The crowdfunding market is huge and ripe for all sorts of exploitation, but we have to say we’re completely floored by the sheer chutzpah of the people behind a new Indiegogo project for a product called Boom Bx. This ‘breakthrough‘ speaker technology was apparently ‘sketched on a piece of paper’ by Nick Robinson and his grandfather who spent ‘countless hours‘ optimizing the design. Really? Really?
The more astute among you will recognize the product as one we featured back in January this year, called the Touch Speaker. Do you notice any similarities? At the top, the Touch Speaker, the bottom image is the Boom Bx.
Incredible similarities in design don’t you think? But of course it can’t be the same product can it? After all, no-one would be dumb enough to try and raise $28,000 for a product which you can buy off the shelf for $39.99 would they? Surely not? Anyway we’ve taken a copy of the project page, just in case it gets pulled soon.
Consider us absolutely totally flabbergasted. So the message from this is, be very very careful before putting your money into crowdfunding projects. Do your due diligence, check to see if there are any other products which feature the same technology, ask around, check out the Ferret. Just don’t plunk down your hard cash until you’re absolutely totally sure it’s cool and above board. Caveat emptor indeed!