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January 23 2014

'Broken Age': A Vivid Trip Down Old-School Adventure Game Lane

Kickstarter backers are typically very patient. You put your money down and then wait for weeks or months for the rewards. When backing a game, however, it can be hard to be patient, as the only tangible reward is usually receipt of the game itself.

Nearly two years ago, Tim Schafer and his studio Double Fine drew gamer attention after he promised to revive a (mostly) long-dead genre, the point-and-click adventure, with the help of Kickstarter. These games were beloved by fans in the 80s and 90s for their creative writing and story-telling, as well as their vexing puzzles. And the man partially responsible for such influential titles as Full Throttle and the Secret of Monkey Island was promising fans they could have another taste of those games once again. Read more...

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My N3RD Helps You Control Devices From Anywhere

Forget The Clapper.

A new gadget called My N3RD (pronounced "my nerd") allows users to operate anything with an on-off switch via their smartphone. This includes lights, garage doors and even coffee makers for the the truly tired among us.

"I became frustrated with the number of remote controls I needed to use on a daily basis just to control my stuff," Rob Dorrell, My N3RD's creator, says in a video on the device's Kickstarter page.

My N3RD is wireless, but doesn't need the Internet or a router to work. The device can be controlled through existing Wi-Fi, but if the connection fails, it will automatically compensate by creating its own network — essentially cutting out the middle man. My N3RD's companion app can turn appliances on or off, and can also set timers on lights, fireplaces and sprinklers, among other things Read more...

More about Apps, Appliance, Wireless, Kickstarter, and Tech

January 21 2014

A Drone That Snaps Photos, Then Folds Up and Fits In Your Pocket

It's still unclear whether drones will become the home delivery service of the future or simply another footnote in the legal system, but that hasn't slowed down the race to create high-performance drones for the average consumer

The Kickstarter-funded Pocket Drone is a foldable, flying "multicopter" that its creators dubbed "the GoPro of drones." It's equipped with an action camera for capturing aerial photos and video and a rechargeable battery allowing for flights of up to 20 minutes. Plus, the device folds up to the size of a small tablet for portability.

More about Video, News, Kickstarter, Tech, and Dev Design

January 15 2014

The Key to Kickstarter Success Involves Cats. Lots of Cats.

Crowfunding is among the most successful internet-native industries, but that does not preclude it from classic marketing tools.

A recent study from researchers at Georgia Institute of Technology found that the language used in Kickstarter campaigns affected the likelihood of a project meeting its funding goal. The study analyzed more than 45,000 Kickstarter efforts and found that certain phrases were often linked with successful campaigns

But it wasn't just the funded projects that had words in common; failed campaigns also yielded keywords and phrases that were harbingers for failure. Read more...

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January 14 2014

For a Guy With Startup Roots, Kickstarter Offers a Second Shot

Launching a Kickstarter project is always a leap of faith. That especially holds true for Marc Barros, who launched a campaign for his new product on Tuesday — a smartphone lens attachment called Moment.

This is Barros' second commercial venture after he was let go from Contour, a company he founded while still in college. If you haven’t heard of Contour, that’s probably because its efforts have been largely drowned out by the marketing fusillade from its competition, GoPro.

Contour, which began its life as VHoldr, was part of the original wearable camera wave in 2008, much like the much more well-known GoProThe product recorded in HD, saved to SD cards, offered waterproof case accessories and had an app and social network. Contour struggled to compete with GoPro and its popular Hero cameras, eventually deciding to continue the fight without Barros. Read more...

More about Mobile Photos, Cameras, Kickstarter, Tech, and Dev Design

January 09 2014

Smart Headband Promises Better Dreams and Improved Sleep

There are never enough hours in a day, our over-connected culture often says. But connected devices worn nightly do not aim to lengthen our days with more tasks; instead, they help us optimize the hours we do sleep, and thus improve the quality of our working and playing hours.

For some, better sleep is achieved through lucid dreaming, or being aware that you are dreaming, an experience said to lower stress and improve performance at tasks you "practice" in dreams.

