Sky Cart!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/892736591/sky-cart?ref=category_newest

Finally! A flying car! I’ve wanted one of those ever since 2001, when it officially became “The 21st Century”!

The project is pretty light on details. It’s got that one cool picture, which is good, but they stole it, which is bad.

It’s actually a picture of the Ehang 184 passenger drone.

No movie either, of course.

  The Sky Cart will be an economical multi personal drone.  With estimated flight times of 45 minutes to possibly a hour and a half at speeds up to 130 miles an hour.  A pre-programmable, which means hands free, or hands on personal aircraft.  With the stability of a drone, speeds of on airplane, and maneuverability of a helicopter, The Sky cart can take you and possibly 3 friends anywhere in half the time of a car.  It truly is capable of eliminating 50% of the vehicles on the roads, and at a starting price of only $25,000!  With the added bonus of being completely electric, or having optional eco friendly auxiliary power units for longer flights.  I already have the designs of the base drone but need the capital for equipment and materials.  Your donations will strictly be going towards the production and licensing/legality aspects of the product.  Any and all donations appreciated.  An estimated only 3-6 months to produce the first prototype.
Wow! Bold claims! Basically they’re promising to make helicopters cheaper than most cars! Something that the worlds’ leading aircraft (and car) manufacturers have been trying to do for about a century.

Funny they could only spare the time to write one paragraph about it, and not even show us a real picture of what they’re working on.

I guess building hovercars is such hard work that they’re too tired to write about it. Makes sense.

Must be risky, huh?

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Oh, I guess it’s basically risk free! I can’t see any reason we shouldn’t give them the $200,000 they’re asking for.

But what do we get?

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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.

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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!

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Friday Quickies.

I used to Like Kickstarter

*Sigh*. Ever since Kickstarter stopped screening their projects this is just getting too easy. Kickstarter is now just as bad as IndieGoGo. There’s more dumb projects than real projects!
 Cat Capes!  by Amy  We want to make capes for our 3 cats. We're convinced that they're constantly jumping off of furniture in an attempt to fly.
Really? Maybe this is a joke project, but I have a terrible feeling this person really hopes to get the money.

Either way, isn’t it great that it’s now allowed on Kickstarter?!?

There’s even Free Energy Scams!


These fools and con-artists were once forced to use IndieGoGo. Not any more! Now they can use Kickstarter just like legitimate projects!

Punctuation is important


They really need a comma between “on” and “candy”.

It’s funny, because it’s a joke from a TV Show!

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It was funny on Red Dwarf. It’s not funny when you do it.

Kickstarter has stopped enforcing their rules.


This person clearly has no idea how game controllers even work, so how did he make the prototype that kickstarter absolutely requires for all electronic gadgets? Oh, that’s right. He didn’t. And Kickstarter doesn’t care anymore.

We’ve got those already

 by Christopher Phillip Tucker  Trying to create a album full of repeating lyrics with great beats
Those are called “Songs”.

Is this racist?


Is this racist? Not the glow-in-the-dark Tee-Pees, because that’s a real part of our nation’s glow-in-the-dark history. I mean calling them “injian tee-pees”.

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Free Energy Scam

Right now the blogosphere is buzzing about a wildly successful Kickstarter campaign that is almost certainly a scam : iFind the world’s first battery-free blue-tooth/GPS locator tag. Why is it a scam? For one thing, the demonstration in their one and only video is definitely fake, but more importantly, the math on their “energy harvesting” theories is so badly wrong that you’d have better luck powering the Space Shuttle on a pair of AAs!
(Edit: Kickstarter has come to their senses and suspended the iFind project.)

But, I don’t want to talk about that. Everybody else is already talking about that. [1][2][3]
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So let’s talk about a different strangely successful scam that involves free energy!

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These people are the latest in a long line of people who want to sell you a perpetual motion machine!

We embarked on a mission to create a free energy device that will be distributed directly to the people. We call this device the Quantum Energy Generator, or QEG. I am now here, living on the property where the QEG is being assembled, observing its progress.

She pronounces this, “kweedge”, and uses it in the sentence “I’m kweedging, are you kweedging?”. ( Teenagers : Say this within earshot of your parents to convince them you’re either on drugs or engaging in a really filthy sex act. )

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Why do perpetual motion enthusiasts always say this?

The project’s interminable, twelve minute long video (During which the machine is not demonstrated) is narrated by a woman who manages to hit every pseudo-science buzz-word in the book.

“What you need to realize is that the QEG isn’t really all that different from the other seventy-thousand or more attempts at creating a free energy device. At least that’s how many free energy device patents have been confiscated by the U.S. Government under the threat of national security!”

