Indiegogo - Bioo Powered by a Plant

txt29

Senior Member.
The number of apparent scams promoted and protected by Indiegogo seems to spread exponentially in the last time - clearly because it is an ideal platform for conartists.

I just learned about this new campaign today. I do not even have the force to read all the description, but already from the title and the few photos it is apparent that it is a clear scam, and am currently busy to start any deeper debunking, but if anyone of you have the time to spend on it, check it out

Bioo: Charge your Phone with the Power of a Plant
 

txt29

Senior Member.
Well, as I told, I cannot spend too much time on this one, so just a brief debunking: let's ignore the nonsense about the conversion of the biomass into el.power, its efficiency, and let's not speak about the USB connector in the stone. Alone the values of photosynthetic efficiency are sufficient enough to debunk this scam [source: WikiPedia]

The best results are achieved with sugar cane:
That means that even if the technology for converting the biomass into el. power was 100% efficient, the system would be still about 50 times less efficient than a common photovoltaic solar panel.
 
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jonnyH

Senior Member.
Do the root systems of plants actually expel anything in significant amounts? I thought they were more focussed on sucking stuff in.
 

Hofnarr

Member
Hmm I was thinking about posting this here the first time I saw it.
Its very misleading, they're talking about photosynthesis doing the work, but that wouldn't A. be not very efficient and B. not really possible to extract out of the plant.

I cannot confirm plants really expell anything into the soil.. especially not "energy" created trough photosynthesis.

Is it just me, or are there more scam-campaigns around lately? (maybe its just selective perception)
 

txt29

Senior Member.
I cannot confirm plants really expell anything into the soil.. especially not "energy" created trough photosynthesis.

Is it just me, or are there more scam-campaigns around lately? (maybe its just selective perception)
The energy created by the photosynthesis is stored in the form of biomass, and a part is then stored in the roots too. However, converting it somehow in to el. power would mean you would have to destroy the plant (and the roots).

And yes, I think Indiegogo became the chosen platform of scammers. I wonder how long it can stay that way. Still, it amazes me how many backers these blatant scams can gain just within a few days. On the other hand, an important part of the funding likely comes from the scammers self - funding the campaign to at least 30% of its target, is the recommended technique advised by professional fundraising promoters.
 

Hofnarr

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On the other hand, an important part of the funding likely comes from the scammers self - funding the campaign to at least 30% of its target, is the recommended technique advised by professional fundraising promoters.
Agreed.
This technique really lowers the bar for any other more gullible backer.

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Hmm I think the math wouldn't work out on a sqare meter panel too..

edit2:
Just a quick look on bioo's official site.
http://www.bioo.tech/

The website offers even less info and the "preorder" button directly links to the IGG campaign..(seems familiar)
 
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NoParty

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So you may be wondering, how does this amazing piece of technology even work?

...we have achieved our production to increase up to 10 times the value.

The magic happens inside the plant pot, where energy created by the plant´s biological elements expelled after photosynthesis is transferred for our use in form of electricity.[/EX]

Personally, I still love the idea of crowd-funding bringing some genius ideas to the market
that never would've happened otherwise. The potential is breathtaking. :D

That said, I'm beginning to wonder if Indiegogo's primary role in society may end up being a
large-scale bunk generator for the attention and entertainment of debunkers everywhere.

I was thinking of bunk when I read "...we have achieved our production to increase up to 10 times the value." :cool:
 

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Bioo Lite



Our dream, your dream


Would you believe us if we told you that you can charge your devices with any type of plant? Sounds crazy, right? Like brought out of your best dream, where plants could supply us with the greenest and cleanest energy possible. Well, dream no more, because Bioo has arrived to change the world.













A plant charging your devices
Sounds crazy but it's real!
Using a compact and modern technology we are able to produce electricity from the simple, every-day process in which plants rely on to survive, photosynthesis. Bioo provides a day and night constant electricity supply, proving that plants may just be the way out for truly clean renewable energies. With Bioo Lite we plan to redesign the concept of charging your phone or tablet. We want to make it easy to use, as easy as a normal electricity plug you now use from the wall, but instead, adding the clean and awesome look a plant of your choice provides.









We've plants everywhere
So they can help us everywhere
We have plants everywhere, as decoration in our own homes or our work places. Why not use them for an even better matter. Plug in your devices to charge up in our unique, modern-looking plant pots and forget about your phone or tablet´s battery level. With Bioo Lite we are not only helping the environment by using plants as energy source, but also we intend to help our users by reducing their daily electricity consumption. No more electricity plugs, your own plants have got you fully covered with Bioo Lite.







