Top 10 Worst Kickstarter FAILS
These days, everybody has something to sell. The problem is, not everything needs to be more than just an idea. Unfortunately, with Kickstarter and other crowdfunding sources, anybody has potential access to gather the resources needed to realize their creation – which gives us gems like these 10 unbelievably bad, unnecessary, and downright weird Kickstarter projects.
Support Through Passion
Though Kickstarter jumped in and suspended this project only days after it opened, we couldn’t overlook this asinine attempt to swindle money out of people. Cole Kidd has passions: video games, music, and art, but he finds it difficult to support the entertainers that he loves the most. So what does Cole Kidd do? He turns to Kickstarter and asks for $5,000 to build a solid computer setup so he can continue supporting his favorite creators. What if his setup costs less than $5,000, you ask? Well, he plans on donating the excess money to a good cause – one he didn’t have in mind at the time of writing his pitch. Would you back Kidd’s desire to support other creators by donating to his need for a new computer? If so, you’d be the only one.
Gravgen: Gravity Powered Generators
The future is here! Well, I mean the future was almost here! World-renowned high school graduate and self-proclaimed encyclopedia Britannica reader Angel Santana brought to light his concept for a gravity powered generator in July of 2014 via a Kickstarter campaign. A month later, when the campaign ended, his idea to turn gravity into an energy source had appealed to 20 backers, who donated a total of $31 to his $250,000 goal. That’s $1.55 on average per backer if you weren't counting, despite the awesome pledge gift for donors of a signed photograph, a $25 value, of the Gravgen mastermind, Mr. Santana. Angel briefly discusses that his Gravgen will power a 32” television, but for the sake of keeping the patent a secret, he gave no information on how the force of gravity would create and sustain power.
10 Days of Video Game Gender Benders
Well, here’s someone that thinks so highly of their artwork that they’d start a Kickstarter campaign to have people pay him simply to create a series of pieces that appeals to a very specific market. You heard that correctly. Artist David Stonecipher started a $500 campaign for people to pay him to be able to step away from commissioned work to continue his series of gender-swapped video game characters. Don’t expect to be able to purchase a print of female Sonic the Hedgehog, either, as David planned on drawing them and posting them to his website. That’s all. One work of art posted online a day for 10 days for a cool $500. Sadly, with zero pledges, it doesn’t appear we’ll be getting our hypersexualized Mega Man drawing anytime soon.
The Cool Baby
At first, we were confused. There’s no such thing as a “cool baby.” Then we read on. Now, we’re horrified. The Cool Baby, which fell almost $50,000 short of its $70,000 goal, was a novelty product that seemed to try to portray itself as something everybody needs. The product, which is a little too reminiscent of The Hangover, is a fake baby with a bottle shoved up its rectum and a straw jutting from its skull. The pitch is ideal for alcoholics that can’t multitask at home and is accompanied by a video that tries its hand at being clever but winds up being yet another terrifying addition to the internet.
Hidrate Spark Smart Water Bottle
Ever been out and about and suddenly find yourself unable to keep up with your body’s heap of needs? Having to remember to eat, drink, and breathe – it just gets to be way too much. Thankfully, there’s Hidrate, Inc and their 8,000 backers, else we wouldn’t have something like Hidrate Spark, the smart water bottle that connects to your phone to help you stay hydrated. Gone are the days of having to pay attention to your own body as Hidrate Spark glows to keep you on track of your water intake and the accompanying app will help you gauge whether you’re drinking enough throughout the day or not. No wonder life expectancy was so low before our age of technology!
Alright, we get it. We’re very attached to our technology and maybe a little too preoccupied with our phones, but does that unchangeable reality really require a Kickstarter campaign with a $5000 goal for a rectangular piece of plastic? Apparently, 915 backers thought so and pledged more than three times the original goal to bring the idea to life at an average of $20 per pledge for a $7 product. The NoPhone is exactly as the name implies. It’s not a phone. It’s literally just a rectangle meant to ween ourselves off our phone addiction as it lets us carry around something without the impulse to check a screen every 30 seconds. Though NoPhone failed to woo the investors of Shark Tank, the useless object, which its creators are very serious about, apparently appeals to the general public quite a bit.
We humans sure do love our technology, no matter how ridiculous they may be. Before moving on, let us say that just because this campaign hit pay-dirt doesn’t mean it’s not completely preposterous. With a goal of $50,000 and a total amount pledged of over $460,000, the PancakeBot is a luxury that literally nobody needed. Taking the rather useful concept of 3D printing, PancakeBot allows users to turn any design into a pancake. Thank God! We were far too bored of eating bland rounded cakes. The $299 price tag, bulky size, and complete impracticality makes it the perfect addition to Sky Mall Magazine, which is why the over 2,000 backers and the average donation of $230 confuses the heck out of us.
Is it possible that we’re pampering our pets just a little too much? There are designer pet collars, gourmet pet food, and now, thanks to PetTunes, we have headphones specifically for our animals to listen to music. Designed to fit comfortably inside your dog or cat’s ears, PetPhone is a 4GB media player with frequency output optimized for pet hearing, thus allowing your furry friend to comfortably enjoy their favorite music! The product may have a little merit when it comes to pet anxiety during thunderstorms and fireworks, but the campaign failed to reach its very ambitious and fairly ludicrous goal of $196,000. With only 7 backers, maybe an MP3 player for our pets isn’t really an imperative product.
Nothing is safe from the battle of the sexes, not even completely innocent, gender non-specific video games. Selena Hall saw her daughter’s love for the boy-focused Minecraft and thought it necessary to conceptualize a version filled with pinks, purples, rainbows, unicorns, and fairies. From the brief, nondescript, audio-only video pitch to the description that gives no thorough breakdown of what Girlcraft is and simply promises that “[Selena’s] notes alone are just out of this world good!” it’s no surprise that her campaign ended with 0 backers. While her Kickstarter campaign fell short, Selena’s idea may have had a little merit. Girlcraft was a free Minecraft texture pack years before the Kickstarter campaign even started.
Admit it, the last time you went to feed your pooch, you almost popped one of those kibbles into your mouth. You share your curiosity with people like Melissa Little, who came up with the idea for Little Eatz, the treat that you both can eat! The all-natural, healthy, vegan cookies were Melissa’s answer to her pug’s love for people food and her desire to share. Don’t get too excited, though. Apparently, it’s not that widespread of an issue as the Kickstarter fell short of its modest $5,000 goal. Though not entirely a bad idea on paper, with only 12 backers and an average donation of $21, the Little Eatz campaign may have been a good indicator of how unpopular the concept of human food that dogs, too, can safely eat really is.