Have you ever seen a product and thought to yourself, “that’s so stupid, it will never catch on”. Well, thanks to the wonders of crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter, such an expression seems to beÂ muttered nearly every single day.
If you have everÂ scoured the depths of sites like Kickstarter or sifted through your newsfeed, then you’ve probably seen no shortage of crazy ideas and products lookingÂ to get their start.
Some revolutionary products got theirÂ initial funding through Kickstarter.Â OculusÂ RiftÂ (Virtual Reality) and theÂ Pebble Smartwatch were both pioneers in their respective fields and each has paved the way for massively successful product categories.
This booming trend of crowdfunding has spawned itself due to an interesting problem. Often, consumer trends can be difficult to predict and typically we assume an idea won’t catch on because it doesn’t make sense to a particular group of people. When in reality that group is either too stuck in their own head or can’t see the niche market that is available for a certain product or service.
It’s amazing what can come from public support. Often typical sources of funding like venture capitalists see products as too “weird” or different but thanks to the invention of crowdfunding, pretty much any idea can get itself off the ground if they can find their niche consumers.
Due to the fact that it has become so much easier to get financial support, we are seeing more and more strange product ideas and often many of them are either so weird that they begin to catch on.
Here are 3 Kickstarter products we recently found that are so weird/crazy/stupid/ingenious that they just might catch on.
What on earth is that thing?
Well for those who consider themselves “cat lovers” this little invention has provided you with a way to groom your cat in a fashion that he or she is most accustomed to.
Cats will groom each other as a form of social bonding. And since “science” has shown that cats see humans has essentially just big cats, it only makes sense that we should be able to participate in this normal ritual.
Thanks to theÂ LICKI brush we no longer have to feel left out and can bring ourselves closer to our feline friends. Â By using LICKI with your cat on a regular basis, you’ll develop a more intimate and bonded relationship, much like a mama cat bonds with her young.Â
What a time to be alive!
Have you ever wanted to relieve your sinus congestion, while simultaneously looking like a 3rd rate superhero?
Well, it looks like 2016 is your year to thrive!
Sniff Relief is a self-heating face mask that designed to warm up the areas surrounding your nose which in turn relieves sinus pressure and eradicates many sinus related issues.
You can wear Sniff Relief when you’re sleeping, reading, playing guitar, sitting on the bus, at work, or pretty much anywhere else you enjoy looking like you’re in the cast for the next Kick-Ass movie.
Sniff Reliefs greatest selling point is the fact that it is fast acting and can alleviate pressure much quicker than typical sinus medication. Which might be true, but it’s hard to get over the ridiculousness of the product itself.
For those who possess massive levels of self-esteemÂ and mucus, you can pick up your very own Sniff Relief by backing their campaign today.
Our final product on the list is borderline genius and for those who always need their hands free, Sospendo has you covered.
This device is designed to wrap around your body and hold you electronic devices while keeping your hands free. The wire frame can be easily reshaped to fit over the neck, around the back, or made to stand in place.
So, whether you are standing on the train, driving your car, exercising, or just pushing your child in a stroller (yes those are real suggestions from the company) your hands will always be free to do other things. Like scrolling Facebook and Instagram at the same time or eating dinner with your family.
I know, Â I know. I’m being a little harsh here. In all honesty, this product is pretty cool and could have some very useful applications that don’t involve avoiding social interaction with your children.
But I just can’t help shake this image from Wall-E.
So anyways, if you are interested, the campaign is ending shortly and if you are wanting to get the Sospendo while it’s selling at early bird special price, you better act quickly.
That’s a great question and thanks to crowdfunding, the answer is near impossible to predict. We have seen some amazing products come through Kickstarter and I personally cannot wait to see what’s next. Good or bad!
What do you think of these 3 “interesting” products? Would you back them? Comment below.