We've worked hard
Now is your turn to make it happen
Arkyne Techonologies presents this life-changing equipment never seen until now. We have developed and investigated for months this precise technology and we have finally decided to release it for the final stages of our project. Our development has been totally successful and our prototypes are fully functional, proving that 100% green and ecological electricity can be made. We think renewable energies need to finally push through and become the leading power-providing service worldwide. And so, plants are everywhere and would make up to becoming a great electrical station for our everyday needs, without harming nature any more.







A solution for your daily routine
Change your everyday ritual
Charging phones or tablets is something that has already become part of our everyday rituals, wether it is at night while we sleep, at work or after lunch at home, whenever or wherever it is, we depend on our electronics to be fully functional until the end of the day. This is where Bioo Lite comes into action. Place your Bioo Lite plant wherever you usually charge your devices, and with its accessible usb socket just simply connect your device and watch it charge from only what the plant is creating from photosynthesis. Magical as it sounds, you will not only have a great looking plant in an outstanding contemporary plant pot, you will also be fully charging your devices from a plant with no extra cost on your electricity bill.







How it works?
The magic happens inside the plant
So you may be wondering, how does this amazing piece of technology even work?

Well, it is even easier than you may think to understand the whole process that involves a plant from being just a decoration item to a reliable charging station for your electronics. We have been designing and developing our technology for a period of ten months, and we have achieved our production to increase up to 10 times the value. Our studies started with intense investigation around all the components and theory involved in our project, and it has all taken us to our successful results nowadays. For our technology we were initially inspired by several studies executed by NASA, but we have decided to choose a specific route to implement our efforts in, renewable energies. Below, a scheme of the upper biological cell system.





The magic happens inside the plant pot, where energy created by the plant´s biological elements expelled after photosynthesis is transferred for our use in form of electricity. This matter is produced with or without Bioo, it is simply part of the essential process of photosynthesis in which every plant has to take part to live. The process inludes a chemical and biological hybrid cell. This combination is vital to stabilize the system. This way, we are not forcing the plant to do or create anything else rather than what it always makes. It does not harm the plant in any way, either the technology or the process applied, and so environment is also a great winner from the implementation of this revolutionary technology. Furthermore, our system is self-regenerating.







This means that it will keep itself working without any further external treatments, which only adds up to the numerous positive aspects of the implementation of Bioo. The system is able to take the energy produced in the soil surrounding the roots of the plant and transfer it as electricity using its leading and efficient process. Nevertheless, Bioo Lite is a size-reduced version of our bigger panels, therefore it includes natural chemical enhancers in order to support the energy produced by photosynthesis, adapting its scale for a home use experience. We have designed Bioo having in mind since the first day that it must be the most adaptable product for any user.






Bioo is equiped with its own sealed water tank, creating a high efficiency in water management by retaining what is added to the plant, both by the automatic irrigation system included or any other external sources of water, such as rain. Actually, this will allow the customer to save up to 6-8 liters or water monthly. Once electricity has been created, options are endless for its future applying. We are all electricity dependent, and being able to use any kind of plants as a power source of the greenest and most eco-friendly electricity possible is not only brilliant, but game-changing.








Join our team
Help us reaching the global market
Bioo Lite is thought to be a fast integration of our technology in the global market, to show everyone how useful and effective this technology really is, and how it can be an absolute revolution for renewable energies worldwide. This is a more smaller-scale and user-friendly adapted product, thought for a much specialized yet impressive goal. We want to recreate the way of charging your devices without having to sacrifice the basics, usb charging cables. Bioo Lite is thought to provide electricity the same way Bioo does, but focused in the charging of electrical devices by adding a connectable usb socket to one of it´s elegant looking sides.









As we have said, the cable you now have for your device can be used with Bioo Lite, because it is totally compatible. We don´t want to change the cable, we want to replace your power source: from the standard power plug to an outstanding, modern-looking plant pot in which you can plant anything of your choice. It will help us to finalize our studies on Bioo for its final international unveiling, because having a product already in market and receiving all the feedback from our users is of great importance. This will not only guide us towards improving even more our products, but also will allow us to invest higher quantities in development and launching for our flagship, Bioo.





In the case of our 1x1m panel, it will simply be installed in your garden in a way that it will not create a visual or physical impact. In other words, you can still use your garden the same way you did before. This panel doesn't include chemical additives unlike Bioo Lite, producing its whole energy from the photosynthetic substances generated by plants. Furthermore it is perfectly fine to step on top of Bioo, for example, if you decide to plant standard grass.



