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Failure to start : so called ‘insane travel kickstart’ ideas look like non-starters

Kickstarter proejct 'Air umbrella'.

Kickstarter proejct ‘Air umbrella’.

A marketing professional once gave me a bit of sage advice “Be careful of people who tell you there is niche in the market. Instead, you need to ask if there is then a market in the niche”.

I thought of this after reading this fox travel article – originally souced fromYahoo travel – “Insane travel Kickstarters we need right now” which proceeded to puff piece 10 project ideas currently seeking funding.

Proposal #1 Air Umbrella : ‘..battery-operated wand emits strong currents of air that repel the raindrops by creating a force field of sorts’.

Proposal #2 Chair-Pak : “full-size backpack has padded shoulder straps, four separate compartments, a soft cooler, connection loops, and an adjustable seat. So not only can this bag hold all of your stuff — but also you can sit on it! And if that wasn’t enough, certain versions of the bag are equipped with solar panels so that you can charge all of your devices.”. This doesn’t grab me – what is wrong with existing backpacks?

Proposal #3 Collar Perfect : ‘a pint-sized ironing device designed for the wrinkle-prone mover and shaker. All you do is plug in the iron and use it for quick touchups on your collars, pockets, pant creases, and hemlines.’ Really: Those who really care about this would just use/ borrow and iron.

Proposal #4  neXstep Luggage : ‘you’ll always have a place to rest while you wait to board your plane. The handle of this roller bag can be removed and used as a seat or luggage rack’.

Proposal #5 SeatSnoozer: ‘The portable contraption is strapped around your forehead, and it keeps your head and neck in place while you sleep. It has a tail that works as an anchor, using your own body to keep you in the desired position. ”

Proposal #6 Olaf: ‘a carry-on sized suitcase with a scooter attached to it.”

Proposal #7  Hendo Hoverboard: ‘real-life hoverboard..magnetic field architecture (MFA) transmits electromagnetic energy efficiently enough to make this floating board possible.’

Proposal #8 Pro Drybag : ‘waterproof and shockproof duffle bag’.

Proposal #9 Flying Saucer: ‘to build a full-sized Jupiter II flying saucer like the one used in the TV show Lost in Space’.

Proposal #10 Pronto 5 Battery Charger : ‘the fastest charging portable battery pack’.


 

Kickstarter / SleepSnoozer

Kickstarter / SleepSnoozer

Maybe it is me but I didn’t think much of the products. The sleepSnoozer had me think about it as I occasionally fall asleep traveling in a seat so that my head falls resulting in a stiff neck. However, I just don’t see that being enough of a problem for me to carry around another product just for occasional use.

The Pro Drybag may be an unsexy product but for the people who care about protecting moisture sensitive items in outdoor environments, this may be for them but I am surprised that such a product doesn’t exist already.

The Air umbrella sounds very high tech but how effective is it really? I would bet the battery wouldn’t last long. It sounds like it could be one of the products someone receives as a Christmas present but never gets used. I really cannot see it replacing an umbrella.

As for Hendo Hoverboard, why was that even linked with travel gadgets?

Claudius