Standing out from the crowd takes mad skills, as in mad scientist
Crowdfunding has become a panacea for anyone with an idea and no financial backing. When the idea in question isn’t a film, movie or tech device, but just something absurd, crowdfunding seems to be the likely choice for financing. Even though the fundraising system has helped launch businesses and make dreams come true around the world, sometimes things that make cash in crowdfunding are just plain weird. When we say “weird,” we mean weird like creepy-costumes-for-your-computer-screen-weird. People use crowdfunding for at least five legitimate reasons and a million strange ones; here are the 10 best oddities we could find.
Abzyme Research Foundation aimed to #endhiv through crowdfunding, which seemed not only crazy, but impossible. The goal was to raise $50,000 to help launch an extremely promising HIV vaccine into human trials. By effectively using a short viral video, an excellent marketing strategy and working the campaign until the last minute, their impossible goal was reached. We look forward to watching them in their quest to eradicate HIV & AIDS.
Project X Video Game Battle Suit was ready to revolutionize gaming with their state of the art video game battle suit. Their aim was to take video games to the next level, immersing the user in the game with a full on battle suit and weaponry. However, it seems gamers still wanted to spend the afternoon playing in their underwear as this kickstarter only managed to earn $2.00 of it’s $50,000 goal.
DIY Space Capsule Tycho Deep Space II began their crowdfunding campaign to prove that human space flight can be possible without government backing and insane budgets. The spacecraft is the 3rd of it’s kind to be developed and tested by Copenhagen Suborbitals. The company asked for $10,000 to help fund the building of the 3rd capsule, reaching their monetary and within two years shall be able to show their backers where their money went when they launch a person into space.
Elevation iPhone Dock aimed to raise $75,000 in order to begin manufacturing of their state of the art iPod dock. The dock’s design took into account problems iPhone/iPod users have, focusing on ways to make it more efficient and user friendly. It gained a mass amount of support, ending up with nearly $1.5 million in donations. However, production hiccups and the introduction of the iPhone 5, set the expected delivery date back, resulting in a massive amount of dissatisfied customers. Proving once and for all, that sometimes exceeding your goal, isn’t always optimal.
Compstumes wanted funding so they could help you dress up your computer screen, effectively giving life to your desk. The product, which would have been better off made-to-order on a smaller scale and touted on Etsy never got any momentum with pledgers. Which wasn’t shocking as these computer costumes are about as necessary as the needlepoint sayings your grandmother forced upon you as a kid. The “compstumes” never picked up steam, asking for $1,200 they reached a measly $168.
The Indie Console targeted an area in gaming that has a heavy fanbase, indie games. However, without a console to play them on, gamers are forced to find them online and play with them. The creator, Mike Stanton dreamed of providing gamers with a console to run inside games on. But without a clear message and a well laid out idea for the future of his console, it appeared that gamers were too apprehensive to give Mike their money, leaving him with less than $2,500 of his $70,000 goal.
Jeffrey Self Needs A New Tooth this drive was pretty to the point: Jeffrey needed help to pay to fix his broken tooth. We’re in a global recession and not everyone has the funds or insurance to deal with all the minor hiccups that occur when you least expect it. Jeffrey Self was one of these people and he turned to crowdfunding in order to raise the $3,400 so that he would stop looking like an extra on “The Beverly Hillbillies.” And it worked! Jeffrey appealed to friends, fans and really anyone with a dollar to spare.
Crave’s Duet Project wanted to revolutionize sex toys for women. Despite the fact that it sounds like a food or diet product, it sought to more intimately cater to the sexual needs of women. It’s an ergonomically designed vibrator that also works as a flash drive and the designers asked for $15,000 to kick off production. However, their clever marketing campaign and targeting of women earned the company over $100,000.
Rescue Knux was a project launched by dog owner Craig Dershowitz after his ex-girlfriend kidnapped his beloved pooch. After he’d run out of funds to pursue the case legally, he turned to the internet for help covering the legal fees piling up from his subsequent court case to gain control over Knux. The project had all the makings of something huge, but never quite caught on earning Craig only $5,071 of the $20,000 he needed.
Jacques started the One Dollar Dare campaign to help him achieve his goal of making it to Europe to celebrate his 25th birthday at Oktoberfest. As you pledge money, you also suggest dares which he will perform on camera. Unfortunately, Jacques dare to be different didn’t help him to earn the $5,000 necessary to head to Europe, but we applaud his attempt.
All the women at MyFreeImplants.com for entering into a strange crowdfunding campaign that allows them to offer the exchange of things like naked photos for donating to their fund to plump their bust. It’s a unique way to hopefully fulfill a lifelong dream of finally owning a pair of breasts that a bunch of online lurkers bought you.
How about you? Are you launching a campaign that should be on the list? Did you back one that we absolutely need to know about? Hit me up at firstname.lastname@example.org.