Kickstarter

  • 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

  • Kickstarter’s Big Day: $1.6M Pledged In 24 Hours

    Kickstarter’s Big Day: $1.6M Pledged In 24 Hours

    They say when it rains, it pours. That’s not usually a good thing, but when it’s raining money, things are a little different. That was the case at Kickstarter yesterday, where they had their biggest day of funding ever, beating the record set… the day before yesterday. It was also the day that marked the first Kickstarter project to break $1,000,000 in funding. And the day… Read More

  • 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