We all know recycling is better than stuffing landfills full of obsolete electronics, but items like bulky old CRT computer monitors and televisions can be challenging to reuse. Fireclay Tile has found a creative way to grind that old glass into a product that will look good in your home.
So, this thing is happening right now. A team from Occidental, Calif., is trying to raise $500 on Indiegogo to build a professional-quality Kickstarter campaign to fund their idea.
What's their idea? We don't know. They haven't specified. Probability is high it's an elaborate joke, especially since it's filed under "Comic" (the closest the site gets to "Comedy") and includes phrases such as "Follow the rules, exchange widgets for wallops, set up social-media sites to self monitor, and determine to make yourself better than others -- borrow if necessary." … Read more
Sometimes, you just want to wander and not worry about maps or staring at a GPS screen. That's where a GPS data logger comes in handy. You let it handle the chore of remembering where you've been.
The GPS Cookie runs on two AAA batteries and records data onto a microSD card you supply. It records data, time, and location to track your routes, letting you build up a history of your movements. That data can then be imported into Google Earth so you can visualize your travels.… Read more
World of Warcraft may be the gold standard of massively multiplayer online role-playing games, but it's mostly about monsters, warriors, and physical battles. Sometimes you just want to cut your enemies down with a well-timed bit of gossip. If that sounds more your speed, then you should check out Ever, Jane, an MMO raising funds on Kickstarter.
You choose a proper English gentleman or lady as your avatar and move about through a world of high-stakes ball invitations, gossip, and curtsies. It's all about building up your reputation and status while subtly tearing down others without getting caught.… Read more
Matt Hornbuckle and Kirk Keel have had it with ill-fitting men's shirts, and they're taking matters into their own hands.
The co-founders of New Jersey-based e-commerce startup Stantt want long-sleeve button-ups to move past the limits of generic small, medium, and large sizes and into the realm of the customized perfect fit. So they've launched a Kickstarter campaign that promises to deliver casual shirts that "fit like they're tailored for you."
"You know that feeling of putting on your favorite suit? That empowered, I feel f'ing awesome feeling? We want you to feel that great every day in everything you wear, and the first step to that is an amazing fit," reads the description for Stantt's campaign.
From whence does that fit come? From technology. … Read more
Neurio Home Intelligence is a technology that helps you understand your energy usage and automate your home appliances. It's like a Belkin WeMo Insight Switch for your entire home. It started as a university project, and led to the creation of Vancouver-based startup Energy Aware Technology Inc. Then the team took their concept to Kickstarter, launching a campaign on October 16. The funding period doesn't end until November 15, but backers have already pledged well over its original $95,000 (CAD) goal. So, with over $125,000 pledged thus far, I don't think we've heard the … Read more
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- These brilliant wackos are reenacting "Back to the Future" on Twitter.
- How do you prove to someone you just met that you don't have an STD? With an app, of course.
- Lock8: a smart lock to keep your bike from being stolen.
- Is Google building a hulking floating data center in SF Bay?
- San Francisco's bay barge mystery: Floating data center or Google Glass store?.
Silly headlines aside, Alone is a pretty interesting idea for a game. Currently in development for the Oculus Rift, it looks like it's going to embody the sort of subtle, creeping horror we love best.
The setting is actually a lounge room. When you put the headset on, you'll be transported to a couch where you'll be sitting playing a fictional horror first-person shooter (FPS) video game called The Witching Hour, while a wild, windy night rages outside. Sounds like a lovely evening at home, snug inside, maybe even with a nice blanket tucked around your lap.
Except something's not quite right.… Read more
Unhappy leaving animated GIFs relegated to the Internet, a duo from Brooklyn, N.Y., wants to turn them into coaster-sized cards that play when you angle them back and forth.
You might have seen something similar on souvenir postcards or movie posters, but designers Rachel Binx and Sha Hwang who launched a new Kickstarter project called Gifpop!, see the 70-some-odd-year-old lenticular film technology as a business opportunity.
The project, which has already raised more than twice its minimum goal of $5,000, aims to turn GIFs as well as videos from Vine and Instagram into printed cards that can play … Read more
Getting up to mischief could get a lot easier if the Wads Kickstarter project flies. No more hunting for straws from the cafeteria. No more disassembling complex pens just to get at the plastic barrel. Wads is made for writing. And it's made for launching spitwads.
Innovation like this doesn't come cheap. A Wads pen pledge costs $10, but it also includes a 10-pack of Wads Nerf-like ammunition, so you can target practice without having to generate your own spit-soaked paper lumps.… Read more