Kickstarter Project Postponed Despite $41K In Pledges

The Minneapolis co-creators of a Wi-Fi connected barbeque smoker canceled their Kickstarter campaign after deciding “to alter the current course of the Qbox market strategy.”

Cameron Henderson and Josh Maslowski, co-founders of the Wi-Fi equipped barbeque smoker Qbox, have decided to cancel their Kickstarter campaign after funders pledged approximately $40,700 toward the project’s $100,000 goal.
Henderson and Maslowski did not immediately respond to Monday emails sent to the address listed on the Qbox website. But the co-founders posted an update on their Kickstarter website, which stated that they have “decided to alter the current course of the Qbox market strategy and will be postponing the campaign.” The two went on to say that it is their “dream to bring the Qbox to market and we still plan to make this happen.” Current backers of the Qbox project will not be charged for their pledges, the co-founders wrote.
Henderson and Maslowski launched their campaign for a Wi-Fi equipped barbeque smoker on Kickstarter last month. According to the project’s website, the Qbox uses a slow-heating method to generate smoke and slow-cook food such as ribs, pork, ham, and vegetables.
The Qbox barbeque smoker uses technology from Spark, a Minneapolis-based tech company. Spark created a Wi-Fi development board, called the Spark Core, which allows users to control devices using the Internet. The Qbox is equipped with the Spark Core, allowing the user to control the smoker’s internal temperature, timer, and other aspects via an application on an iOS or Android mobile device.
According to the Qbox project’s website, the smoker includes three food racks, a wood box and heating element, a drip pan, and a “chimney” to release smoke. The 16-by-17.5-inch smoker also has two wheels for mobility. The Qbox’s suggested retail price is $499. Videos on the Qbox website show the product in use, however, it is not available for purchase on the smoker’s website.
Henderson and Maslowski stated on their Kickstarter website that they would use the money raised during the campaign to complete engineering of the application and assist the tooling and testing processes, certification, and initial order fulfillment.  
According to a recent University of Toronto study of crowdfunding in the United States, Minnesota ranked third (behind New York and California) for the most Kickstarter-funded tech startups. Minnesota businesses and startups alike have turned to the crowdfunding website in the hope of raising funds–from technology startup SmartThings, to restaurants like the Birchwood Café, as well as Travail and Buttered Tin.