Kickstarter

  • New Kickstarter Record Set As Double Fine Game Hits $400K In 8 Hours, $1M In A Day

    New Kickstarter Record Set As Double Fine Game Hits $400K In 8 Hours, $1M In A Day

    If you played PC games in the 90s, chances are you played some of Tim Schafer’s work. He worked on the Monkey Island Series and Day of the Tentacle, later going on to create such classics as Grim Fandango and Psychonauts. He recently took to Kickstarter to try and score some funding for a new point-and-click adventure game, as most publishers would consider the genre more or less… Read More

  • The Zen Table Practices Mindfulness So You Don’t Have To

    Remember those little Zen rock gardens they used to sell for desks? So you could take a minute of your busy day to contemplate the void? Thanks to the magic of Kickstarter, you can build your own automatic, desktop-based Zen garden that will rake itself into endless patterns. Read More

  • Kickstarter: Cassette, A Documentary About, You Guessed It, Cassettes

    Kickstarter: Cassette, A Documentary About, You Guessed It, Cassettes

    Those of our readers old enough to remember the 90s will almost certainly recall cassette tapes fondly. The clacky little tapes and their creaky cases have more or less disappeared from the world, and no surprise: they were fragile, limited, and sounded pretty bad. But they were also hugely empowering, and helped produce in an age of comparative consumer powerlessness the same feeling we take… Read More

  • Kickstarter: eye3, An Affordable Aerial Photography Drone

    Kickstarter: eye3, An Affordable Aerial Photography Drone

    A couple years back, I got to take part in the production of a music video being shot locally on a RED and filmed partially on board a custom helicopter build. It was interesting watching the operator and director work using the rig, but I was struck by how very specialized the copter was. Built from scratch by AerialPan Imaging, it was far from a personalized or affordable solution. A new… Read More

  • Marketing Genius: Two Twins Giggling As They Sell You Designer 3D Glasses

    If you thought Apple’s marketing squad was genius, just wait until you watch this Kickstarter video from Ingri:Dahl. If you aren’t already familiar with the “company,” which you shouldn’t be, it’s basically two sisters named Kine and Einy, and they want to sell you a 3D clip-on for your glasses. It’s actually rather clever. The girls market fashionable… Read More

  • What Witchery Is This? A Cardboard Camping Pot?

    This Kickstarter project aims to rend the very fabric of space and time. The product is a camping pot for boiling water and doing a little cooking in a pinch but get this: the pot is made of paper. The pot is completely biodegradable and folds flat in your backpack. It’s mostly designed for a single use although you can feasibly boil a few bottle-fulls of water in it over time. The foods… Read More

  • Announcing The 2011 Crunchies Finalists And Tickets On Sale Now

    Announcing The 2011 Crunchies Finalists And Tickets On Sale Now

    The nominations have been tabulated and the votes are in. Over 300,000 nominations were calculated across 20 categories. Along with our partners GigaOm and VentureBeat, we are very proud to announce the finalists for 2011’s best in technology. Voting begins now. For 2011, we’ve added some new categories. Best Location App, Best Cloud Services and Biggest Social Impact join the… Read More

  • Kickstarter: spnKiX Are Motorized Shoes – Yes, Motorized Shoes

    Kickstarter: spnKiX Are Motorized Shoes – Yes, Motorized Shoes

    Some projects you want to succeed just because they’re something the world should have. Even if they’d be expensive, dangerous, and probably not as cool as you want them to be. Case in point: spnKiX, a pair of battery-powered skates that scoot you around at up to 10MPH, and look as futuristic as they sound. They do indeed look like something from the future, though after a few hours… Read More

  • Understanding Ferrite

    This Magnetic Art Project: How Does It Work?

    While I find that I like my ferrite-based Kickstarter art projects to be a bit more automatic, the Ferrite Interactive Liquid Sculpture is still pretty cool. It’s a tube containing a Ferrofluid – a suspension of ferrite particles – that is shock-resistant enough to survive a few tumbles. You can use a magnet to create odd shapes, experience the magic fo magnetics, and you can… Read More

  • Kickstarter: Cam Crate, A Simple, Rugged, Waterproof Camera Case

    Kickstarter: Cam Crate, A Simple, Rugged, Waterproof Camera Case

    The last few times I’ve brought my camera out into the wilderness, I’ve had a few fears regarding its safety. Sure, a foam case will prevent the lens from getting scratched and so on, but what it is mauled by a bear, or we are attacked by werewolves? Most hard cases, like those from Pelican, are reliable but bulky, designed for air travel with multiple lenses, but not hiking or… Read More