Uh, confiscating a patent would not keep something secret. It would actually allow anyone to legally manufacture the invention.

“So what makes the QEG any different? It’s really so simple it’s kind of silly. The low frequency vibration human behaviors of greed, ego, fear, stupidity, and alterior motives can be blamed for 99% of the free energy failures to date.”

Wow, forget the second law of thermodynamics! It’s greed that stops people from inventing the most profitable machine in the history of all mankind!

Of course. It makes so much sense. I’m glad they’ve managed to eliminate greed from their efforts to bilk suckers out of $20,000.

Oh well. Soon they’ll flip the switch and they’ll have to admit that it doesn’t work, right?

“For the protection and safety of our family and the QEG, we will not be publicly posting the results of flipping the switch.”

Seems legit.

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Night of the Living Plagiarists

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Ok. New Movie. “Night of the Walking Dead”. To be honest, it sounds like he just took two separate titles (Romero’s “Night of the Living Dead and Kirkman’s “The Walking Dead“) and jammed them together. Would that be plagiarism? Probably not. Lot’s of people rip off names, doesn’t mean anything.

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An odd thing to notice about this campaign is that he capped the pledges at 500 at the $60 level, and 1000 at the $20 level, which is an interesting choice for a project with a $200,000 goal.

Now, there’s no video, but that image looks cool! To bad it’s actually an old desktop wallpaper that’s been floating around the Internet since at least 2011. Well, still … maybe he’s the guy who painted it back in 2011, or whenever. I guess we can’t prove he’s a plagiarist.

  I plan to have the next best indie zombie flim  looking to flim it this summer  got a great location to make the flim,asking 50,000 to get the cameras and equipment to film it  another 80,000 for the permits and to shoot on location   then the rest for props and staff

Huh. Between the basic math errors, and the plagiarism I’m starting to suspect that this guy isn’t really a professional filmmaker. Maybe we should check out his web-page.

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Hey, wow. His website starts with a YouTube clip of really profesionally photographed and well written scene from a zombie movie! I’m impressed!

…Or at least, I would be impressed, if I hadn’t seen “Shaun of the Dead“, the movie that scene is really from.

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Here’s a fun game. Where are these three “Movie posters” from? The first one is from that wallpaper I mentioned above. Can anyone identify where the other two come from?


Recomended by reader and zombie expert Ross Wolfe

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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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Scam Kickstarter Project copy/pastes IndieGoGo projects


A couple of weeks ago I reported that scammers were copying Kickstarter projects and posting them verbatem on IndieGoGo and keeping the procedes.

It looks like this scam works both ways. In this case the IndieGoGo project was the real one, and the Kickstarter project was the fake!

It looks like he was able to alert Kickstarter to the problem and get the fraudulent project canceled.

(The project card to the right is for the real project.)
A post warning others of what I found just an hour ago.     I had a project hosted on Indiegogo of a case for the raspberry pi.     I have just found all my material on Kickstarters website hosted by a user pretending to be me. He claims he is from the Uk, and is taking money under my name. He even has my videos linked.     Due to the seriousness of this, and the fact that it is identity theft I intend making this viral. This could have serious impact to my name and career should the hacker fund the project, and do a run with the funds.     The project name is Raspberry Slice - it can be found archived on the Indiegogo website, and is now currently funding on Kickstarter!!!!     I have posted about it on Kickstarters Facebook page, and also reported it on their site.     This is really, really, not good enough and scary when you think about it. Their screening is obviously terrible, as is their user checks.        Brian Garvey.

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Tiny Fish tank scam!

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Here’s a really tiny aquaponic garden. Stick a plant in there and it’ll supposedly be fertalized by the fish poop.

The first thing I’m sure you’ve noticed is that the “tank” part is way too small to comfortably house anything larger than a SeaMonkey. This is basically a fish killer.

However, that’s not why this is here.

Both in the text, and in the video, these guys claim to have invented this device, but not yet begun manufacturing.

Very strange. Then why can I do this?

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(There are a lot more. I just got bored of taking screenshots.)

He’s not an inventor at all! He’s just a reseller!

If I wanted to buy mass produced crap from some random reseller, I could go to Etsy.com! (Zing!)

But wait, there’s more!

I really wish I could take credit for this next piece of detective work, but no dice. The credit goes to this observant project commenter :
For all backers - I would be wary of this project. The project creator had another project that turned out to be a scam... I recognized his voice in the video. Just a heads up. http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/75321040/free-roll-machined-gamers-dice/comments


The comment thread on this one is great.

The project owners try to answer questions about how they’re making the dice, and quickly reveil that they don’t have the first clue how these things are made!

At one point they talk about making the silicone mold for the CNC process! (The whole point of CNC is that you don’t need molds.)

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