loe, the Shoehorn iPhone Cover

Kickstarter :  loe cover is a new smartphonecover with shoehorn

Have you ever wished your phone could help you put on a tight pair of shoes? Of course you have. Well this project tried to make those dreams a reality.

Back in the day it was quite common to own a shoehorn.

This genius apparently believes that shoehorns are some kind of lost technology. He probably found one on an archeological dig and realized that the ancients must have used these mystic devices for putting on tight shoes.

In actual real life, shoehorns are available cheaply in a wide variety of styles. If you haven’t seen one lately, it’s probably because you hang around with people who only wear sneakers and other easy-to-put-on types of shoe.

Kickstarter - iPhone case / shoehorn prototype

Ah, but those old-fashioned shoehorns don’t attach to your phone. … and somehow that’s a problem?

Maybe some people change their shoes so often that just leaving a shoehorn wherever they store their shoes isn’t sufficient. Maybe some people change their shoes constantly, on the road, at coffee shops, during business meetings, weddings, and other situations where they couldn’t carry a shoehorn, but they’d definetely still have their phone!

Prototype iphone case / shoehorn hybrid So go ahead. Use your phone as the handle to what is basically a small pry-bar. What could go wrong?

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Dodge Bird

Dodge Bird -   An Iphone app, where the aim of the game is to steer the bird away from hitting the windows, and catch the insects!

So here’s another cel-phone game about a bird who has to avoid flying into stuff. Hooray.

Actually, this one looks like it’s not a “Flappy Bird Clone“. At least not an exactly clone.

So the aim of the game is you are controlling this bird, which is flying into the screen through buildings whilst trying to dodge the closed windows and trying to dodge all the objects in the building like chairs and tables etc. At the same time you will be trying to catch bugs, which are you food, and they represent your health. You have to keep eating as well as dodging to stay alive. So it will be a quite tricky game but that's what keeps users interested because its not to easy and its always ongoing!

So, basically you steer a bird around things and pick up bugs. Well, that’s pretty straight-forward.

The art in the cover image is not his (he stole it from @MrSeanG.) so we’re going to need his own work before we put down our money. Helpfully, he’s provided his prototype of the game.

(These appeared in the original article rotated 90° for no reason. I’ve fixed them to go easy on your necks. You’re welcome.)
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I dunno. These don’t look that great…

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Wait, I will get money? How will I get money.

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Ok, look. I know Kickstarter sometimes reads these things before they go up, but they sure as heck didn’t read this one. These kinds of rewards are strictly prohibited by Kickstarter policy, and actually most nation’s laws regulating investments. You can’t make money investing in a Kickstarter project.

Still, $100 Million in profits? Wow, he’s really optimistic! What kind of advertising does he have planned?

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He’s got a WAY of advertising that he WILL do, he can assure you of that!

Still, that last sentence seems kind of ominous. I wonder what it means.

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UPDATE :

I asked the artist who made the bird-with-goggles image if he was involved in this. I think we can all guess what he said, but it’s worth double-checking these things.


WTF, indeed!

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Creative scam, I hope.

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Here’s a Kickstarter for a video game company named “The Creative Games”. Huh. Not the most creative name, but whatever.

What are they making? Nothing much. Only the most extensive and fully featured videogame in the history of mankind. That’s right.

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Wow. This game is even bigger than Grand Theft Auto V! GTAV was involved a team of well over a thousand people and an estimated budget of £170 million! (about $265 million)

So what astronomical sum of money is this project going to cost?

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HA-ha! $3,500cad (about $3150 US) You couldn’t even get a PS4 developers’ kit for that little, let alone hire people to use it! Crumby little phone games ripping off Candy Crush have budgets ten times that! Even if they get a hundred times their goal, this project is hilariously doomed to failure.

Who are the crazies behind this trainwreck?!?

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Oh no. … Please, don’t tell me …

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Ugh! It is. This is some clueless mother setting up her child for the most crushing, and embarrassingly public, disappointment of his life.

It’s made all the worse by the fact that there really are kids his age with realistic goals, doing phenomenally well on Kickstarter.

In fact, taken at face value this is horrible, so I choose to believe that this is a scam. I choose to believe that this is an intentional scam to prey on people who are charmed by a cute kid.

I have a certain respect for a well played con job, so that’s what I choose to believe this is, because the alternative is terrible.


Important Note: This post is a commentary on the project and the adults involved. Feel free to discuss this project in the comments, but if you post a comment criticizing or insulting the children involved, you will be banned.

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Strap a phone to your Face.

This is really weird. These two projects launched within four hours of each-other!

I guess it’s all part of the fast-moving Kickstarter zeitgeist. Now is the time to stick a phone on your face! A week ago it would have seemed absurd, and a week hence it will seem cliched and old-fashioned.

360Specs launched a mere four hours and seven minutes after vrAse, and as of this writing it’s already fallen well behind! So take from that whatever lesson you can.

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I need a new wallet.

Take a look at my wallet :
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See that? My wallet is falling apart!

Worse, it’s like a phone book : Old-fashioned and too damn thick.

I wonder if anyone on Kickstarter has invented a “Minimalist” wallet? Maybe something that would attach to my phone?


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…OK then.

Let’s call that “innovation”.

UPDATE UPDATE UPDATE! :


I don’t believe it! Since I posted this article yesterday, four more “minimalist wallets” have been posted to Kickstarter!




STOP IT! STOP IT! STOP IT!

We’ve got enough minimalist wallets, already!!!!

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The phone’s dead! It’s leaking.

A Kickstarter pledge is halfway between a gamble and an investment. It’s vitally important that you trust the people running the project, and that you trust their ability to run a business.

Which is why it was probably a mistake to start this video with an anecdote about having to ask your mommy to pay your fine for underage drinking.

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Projektor – Because Poor literacy is Kool.


Hey, hey! The blog is telling me that we’ve passed a milestone, and this is my 101th post!
I’m not going to count them myself, I’m just going to assume it’s true!


Hooray! 100 Posts!
So Follow @Kickstarter on twitter and Tell your friends on Facebook, because we’ve hit the big-time now!
Woo! 100! Let’s hear it for round numbers!


(We now return to our regularly scheduled post about a stupid Kickstarter project.)
Projektor plugs into your mobile devices headphone jack, in order to project your screen onto wherever you wish with limited wires.
This project needs $125,000 to make projectors that plug into the headphone jack of your iphone.

Of course this is impossible for a couple of reasons, not the least of which is that the iPhone’s operating system won’t allow you to install that kind driver, and the last time I saw video compressed as audio was the infamous Fisher-Price PXL 2000.

He also claims it’s going to be running off your iPhone’s batteries, which simply isn’t possible through the headphone jack.

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But forget all that. Look at this picture. Look at this picture!!
This guy wants us to give him $125,000 and this is the best he could come up with?
It’s just the front half of a flashlight copy/pasted over one of Apple’s publicity photos!

How did he possibly think this piece of crap would be good enough to get him over a hundred grand?!?

Anything you can do I can do better!

This is probably a good time to unveil my own new invention!
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That’s right. It’s a coffee maker that connects to your iPad Mini! It’s really useful. You can use the touchscreen to select different types of brew, or how much cream and sugar you want. You can even set it to your alarm, so the coffee is ready when you wake up. The possibilities are endless.

As you can see from the photograph, I already have a working prototype.

I’m going to need $500,000 to develop this, so keep an eye out for my Kickstarter.

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