  • Kickstarter: Meet Eyeboard, A Low-Cost Open Source Eye Tracker

    Kickstarter: Meet Eyeboard, A Low-Cost Open Source Eye Tracker

    I’m a little ashamed to admit that I spent the tail end of my high school career goofing off and trying desperately to appear cooler than I actually was. Fortunately for our future, people like Luis Cruz exist: this recent high school graduate designed the Eyeboard, a low-cost, open source eye tracking solution meant to make communication easier for disabled users. Read More

  • The TouchFire Chronicles: Still Life With Engineers

    The TouchFire Chronicles: Still Life With Engineers

    Editor’s Note: This week we’re running a three part series by Steven Isaac, a programmer with an amazing resume including stints at Sun, Microsoft, and even a hardware start-up that brought the first (non-portable) tablets. For years he’s dreamed of an easy-to-use device with a full keyboard that slides out when needed and, together with a designer, he built the Touchfire… Read More

  • The TouchFire Chronicles: The Year Of Bad Prototypes

    The TouchFire Chronicles: The Year Of Bad Prototypes

    Editor’s Note: This week we’re running a three part series by Steven Isaac, a programmer with an amazing resume including stints at Sun, Microsoft, and even a hardware start-up that brought the first (non-portable) tablets. For years he’s dreamed of an easy-to-use device with a full keyboard that slides out when needed and, together with a designer, he built the Touchfire… Read More

  • The TouchFire Chronicles: How Two Guys Raised $100K To Make A Magical Keyboard

    The TouchFire Chronicles: How Two Guys Raised $100K To Make A Magical Keyboard

    This week we’re running a three part series by Steven Isaac, a programmer with an amazing resume including stints at Sun, Microsoft, and even a hardware start-up that brought the first (non-portable) tablets. For years he’s dreamed of an easy-to-use device with a full keyboard that slides out when needed and, together with a designer, he built the Touchfire, a fully funded… Read More

  • Curly Cables, Where Have You Been All My Life?

    Curly Cables, Where Have You Been All My Life?

    Some of my favorite “inventions” are the simple ones. The ideas that are so obvious that we overlook them entirely. This new Kickstarter project, the Curly Cable, falls squarely into that category. Honestly, why hasn’t this been created yet? The Curly Cable is an iDevice charge/sync cord that looks an awful lot like the telephone cords of yore, when you were chained to the… Read More

  • The LandingZone: A Dock For Your Air, Handsome And Bold

    The LandingZone: A Dock For Your Air, Handsome And Bold

    This Kickstarter project has been kicking around the Internet a bit but it’s pretty cool. This is a handsome dock for your 11- or 13-inch air and includes 4 USB ports, an ethernet port, a DisplayPort, Kensington lock port, and power supply. To use it simply lock your MacBook into the LandingZone’s snug confines and start working. As a doofus who just set up a standing desk, this… Read More

  • ‘Olive’ Aims To Be The First Feature-Length Smartphone-Shot Film In Theaters

    ‘Olive’ Aims To Be The First Feature-Length Smartphone-Shot Film In Theaters

    What’s former Facebook CTO Chris Kelly doing post-Democratic Attorney General run? Why backing a feature length film shot on a smartphone of course! The film, called Olive, went up on Kickstarter today and was shot entirely using a Nokia N8 phone and a specially crafted 35mm lense. Director Hooman Khalili tells me that what differentiates Olive from other films that have tried the… Read More

  • ‘Twine’ Foreshadows A Future Where All Objects Talk To The Internet

    ‘Twine’ Foreshadows A Future Where All Objects Talk To The Internet

    Want to be notified to turn on the AC when a room reaches a certain temperature? Or when your laundry’s done? Well MIT Media Lab alumni Supermechanical have built Twine, a sleek 2.5″ rubber square which connects to Wifi and allows objects to “communicate” under certain conditions. The Twine, which reminds me of a Square from a design simplicity perspective, comes with a… Read More

  • Printrbot: A Cheap 3D Printer For You And Yours

    Based on the RepRap platform, the Printrbot is a $499 3D printer accessible to everyone. Designed to be built in a few hours, this Kickstarter project includes multiple levels of kit completion – $199, for example, gets you most of the parts except for the extruder while $500 gets you the whole caboodle. It is completely expandable and can build items 5 by 5 by 5 inches, although you… Read More

  • DIY Project Turns The Gameboy Into A Magical Musical Instrument

    DIY Project Turns The Gameboy Into A Magical Musical Instrument

    This must be the day of Kickstarter projects. This project turns an original Gameboy into a unique music instrument complete with analog controls and a stereo/mono switch. While this may be of use only to hard core knob twiddlers, but for $174 you can get a fully modded Gameboy and 6 volt power supply so you and your band can add some boops and beeps to your latest song. Read More