10 Weirdest Crowdfunding Projects

9/14/2013
by Grace Murano +
Fun Tech
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1
Floating Pool in a River

Floating Pool in a River
New Yorkers, get ready to high-five your neighbor and throw your top hats in the air because the +Pool Kickstarter has been fully funded. That's right, the floating East River pool, which will allow city residents to swim in their own backyard, is well on its way to becoming a reality.

The design team behind the impressive endeavor managed to exceed their $250K goal, raising a whopping $273,114 at the time of publication. These funds will go toward the construction of a Floating Lab -- a 35 by 35 feet pool where testing of the project's filtration system will take place. (Source | Via)


2
To Put a TARDIS in Orbit

To Put a TARDIS in Orbit
There are a lot of celebrations going on for Doctor Who's big Fiftieth Anniversary, but none have seemed quite so outlandish as this Kickstarter campaign that seeks to put a TARDIS into orbit for the occasion. You could say a project like this would have to struggle to meet its $ 33,000 goal, but the group managed to collect a whipping $ 88,000! (Source | Via)


3
Giant Paper Mache Suspended Brain

Giant Paper Mache Suspended Brain
The project, called Burn your Brain 2013, is about a giant interactive brain that is suspended above the ground and will go up in flames at Burning Man.

Imagine walking thru Black Rock City, or APOGAEA!, and out of the dust clouds appears a gigantic brain sculpture raised above the desert floor, seemingly floating above the ground, connected to the playa only by its brain stem. After all these years, has the playa finally developed a mind of its own?

The giant brain is constructed of paper mache with a small metal structure for support and is 9 1/2 feet long by 6 1/2 feet wide and 5 feet tall. It's hollow on the inside, and when raised it stands at 9 1/4 feet at its tallest point, with the spinal cord connected to the support structure and extending down to the ground. The paper mache will be weather sealed and painted. It will be tall enough to allow easy access for everyone from underneath, or inside the brain. (Source)


4
Miley Cyrus Twerking Shirt

Miley Cyrus Twerking Shirt
The creator said, "And I thought, what better place for her to do that than on my chest and the rest of America's chest?".

So, there goes another funded project by Daniel Bañaga. (Via)


5
Let Snowden Fly

Let Snowden Fly
Edward Snowden had been holed up in a Moscow airport for a while, so one campaign on the crowdfunding website Indiegogo aimed to help the NSA whistleblower make his way out.

The campaign, aptly named "Fly Edward Snowden Fly," was started by Christian Honey, an Oxford University neuroscientist who hoped to raise money for Snowden's travel and legal costs, should he go to Venezuela, where he was offered asylum.

The campaign site included links to a variety of articles, all justifying the end goal of raising $200,000 by outlining limited flight options due to no-fly zones across Europe. (Via)


6
Flying Bicycle

Flying Bicycle
Do you remember that scene in ET when the kids fly away on their BMXs? After seeing it, did you want to peddle your bike down the street, over your house, and past the moon, too? Well, now that fantasy can be a reality with the invention of the Paravelo flying bicycle.

A pair of flight enthusiasts, John Foden, 37, and Yannick Read, 42, have devised a two-wheeled bike — christened the XploreAir Paravelo — that transforms into an aircraft. The British inventors say it is the world's first fully-functional flying bicycle. The machine can travel at speeds of up to 15 miles per hour on the road and 25 miles per hour in the air, reaching altitudes of up to 4,000 feet.

Foden and Read hope that at $16,000 the Paravelo will appeal to inner-city flight hobbyists, and believe that it may also be be useful as a “cost-effective aerial reconnaissance vehicle for forest rangers and border patrols.”

The flying bicycle's inventors looked for support through Kickstarter but only raised approximately a fifth of their $78,000 goal. (Via)


7
Remee Daydreaming Mask

Remee Daydreaming Mask
Forget blackout shades, because Remee is a sleep mask that purports to stimulate lucid dreaming by displaying various light patterns according to your sleep stages.

Unbelievably, over 6,500 people were intrigued enough—or, hallucinating from lack of sleep—to raise $572,891 for the project. Their goal was only $35,000. (Source)


8
Pi-Shaped Pie Pan

Pi-Shaped Pie Pan
Kickstarter user Pinojo wants to save you some time while baking a Pi Pie. The Pi Pan, as you probably guessed, is a pi-shaped pie pan. Yes. It's the product of three years' worth of design and prototyping work, and you could soon own one for yourself. Pinojo met $ 17,542 of his $2000 pledge goal on Kickstarter. Those who pledged at the $15 level will get one of the first Pi Pans when they ship this December, ensuring that they will have the best Pi Day celebration around in 2014. (Source | Via)


9
Lionel Richie's Head

Lionel Richie's Head
What is “Lionel Richie's Head”? It's a giant, inflatable sculpture of Lionel Richie's Head. It's on the official line-up for Bestival, a four-day music festival held at Robin Hill county park on the Isle of Wight, England.

The creators started this ambitious and, frankly, odd public art project almost a year ago. Inspired by internet pop culture, their goal was to make an installation with which people could interact and talk. After gaining a little notoriety from their first Kickstarter fail, Josie and Rob da Bank offered to help. They've kindly set aside space at Bestival so that Lionel Richie's Head can pop up and say "Hello" to everyone for the first time.

The project not only met their pledged goal, but doubled it. Way to go, Lionel. (Source | Via)


10
Watermelon Holder

Watermelon Holder
Apparently, someone thought that a watermelon strap was a necessary and cool gadget to be created. They also wanted $ 25,000 to develop it. I can't tell you how many times a day I drop all the watermelons I'm constantly carrying around, so this is a godsend.

Surprisingly, the project only attracted 6 backers.
(Via)

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