Kickstarter

  • The GoPano: A Panoramic Lens System For The iPhone

    There are quite a few panoramic apps for the iPhone but they all require a steady hand, lots of patience and, most important, you can only take still photos. The GoPano aims to solve that by adding a panoramic mirror to the iPhone’s video camera, thereby allowing you to take panoramic video in real time. The GoPano simply snaps onto your iPhone and the included app does the rest. As… Read More

  • Kickstarter: Coffee Joulies Are Temperature Regulators For Your Java

    Some people love the hot coffee. Love the hot. People order their americanos “extra hot” so the baristas will put out water at higher than the 180 degrees they aim at. Madness! Personally, I have to let it cool down a bit — but ideally, you want to drink the coffee as soon as possible to get the full flavor. Enter the Coffee Joulie. Read More

  • The iChair: You Know, A Chair For Your iPad

    If you’re not familiar with the famed iChair line then you’re in for a treat. The iChair is basically a case with a little chair stuck to it. When you’re ready to stand your iPhone or 1st gen iPad up on your desk you can be all like “BAM! CHAIR ACTIVATE!” (not really) and you’ve got an iPad or iPhone that’s standing the freak up by itself. Read More

  • Kickstarter: The Cosmonaut Stylus Treats Tablets Like Whiteboards, Not Paper (and that's awesome)

    Kickstarter is really the go-to place for all things iPad/iPhone. If you have a random case you wanna sell, put it up on Kickstarter. It’s kind of a running joke with us right now because of the sheer amount of iPad products on the site. But the Cosmonaut is different. It’s actually clever. Tablet users should understand the benefit here. Writing on an iPad isn’t like writing… Read More

  • Wanna Be A Movie Producer? Just Give $250 To Jon Heder & Nick Peterson On Kickstarter

    A couple weeks ago, we noted an interesting new project that had popped up on Kickstarter: an animated short film by Nick Peterson and Jon Heder. Heder, of course, is an actor known for his roles in Blades of Glory, Mama’s Boy, and yes, Napoleon Dynamite. He clearly could have funded this project himself, but he and Peterson decided to give Kickstarter a try to raise the $27,000 required… Read More

  • The Loog Three-Stringed Guitar: You Know, For Kids

    Another day, another three-stringed guitar on Kickstarter. This instrument comes to us courtesy of Rafael Atijas and started out as a thesis project at NYU. It is a simple, 3-string guitar for kids that is tuned to open chords and allows you to strum up and down the neck without having to perform many fretting maneuvers. The guitar comes unassembled and includes an instruction book. The… Read More

  • The Meglio iPad Stand Is Great For The Can

    Another day, another iPad handle from Kickstarter. However, I think this one, the Meglio, is special for one reason and one reason only – it’s creator Salman Paracha has allowed us to finally admit where we all use our iPads the most: in the bathroom. Read More

  • LetterMPress Kickstarter Project Is An Early Sign Of The New iPad Direction

    Perhaps the most beautiful Kickstarter project I have ever seen (sorry RoboCop statue) LetterMPress is a virtual letterpress app for the iPad, created by designer and typographer John Bonadies. Already in prototype, Bonadies is seeking $15,000 to release the world’s first tablet letterpress envirnoment, aiming for the end of the summer. LetterMPress allows you to arrange type on the… Read More

  • Gosh! Even Napoleon Dynamite Is Now Using Kickstarter

    I love Kickstarter. It’s maybe the best enabler site ever. In the short time it has been around, we’ve gotten everything from open source Facebook “killers” to iPod nano watches to RoboCop Statues. But one of the aspects of the service with the most potential is movie funding. A few of these projects have popped up already, and it apparently caught the eye of… Read More

  • Kickstarter: Glyde And Orbit Are Stabilizing Solutions For Your iPhone Videos

    When you use a phone to take video, one of the major issues that makes that video look bad is that you’re unable to keep the image steady or straight. Tiny variations in inclination or rotation lead to ugly compression problems like skew, and anyway the image looks best when it’s stationary due to the H264 codec algorithms. You could, of course, put together a simple steadicam with… Read More

  • Detroit Needs A Statue of RoboCop! Best Kickstarter Project Yet.

