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Re: Aido: The Next Home Robot Scam?
« Reply #1 on: March 07, 2017, 06:09:27 PM »
 

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Re: Aido: The Next Home Robot Scam?
« Reply #2 on: March 07, 2017, 06:14:05 PM »
This might be the first real large scale "take the money and run" indigogo scam. The campaign owners surely know that all their promises are utter fantasy.
 

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Re: Aido: The Next Home Robot Scam?
« Reply #3 on: March 07, 2017, 06:16:44 PM »
Well, it was funded  in April 2016  and was supposed to be shipped in October, so at this point there is no point in discussing, it is a scam.
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Re: Aido: The Next Home Robot Scam?
« Reply #4 on: March 07, 2017, 06:26:02 PM »
Better save that campaign before it gets shut down!
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Re: Aido: The Next Home Robot Scam?
« Reply #5 on: March 07, 2017, 06:28:48 PM »
Well, it was funded  in April 2016  and was supposed to be shipped in October, so at this point there is no point in discussing, it is a scam.

Then why are they demoing it?


It's not going to work as advertised of course, but doesn't look like a take the money and run scam.
 

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Re: Aido: The Next Home Robot Scam?
« Reply #6 on: March 07, 2017, 06:31:03 PM »
This is their "hardware schematic"   ::)

 

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Re: Aido: The Next Home Robot Scam?
« Reply #7 on: March 07, 2017, 06:34:49 PM »
It looks like it has lost the ball, so now it is just a stand for a tablet :)
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Re: Aido: The Next Home Robot Scam?
« Reply #8 on: March 07, 2017, 07:36:31 PM »
It looks like it has lost the ball, so now it is just a stand for a tablet :)

 :wtf:

 

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Re: Aido: The Next Home Robot Scam?
« Reply #10 on: March 08, 2017, 08:28:03 AM »
hehe, it looks like they just saw that video and did a cargo cult style copy for their project.

"Wouldn't it be amazing if it had a tablet on top and followed you around helping you..."
 

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Re: Aido: The Next Home Robot Scam?
« Reply #11 on: March 08, 2017, 09:35:32 AM »
This might be the first real large scale "take the money and run" indigogo scam.

Perhaps that's why they named it "Goodbye".

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Re: Aido: The Next Home Robot Scam?
« Reply #12 on: March 10, 2017, 01:03:05 PM »
Gee I wonder where they stole the name? Japanese robot dog-pet anyone?

http://gizmodo.com/sonys-robotic-dogs-are-dying-a-slow-and-heartbreaking-d-1712160637
 

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Re: Aido: The Next Home Robot Scam?
« Reply #13 on: March 16, 2017, 05:43:52 PM »
I think those wheels would actually work, if they had motors:


« Last Edit: March 16, 2017, 05:45:23 PM by Starlord »
 

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Re: Aido: The Next Home Robot Scam?
« Reply #14 on: March 19, 2017, 10:02:05 PM »
So what happened at the Meet Aido event I hear you asking?

There is a reasonably objective review of this less than impressive event at https://www.dropbox.com/s/0m5zwmrub9jbknk/I%20Met%20Aido.pdf?dl=0

Summary of what they have got so far: a tablet stand with very bad voice recognition.

There is an official video which is so bad quality I'm not bothering to post the link. It's on youtube somewhere...
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Re: Aido: The Next Home Robot Scam?
« Reply #15 on: March 21, 2017, 12:03:00 PM »
That report is hilarious.
 

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Re: Aido: The Next Home Robot Scam?
« Reply #16 on: March 21, 2017, 01:25:45 PM »
Money well spent :)
 

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Re: Aido: The Next Home Robot Scam?
« Reply #17 on: April 12, 2017, 08:40:08 PM »
Oh my god... this is current... I thought it's an old topic... just look at that "promo video" ugh...
If I'm running a CGI blooper youtube channel I'd have a field day and an hour long or even more just pointing out the CGI fakery that can be detected with the naked eyes...

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Re: Aido: The Next Home Robot Scam?
« Reply #18 on: April 18, 2017, 12:35:12 PM »
It's obviously a joke...but...why? :o
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Re: Aido: The Next Home Robot Scam?
« Reply #19 on: April 19, 2017, 11:15:20 AM »
Just another case of a scam artist risking other peoples money on a hare brained idea that will never see the light of day !! Why doesn't indiegogo force people to have a fully working prototype before they publish these campaigns full of marketing wank ??
 

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Re: Aido: The Next Home Robot Scam?
« Reply #20 on: April 19, 2017, 01:18:39 PM »
Wait...WHAT?! :o I thought that was all there was. That is really an indegogo created to attack another indegogo? :-DD

I mean, I know they are attacking a scam but is that even allowed?
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Re: Aido: The Next Home Robot Scam?
« Reply #21 on: April 19, 2017, 01:32:38 PM »
Wait...WHAT?! :o I thought that was all there was. That is really an indegogo created to attack another indegogo? :-DD
I mean, I know they are attacking a scam but is that even allowed?

Everything is allowed on Indiegogo!
 

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Re: Aido: The Next Home Robot Scam?
« Reply #22 on: April 19, 2017, 10:16:45 PM »
Just another case of a scam artist risking other peoples money on a hare brained idea that will never see the light of day !! Why doesn't indiegogo force people to have a fully working prototype before they publish these campaigns full of marketing wank ??

Because Indiegogo stand to make money, whether it is a fake or not. They have people in Indiegogo who work with project creators to promote and market the campaigns, put them in touch with glossy video producers, viral marketers, email spammers, etc. They might also have staff back projects and post warm messages, arrange special promotion like "staff picks", tie ups with vendors like Arrow. These people are like sales people, they get a bonus from campaign funding raised. Indiegogo are in the loop, they are part of the scheme. Check out the negative reviews on Glassdoor.

Basically, they do everything they can to help get a campaign funded, because they have a commercial incentive. Vetting a campaign to see if it is fake or stupid is absolutely the last thing on their minds. Of course, if they do reject campaigns, then they have less campaigns to make money from so are likely to market the remaining one more aggressively.
Bob
 

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Re: Aido: The Next Home Robot Scam?
« Reply #23 on: June 06, 2017, 03:05:34 PM »
Another review site, user rating 0.4 out of 10  >:D
https://bestcompany.com/crowd-funding/company/indiegogo/
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Re: Aido: The Next Home Robot Scam?
« Reply #24 on: June 11, 2017, 06:20:55 AM »
Another review site, user rating 0.4 out of 10  >:D
https://bestcompany.com/crowd-funding/company/indiegogo/

This level of honesty deeply pleases me! >:D
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