staring at this small box with some hoses and wires coming out of it, on a conference table in front of me. My business partner (and now my husband, Jim) and I were working on one of our commercial funding projects in Green Bay, Wisconsin. It was my first introduction to the Sanitizing power of ozone. The unit was designed to be installed under sinks in dental clinics and in doctors’ offices, to be used to wash hands and clean instruments. The ideas started blowing off in my head. One of the very first questions I asked the president of the company was “Why aren’t you making a portable water purification system out of this?” He smiled and explained that it just wasn’t their market, but that I was welcome to take the idea and run with it. Well, that’s just what I did!
What were some of the challenges you faced while designing Roving Blue? How did using Fusion 360 help you in your design process?
Probably my biggest challenge is my lack of formal science training in water chemistry and microbiology. Even though I hold a degree in Science-Communications, it isn’t enough in many people’s eyes. I have had two wonderful grant applications be declined due to this perceived weakness. Luckily I have managed to surround myself with very talented and highly educated professionals that I can depend on for sound advice. Autodesk Fusion 360 enables me to sketch out my ideas visually, and helps me to communicate with our engineers and vendors, so they can see what the heck I am talking about.
What aspects of your background influence you most in your work today?
I am most influenced by my parents, who always encouraged me to work hard going after my dreams. My mother, a highly educated Filipino, to this day says, “Persistence, persistence, persistence, is the key to success.” My father, a blue-eyed upstate New Yorker of Dutch-Irish descent, taught by example. He was the embodiment of a Diplomat, which is what he was. He was incredibly polite, dignified, and focused on doing things right the first time. Both parents had morals of steel, and the highest ethics. So that’s what makes me approach each day with a grinding work ethic, guided by that moral compass that they instilled in me.
What would you say is your strongest skill, and how have you honed that skill over the years?
I think my strongest skill right now is my ability to clearly communicate new ideas. This is really necessary, whether you are speaking with an engineer, a potential investor, or to a multi-billion dollar corporation whose support you are seeking. New ideas that are good ideas spark excitement. Excitement produces engagement. Engagement breeds loyalty, which is rare and must be reciprocated.
As for how I honed this skill; I did this the way most people do: by making mistakes and failing. When you are younger, you think you are so much smarter than everyone else. Now I have a much more humble approach to business, and life in general.
What college and career advice would you give to students interested in taking their design innovations to market?
Focus on focusing. Don’t take no for an answer. Think big. Seek mentorship from people who work in the industry you want to penetrate. If you do have an innovative design, something you are truly excited about, be very careful about who you share it with, prior to doing something about protecting your idea.
Fear of failure is what holds a lot of people back. Other people’s opinions can also drag you down. I would finish by encouraging students by quoting Napoleon Hill: “Put your foot upon the neck of the fear of criticism by reaching a decision not to worry about what other people think, do, or say.”
Original interview here: https://academy.autodesk.com/inspiration/impact-design-entrepreneurs-yana-demeyer
This week Roving Blue is back in Ft. Benning, GA to kick off another round of US Army #AEWE experiments. In this photo CFO Jim Gilmet demonstrates to onlookers that size really DOES matter. Especially when you are manually transporting your water resources.
Which would YOU rather carry? The Water Buffalo (pictured) or Roving Blue?
Size matters. And we are less than 25 lbs soaking wet. Wonder what a Water Buffalo weighs…
Listen in as Roving Blue CEO, Yana DeMyer, discusses how Roving Blue can be a solution to removing lead from the water in Flint, MI. She appeared this morning on The Michael J. Thorp show on Supertalk 1570 AM in Flint, MI.
Yana also discussed future products in the works at Roving Blue, so you don’t want to miss this! Tune it at the link below to hear the interview:
Lena, Wisconsin based Start-up Roving Blue, Inc. Honored With “Architect of Defense” Award
For Immediate Release:
Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN – 22 January, 2016:
Roving Blue, Inc., one of only two companies recognized out of a 34 state area, was honored by The Defense Alliance with its annual “Architect of Defense” award.
