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Newest Apple-inspired product is...two cups and a string?

Apple fans who want only the finest in communications fidelity should skip the iCups, but Apple fans who want a good laugh will find plenty to like.

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The iCups are always fully charged. ADA Sport

A new product launched on Tuesday with the aim of revolutionizing the way people communicate with each other. No, I'm not talking about Apple's iPhone 6. I'm talking about iCups, a mold-breaking design loaded with elegant simplicity, portability, and a complete lack of practicality.

If the world valued restraint and ease-of-use over flash and high-tech promises, then the launch of iCups on Kickstarter would have overshadowed Apple CEO Tim Cook's moment in the spotlight. Instead, iCups is fighting for attention and funding to reach its $10,000 goal. If that momentous figure is attained, then iCups will be able to get its retro-futuristic product into the hands of its willing backers (of which there are only nine right now).

The iCups are "pure communication." They are two silver cups connected by a jaunty light-green string. This isn't your childhood version of cups-on-a-string -- actually, I lie. It is pretty much your childhood version of cups-on-a-string. But it's so much more than that. The cups are crafted from high-quality paper. The arts-and-crafts string offers "superior sound quality," a considerable upgrade over your mom's garden twine. Run-time and stand-by time are eternal and you can handle most repairs yourself.

If you're not convinced yet, then consider the multifunctional properties of the iCups. They double as beer containers and ocean-sound generators. They won't negatively impact your phone bill. You can't connect to Comcast with them (unless you're personally standing near a Comcast rep). Also, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak found them to be extremely funny, judging by photo evidence of him opening up a box of iCups.

There are heaps of early-bird $7 pledges still available for iCups, but you might want to consider one of the affordable upgrade options, like the $10 special Christmas edition with red string or the $15 long-distance model with a 128-inch-long string for conversations that need more room to breathe. In reality, iCups are probably best used as a gag gift, which would work equally well for Apple fans ("Yippee, it looks like an Apple product!") and fandroids ("Oh no, not an Apple product. I thought you loved me.").

Steve Wozniak with iCups
Steve Wozniak enjoys a set of iCups. ADA Sport