Lucid dreaming is explored and encouraged through conferences and online forums, and now, gadgets. The Aurora headband, from iWinks, debuted on Kickstarter this month and has already raised double its goal Read more...

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January 08 2014

Kickstarter Pledges Hit $913 Per Minute in 2013, With Few Breakout Hits

Some 3 million people pledged a cumulative $480 million for Kickstarter projects in 2013, a 50% jump over the amount pledged in 2012, according to the company, though there were few breakout hits.

The figure, which works out to $1.3 million a day or $913 a minute, funded 19,911 projects throughout the year. In its annual roundup, Kickstarter highlighted some of the most notable projects:

pebbleOuyaOculus Rift

Significantly, these three projects were funded in 2012, not 2013. Each went on to receive more traditional funding from established venture capital firms. The emphasis on the three underscores the fact that Kickstarter didn't have a breakaway tech hit in 2013. The platform's highest-profile venture was the crowdfunding of the Veronica Mars Movie Project, which raised $5.7 million Read more...

More about Zach Braff, Kickstarter, Business, Startups, and Film

January 07 2014

Shorty Awards Wants Your Votes for Best Seflie, GIFs, Memes

The Shorty Awards, an annual crowdsourced contest that honors talented social media users and Internet celebrities, tallied more than 1.8 million nominations last year that people submitted via tweets for individual people or companies.

In 2014, for the the first time, producers are letting the public also vote for specific content such as selfies, GIFs, memes, Instagram videos, Kickstarter projects and more. As with all categories, people cast votes using nominees' Twitter handles and hashtags, like so:

Shorty Awards Nominations.jpg

"Awarding excellence on a medium that changes every year is like living on the Galapagos Islands — it requires constant evolution," Greg Galant, cofounder and executive producer of the Shorty Awards, told Mashable. "For the 6th Annual Shortys we're giving awards for things that didn't even exist a year ago like Vines and Instagram videos." Read more...

More about Entertainment, Vine, Memes, Shorty Awards, and Kickstarter
Intelligent Cat 'Companion' Mimics Movements of Small Animals

Every indoor cat owner has felt it — that gnawing, guilt-inducing sensation that you're simply not providing enough entertainment or exercise for your homebound hunter. Kitty has grown bored with the feathers-on-a-fishing-rod toy, and you're not even around to wield it for most of the day. What to do?

Enter Egg, a Kickstarter project that bills itself as a cat companion rather than a cat toy. The brainchild of electrical engineer Jason O'Mara, Egg is a USB-powered, rechargeable device that rolls around, mimicking the erratic movements of a small animal. If it senses that your cat is on the brink of catching it, Egg will make a break for freedom while emitting alarmed squeaking noises. Read more...

More about Cats, Kickstarter, Tech, Gadgets, and Home

December 23 2013

This Art Project Aims to Draw the Internet

Ben Redford, a designer from the United Kingdom, wants to draw the Internet.

However, his project, funded on Kickstarter, isn't just about getting people to donate cash — he wants them contribute ideas for the artwork, too.

For one dollar you can submit your image idea to be included in the finished 24-inch by 36-inch piece called "Internetopia."

A buck buys you one square cube, two dollars gets you two cubes, and so on, meaning your request will fill as many cubes as you pay for. Contribute at least $50 and Redford will ship you the final product. Read more...

More about Internet, Art, Artist, Kickstarter, and Draw

December 20 2013

A College Kid Couldn't Afford a 3D Printer, So He Built One Himself

When college student Shai Schechter didn't have access to an affordable 3D printer on his SUNY Purchase campus in New York, he set out to build his own model — one that would still crank out 3D-printed objects, but at a much lower cost.

"We have a laser- and powder-based 3D printer at school, but it costs about $500 for a bucket of powder and that only lasts for about one or two prints," Schechter said. "It's never used because it is so expensive and classes weren’t offered that much in the curriculum."

He approached his sculpture professor about building a new 3D printer that uses plastic instead, and sought the help of three good friends. Read more...

