We initially created a prototype of what would have looked like an iPhone with retractable arms to hold a collection baggie, but there were a number of problems, including that the device was too bulky, there were too many moving parts, and there are no standard baggies that consumers could easily purchase for the device.
We then realized that a much simpler design would actually work much better, and after many many trials and iterations came-up with the current GottaTinkle! Female Urination Device. The device is essentially flat with a relatively small aperture that is designed to hold a standard-size ziplock style baggie that can be purchased at a local grocery store.
The device is compact - easily fits in a back-pocket, fanny pack, purse, or even clipped to a belt or backpack - lightweight, and narrow so that it easily fits comfortably between the legs of a woman or a small girl. There is a small handle so that the device may be easily positioned and held in place - whether by the user or a parent helping a young child.
GottaTinkle! is kid-friendly compared to the funnel and cones on the market - there is nothing awkward or embarrassing about using the device and, because it uses disposable ziplock style baggies, GottaTinkle! does not come into contact with pee and does not therefore need to be washed between uses. It can be shared - as in our case - by mom and our three girls. And, because the device is protected by the ziplock style baggies, there is no dirty device to cart around or otherwise attempt to clean in a dirty public sink in the presence of strangers (assuming that there is even a sink around).
And, because GottaTinkle! collects the pee in a disposable zip lock style baggie, it can be used inside an SUV, tent, changing room, etc. for later disposable (such as when it is safe to pullover or in the morning in the case of use in a tent). It can also be used repeatedly on long hikes, climbs, boating trips, etc. The ziplock style baggie is so small and convenient that it may even be used to hold a granola bar wrapper and other trash for later disposal.
With GottaTinkle! we can pee here - we can pee there - we can pee anywhere!!! And, we don't have to worry about touching dirty toilets, standing on urine soaked floors, or washing some a dirty funnel or cone.
No Mess. No Fuss. Just Pee and Toss the Baggie.