Reader James K has disovered the most absurd wallet on Kickstarter so far. And that’s no easy feat, because there’s been some pretty absurd wallet kickstarters.
Let’s take a look at what makes this so absurd :
This battery powered monstrosity has everything you could ever want from a wallet :
This isn’t a wallet, this is a electronic safe that you carry around in your pocket!
(Interestingly, it also seems to have some kind of “Doctor Who”-style “bigger on the inside” technology, because the “money storage” area seems to take up almost the entire volume of the device, occupying the same space as the credit card compartment.)
Even a child could tell you this won’t work. If the bad guy has your wallet, he’ll just put it in a vice until it cracks like an egg, or cut it open, or whatever!
All the fingerprint scanners in the world aren’t going to stop a hacksaw.
I suppose I should take a moment to point out the obvious : This thing is battery powered, and when the battery runs dead, you can’t get your own money out without charging it up again, or the aforementioned hacksaw.
Can he even make this?
You know what he never mentions anywhere in his (very long) project page? Not even on the “parts list”?
A circuit board.
Designing this product would be about as complicated as designing a smartphone, but I think that he thinks that “designing a product” just means “drawing a picture of it”. I don’t think he has the first idea how to make this product’s internals.
I think that he thinks that circuit boards and electronics just sort of “happen” during the manufacturing process. Who knows where they come from!
Rule of Thumb
Never, ever back a project created by someone who describes themselves as an “Inventor”.
Real inventors describe themselves by their area of expertise. They call themselves “Electrical engineers” or “Metal workers” or whatever. If the best title they can think of is “inventor”, it means they don’t have the first clue what the hell they’re doing.