4 More Weird Crowdfunding Projects That Got Funded
Crowdfunding has given birth to numerous ideas from all sorts of industries, for all sorts of audiences. Some of them have been on the quirky side. We previously covered some of these projects – but here are a few more you may not have heard of.
This Campaign to Remove a Rat from a Movie
Image: Warner Bros.
The Departed, a US remake of Hong Kong film Infernal Affairs, proved to be a smash hit. It bagged four Oscars and grossed over $290 million at the box office. However, there is just one really small issue. THE rat at the ending.
It proved to be so big a problem for video editor Adam Sacks that he launched a Kickstarter campaign to digitally remove the rat.
Sacks’ Kickstarter campaign called for $4,000, with a really detailed breakdown:
- Blu-Ray player ($141.54)
- Blu-Ray ripping software ($59)
- A Blu-Ray copy of The Departed ($18.91)
- Employing visual effects editor Ed Mundy ($599; tax filings need to be made from $600 and up)
- Printing the movie on 35mm film ($414.59)
- Scanning the film back to re-edit it ($169.92)
- Adobe Creative Cloud License ($57.69)
- Blank Blu-Ray discs ($38.31)
- Sharpie Markers ($2.71)
- Interns to burn edited copies and send them to campaign backers ($350)
Warner Bros. was not having any of it though, and soon forced Kickstarter to take down the campaign with a copyright claim. This was no surprised to Sacks, who previously anticipated the likelihood of this happening in the campaign’s description. Despite the setback, Sacks hopes that “all this online controversy about the rat will convince Warner Brothers to release a 4K Blu-Ray of The Departed” – without the rat.
The Air Umbrella
Image Source: Air Umbrella | Kickstarter
Hate bringing around a soggy and wet umbrella? China-based Air Umbrella promised a product with the same name that made it a thing of the past. It would use forced air to make a canopy that repelled the raindrops, in place of the traditional fabric. Gone would be the days of attempting to dry out an umbrella, or having it blown inside out by the wind!
However, the umbrella did have a number of design flaws. First off was the likelihood of the umbrella spraying the repelled raindrops onto bystanders. However, the battery life was likely its greatest flaw. It was rated for just 15 to 30 minutes of use depending on the model, which Air Umbrella conceded was lacklustre. They had hoped to improve the design with money raised from the campaign. And they did get it. The Air Umbrella raised US$102,240 from 842 backers, far surpassing their $10,000 goal… before going quiet.
Month after month went by without a single update, leading incensed backers to label Air Umbrella “another fraud”. Only after 14 months did the creators log in to announce that Air Umbrella was being scrapped. In their update, they cited potential “fatal safety problems” as the reason, and promised refunds for all the backers.
The Air Umbrella is however not the first foray into a modern-day alternative for the umbrella. Back in 2010 CNET reported on a similar concept by a Korean designer, though it never saw production. ()
Silence is golden. Or in this case, twenty dollars.
This father-and-son pair describes an experience with a meditation record where they were told what to do. It left them unsatisfied, and after some thought they realised all they wanted was silence. A space to think, to ponder.
Silent Meditation was the result.
At least 206 have backed a total of $5,954, surpassing its $600 target. We think the other people who saw this elected to simply turn off their distractions.
A Button To Indicate When You Want Sex
Image: LoveSync | Kickstarter
The LoveSync is a set of two buttons placed on each side of the bed, designed to help partners signal when they’re in the mood for sex. If both partners tap their buttons within a 15 minute window, the buttons will glow green. This signals the user that the other party wants sex as well.
The LoveSync is designed to “take the luck out of getting lucky” so you can “make your move with confidence”. Initiating sex only to get rejected would be no more. However this project and its creators, married couple Ryan and Jenn Cmich, soon found themselves at the receiving end of a public roasting. Chief among the opinions were that the buttons were meant to substitute actual communication, and an affront to sexual consent in relationships.
In an interview with Business Insider, the Cmiches defended their project, saying that it was gaining a negative impression because of “black-or-white” thinking. The couple got the idea due to their busy schedules throughout their 15 year marriage, which left them with trouble “passing the barrier from wanting to have sex to actually having sex”, according to the interview.
The LoveSync has long passed its $7,500 target, with over $21k collected on Kickstarter and a little bit more through their Indiegogo page. We wonder how the buttons will play out once it ships later this year.
Source: The Verge
Do you know of any other really strange projects out there, or have any views on crowdfunding that you would like to share with us? Reach out to us!