    When it comes to things the city of Detroit needs, there’s undoubtely a pretty long list. And if there is an official version of such a list, I’m pretty sure that a statue of RoboCop isn’t on it. But that’s dumb. It totally should be. And that’s exactly why God invented the Internet. How is this tech-related? First of all, RoboCop is tech. He’s probably the… Read More

  • Kickstarter: Wüdskins – Protective Bamboo & Aluminum iPad Case

    On the lookout for some easy karma? Head over to Kickstarter and help make this bamboo iPad case a reality. These four women are looking for $10,000 to bring their actually clever case to the market. The Wüdskins case use bamboo and aluminum to encase a first-gen iPad in a solid and functional case. Sure, it’s a bit bulky and probably somewhat heavy, but you can’t argue against… Read More

  • Help Make This Wild Braille Watch A Reality


    David Chavez has a dream. He wants to build this wild-looking Braille watch that shows the time by moving little rotating dots along the face to spell out the numbers in Braille. Even if you’re not visually impaired, you have to appreciate the ingenuity and usability this watch, called the Haptica, has to offer. The project is up on Kickstarter now, so pop over and pre-order if… Read More

  • YouHelp launches as a Kickstarter-for-NGOs

    It’s about time that somebody took the highly efficient Kickstarter crowdfunding model, added a dash of gaming metrics, and applied it to something that’s purely about benefiting society. This is great. YouHelp, a recently launched Austrian startup, is doing just that. It enables users to create “challenges” that benefit certain NGOs or participate in ongoing social… Read More

  • 33Needs Brings Crowdsourced Funding To Social Startups

    The crowdsourced funding craze is picking up steam. Tonight we see the launch of 33needs, a site where socially-minded startups can raise initial seed funding from individual contributors on the Web. It is Kiva meets Kickstarter. Social startups post their “needs” in terms of how much money they are looking to raise, what problems they are going to solve and how they are going to… Read More

  • Kickstarter: The aTrackt Improves Apple’s Keyboard And Trackpad Ergonomics

    I wasn’t convinced this particular project was worth its salt, but a little reflection convinced me. I don’t use Apple’s dainty little desk accessories — I always go back to a nice, meaty mechanical keyboard and high-performance mouse, because Apple’s keyboards are like toys and the trackpad is no good for gaming. But hey, some people like ‘em. The trouble… Read More

  • Kickstarter: The Rustic Case for iPad and Kindle 3 Is A Handmade Must-Have

    Show me a handmade device case like this one from Kickstarter, and I’ll show you the money. I love ‘em. The DODOcase is a prime example. High-quality material, a SanFran-based labor force, and honest marketing. Btw, we have a big DODOcase giveaway coming next week for Valentine’s Day. You’re going to love it. The Rustic Case for iPad and Kindle 3 is from the same thread. Read More

  • PadPivot Nearing $40k In Kickstarter Funding, Shipping To Europe Now Possible

    PadPivot hit Kickstarter with the force of dodgeball thrown by a fat kid. The novel tablet stand quickly hit its $10,000 funding goal and kept climbing. As of this post’s writing, the project is a couple hundred shy of $40,000 with 51 days remaining in its Kickstarter funding round. Initially the PadPivot pre-orders were only going to ship within North America. This caused more than a… Read More

  • The mBrace, A Handy Handle For Your MacBook On Kickstarter


    I don’t know about you guys, but I get a sort of pang every time I pull my MacBook Pro out of my bag; I mean, the screen portion is so thin, and I have to grip it pretty hard to lift that 5-pound mother out of there, I’m afraid I’m going to bust a few pixels one of these days. This Kickstarter project adds a handle to the rear end of your Mac laptop so that never has to happen. Read More

  • Kickstarter: The PadPivot Might Be The First True Universal, Multi-Function Tablet Stand

    That about does it. The PadPivot must be the last novel idea in tablet stands. Shut down the Chinese design factories. This seems to address the entire market’s needs and more. Not only does the PadPivot do multi-angle, table-top tablet mounting and holding, but the contoured shape is designed for legs, too. Most tablet users can attest, this is the most common usage location anyway. Read More