Understanding the technology
Panels producing up to 40 watts!
Bioo, both the standard and the Lite version use the same type of technology, but in different scales to adapt to their respective market sectors. Bioo is thought for accomplishing a much bigger goal, not only at user scale, but also for businesses and large agriculture surfaces. We want to change the renewable energy field and provide the cleanest and most ecological energy ever found, using only our precise technology and the photosynthesis process from any type of plant. With this idea in mind, we can look into providing clean energy for any user who wants to use Bioo as their new source of energy.



Bioo is our new disrupting project to obtain electricity from plants' photosynthesis. Based on 100x100x25cm panels from which plants will be able to grow producing from 3 to over 40 watts depending on the plant type and cares given. In fact, these panels purify and save great amounts of water. The solution to the greatest environmental and energy issues in our world will be able to be solved with the implementation of this technology; while gardens, green roofs, farms and forests are already vital to our ecosystem, Bioo is offering a new point of view: to simply transform these huge green spaces to fulfill our energy needs with the creation of a new renewable source. Houses with gardens will still have a garden no matter what Bioo offers, the same happens with hotels, football pitches, resorts, universities... Our target is simply to increase the possibilities of these spaces introducing the production of a vital resource of our society apart of a high saving in water expenses. In terms of agriculture, it could mean a revolution; farmlands will replace energy plants allowing not only greater revenues and savings, but a monitored irrigation of their lands.





Changing the energy industry
We can make a better world together
It is easy to come up to the same conclusion as we have, this project can really turn upside down the renewable energy industry nowadays, and prove everybody how efficient it can really be. All added to the fact that it will be the cleanest energy possible, with zero impact on environment, virtually creating the perfect energy source. Carbon dependant energy sources have caused enough damage to environment, it is time for us to step up and create the most eco-friendly source ever made.






Other similar competitors have tried to create similar technologies to ours, but have simply decided to take other paths to use it in. We think that it can be a great way to step up in the energy needs we all face nowadays, helping environment by reducing our dependence on polluting sources of energy. Renewable energies are slowly changing the rules of the energy game, appearing more often in our houses and countries slowly becoming the go-to power sources for all our needs. There is virtually no competition in this type of technology, due to it´s disrupting purpose. We have only found 3 examples more which may have some simillarities with Bioo. These three were developed by the CNRS (National French Scientific Centre), Plant-e and Ekaia. Plant-e is a Dutch spin-off from the sub-department of Environmental Technology of Wageningen University. It has developed some basic do-it-yourself kits for educational purpose which let you prove that living plants generate electricity, but nothing compared with the efficiency we can offer with our produced Bioo. The CNRS has developed theoretical studies focused only on biomass research, but they don’t currently count with any material design and don´t seem to take those ideas into an actual product in the near future. Lastly, Ekaia, the only real product which is being developed that may be related with ours, though only focusing in charging phones and not scalling to much higher levels like we intend to do.







Bioo in the Media







Our partners
We've the same dream
To make all this project possible, we have collaborated with several known companies that have, in some way, helped us achieve what we have nowadays.







Our team

Wanna join us? Be our backer!









Arkyne Technologies uses a divisional structure of organization, where all the members are specialized in their own areas of work. As well, we have made a clear differentiation between our products, because the similarities between them are fairly distant from each other. The company is headed by a CEO, followed by four different chief officers, a Chief Financial Officer, a Chief Operations Officer, a Chief Technology Officer and a Chief Marketing Officer.








FAQ
Do you want to know more about Bioo?
Is my smartphone adequate for Bioo Lite?
We have designed our product in order to create the highest compatibility with all the usb-powered smartphones, so there should be no problem for charging your phone with Bioo Lite.

What maintenance does Bioo Lite need?
Nothing less and nothing more than a normal plant pot. Bioo Lite will work correctly if the plant is alive, so taking care of the plant is the only requirement.

If I water my plant, will I have leaking problems?
Bioo Lite is completely watertight and sealed in order to prevent any water leakage. The last thing you want is water spilling out onto your phone, right?

How long will it take for my smartphone to be fully charged?
Our electrical output is equal to an usb from a laptop or desktop computer. The charging time will vary depending on your phone´s battery capacity, but it will still be the same as if you were charging it from a computer´s usb.

Is all the energy generated from photosynthetic substances?
The energy generated in Bioo Lite also includes natural chemical enhancers and activators in order to support the energy created by photosynthesis and balance the production, working under a hybrid system with a biological and chemical cell. This is made in order to provide enough energy for a home use in a reduced scale.

Since Bioo Lite generates electricity, is there any threat for users or the plant itself?

