Kickstarter

  • iPhone Connected Home Smart Dock Lumawake Regroups After Kickstarter Rejection, Begins Pre-Orders Today

    iPhone Connected Home Smart Dock Lumawake Regroups After Kickstarter Rejection, Begins Pre-Orders Today

    Lumawake, an innovative iPhone dock designed to work with both 30-pin and lightning dock connectors, today kicks off its own pre-orders in a self-run crowdfunding attempt to bring its product to market. The team faced rejection from Kickstarter but now it’s back, and the team tells me they’re confident that going it alone in the manner of App.net and Lockitron will help make sure… Read More

  • Backed Or Whacked: The Ad Blocker And The Beat Rocker Hit Kickstarter

    Backed Or Whacked: The Ad Blocker And The Beat Rocker Hit Kickstarter

    Editor’s note: Ross Rubin is principal analyst at Reticle Research and writer for Engadget. His column examines crowdfunded products that have either met or missed their funding goals. Designers of innovative high-tech products often face a dilemma between two of Kickstarter’s more popular categories. Should they mix in with the host of camera stabilizers, video dollies and… Read More

  • Kickstarter: Spark Connects Your Lightbulbs To The Internets

    Kickstarter: Spark Connects Your Lightbulbs To The Internets

    The Internet is a many-splendored thing. For some it is a fount of knowledge and others a fount of porn. But for those with the Spark, it is a fount of illumination. Minnesota-based Spark is a project that connects lightbulbs to the Internet. By adding a dongle between the lamp and the bulb, you can turn on lights in any room almost anywhere in the world. Want to try it? Go here and Tweet… Read More

  • Projecteo Portable Projector Is The Natural Nostalgic Companion To Instagram

    Projecteo Portable Projector Is The Natural Nostalgic Companion To Instagram

    A new Kickstarter project getting underway today brings your Instagram photos to the way-back world of home picture projection, in a small, adorable package that suits perfectly the faux-vintage feel of Instagram photography. Projecteo is a very small slide film projector, which works with Instagram photos, by placing them on a single frame of 35mm Kodak film, with nine pics assembled on each. Read More

  • Kickstarter: Release Your Inner James Bond With These High-Tech Linear Watches

    Kickstarter: Release Your Inner James Bond With These High-Tech Linear Watches

    High-tech watches are, arguably, a dime-a-dozen. But the Division Furtive electro-mechanical watch is something special. Built using a series of Swiss micro-motors (or LEDs), the face displays the time by moving little indicators along a sliding scale. You can see the day, date, time, day of week, time zone, phase of the moon, and a chronometer (along with a battery indicator) on a face that… Read More

  • The Tiggly Educational App Lets Babies Learn Shapes On Your Expensive Tablet

    The Tiggly Educational App Lets Babies Learn Shapes On Your Expensive Tablet

    Tiggly is a toy for kids who might be past the “teethe on your iPad” and just below the “I want to play the birds game” stages of mental development. Designed by a parent, Steve Miller of Cambridge, MA, the system includes three little shapes and a set of apps that allow kids to interact with shapes, colors, and animals on the screen. Read More

  • Crowdfunding Site Kickstarter Kicks Off U.K.-Based Projects From Today, Eyeing Other International Launches

    Crowdfunding Site Kickstarter Kicks Off U.K.-Based Projects From Today, Eyeing Other International Launches

    Crowdfunding site Kickstarter has kicked off the launch of U.K.-based projects today. The move marks the first time Kickstarter projects will be able to be built around bank accounts located outside of the U.S. — making it easier for U.K.-based users to list and fund their projects as they can now enter payment info directly on Kickstarter, rather than via Amazon Payments. Read More

  • Backed or Whacked: Kick the Cook

    Backed or Whacked: Kick the Cook

    Companies keep trying to affix touchscreens to our refrigerators and develop more infomercial-friendly variations of the blender, but the kitchen still remains a relatively low-tech sanctuary. Even as we hurtle toward a Wall-E-era existence of complete automation and leisure, the simple joys of preparing a meal in one’s own kitchen can be invigorating. And while Kickstarter has begun… Read More

  • Is Your Game Crowd-Ready?

    Is Your Game Crowd-Ready?

    Several people have contacted me and asked whether such-and-such a game would work with crowdfunding, or whole sectors. Could educational games benefit from crowdfunding, for example. Or what about game-like projects, or gaming hardware innovations? The answers to these questions have little to do with the product itself. They are driven by what I call marketing stories. Read More

  • Dock+ Aims To Keep Things Simple And Give Your iPhone 5 The Lightning Support It Needs

    Dock+ Aims To Keep Things Simple And Give Your iPhone 5 The Lightning Support It Needs

    A new Kickstarter project launching today wants to be the first officially licensed iPhone 5 dock, and possibly the last one you’ll ever need for Lightning-bearing. The Dock+ comes with Lightning support built in, and has an application in with Apple’s MFI program and has been engineered from the ground-up to meet Apple’s requirements for its authorized hardware partners. Read More