Kickstarter

  • UK Engineers 3D Print Their Own Raspberry Pi Laptop

    UK Engineers 3D Print Their Own Raspberry Pi Laptop

    Is there anything a robotic system for the extrusion of plastic in to solid forms over time can’t do? We present to you today the Pi-Top, a Raspberry Pi-based laptop that is completely 3D-printed and lasts hours on a single charge. The kit, which will launch as a Kickstarter soon, offers a 13.3-inch screen and a little keyboard and trackpad combo for data entry. Viola! A little open… Read More

  • Kickstarter Updates Terms Of Use Section Related To Failed Projects

    Kickstarter Updates Terms Of Use Section Related To Failed Projects

    Popular crowdfunding destination Kickstarter updated its Terms of Use today to clarify what specifically needs to happen if a project runs into trouble and creators are unable to deliver. The terms changes come on the heels of new FTC rules which state how online retailers now have to abide by a 30-day shipping requirement, or refund customers payments if the customer doesn’t consent… Read More

  • Screamy Is A Little Box That Screams When Your Drone Is Lost

    Screamy Is A Little Box That Screams When Your Drone Is Lost

    If you’re lucky enough to live in a place where your drone can fly free among the trees and bushes and, more important, you’ve lost your drone in those selfsame trees and bushes, Screamy is for you. It’s a tiny box that connects to your drone via the control module and allows you to signal when the drone is down, a sort of MedicAlert bracelet for your quadcopter. It’s up… Read More

  • Seatylock Turns Your Seaty Into A Locky

    Seatylock Turns Your Seaty Into A Locky

    Do you value your bikey? Seatylock wantsy to helpy. This Brooklyn-based Kickstarter aims to help cyclists solve two perennial problems: the lack of solid, heavy-duty bike locks that are also portable and the tendency of snarfers to sniff and even steal bicycle seats. The lock itself folds into the specially designed seat and falls out when you take the seat off. You can then wrap the metal… Read More

  • Canviz Lets You Put Animated GIFs On Your Wall

    Canviz Lets You Put Animated GIFs On Your Wall

    Boring old pictures are, without a doubt, boring. That’s why there’s Canviz. Designed by artists to allow them to share animated photographs and graphics, Canviz is a “museum grade” screen for your wall. Writes the creator, MM Waters: This project began with an idea my wife had. She wanted to create living portraits of ourselves, places we go, things we do… Read More

  • Haven Keeps Your Doors Locked Without Keys

    Haven Keeps Your Doors Locked Without Keys

    Here’s a clever solution to keeping your door locked: It’s called Haven and it attaches to the floor and the doorframe. To open your door, you simply disengage the floor attachment and open it normally. There are no locks to pick or deadbolts to crack, simply because you don’t need to use those to keep the door closed. Created by Alex Bertelli, former Army man turned… Read More

  • An Interview With The Potato Salad King Of Ohio, Zack Danger Brown

    An Interview With The Potato Salad King Of Ohio, Zack Danger Brown

    It’s rare to meet a comedy genius at a Tee Jaye’s Country Place in Columbus, Ohio, but that’s just what I did when I sat down for breakfast with Zack Danger Brown, the guy who blew up the Internet a few weeks ago with his exciting potato salad Kickstarter. Brown has rocketed to fortune and glory thanks to his gag and is now (potentially) going to give a talk at SXSW and… Read More

  • Movpak Electric Backpack Skateboard

    The Movpak Is An Electric Skateboard That Folds Into A Backpack

    For those with a long commute to work, the hardest part can be the last mile between getting off of the subway or train and walking to the office. The Movpak is an electric skateboard built into a full-size backpack, designed to make that final stretch a bit less of a hassle without making you pay up for a ride through a car-sharing service. Read More

  • DrinkMate Is A Tiny, Plug-In Breathalyzer For Android Devices

    DrinkMate Is A Tiny, Plug-In Breathalyzer For Android Devices

    Devices that plug into smartphones to augment the built-in sensors with additional smarts are continuing to make their way to market, many fueled by crowdfunding. Here’s another contender aiming to extend the capability of Android smartphones: a teeny breathalyzer called DrinkMate, currently seeking $40,000 on Kickstarter to make it to market by December. Read More

  • Hardware Crowdfunding: Where The Venture Dollars Flow

    Hardware Crowdfunding: Where The Venture Dollars Flow

    Crowdfunding dollars are only one source of capital for hardware startups. The other source, the one that gets even more attention, is venture capital. In the years since Kickstarter came into the world, venture investing in hardware has gone from non-existent to mainstream. Read More

  • A Fancy Cooler Has Stolen The Title Of Most-Funded Kickstarter Project From Pebble