No. The technology involved in this system has been secured and designed to only produce an output when an usb is connected to charge your device. When there is no phone connected, Bioo Lite will only be a very modern and good-looking plant pot, with your plant of choice.

How does the purification system work?

To avoid water stagnation, the harmless bacteria we add inside the plant pot to create the biological battery, are also in charge of cleaning the water, so it doesn´t become a threat for the plant.



How many times can I recharge my smartphone using Bioo Lite?

You’ll be able to get your smartphone fully charged from 2 to 3 times a day. Bioo Lite can be used every day, always offering up to 3 complete recharges, giving a guarantee of 1 year.

Is there any special plant that I need to grow to obtain electricity?

No. Bioo Lite works with any plant you choose, but it is true that not every plant generates the same electricity. So, we recommend not to use a cactus. Sorry for cacti lovers :(

What happens if the plant perishes?
We'll be so sad if your green friend goes to a better place, but if you want keep using Bioo Lite simply find another plant and replanted. It will work exactly the same as the first time.




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Trailspotter

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May I suggest the creation of a separate subforum for Indiegogo Campaigns. There are already quite a few threads that could go there.
 

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tinkertailor

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Yes, I was thinking a "Crowdfunding Claims" forum - it's probably not just Indiegogo. Maybe also to cover non-crowdfunding investment schemes that look dubious, like the V3Solar thing
https://www.metabunk.org/debunked-v3solars-spinning-solar-panel-cone-spin-cell-coolspin.t1166/
Maybe just too-good-to-be-true devices of dubious scientific merit that have gone viral in general? I've seen a lot of friends and family share memes featuring items like this floating house on social media. There's no monetary aspect to it, but they're definitely relatives to the crowdfunding scams. People who share this might be primed to donate to Triton or Fontus, I think.

source is this facebook page.
 

Mick West

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call it scams and scammers?

That's rather prejudging. There's quite likely going to be some that look dubious, but are going to turn out to be true. You also don't want to start every thread with the conclusion predetermined. There's usually going to be some investigation in the thread.
 

NoParty

Senior Member.
That's rather prejudging. There's quite likely going to be some that look dubious, but are going to turn out to be true. You also don't want to start every thread with the conclusion predetermined. There's usually going to be some investigation in the thread.
Amen. Even if it can be expected that only the most dubious and egregious would probably get treatment here.

Hmmmmm...Al Franken already used: Lies and the Lying Liars That Tell Them. :D


How about something like: Scientific Plausibility of Crowdfunding Projects ?
Jeez...that is not very catchy.
 

tinkertailor

Senior Member.
Whilst I can see that that one could work, at least in theory, the idea of of people wandering around in those things and trying to ride out a North Sea gale in one is terrifying.
Exactly.
Amen. Even if it can be expected that only the most dubious and egregious would probably get treatment here.

Hmmmmm...Al Franken already used: Lies and the Lying Liars That Tell Them. :D


How about something like: Scientific Plausibility of Crowdfunding Projects ?
Jeez...that is not very catchy.
Dubious Devices, mayhaps?
 

Leifer

Senior Member.
An easy joke video, would be.... hip 22yo guys and gals awkwardly carrying around plants to their jobs and coffee houses, tethered to their phones and devices.
(make the plant act as an antenna too ?)

Two comments:
* recharging solar panels (already in stores)
* have you ever grown hydroponic plants ?....it's a pain in the ass.


...ok, Third comment:
* brown thumbs.
 
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Leifer

Senior Member.
I'm not sure it's so "green".....there's an internal electrical device.
....plus the custom plastic injection molded pot.
Plus maintenance.
 
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My1

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well maybe the pastic comes from AirCarbon making this thing a LOT greener than before.
okay enough irony.

I also think that this is junk, especially because as most of us learned in biology, the roots are mostly for absorbing stuff and possibly storing but the dont let anything out (except maybe some heat from the frictiowith with the earth when growing, but let's be serious, that wont amount to anything) and the only way to get the power out of the biomass throws the biomass itself (aka the plant) into oblivion making this essentially an oversized one-way battery, depending on how much you draw from it, if it's just a bit it might regrow (assuming the converting plant into energy process can be throttled and stopped if needed) but when needing too much power so half the plant will be "converted" it most probably wont regrow.
 

txt29

Senior Member.
I am not sure whether it was really voluntary, and whether it was just a kind of joke. I'd guess they were under stress by IGG, and rather than risking to be shut down and discredited, they opted for closing the campaign themselves prematurely, and trying later another scam with the panels instead. The time will tell.
 
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