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.

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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!

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(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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WHAT A COINCIDENCE!

  • Windego

    I’m curious, do prototype projects ever work on KS? And I’m not talking obvious scams like this guy but I mean legitimate Prototype projects. I feel like it’s kind of a waste of money to give someone a bunch of cash to build a prototype of something they think might work but what if it doesn’t and by that point you don’t even get anything out of it? Unless it’s just something really cool or practical, it seems like too risky an investment.

    • Acg

      I can see them working if someone has a fully functioning device but just needs to prototype a version that can more easily be put into production.

    • KickFailure

      You mean projects where the goal is “Help us build a prototype!”?

      I’m not aware of any that have worked. Maybe in the real early days of Kickstarter they had a chance, but now the culture has evolved to the point where backers expect to get the thing.

      Maybe an open source hardware project. But then the thing the backers expect to get it the plans to the working invention.

      Just kickstarting the prototype *sounds* like it’s a good idea if you’ve only read Kickstarter’s promotional materials about “kickstarting” a business, but the reality is that while some people will kick in a dollar for a good idea, if you need more than a few bucks, you’d better have good rewards.

  • John

    Is he even a veteran? I smell stolen valor.