What *IS* this?

What's This --  Ever had a spider in your house and wanted to know if it was poisionis or what kind it was? Introducing the photo reconition app,

So it’s like Google Goggles? For spiders?

This started out with me and a friend playing with a medal detector. We kept digging objects out of the ground that we could not identify. So we thought wouldn't it be great to have a phone app that could tell us what these unidentified objects were. So here I am trying to make that happen. Have the drive and ambition to get this done but am lacking  funds . This app will be able to take a picture and then identify the object in that picture with name and other information

So it’s like Google Goggles for everything, and about a thousand times better than anything Google has been able to manage.

That seems … pretty impossible.

Risks and challenges  Only thing I have run into thus far is the copy write for the name What's This . But I am currently working on a solution for the problem
That’s it? That’s the only risk you can think of for this impossible, Even-Google-Can’t-Do-It project? Really?

Aww why am I picking on this kid?

Sometimes I feel mean about picking on projects that are so clearly written by some twelve year old who doesn’t understand how the world works yet.

 mike orlik  Foley, AL  I am a 30 yr. old Maintenance supervisor. I have a wife and 6 kids. I like camping, hiking, pool, outdoors etc..


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Spit Detector!

 Scan and detect saliva in your food and see it on your smartphone!

This is Mr. Richard Klein. Normally he sells walkie-talkies, but recently he has become really worried that someone will spit in his burger. I mean Really worried.

I wonder why anyone would spit in such a nice man’s burger?

Apropos of nothing, Here’s some Amazon reviews Mr Klein has left for products competing with the “Blackbox” walkie-talkies that he sells.



Anyway, Mr Klein repeatedly reminds us that he’s “not a couple of kids in a garage”, but he’s a real company, with real profits! So, what’s he raising the money for?

Please help us build a working prototype of this product.  We CAN do it, but we need your help.
That’s right. The part he didn’t do is actually build a machine capable of detecting saliva. He hasn’t even proved he could do it! You know, just the entire point of his project. (Note that he’s not technically violating Kickstarter’s rules on prototypes because those only come into play if you offer your product as a reward, which he is not doing.)

We are a 24 year old company with high level engineers, but need to hire additional code writing geeks to help with the complicated algorithms of the refractive scanner. Our tooling for the housing is done, all that remains is a lot of engineering and figuring out the correct scanner apparatus, then building prototypes!
How odd. Typically the housing is created towards the end of the product development. You know, after you’ve figured out what the electronics look like. Otherwise you’ll wind up with electronics that doesn’t fit in the housing.

But still, those devices in the video must have been the housing his company designed and tooled! Neat. Let’s take a look at that close-up!

(Notice that his cufflinks are labeled “pearl”. He wouldn’t want us to mistakenly think they were cheap plastic.)

What a lovely prototype. In two colors, too! But look what I found :



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Solving the Trickiest Problem of USA’s Police force


A couple of days ago, a man driving a state police car pulled up right behind mine and turned on its flashing lights and briefly toggled its siren. I pulled over to the curb to see who the man was, and what he wanted. Turns out he was a state police officer wanting to ticket me for (allegedly) going 70mph in a 65mph zone.

But how could I have known it was a copper? What if it was some psychopath who had somehow acquired a perfect replica of both a police uniform, and a highway patrol car?


If only every police car in the country was required to have windshield that lit up with the word “POLICE”!

Then I’d be able to tell … well, actually, I’m not sure what it would tell me. I mean, I can already recognize police cars. They’re already covered with equipment that civilians aren’t supposed to have.

Just imagine having the ability to see and confirm at the safety and security of your own vehicle that you’re being pulled over by a vialed police officer.  The Red and Blue warning light is a thing of the pass, our specialized windshield is a verification method giving citizens a reliable method of knowing that they are being pulled over by an actual police officer while maintaining a safe distance.

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Equine Ignorance!

 The ponies in the picture are missing something... embroidery! With your help, I can fix that and make my plushes at least 20% cooler.

Here’s another plush unauthorized My Little Pony project! These turn up from time to time. Sorry for not keeping you up to date on all of them, but most of them just aren’t hilarious.

This one’s about what you would expect. Someone wants some money to make a bunch of plushes featuring characters from Hasbro’s telvision show “My Little Pony : Friendship is Magic

So why am I featuring this one? Well this caught my eye. It has a potential to be hilarious.

From the FAQ

 Isn't this breaking copyright law? Won't Hasbro be sending you a cease and desist order?  First of all, "copyright law" deals with directly copying something in a specific medium. I would be breaking copyright law if I took a plush made by Hasbro itself, used that pattern, and made plushes of my own. Since I'm not doing that, no, I'm not breaking copyright law.

No. That’s completely wrong. Copyright also covers “Derivative Works”, which is why you can’t publish your own Harry Potter books, even if you don’t copy a single word from J.K.Rowling. Worse than that, in 1978 the courts ruled (Walt Disney v. The ‘Air Pirates) that characters themselves are copyrighted, and using them in another work is copyright infringement.

