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The Comet Smartphone Kickstarter campaign is so bad, it's good
Crowdfunding campaigns can prove helpful in certain situations by offering legitimate businesses and startups get off the ground. There are actually quite a few awesome products to come out of Kickstarter and Indiegogo, such as the Pebble smartwatch, the Ouya game console and many others. But every once in a while, a new, completely ridiculous campaign shows up, offering users a “revolutionary” new product that’s completely out of reach in hopes to score the campaign’s creators some cash in the process. For instance, let’s take a look at Comet – the world’s first buoyant, water-resistant smartphone.
“A buoyant smartphone, you say? How is that possible?” Believe it or not, Comet Core, the company behind this gem, has implemented three fins into the phone’s chassis that supposedly pop out the second your Comet smartphone hits the water. Surprisingly, Comet Core doesn’t really explain how this tech works, only that its engineers have put in “lots of time and effort” to design this wonder-phone.[aa_image src="https://cdn57.androidauthority.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/Screen-Shot-2015-06-03-at-12.29.03-PM-840x349.png" alt="Screen Shot 2015-06-03 at 12.29.03 PM" width="840" height="349" class="aligncenter size-large wp-image-613756"]
Okay, so even if you can get past the three buoyant fins, the ridiculousness doesn’t stop there. The Comet offers up top-of-the-line specifications that would put many of today’s flagships to shame. It comes with a 4.7-inch Quad HD display, a 4000mAh battery, a 2.5GHz Snapdragon 810 CPU, 4GB of RAM, and 16MP rear and front-facing cameras. It also has mood-recognizing LED lights on the side of the device, as well as its very own “Bubble Messenger” platform that’s exclusive to Comet phone users. Bubble Messenger “reflects you with every bubble, and also reflects your gender.” Whatever that means.[aa_image src="https://cdn57.androidauthority.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/Screen-Shot-2015-06-03-at-1.43.23-PM-840x348.png" alt="Screen Shot 2015-06-03 at 1.43.23 PM" width="840" height="348" class="aligncenter size-large wp-image-613773"]
If you’re hooked, you can take advantage of the company’s early bird special and grab your very own Comet for just $230, completely unlocked. If the phone ever makes its way into production, which it definitely will, you can expect the phone to ship sometime around May 2016. Either Comet Core is infinitely idealistic and actually thinks it can bring this smartphone to market, or this is a scam. Now I don’t know anything for sure, but I’m pretty sure it’s the latter. Luckily this isn’t a flex funding campaign, so if the company doesn’t reach its $100,000 goal by July 6th, no money will be rewarded.
If you’re interested in checking out the rest of this absurd crowdfunding campaign, head to the source link below. With all of that said, is anybody out there planning to pledge their hard-earned cash on this completely legitimate product?