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Kickstarter

  • ‘Crysis: Analogue Edition’ board game now on Kickstarter

    A popular trend over the years is converting popular video games into board games. Some of the more notable properties are Gears of War, Doom, X-Com, Bioshock: Infinite, and Civilization. Crysis is the latest game to receive the tabletop treatment. Crysis: Analogue Edition is marketed as a tactical board game for 2-8 players. The game will feature two gameplay variants: Team Instant Action, which is standard death match, and Capture the Relay, a team capture the flag mode. Set during the events of Crysis 3, players will be able to play as either the US Special Forces or Cell as...

  • Kickstarter Cubit lets makers build to their imagination’s content

    Crowdfunding and the Maker Movement go hand in hand, and there have been a number of projects riding on the coattails of this new phenomenon. Remember the likes of Kano and CHIP? Well, there's another device to add to that list, called Cubit. The company's pretty serious about the Movement too, and hopes that users of the Cubit will allow users to "make whatever can imagine -- and fast." Cubit itself consists of three distinct nodes: the Cubit Controller (which is essentially the central piece of the puzzle), Cubit Smartwares (which contains all the necessary servo motors, etc.), and the...

  • Toast marshmallows to death metal with these pyro-crafted speakers

    Danish designers Markus Buch, Matt Ward and Christian Fisker recently announced a new Kickstarter campaign for their portable, Bluetooth-enabled portable speakers that spew and sputter flames to the beat of music. Last year, these pyromaniac Dutch designers and engineers became famous when videos of their Pyro Board music visualizer went viral on the web. Consisting of 2,500 Bunsen burners that emit flames when synchronized to the sound of music, the Pyro Board dazzled viewers for its intricate fire dancing patterns. According to its creators, the Pyro Board can “turn your music into a moving fire pattern” depending on the type and speed of the selected music. Smaller, fire...

  • Nexpaq is a smart, modular Iron Man suit for your smartphone

    Phones embracing the beauty of modular technology might still seem a big strange to some, and a bit far from consumer reality. This is mainly because consumers are used to choosing a device with a set spec sheet. Modular technology turns this notion on its head, giving consumers the power to choose the features of their phones. It's brilliant, and we're holding thumbs for the likes of Google's Project Ara modular smartphone project, but another company is thinking of the closer future, bringing modular technology to something a little closer to the smartphone, but not quite the smartphone itself. Read more:...

  • Tuning fork: lessons from Cadence’s failed Kickstarter campaign

    Making music is like solving a puzzle. There are structures and rules you need to follow. But unlike puzzles, music requires you to apply the right-side of your brain instead of your left. Stir these two together however, and you just might find something special. Cadence is an open-ended puzzle game brought to life by Made With Monster Love -- a Cape Town, South Africa-based company that’s been trying to make it big internationally with its intuitively fun PC and Mac game. Behind this initiative is freelance developer Peter Cardwell-Gardner who developed a prototype in two days during the Ludum Dare...

  • Droplet reminds users to take meds, feed the dog using the Cloud

    Monotonous tasks are easy to forget because our brains are meant to be constantly entertained and challenged, but boredom is necessary. No, I'm not talking about watching Keeping Up With The Kardashians while pondering the meaning of life, I'm talking about those tasks that are detrimental to our daily lives that often go forgotten. Taking pills on time, remembering to put the trash out and feeding Fred the goldfish (poor Fred) can easily fall from memory, but a new Kickstarter project called Droplet is aiming to keep Fred healthy and your tasks completed. While it might seem a bit esoteric at...

  • Aivvy Q is an intelligent, wireless streaming music system for your head

    Some ideas just work on crowdfunding platforms like Kickstarter. With the prevalence of music streaming services currently taking the world by storm, it would make sense for developers to jump on the bandwagon, so to speak. Aivvy (pronounced "ivy") has done just that, with its Internet of Things-inspired smart headphones. The Aivvy Q packs a streaming box within the headphones, allowing the user to travel without the physical or wireless tethers of a smartphone in the pocket. The device itself looks rather slick, adopting a Samsung Level-like leather and aluminium design profile, with colours ranging from white, to black and brown. Additionally,...

  • Meld turns your hob into a smart, automated cooking system

    I'm suddenly hungry, and I blame Kickstarter. There seems to be a never-ending line innovators hell-bent on disrupting one of humankind's age old faffs -- cooking. Meld is the next project on the list, but it is one of the most interesting. Perhaps Meld's most advantageous feature is its familiarity. There isn't really anything different when preparing (and catastrophically ruining) your meal without Meld than with, except perhaps when you look down at the stove you're using, or when you completely forget about your dish simmering away. Meld replaces your stove's heat knob and places its own smart unit in its place....

  • FlyShark is the smartphone challenger Kickstarter’s been waiting for

    Smartwatches are slowly creeping back into the limelight, with the recent announcement of the LG Watch Urbane and the imminent launch of the long awaited Apple Watch, but smaller manufacturers also believe that they can craft something truly magnificent for the wrist. The latest Kickstarter project dubbed "FlyShark" hopes to take the smartwatch crown, and compete with the likes of smartphones altogether. Read more: LG Watch Urbane smartwatch boasts sexy all-metal body, business-class chic Here at FlyShark we are working on developing a new cutting edge smartwatch to outshine the competition and possibly even compete with Smartphones! We understand that smart...

  • Grifta ‘morphing gamepad’ is a customisable, modular gaming controller

    Gamepads are essential to gamers of both PC and console persuasions nowadays, providing better freedom of movement than the mouse and keyboard can provide. With that said, even the best controllers aren't exactly geared to cater for individual styles, preferences or hand-shapes. A new Kickstarter campaign dubbed "Grifta" is out to change that. Grifta is a modular gaming controller that consists of three units -- a left, a right and central connector -- that can be used in unison as a complete gaming controller or separate from each other, like a fighter pilot. For the most part the Grifta aims to...