Kickstarter

  • The Bowden And Sheffield iPad Cases Are By Designers, For Designers

    The Bowden And Sheffield iPad Cases Are By Designers, For Designers

    There are about a million case vendors out there ready to hook up your iThing with the utmost in protection and style, but very few differentiate in a cool way. This Kickstarter project, however, has really caught my eye with a minimalist design and smart functionality. A company called FineGrain has recently posted their Bowden and Sheffield cases to Kickstarter with a goal of raising $20,000… Read More

  • Kickstarter Exposes 70,000 Unlaunched Projects

    Kickstarter Exposes 70,000 Unlaunched Projects

    According to the Kickstarter API blog, a bug caused 70,000 unlaunched projects to be publicly visible over the weekend, allowing folks to see goals, funding plans, and descriptions on projects that haven’t yet appeared on the site. Of the 70,000, visitors only viewed 48. The bug exposed no financial information. Read More

  • CapsulePen Is A Pen-Shaped Pill Case That May Resurrect The Pocket Protector

    CapsulePen Is A Pen-Shaped Pill Case That May Resurrect The Pocket Protector

    This is clever. A new Kickstarter project aims to disrupt the pill case market. True, it’s not the sexiest industry in the world, but it’s ripe for some disruption, since there just so happens to be a huge market for it and there’s very little, if any, differentiation between current competitors. So what is it? Well, in a few words, it’s a pill case that’s… Read More

  • Kickstarter: Turn Your iPad Into An Etch-A-Sketch

    Kickstarter: Turn Your iPad Into An Etch-A-Sketch

    Looking to relive your childhood or turn your iPad into a hackneyed political pun? You’d best get over to Ari Krupnik’s Kickstarter project. For $60 you get a red or blue case that simulates the actual Etch-A-Sketch knobs, allowing you to perform all of the deft maneuvers to which you’re accustomed. Stair steps? Easy. Long curve? Go for it. Horrible script writing? Read More

  • Kickstarter: These Nerdy Glasses Will Record Your Life

    While the use case for these glasses can quickly become quite dubious, the YouGen.tv glasses by Vergence Lab are pretty cool. Not only do they instantly change from sunglasses to clear Buddy-Holly-style specs they also record your life as it happens. Created by Jon Rodriguez and Erick Miller, the glasses will go for a $199 pledge (they’ll retail for $299) and the creators expect these… Read More

  • Cyberpunks Rejoice: Kickstarter Project Aims To Resurrect Shadowrun

    Cyberpunks Rejoice: Kickstarter Project Aims To Resurrect Shadowrun

    If you spent any time in high school thinking about ley lines and bio-implants, you were probably a Shadowrun player. The game, which petered out after a disastrous run as a PC/Xbox game in 2007, brought the high-tech of William Gibson to the magical realms of Mr. Gygax. It was, in short, pretty cool. A Kickstarter project aims to bring back all that fun in video game form, adding lots of what… Read More

  • Another Crowdfunding Player Enters The Fray: Apps Genius Launches GetFunded.com

    Another Crowdfunding Player Enters The Fray: Apps Genius Launches GetFunded.com

    This may not have been the U.S. government’s exact intention when when it passed the crowdfunding-friendly JOBS Act, but you have to wonder if it has also jumpstarted the number of crowdfunding sites out there competing for entrepreneurs’ and consumers’ attention. The latest comes from the social and mobile games developer Apps Genius — (in)famous for its scatological… Read More

  • New Crowdsourcing Launch: AskYourUsers.com Uses LinkedIn To Help You Find People For Microconsulting Projects

    New Crowdsourcing Launch: AskYourUsers.com Uses LinkedIn To Help You Find People For Microconsulting Projects

    Crowdsourcing and crowdfunding have been two of the biggest trends to affect how businesses — especially small businesses and sole traders — raise money, with sites like Kickstarter.com and in the UK Funding Circle attracting a attention for being a great way of getting backing for projects or business ideas bypassing the traditional and expensive world of bank loans in the process. Read More

  • Blinksteady: The Bike Light Apple Would Make If Apple Made Bike Lights

    Blinksteady: The Bike Light Apple Would Make If Apple Made Bike Lights

    When’s the last time you really splurged on something for your bike? The old girl gets you around town, puts up with your ridiculous maintenance regimens, and shifts and rattles in just the right way to get you up and down the hills of your hometown. Why not show her you love her and, thanks to Blinksteady, put a ring on it. The Blinksteady is the world’s smartest bike light… Read More

  • Apps Have Got Your Back

    Apps Have Got Your Back

    Who needs governments? The ongoing trend toward mobile, social and crowdsourcing apps has led to a wealth of new community-based resources that support or supplant traditional civic and government services. Think Kickstarter instead of the NEA or Canada Council. Or consider the new Circle of 6 app, which is intended to help prevent violence before it happens, by letting users reach out to… Read More

