• The Isostick Makes A Mockery Of Optical Disk Hegemony

    The Isostick Makes A Mockery Of Optical Disk Hegemony

    In the old days, you used to have to put something called “optical media” into a “DVD drive” to install software and operating systems. Those days are long over thanks to an odd little USB key called the Isostick. Although the project doesn’t officially exist – it’s almost funded on Kickstarter – the IsoStick promises to allow you to load any… Read More

  • The Astroclip Is An iPhone 4 Clip For Astrophotography

    The Astroclip Is An iPhone 4 Clip For Astrophotography

    Amateur stargazers and peeping toms, this one is for you. The AstroClip promises to mount an iPhone 4 to any telescope with a 1.25-inch eyepiece for easy astrophotography. An iPhone 4 simply snaps into the injection molded case and then three set screws secures the case to most telescope eyepieces. This opens up all sorts of fun photography projects: shooting the moon and stars, the lady in… Read More

  • Kickstarter Celebrates Its 10,000th Successful Project And $75M In Pledges

    Kickstarter Celebrates Its 10,000th Successful Project And $75M In Pledges

    Crowd-funding website Kickstarter has put up an interesting retrospective post today in honor of their 10,000th successfully-funded project (an Ohio band putting together a 7″ if you’re curious). We were privy to some of these numbers (or their predecessors, anyway) when co-founder Yancey Stickler and some successful project creators took to the stage at Disrupt NYC, but now… Read More

  • Kickstarter: Pen Type A, For The Minimalist Pen-Lover

    Kickstarter: Pen Type A, For The Minimalist Pen-Lover

    I love me some writing implements. Not that I use them so much, but when I do use them, I don’t want some greasy Bic and a piece of copy paper. If I’m going to use my hand to control a marking instrument and scratch out glyphs on a piece of crushed tree flesh, by god I want to do it with dignity. I’ve been a big fan of Muji’s 0.38 ballpoint for years, but they actually… Read More

  • The Move Lets You Wear Your iPhone Sans Straps, Look Like Tony Stark

    The Move Lets You Wear Your iPhone Sans Straps, Look Like Tony Stark

    Three things come to mind when I look at the Move, a Kickstarter project that lets you attach an iPhone to your clothes without any sort of straps, velcro, or magnets: “We are the Borg. You will be assimilated.” “The Arc Reactor, from AT&T and Stark Technologies. Now with 3G support and streaming cat videos.” “… what are the odds that I’m cool… Read More

  • Josh Harris Takes His Wired City To Kickstarter

    For the past year, Josh Harris has been trying to get funding for his Wired City concept. It’s a crowdsourced Internet TV station where all the viewers are also the broadcasters, multicasting to each other and the World Wide Web. Harris once told me that all he needed was $50 million to build it. I suggested he might want to start with a smaller, less expensive piece of it to prove… Read More

  • Kid-Tested, Grant Imahara Approved: Hexbrite Open Source Flashlight

    You know you’ve got a winner when Mr. Mythbuster himself, Grant Imahara, is actually excited about your product. The Hexbrite is an open source flashlight that comes in 350 and 500 lumens models. It’s USB rechargeable and, oddly, USB programmable. What does that mean? Nothing, yet, but the idea is pretty cool. Read More

  • Kickstarter: Triggertrap Universal Camera Trigger

    While most of us are satisfied with pressing the shutter release button on our cameras in order to take a picture, creative photographers use many methods to do it, from remotes to time-lapse rigs to tethered laptops. But many of these methods are complex, expensive, or both. This Kickstarter project aims to provide an affordable, hackable, and universal tool for telling your camera… Read More

  • The Infinite Loop Tablet Holder: Actually A Cool Idea

    Another day, another Kickstarter project. This time we have the Infinite Loop (lawsuit pending), a unique, looping tablet stand that allows you to stick your iPad, Kindle, or Xoom in almost any position – even over a car headrest. We then set about working through many different concepts and through this process it was found that the more versatile the design became, the more simple… Read More