    A Fancy Cooler Has Stolen The Title Of Most-Funded Kickstarter Project From Pebble

    Arguably, Pebble and its record-breaking Kickstarter project woke the slumbering giant that is the smartwatch device category. It should follow, then, that by this time next year we’ll be seeing Android-powered smart coolers from Samsung, LG and every OEM under the sun flooding the market, given that the Coolest Cooler has now knocked the Pebble from its vaunted pedestal, with over… Read More

  • Bublcam 360 Degree Spherical Camera

    Hands-On With Bublcam’s Spherical Video Camera

    We had Bublcam CEO Sean Ramsay stop by the office to show off the current version of the device, which is available for preorder for $579. In our demo, we used the Bublcam to stream a live video, take a selfie, and record footage from around the office. Operating the camera with one button is easy once you know how long you need to press it for each function, and the color-changing LEDs let… Read More

  • The Original Night Trap Programmers Want To Release A New Version Of The Campy Classic

    The Original Night Trap Programmers Want To Release A New Version Of The Campy Classic

    Night Trap was released in 1992 for the Sega CD and the horror survival title was one of the most divisive and notorious games ever made. Now the original creators want to re-release the title in beautiful HD, a move that should send gamers of a certain age into a tizzy. The game was one of the first to use digital video, and told the story of a group of co-eds trapped in a house of horrors. Read More

  • The Bolstr Bag Is A Gadget Toter’s Best Friend

    The Bolstr Bag Is A Gadget Toter’s Best Friend

    We rarely talk about bags on TC these days (except during Bag Week) but here’s a crowdfunding project that I think would be perfect for all of us multi-phone, laptop-toting nerdotrons. Call the Bolstr, this U.S.-made bag is small enough to be unobtrusive and not fancy enough to rank as a true murse. Created by Cleveland native Jay Yoo, the thin back features pockets for all your… Read More

  • AirEnergy Is An Upgradable Wind Turbine You Can Keep In A Backpack

    AirEnergy Is An Upgradable Wind Turbine You Can Keep In A Backpack

    Have you ever wanted to become a self-sufficient hermit, living off the grid and generating all your own energy? Well you can stop drying out and burning your number-twos because here comes AirEnergy 3D. This Polish crowdfunding project is a compact, portable, and upgradable wind turbine that consists of blades and a base station. Created by the folks at Omni3D, a 3D printer manufacturer… Read More

  • WTF
    Kickstarter Serves Up Potato Salad By The Numbers

    Kickstarter Serves Up Potato Salad By The Numbers

    The now famous potato salad Kickstarter project closed this weekend with a total of $55,492 from 6,911 backers. Kickstarter crunched the campaign numbers in a blog post today and found the majority of those backers came from California or Columbus, Ohio (both at just over 17 percent). Read More

  • The Hug, A Water Bottle Sensor And App, Helps You Stay Hydrated

    The Hug, A Water Bottle Sensor And App, Helps You Stay Hydrated

    Everyone knows they should be drinking more water to stay healthy and hydrated, but actually remembering to do so can be a challenge. In fact, 43% of Americans drink four cups or fewer per day, according a 2012 study from the Center for Disease Control. That’s where The Hug, now on Kickstarter, comes in. The Hug solution includes a sensor band that wraps around just about any water bottle… Read More

  • Fitle Will Let You Try Clothes On A 3D Avatar Of Yourself

    Fitle Will Let You Try Clothes On A 3D Avatar Of Yourself

    When Charles Nouboue was in business school, he found he had little time to shop during regular store hours. But shopping online proved to be hard. “It’s difficult to find exactly what you want to buy,” Nouboue said. “It’s very complicated to find the right size.” That’s why he and his partner, Gaetan Rougevin-Baville, recently launched a… Read More

  • The Modbook Pro X Turns Your Retina MacBook Pro Into A Graphics Tablet

    The Modbook Pro X Turns Your Retina MacBook Pro Into A Graphics Tablet

    Modbook has been making tablets out of Mac portables for years, combining the Apple computers with Wacom digitizers to let digital artists have all-in-one graphics-creating powerhouses that run full OS X software and come with ample pressure sensitivity. Now, the company’s latest effort incorporates the Retina MacBook Pro, and it’s turning to Kickstarter to fund this effort that… Read More

  • The Vocca Light Switch Is A Modern-Day Clapper

    The Vocca Light Switch Is A Modern-Day Clapper

    Smart bulbs, like the ones that come with the Philips Hue lighting system, are pretty cool… until you realize that physically flipping the switch is sometimes faster than unlocking your phone, opening the right app, and controlling the light through your mobile device. But what if you could achieve the same connectivity-based cool factor with the speed and ease of simply flipping a switch? Read More