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
Just because you're camping, doesn't mean you have to be uncomfortable. You could sleep on the ground like everybody else, or you could pick up a Nubé through Kickstarter. The Nubé is an advanced hammock shelter that keeps the elements outside.
The whole contraption hangs suspended off the ground with a gear holding area below the sleeping area. Slather on some blue makeup and you can pretend like you're an extra in "Avatar."… Read more
Being careless with your wallet or purse is an easy way to have your cash -- and your identity -- stolen. Here's a smart wallet that will tell you when items have been removed or not been returned promptly.
Ping is a minimalist aluminum case for your ducats, debit cards, and credit cards that links to your phone and alerts you in case of theft or loss.
There's a new crowdfunding champion in town.The Ubuntu Edge, a smartphone from Canonical that's designed to take on Apple's iPhone 5 and the Samsung Galaxy S4, hit a record for crowdfunding, reaching $10.4 million on Friday. The investment, which has been made up by thousands of Indiegogo users, has beaten out the former crowdfunding champion the Pebble smartwatch, which was able to muster $10.2 million on Kickstarter.
The Ubuntu Edge has excited the open-source community. The handset, if launched, would dual-boot Android and Ubuntu mobile, and can be converted into a full PC with … Read more
Some kids these days expect a bit more from their literary adventures than a simple book can offer. The makers of the "Choose Your Own Adventure" books are looking to modernize the format for new fans by turning the series into an interactive cartoon app. A Kickstarter project is underway to provide the funding.
The Choose 'Toons project uses the familiar format of a second-person adventure with various crossroads where the decisions you make impact the outcome of the story. The first story, scheduled to be released as an iOS app, involves a child who finds a robot named Gus.… Read more
After closing out its Kickstarter campaign for $150,000 with a whopping $1,109,351, the Virtuix Omni gaming treadmill -- a round, concave treadmill designed to let you walk and run around in a virtual gaming environment -- is now up for preorder.
It doesn't come with the Kickstarter early-bird pricing, where $399 scored backers a fully assembled Omni. The peripheral comes in two packages: the Virtuix Omni Natural Motion Interface for $499, which includes the treadmill, belt, studded shoes, and tracking hardware and software; and the Virtuix Omni Duel Package for $1,019, which includes two treadmills and belts and three pairs of shoes. The delivery date is estimated to be March 2014, compared with January 2014 for Kickstarter backers. … Read more
Remember books? Neither do I. Apparently they were analog text on dry cellulose pulp. You held them in both hands and it was all very quaint.
Some of us still have residual muscle memory for holding books. What if you could hold another lingering technology of yesteryear -- the keyboard -- like a book?