More about 3d, Kickstarter, 3d Printer, 3d Printing, and Tech
Silic: The Impossible-to-Stain T-Shirt

A glass of red wine's got nothing on this white T-shirt — and if you were to spill the glass, the shirt won't show a drop of it

Young entrepreneur Aamir Patel has created the Silic, a T-shirt that is supposedly impossible to stain. The shirt is embedded with superhydrophobic nanotechnology, which uses microscopic structures to repel water-based liquids by forming a layer of air between the fabric and liquid molecules

This causes the liquid to bead up into a 150 degree sphere and roll right off the shirt, avoiding unwanted stains.

Silic gets its name from the billions of silica particles that layer the fabric. Even when wearing a Silic shirt while working up a sweat, this liquid will evaporate into the air instead of into the fabric. For the shirt's design, Patel has teamed up with a former designer from Vera Wang. Read more...

More about Technology, T Shirt, Tech, Kickstarter, and Small Business

December 16 2013

Kickstarter-Funded Tool Kit Fits in Your Wallet

Product Name: Tuls
Price: $22 (stainless steel); $33 (titanium)
Who would like this?: Minimalists, geeks, dads, craftspeople, smartphone addicts

Tools are heavy; Tuls, on the other hand, are the size of credit cards, and they'll fit in a wallet just the same.

New England-based company Onehundred, which is obsessed with providing everyday products through "simple, thoughtful design," created these flat tools out of titanium and stainless steel. Originally a Kickstarter campaign that cleared its funding goal of $1,500 within two hours (and raised more than 25 times as much), the Tuls project takes care of day-to-day problems requiring basic tools. Read more...

More about Gifts, Features, Tools, Kickstarter, and Dev Design
14 Kickstarter Projects We're Excited for in 2014

After the holiday leftovers have disguised themselves in countless sandwich renditions, it'll be time to put 2013 behind us and look to a new year.

Along with 2014 comes a new year for innovation, and where else to look for smart design than the budding projects on Kickstarter?

We browsed some techie Kickstarter projects and picked our favorites that are nearing funding or were just recently funded. Most will begin delivery in early 2014, but many of these projects are slated to deliver later in December as well. So, if you still have names to cross off on your gift list, take a look at some of these gadgets for your tech-oriented friends. Read more...

More about Features, Tech, Crowdfunding, Kickstarter, and Dev Design

December 11 2013

Gramovox Bluetooth Gramophone Lets You 'Stream Nostalgia'

A new speaker aims to reintroduce vintage sound to the 21st century by combining old-school aesthetics with modern technology

Described as the "world's first Bluetooth gramophone," the Gramovox is modeled after a 1920s Magnavox R3 horn speaker, according to the device's Kickstarter page. Unlike standard speakers, users experience "an organically mid-range, vintage sound," which you can listen to, here.

"At the turn of the century, gramophones were promoted as the home entertainment center. Family and friends bonded over songs, speeches and radio dramas. The Gramovox Bluetooth gramophone maintains this spirit of communal bonding," its creators write on Kickstarter. Read more...

More about Bluetooth, Kickstarter, Music, Tech, and Dev Design

December 10 2013

Desktop Nap Pillow Is Perfect for Catching ZZZs on the Job

Product Name: Ostrich Pillow
Price: €80
Who would like this?: Power nappers, sleep lovers, workaholics, insomniacs ... better question: Who wouldn't like this?

We all have that friend who constantly complains about being tired. Put your money where their mouth is this holiday season by gifting them with this out-of-this-world awesome Ostrich Pillow, a product that will make you look somewhere between nerdy and nerd-chic

Whether on the go or at the office, this pillow is perfect for instantly converting your desk or the airport cafeteria table into a comfortable place to catch a quick snooze. Far more comfortable than your average neck pillow, you'll feel so at ease with your head in its new case that you'll be opting for more time under the hood. Read more...

More about Gifts, Holiday Season, Sleep, Kickstarter, and Lifestyle
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