Haptix is a compact 3D motion sensor that turns any flat area into a multitouch surface. It could help do away with the traditional keyboard as well as the mouse.
It can be hard to stand out in a crowd, but a bright, animated wearable LED panel should help you get noticed. The Fos on Kickstarter is a fabric panel with Velcro strips. It weighs less than a golf ball and can be attached to clothing, backpacks, or just about anything else you can think to stick it on.
The Fos receives its animated display instructions wirelessly from your smartphone. It is geared for active people. Runners can display their heart rate. Bicyclists can display their speeds. Imagine seeing all the riders in the Tour de France kitted out with these.… Read more
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- A single-serving Tumblr dedicated to the worst Kickstarter campaigns ever.
- Wait, what? Yahoo tops Google in US traffic.
- NYC programmer turns homeless man into startup experiment.
- SXSW in a nutshell: homeless people as hot spots.
Some actors do everything they can to distance themselves from the roles that made them famous in order to avoid typecasting. Peter Mayhew, the actor who portrayed Chewbacca in "Star Wars," has embraced the legend. He attends fan conventions, often wears Chewbacca-themed shirts, and walks with the aid of a lightsaber cane, much to the chagrin of the TSA.
Filmmaker W. Ryan Ziegler has launched a Kickstarter project, "Standing in the Stars," aimed at raising $42,000 to make a documentary on Mayhew, giving fans a rare peek into the life of the man who brought the big furry Wookiee to life.… Read more
Way back in October 2012, I told you about the ReadyCase, an Indiegogo project for an iPhone case with seven handy built-in tools.
Because I was in the market for a new case for my 4S, I decided to fund it, even though it meant waiting until production began in February.
I ended up waiting quite a bit longer; various delays pushed the shipping date back and back, resulting in no small number of extremely angry backers (as evidenced by the comments on the project page). But a few days ago, my ReadyCase finally arrived. Was it worth the wait?… Read more
If you plan to fund the creation of a genetic hybrid on Kickstarter, you can no longer offer it to backers as a reward. The Web site has added a new term to its guidelines stating that "projects cannot offer genetically modified organisms as a reward."
The new rule came into effect after the successful funding of Glowing Plants, a project to modify Arabidopsis and rose plants with firefly and luminescent bacteria DNA so they would glow in the dark, providing a natural light source. The project, created by trained biologists, offered the seeds of the plant, if … Read more
In a perfect world, everyone would have a seat on public transportation, but sometimes you're packed in like sardines on a bus or crammed in sideways into a mass of humanity on a subway. In those instances, you usually end up hanging onto a handrail.
Justin Choy has dealt with too many similar situations, so he invented the Rail Reach and launched it as a Kickstarter project that some people will find practical and others will find amusing. It's a foldable device that attaches to a handrail to keep your hands off the surface and make riding a crowded bus more comfortable.… Read more
For those who have been patiently waiting for a sous vide cooker to come down to the realm of the everyday budget, a quickly funded Kickstarter project might just be the answer. The Sansaire is an affordable solution for those looking to dive into the relatively new method of sous vide cooking. Judging by the campaign reaching 4.5 times its funding goal only about halfway through the period, it's probably safe to say that many have been waiting for just this opportunity.
No batteries, no switches, no power cords... The Dino Pet night light is a toy that's actually alive. It's not going to walk or talk, of course, but it's filled with living bioluminescent algae, or dinoflagellates, that allow it to glow in the dark.
The idea is that the Dino Pet, currently seeking funding on Kickstarter, is actually a dino pet -- a dinosaur-shaped toy filled with dinoflagellates that needs to be "fed" with sunlight to allow it to glow brilliantly at night. It could be used as a biology teaching tool, as well as a friendly presence to keep the nighttime monsters at bay. … Read more