Timing, as they say, is everything. But that's not entirely true since "everything" is rather all-encompassing. Take for example, trying to sell a new ice cooler in the middle of winter. At first blush, the oft-repeated idiom might make sense. Then it comes time to consider the future. It will get warm again. And a cold beer (or soda) sure would be nice then. What was that about being able to sell ice to an Eskimo?
Mounting a video camera to a bicycle is nothing new. Plenty of people have recorded their two-wheeled conquests this way. A device called the Rideye even went so far as to act like a "black box" recorder for bikes in case of accidents.
The Fly6 combo taillight and HD video camera on Kickstarter figures that the greatest threats are most likely to sneak up on you from behind in the form of motorists behaving badly. The idea is to capture them on video should an incident occur.… Read more
Buried amid the graphic novels, wallets, and iPhone docks on Kickstarter, a rather odd project has blown away its funding goal. Granted, that funding goal was a whopping $8, but the "Graphing the deliciousness of a chicken burrito!" project has romped all the way up to $144.
The project comes from design student Noboru Bitoy. His promotional video involves a deadpan introduction to the project, along with an earnest piano music soundtrack. The idea is simple. He will purchase a chicken burrito at Chipotle, eat it, rate its deliciousness, and create a graph to express said deliciousness. A $1 pledge gets you digital copy of the graph. Bitoy insists he has no affiliation with Chipotle, he just chose the chain for his experiment.… Read more
When you think of a tablet stand, you probably picture a case or kickstand that props the screen up on a table for typing, movie viewing, video chats, and the like.
But what if you could position your tablet just about anywhere -- across your bed while you're lying in it, above your desk while you're standing at it, or even over your bathtub while you're soaking in it? As if you had a tireless third arm that could hold it at virtually any viewing angle.
A film funded through Kickstarter donations is making its online debut today with a cast that should bring a smile to the face of many a Joss Whedon fan.
Written and directed by Australian filmmaker Anton King, "Lust for Love" tells the tale of Astor, a man who enlists the former best friend of his lifelong crush to teach him how to attract women. As he awkwardly goes through the motions of trying to pick up women, the film promises to confront the "conceptions about love" on the part of Astor, the woman who earned his … Read more
Gaming can be a great equalizer. A 13-year-old girl can take on a 72-year-old grandfather online and never know it because they're both just characters inside a game world. All they have to do is pick up a controller and play. Quadriplegics and people with limited use of their arms and hands, however, have a greater challenge. The QuadStick on Kickstarter hopes to be a gaming gateway for folks who need a different kind of controller.
The QuadStick was inspired by the work of Ken Yankelvitz, a pioneer in building mouth-controlled joysticks and other adaptive devices. Yankelvitz is currently not taking orders for new devices due to health reasons, leaving a gap in the market for gamers who can't use traditional controllers.… Read more
Remember those telescoping toy lightsabers? You used to do battle with your siblings or friends, but nobody could ever agree on who actually won the fight. There won't be room to argue if you're using Sabertron foam swords from Kickstarter.
The glowing swords each have a health meter above the hilt, marked by strips of green, yellow, and red LED lights. When the swords strike blade-to-blade, they make a clashing sound. When the sword hits anywhere else, like on your opponent's arm, the health meter goes down. Run out of health and you lose the match.… Read more
Few things are more classic and stately than a nice, sedate set of Blue Willow plates. They exude good taste and an appreciation for history. They're the sort of plates upon which you would serve an assortment of tea sandwiches. But the Blue Willow world is now under attack. By a giant robot. Run for your lives!
Artist Don Moyer's Calamityware dinner plate Kickstarter project is turning tradition on its head with a plate that changes out the usual Blue Willow scene of two lovers for a disaster scene involving a one-eyed robot.… Read more
It's easy to forget that there's a big floating box full of people orbiting about 200 miles above us. The ISS-Above project on Kickstarter wants to be your reminder. It gives out alerts anytime the space station flies above your location, so you can wave, send a tweet to the station, or run outside to see it at night.
The brains behind ISS-Above is a Raspberry Pi system with a memory card loaded with your location information. LEDs light up to alert you to the space station's presence. There are different case options depending on the look you want your gadget to have, including some colorful 3D-printed options.… Read more
Crowdfunding sites such as Kickstarter have been helpful to many consumer device companies in getting their prototypes onto the mass production runway to retail sales. As the platform's history advances, we are seeing a number of companies that have run successful campaigns return to it with improved or updated versions of their initial campaigns.
Here are a few high-profile examples of companies that are once again courting the crowd.
HiddenRadio2. The first iteration of the HiddenRadio Bluetooth speaker lit up Kickstarter. Its campaign blew past its goal of $150,000 and raised almost $1 million. But although the HiddenRadio … Read more