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Kickstarter

  • Kickstarter’s $299 SYNEK craft beer dispenser brings brews to the home

    There are two things that have not been seen overtly holding hands before — beer and technology — until now. This simple Kickstarter will likely quench more thirst and bring more smiles than anything before it. SYNEK is the beer dispensing system that hopes to change how and where the world drinks craft beer. This isn’t a new concept, but it does improve upon the fundamentals. Beverages can be bought into the home via bottles, but the contents often turn stale once opened. Additionally, what if one wants a larger sample of a craft beer to enjoy at home for...

  • Ai.Frame is a motion-controlled mini-robot that moonwalks its way into your heart

    For those who remember the original Transformers or Go-Bots brand of toys, this Kickstarter project will perhaps conjure the fondest of memories. Shenzen-based project, Ai.Frame creates miniature humanoid robots, fully customisable and open-source, fit for tweaking. It’s also the next big hit on Kickstarter. Started in 2012 by Chinese innovators Jiaqi Hu and Zebo Sun, Ai.Frame has blown past its initial funding goal in just two days with five weeks to go. The most affordable robot is available for backers at just US$179. “There are many great robotic inventions on the market,” notes the developers, “but in the meantime, for most people,...

  • AirDog action sports drone will let us view life in the third-person

    The one feature dearly lacking on GoPro action cameras is a set of wings. But the developers behind the AirDog have likely solved that problem with the creation of the “world’s first auto-follow action sports drone” designed to film the user from high above. The US$995 AirDog is a waterproof, foldable, quad-copter drone that has a quirkily attractive LEGO-like appearance, but features a gyro-stabilised gimbal that reduces camera shake while automatically adjusting pitch and yaw. It’s serious machinery, developed by Helico Aerospace Industries, a group of extreme sports enthusiasts themselves. Other electronic wizardry ensures that the drone doesn’t crash into anything,...

  • Prepare your face: this Kickstarter gadget lets you 3D print icing and Nutella

    Ever thought your icing gun was just not enough? Wished for more precise placings in your Nutella art? Well, you can now dream bigger — thanks to a new extruder attachment, it’ll be easier than ever to print paste-like substances. It’s called the Discov3ry and it’s a universal extruder that will fit with existing desktop 3D printers on the market (like the popular Makerbot) and allow them to print materials like silicon, icing, Nutella, wood filler, ceramics and polyurethane. It’s currently raising funds over on Kickstarter, where it has already passed its 30 000 Canadian dollar goal by more than...

  • 6 terrible tech crowdfunding failures

    Crowdfunding has allowed developers and entrepreneurs an easier means of raising money while giving the public the power to influence their success. Great ideas are usually victims of absent capital, are able to germinate and mature while rewarding those who funded those ideas. It’s a self-sustaining ecosystem, and it’s brilliant — but only for good ideas. Often browsing through Kickstarter, Indiegogo and other crowdfunding platforms, one is greeted by completely unexplained, incomprehensible or utterly stupid concepts. Many of these fail due to a high funding goal, lack of publicity or a viciously competitive market. Others are just simply terrible. 1. Orbit Orbit...

  • Imogen Heap’s Mi.Mu music-gesture gloves Kickstarted into reality

    Before we discuss the Mi.Mu Glove, look at what its creator, musician Imogen Heap, can do with it. Now, there’s a lot of technical terms and money about to be discussed but ultimately, Imogen Heap has created music from nothing but gesture alone. She is, and I loathe to use the word, disrupting the world of audio. Let’s get the money out of the way first. The Mi.Mu Glove is a Kickstarter project with a goal of £200 000 and now, on day 16, has raised just shy of £67 000. Mi.Mu (pronounced “Mee Moo”) costs £1200 for a single glove...

  • Dart, a wonderfully tiny adaptor for (almost) any laptop

    The days of convenient charging might finally be here. No more lugging around bulky, heavy laptop chargers to our respective jobs/classes/cafes. The Dart has come to save us. Launched yesterday on Kickstarter, FINsix’s Dart promises to revolutionise how we perceive power adapters. The Dart is a significantly smaller, lighter, and more elegant laptop charger. Even better is its potential to power all of your electronics. Think about it! Having just one charger. But how did they make the Dart so incredibly small? By using patented MIT technology of course. It works by converting power from your wall socket more efficiently, without losing...

  • This tiny mobile robot printer drives around sheets of paper to print stuff

    Everything’s gone mobile, right? So why not printers too. That’s the logic behind this new Kickstarter project, the Mini Mobile Robotic Printer by Zuta Labs. It’s a tiny portable wireless printer that you place on your desk, sit back and watch as it drives across a piece of paper, leaving behind neat typography, designs or whatever you’d like to print. Projects like these usually require some serious out-of-the-box thinking. “Print machines now-a-days are essentially a printhead running left and right on a moving piece of paper,” the team explains on its project page. “We asked ourselves — why not get...

  • MetaWear will bring wearable tech to the masses

    MetaWear is a tiny development board meant for people who want to create or hack their own wearable tech. The Kickstarter project raised its funding goal of US$8 000 within the first 24 hours and, with 25 days yet to go, is still going on strong — currently at US$30 000. The open-source device is like a Raspberry Pi but super small. A lot smaller. It’s about the size of a US quarter or 17mm x 26mm to be exact. “A Raspberry-PI doesn’t fit into a necklace, a bracelet, or a shirt,” echoes the project page. MetaWear does. It’s pretty amazing, especially considering...

  • Kickstarter project GoPhone is a GoPro mount and monitor for your iPhone

    There’s a horde of iPhone cases roaming the world, each trying to fulfill one of our practical everyday needs. This handy Kickstarter project introduces the GoPhone — an iPhone case that acts as a GoPro mount and a video monitor. The GoPhone is an extension of your smartphone and said to be “essential to your GoPro kit”. It’s a nifty iPhone case that acts as a comfortable, grippy handle for your GoPro Camera and allows your phone to become an in-action monitor. The GoPhone wants to better your filming capabilities. This is done by giving you the ability to view...