So to recap, you’re creating a derivitive work of MLP:FiM, for which they can nail you, also you’re copying several characters, for which they can also nail you.

She goes on for a few paragraphs about how she “may” be violating Hasbro’s trademarks, and then finally ends on this :

So to give you the tl:dr version, no, Hasbro won't be sending me a cease and desist order.
Wanna place a friendly wager on that? Judging from recent other MLP plushies projects, I give you about a 50% odds of lasting long enough to collect the money.

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Tiny-Copter to the Rescue!


This man needs €100 (about $120) to design a series of robots that will help passengers during a plane crash. (And thus, by making flying safer, make people less afraid of flying.)

That sounds pretty futuristic. What kind of rescue can you do with a drone?


Oh come on, I could barely carry all that myself. And you’re telling me that some drone is going to buzz around putting out fires and tossing ropes to passengers?

In fact, I’m not sure what the passengers are supposed to do with a rope once the robot gives it to them. When was the last time you read about someone surviving a plane-crash, but dieing afterwards because they didn’t have a rope?


Kickstarter requires a prototype for all technology projects, so let’s take a moment to watch the video of this thing’s prototype.

Oh great. We’re saved. The robot will save us! It will save us with its cardboard cutout of a fire extinguisher!


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Pay (someone else) to win!

Candy Crush Saga LEVEL SOLVER - Stuck on a level and failing over and over again even with powerups? Let my company be the key to the next level by solving it for you!

Are you stuck on a really hard level in Candy Crush, but you’ll be damned if you’re going to give King Digital Entertainment any money to skip a level?

I’ve got the solution! Give somebody else some money!

That’s right! You can “buy credits” and then spend those “credits” to get them to solve the puzzle for you!

This is clearly a wonderful solution. Instead of giving money to the artists and engineers that made a game you enjoy so that they can pay the bills and make other games you’ll enjoy, you should give your money to a completely unrelated third party!

(Never mind that they don’t tell you how they’re going to solve the level, since there’s no way to compute the “perfect” move without knowing what pieces are hidden above the top of the screen.)

Even better! IF you act now, you can pre-order “credits” for their service for more than three times their face value.


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Shiny Clown Mirrors

"Scary Clown(Not!)Fairground Musical Toy"!.

Here’s a scary clown toy! For some reason it’s in the “Tabletop Games” category. Whatever.

  Innovative, "PATENTED " boys/girls Fun creative fairground toy. Bring's you to all the fun of the fair without the scary clown!

Great! I love the fair! How does it bring the fair home to me?

The video explains it all!

Behold! A uniquely genuine toy designed to beguile, intrigue, and teach children from ages one to six.

Uniquely genuine?

A multi-fun, five-part, learning toy!

Oh boy! Five parts!

Three creative fun fairground distorted mirror. Each giving the child the delight of three new funny reflections.”

Fourth fun, exciting part is the base of the toy! A clown face! Hands! Feet!

Then the wonderful dancing music “Circus Circus” playing all the while the on/off switch is on!

(I’ve never heard of a song called “Circus Circus”. The video features the traditional circus tune “Entrance of the Gladiators“, so that’s probably what they mean.)

So, it’s a fun-house mirror for your regular house

What a wonderful illustration they’ve created of their fun-house mirror! They must be the only people in the world that can’t make a computer rendering shiny!

Anyway, what if, for some reason, I wanted a fun-house mirror that constantly plays circus music? Where could I get one?

  Hello I have invented and designed "Fun Fair Ground Clown" Toy  .I completed all the legal patent design myself rather than pay anything from £2,000/£5,000!I learned it all and was difficult but I believed in this design. I had lost my Promotional business and my home and I am determined to succeed for my son and our rescue "Greyhound" Holly "And two rescue cats "Moses and Eva" .I have also written and published the books  offered as A .reward.I desire to build a "DEMO" and bring it to "Manurfacturers"Above Is Promo Video for PATENTED TOY

Wait a moment! The books offered as a reward?!?

Pledge $3 or more
That’s right! She’s not manufacturing or selling the toy. She needs £25,000 to make one demo unit to try to sell the patent to the toy companies.

(As an aside, why would the toy companies buy this incredibly bland design from her? Couldn’t they design their own funny mirrors if they wanted to?)

All we get for helping her is a copy of one of two books she’s written. She hasn’t even told us the first thing about these books, not even the titles, but if you look at the samples of her writing we’ve seen here from the project page, I think we can guess what kind treat these books would be.

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Invisible Umbrella!


How to make money on Kickstarter!

  1. Take a simple, easy to use product.
  2. Make it electric for no earthly reason.
  3. Profit!

Seriously, why would I want this?

Why would I want an “umbrella” made by blowing air around?

The creators offer this explanation, charmingly translated from the original Chinese.

Is it loud?


Another great idea ruined by lousy battery technology

My ordinary umbrella lasts pretty much as long as it needs to. What’s the battery life on these things?


You can expect to get less than thirty minutes from these crazy contraptions.

Of course, when I say “you” can expect thirty minutes of battery life, I’m speaking only to the men in the audience.


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