The government says this backpack is a fraud, but the creator says he’s just a failure
This smart backpack was Doug Monahan’s dumbest idea. Lots of people want a word with Doug Monahan — government lawyers, crowdfunding backers, people from his past, and me. I’d been trying to find him for over a year. As a reporter interested in crowdfunding disasters, I thought Monahan’s failed iBackpack project was one of the ultimate gadget pipe dreams gone bad. The beats were familiar: an idea that raised more than half a million dollars, only to never ship and leave behind thousands of angry backers. The difference in this story, however, is that for only the second time, the Federal Trade Commission is coming for the creator.