  • Kickstarter: Help Fund A Film On The Story Of Social Media

    Kickstarter: Help Fund A Film On The Story Of Social Media

    SoMe is a film about the rise (and fall?) of social media. Produced by web rabble-rouser and satirist, Loren Feldman, the film will feature Feldman’s signature puppet act (it will be cool, I promise) and interviews with and segments about web luminaries like: Julia Allison, Michael Arrington, Steve Ballmer, Henry Blodget, Chris Brogan, Robert Bruce, Paul Carr, Pete Cashmore, Brian Clark… Read More

  • Funding Circle, a Kickstarter for SMBs, Picks Up $16M From Index, Union Square Ventures

    Funding Circle, a Kickstarter for SMBs, Picks Up $16M From Index, Union Square Ventures

    Some great news for small business owners, and perhaps a sign of more crowdsourced funding coming to the U.S. soon: the UK startup Funding Circle — a Kickstarter for small businesses — has just announced that it has raised a $16 million round of funding to further build up its business of enabling non-bank lending to small businesses. The investment included participation from… Read More

  • Kickstarter Shares The Effects Of Its Blockbuster Season

    Kickstarter Shares The Effects Of Its Blockbuster Season

    February was a big month for Kickstarter. Not only did they have a number of record-breaking projects, but they were shoved into the mainstream consciousness with a flood of traditional news coverage. But there was always the question of whether these thousands of pledges would have any lasting effect on the site. Could such a rush of attention actually have negative effects, increasing… Read More

  • Mogul iPad Stand Makes Square An Elegant Option At Point-Of-Sale

    Mogul iPad Stand Makes Square An Elegant Option At Point-Of-Sale

    I usually trash any email that comes my way pitching an iPad case and/or stand. Sorry, but there are just so many of them that they really need to stand out. The Mogul, a Kickstarter project, certainly stands out and just so happens to solve a bit of a pain point, too. See, the Mogul isn’t your average iPad stand. It’s actually meant to be used as a point-of-sale module in… Read More

  • Sonastand Is A Stunning Aluminum iPhone 4 Amplifier Dock You’ll Actually Want

    Sonastand Is A Stunning Aluminum iPhone 4 Amplifier Dock You’ll Actually Want

    Kickstarter is seemingly a place where people go to make iDevice accessories. Some are hits, most are not. The Sonastand is clearly the former. Apple’s Johnny Ives would probably even approve of this one. The story goes that the Sonastand’s creators are, as one of them puts it on Reddit, two normal nerdy dudes trying to do their thing. To be honest their creation is not very novel… Read More

  • And Now There’s A Kickstarter For Porn

    And Now There’s A Kickstarter For Porn

    Well, Kickstarter, it looks like you’ve finally arrived. And I don’t just mean that you launched 27K projects, saw $99 million pledged, or attracted 30 million+ visitors last year — which equalled a sizable increase in activity on your Internets compared to the year prior. No, no, no, I mean that your winning crowdfunding model has been adopted by the adult industry. Clearly. Read More

  • Support Long-Form Journalism With This Online Kickstarter Project

    Support Long-Form Journalism With This Online Kickstarter Project

    Most Kickstarter projects are some permutation of the words iPad,iPhone,case,stand,shell, and stylus. But this project is a permutation of the words long-form, journalism, and website. The project, called #MATTER, is the brainchild of Jim Giles and Bobbie Johnson and hopes to bring thoughtful, long-form journalism to the tabletweb. Read More

  • Tabber Adds An LED Light Show To Any Guitar

    Tabber Adds An LED Light Show To Any Guitar

    Tabber is an upcoming Kickstarter project that essentially adds an LED light show to your guitar and, more importantly, allows you to learn to play chords and solos by following the lights on the fretboard. The idea is definitely not new. The Fretlight guitar beat these guys to the punch and I wonder what patent issues they will have to deal with. However, as an idea, it’s pretty ingenious. Read More

  • Kickstarter: A Bike Headlight To End All Bike Headlights

    Kickstarter: A Bike Headlight To End All Bike Headlights

    Last year I locked up my bike over on Pike street for an evening out with my friends. When I came back a few hours later, both my headlight and taillight had been stolen. What a crackhead was going to do with my budget headlight I don’t know, but the real problem was that I had to ride home in the middle of the night with no lights. Brad Geswein and Slava Menn had a friend in a… Read More

  • Draw Your Way To Salvation In The Kinect-Powered Doodle Defense Game

    Draw Your Way To Salvation In The Kinect-Powered Doodle Defense Game

    I’ve played through my share of tower defense games in my day — and have gotten hopelessly addicted to a few of them — but none really approach Andy Wallace’s Doodle Defense when it comes to execution. You see, instead of dragging and dropping pre-made parts onto a field, players must defend against invaders by drawing their own towers and obstacles on a whiteboard. Read More