Kickstarter

  • 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

  • The SBrick Expands Your Lego Universe

    The SBrick Expands Your Lego Universe

    Lego (or, if you’re pedantic, LEGO) is lots of fun. Lego Mindstorms is more fun. But what if you want to go to maximum fun? That’s where the Brick comes in. This $70 brick works with regular Lego and allows you to add unique features to your models including motor controls and light handling. The device is very similar to the actual Mindstorms brain but won’t take up most of… Read More

  • Can’t Manage A Standing Desk? Meet Cubii, The Sitting Exerciser

    Can’t Manage A Standing Desk? Meet Cubii, The Sitting Exerciser

    Sitting down — and the sedentary lifestyle it encourages — is killing you, slowly but surely. The problem is, standing desks aren’t for everyone. Making the switch is a big deal. I love mine but it took a week of pain and suffering to go from seat to feet, and it still feels pretty tough on calves and soles after a full day-long standing stretch. So here’s a third… Read More

  • The Crowdfunded Hardware Ecosystem

    The Crowdfunded Hardware Ecosystem

    In the past six years crowdfunding has become a popular, if not the most popular, form of financing for hardware startups, potato salad distractions notwithstanding. Over the years we’ve seen a variety of successful crowdfunding campaigns translate early crowd love into great venture capital rounds. We’ve even seen a few, like Oculus, manage to use successful campaigns to… Read More

  • That Horrible Moment When You’re Stuck On The Bowl Without Toilet Paper

    That Horrible Moment When You’re Stuck On The Bowl Without Toilet Paper

    You’ve been there. At a friendly gathering, slowing removing yourself to take care of personal business in the restroom. Your mind wanders as you relieve yourself, only to notice but a shred of soft Charmin left on a cardboard roll. A hasty, anxious look in the cabinets and under the sink yields nothing, and creative problem solving takes over. Time is ticking. A knock at the door… Read More

  • The Super-M Is A Pocket-Sized Speaker Begging For A Beach Trip

    The Super-M Is A Pocket-Sized Speaker Begging For A Beach Trip

    With an abundance of music constantly in the palm of our hand, so too comes an abundance of portable Bluetooth speakers. The NudeAudio Super-M is the latest to join the herd, and the most recent product out of the portable speaker company. Originally, Nude sold a basic Bluetooth speaker in three sizes: small, medium, and large. The M, the medium-sized version, was the best seller by far and so… Read More