The Defense Alliance is an organization whose mission is to network and expand the defense industry job and technology base of the Upper Midwest, and promote the region’s innovative contributions to the nation’s defense.
According to Executive Director, Chip Laingen, The Company was chosen because it “Demonstrated superior tenacity in listening to and responding to military customer design inputs to improve its products, and innovative commercialization efforts.”
The honored guest and presenter of the evening was Major General Neal Loidolt, U.S. Army, Commanding General of the fabled 34th Infantry Division (the “Red Bulls”), who spoke about the U.S. Military’s role in global security, and the National Guard’s role in that ongoing mission.
More than 75 people from defense-oriented organizations attended the event which was hosted by HGA, one of the nation’s leading architectural and engineering firms.
The Defense Alliance is a regional catalyst for technology-based economic development. It recently passed the $150 million mark in contract gains for companies assisted since 2011, when the SBA recognized and funded it as an Advanced Defense Technologies Cluster (ADT). Learn more at the Alliance’s websites (www.defensealliance.com / www.powerfordefense.com).
Participation in the Defense Alliance is sought among groups and individuals with an interest in seeing the region’s defense contributions grow, including large and small firms, academic and R&D institutions, our elected officials, and professional military and trade organizations. Its founder is Paul Wagner, Chairman & CEO of Minnesota Wire. manufactures a highly ruggedized, portable water filtration device for military expeditionary use, and for the commercial outdoor, and disaster preparedness and response markets.
The evening was sponsored in part by: Polaris Defense, which has a rapidly growing defense portfolio; and Veteran Beer Company, a craft brewer that only hires Veterans and provides a substantial portion of its profits to Veteran causes.
The other awardee is Navitas Systems is an innovative battery solutions provider for the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and Energy (DoE), and commercial users. Their novel 6T lithium battery will be used in a variety of ground combat vehicles (including the new Humvee replacement called JLTV– recently awarded to Oshkosh Truck).
Pictured left to right:
CDR Chip Laingen, Executive Director, Defense Alliance, Major General Neil Loidolt, Commander 34th Infantry Division, Marianna “Yana” DeMyer, CEO Roving Blue, James Gilmet, CFO Roving Blue
Marianna “Yana” DeMyer
Roving Blue, Inc.
5220 St. Patricks Rd.
Lena, WI 54139
EXFOR Soldiers begin set up of the Roving Blue Small Water Purifier at AEWE.
EXFOR Soldiers conduct a non-networked assessment with the Roving Blue Small Water Purifier (Roving Blue, Inc.) and the Weatherproof WASP (Federal Resources) during AEWE 2016 at Fort Benning, GA. The Roving Blue Small Water Purifier offers a five-stage water purification process which includes dual debris screens, sediment filter, activated carbon + silver filters, and ozone generator for sanitation- producing up to 1 liter per minute of drinkable water from surface freshwater sources. The Weatherproof WASP is an expeditionary power solution that offers solar power recharging capability for multiple types of batteries including the BA2590 and conformal battery.
An EXFOR Soldier examines the purified water produced by the Roving Blue Small Water Purifier.
Water produced by the Roving Blue Small Water Purifier from surface water.
A Water Treatment Specialist (92W) tests water samples during the Roving Blue Small Water Purifier’s non-networked assessment as part of AEWE 2016 at Fort Benning, GA.
Photo Credit: U.S. Army photo by Angie DePuydt, Maneuver Battle Lab
No, we aren’t in the middle of a zombie apocalypse… (although our bet is that our water purification units could survive one!)
Our CEO (Yana DeMyer), our CFO (Jim Gilmet) and our esteemed military liason (Tucker Campion) are at SOCOM in Largo, FL this week. SOCOM is the Unified Combatant Command charged with overseeing the various Special Operations Component Commands of the Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps of the United States Armed Forces.
According to SOCOM, these events that provide an opportunity for technology developers to interact with operational personnel to determine how their technology development efforts and ideas may support or enhance Special Operations Forces.
We are proud to have been selected to participate!