  • The Opena iPhone 4 Case Hides/Showcases Your Drinking Habit

    Cool kids carry bottle openers on their key chain. But who has a key chain anymore? Furthermore, why do they need to drink and drive. Enter Opena, the Kickstarter-funded bottle opener iPhone 4 case. Yep, jump on the bandwagon now, save $10 off the retail cost in the process and reserve your spot as a cool kid from the future. There really isn’t any magic here. The Opena case simply has… Read More

  • DIY Geodesic Dome On Kickstarter

    Need a place to hide out when the apocalypse comes? Why not try a DIY geodesic dome! This Kickstarter project offers a $99 10-foot geodesics kit or a 14-foot model for $189. This isn’t really about shelter as much as it is about fun. I’ll let the folks at Effalo explain: Read More

  • LusionBloom: A Magnetic Vase For Your Next Weird Cocktail Party

    In the old days, pole-shaping meant something completely different. However, now it is a technique for attaching multiple arms to each other at odd angles that allows them to remain upright with a load without falling. The LusionBloom is a nice example of pole shaping and, more important, is a freaking vase that tilts to the side while keeping flowers and water upright. Perfect for… Read More

  • Help Save Aunt Beru And Uncle Owen's Homestead And Get A Nice Watch

    Uncle Owen! Aunt Beru! Uncle Owen! The Lars Homestead is the actual building used during the filming of Star Wars and it still exists – in a considerably diminished state – in Tunisia. The igloo house is now falling apart but a group of dedicated film buffs – and one watchmaker – want to return the home to its original, super sci-fi state. Read More

  • Since 2009 Kickstarter Funneled $60 Million To 24,000 Crowd-Funded Projects

    Kickstarter started as a way for bands to fund projects without asking for money from Grandma. Now it’s the go-to site for nearly any self-funded projects and the company recently surpassed the facilitating of $60 million in funding of random music albums, films, and gadgets created by ordinary people. At TechCrunch Disrupt NYC John Biggs sat down with Kickstarter’s Yancey… Read More

  • Kogeto Dot Panorama iPhone Add-On Spotted: TechCrunch Disrupt New York

    Wandering around here at TechCrunch Disrupt New York, we came across a particularly interesting iPhone 4 add-on from Kogeto, in collaboration with Kickstarter. It’s called Dot, and it will totally change your perspective on mobile video, literally. The Kogeto Dot is a panoramic lens that captures 360-degree video, without sacrificing style or portability. This add-on from Kogeto comes in… Read More

  • The pHOLD Bike Mount: You Know, For Bikes

    True story: last week I was riding my bike and I reached down to my pocket to grab my phone to check the map. I saw a car coming around the corner and slammed on the brakes. A second later I was up, over the handlebars, and my phone bore the brunt of my fall. Luckily I had it in a case but, aside from my pride, nothing was damaged. That’s why I like this pHOLD thing. It’s basically… Read More

  • Kickstarter: TiGr Bike Lock Could Be Brilliant If It Works

    Any cyclist in the city knows how essential a lock is for your bike, but they’re often bulky and heavy. This Kickstarter project aims to create a unique, lightweight lock that I would buy in a second. More details inside. Read More

  • PenMoto: The Pen Holder Of The Future

    Are you a Wacom tablet user? Do you like pens? Are you a Wacom tablet user who likes pens? This guy has a product for you. Called the PenMoto, it’s basically a ring studded with magnets and a separate pen sleeve. Your pen is held into place by the magnets and you can spin it around like a Jesse James in the Rootin’ Tootin’ Wild West Show. It allows you to move the pen out of… Read More

  • Happy Day Of Special Significance To Many Religions! We Have Brightly Colored iPhone Cables For You!

    Do you think white cables are BORRRR-ING SIDNEY BORRR-ING? So do the folks behind the Juicies Kickstarter project. These oddly shaped cables promise all sorts of fun as you plug in your sundry iGear. The cables will be “sustainable” and will come in multiple hues. Read More

  • 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