Mi.Mu Glove for Music

Video: Incredible computerized glove lets you make music with the flick of a wrist

By on April 17, 2014 at 11:00 PM.

Video: Incredible computerized glove lets you make music with the flick of a wrist

Wearable tech has a lot of promise, but the endless parade of smartwatches from every company with the means to create one has diluted the field. One of the more fascinating projects that exists far outside of this box is Imogen Heap’s Mi.Mu Glove, a musical tool that allows musicians to create music without confining themselves to a computer. By simply moving a gloved hand, the user can change countless aspects of the sound created with the Mi.Mu Glove, from the pitch and the volume to the instrument being emulated. More →

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Pocket Printer Robot Mobile Printing

Video: This awesome robot is actually a tiny mobile printer

By on April 11, 2014 at 12:15 AM.

Video: This awesome robot is actually a tiny mobile printer

Israel-based Zuta Labs has been developing a very interesting product meant to fix the one thing users can’t do on the go, despite the plethora of features smartphones have to offer: printing. The company already has a working prototype, the Zuta Pocket Printer, and is currently looking to raise $400,000 via Kickstarter to make it available to consumers. More →

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Star Trek CommBadge Siri and Google Now Communicator

Video: Star Trek-like communicator does Siri and Google Now, but no teleportation

By on April 10, 2014 at 3:31 PM.

Video: Star Trek-like communicator does Siri and Google Now, but no teleportation

Inspired by the Star Trek communicator, CommBadge is a new Bluetooth-enabled accessory for smart devices that’s currently in Kickstarter phase and is looking to raise $20,000 to bring the device to market. The device is described as a “miniature speakerhone with really big sound,” that’s like “Apple’s CarPlay for your body.” More →

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Brony Dating Simulation Kickstarter

Video: The most terrifying Kickstarter project ever will make you want to burn down the Internet [updated]

By on March 28, 2014 at 12:18 PM.

Video: The most terrifying Kickstarter project ever will make you want to burn down the Internet [updated]

The Internet is certainly a miraculous creation but there are times when we see truly horrific things that it’s enabled that make us wish we could burn the Internet down and salt over its ashes. Case in point: A new Kickstarter project called Dark Skyes that aims to be the world’s first brony dating simulation game. More →

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Query Board Game

Hilarious new board game brings Google Search autocomplete to your living room

By on March 21, 2014 at 4:10 PM.

Hilarious new board game brings Google Search autocomplete to your living room

It seems like everyone on the planet has a Kickstarter or Indiegogo campaign these days, but how many different iPhone styluses and portable batteries do we really need? Every once in a while, however, something pops up on a crowdfunding site that is really worth checking out — and Query most certainly fits the bill. More →

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Kegbot Android Beer Keg Kickstarter Project

Video: Beer drinking has just gotten cooler… and geekier

By on February 19, 2014 at 2:14 PM.

Video: Beer drinking has just gotten cooler… and geekier

Beer aficionados who also share a passion for Android mobile devices may be interested in backing a Kickstarter project that aims to leverage the power of mobile devices to improve home cool beer drinking experiences. The Kegbot is a tablet-powered beer Kegerator that will keep track of how much beer is left in your keg to help you make sure that you’re never in danger of running out during a party. More →

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Kickstarter Hack

Change your Kickstarter password right now

By on February 17, 2014 at 8:10 AM.

Change your Kickstarter password right now

Kickstarter on Saturday acknowledged a hack that occurred on Wednesday night, advising users to immediately change the passwords of their accounts. According to the company, “law enforcement officials contacted Kickstarter and alerted us that hackers had sought and gained unauthorized access to some of our customers’ data.” Kickstarter says that “no credit card data of any kind” was accessed by hackers, and there’s “no evidence of unauthorized activity of any kind on all but two Kickstarter user accounts.” More →

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Crowdfunding Money Raised

The crowdfunding market exploded to $2.7 billion in 2012

By on April 9, 2013 at 7:05 PM.

The crowdfunding market exploded to $2.7 billion in 2012

Crowdfunding websites such as Kickstarter and Indiegogo experienced tremendous growth in 2012 and became a significant source of financing for independent businesses, Reuters reported. Consumers eagerly backed projects and companies for a total amount of $2.66 billion last year, an increase of 81% from $1.47 billion in 2011. The bulk of money raised came from North American users who invested $1.6 billion in various projects, an increase of 105% from 2011. One of the most popular crowdfunding projects of all time was the Pebble smartwatch, which raised more than $10 million from 66,434 backers who bought 85,000 watches. Research firm Massolution believes that crowdfunding will continue to increase in 2013 and could grow as high as $5.1 billion.

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Will ‘Project Eternity’ lead to a golden age of Kickstarter-funded games?

By on September 19, 2012 at 3:25 PM.

Will ‘Project Eternity’ lead to a golden age of Kickstarter-funded games?

Project Eternity Analysis

If you hang around gaming forums — and, yes I admit I do visit them on occasion — you’ll see a rather large number of disgruntled gamers who pine nostalgically for the great old role-playing games of years past such as Baldur’s Gate, Planescape: Torment and The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind. Unlike today’s dumbed-down action-based RPGs, they argue, these older games offer first-class storytelling and characters, a high level of customization and a deep element of choice that shows players the consequences of their in-game decisions. But for a long time, these gamers have lacked a company that’s willing to create a game that specifically tailors to their needs… until now. More →

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Android gaming console startup Ouya raises $8.6 million from Kickstarter

By on August 9, 2012 at 10:45 PM.

Android gaming console startup Ouya raises $8.6 million from Kickstarter

Ouya Android Gaming Console Kickstarter

On Thursday, Ouya’s Kickstarter campaign came to an end with the project having raised nearly $8.6 million from 63,416 backers. The startup is led by former IGN executive Julie Uhrman, whose goal was to build an affordable console based on the Android operating system. In an effort to gain additional funding, Uhrman enlisted the help of crowd-sourcing website Kickstarter on July 10th. The project was an immediate hit, reaching its funding goal of $950,000 in less than eight hours. More →

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Outgrow.me: All the best Kickstarter projects you can buy, in one place

By on July 18, 2012 at 10:35 AM.

Outgrow.me: All the best Kickstarter projects you can buy, in one place

Top Kickstarter Projects

You might not know it at first glance, but Kickstarter is home to more than just 23,000 different iPhone cases and the Pebble E Ink smart watch. The popular crowd-funding site has kickstarted dozens of awesome projects, but sifting through the less appealing efforts to find the cream of the crop isn’t always easy. Enter Outgrow.me, a new site with the sole purpose of weeding the junk out of Kickstarter and Indiegogo so that people can browse only successful projects that are available for preorder or purchase now. Users can sort items by category, and there is also an option to view only products that are currently available for purchase. From an iPad stylus with pinpoint accuracy and sleek desktop jelly fish tanks to customizable 3-string guitars and zero-waste batteries, Outgrow.me makes it beyond easy to see — and spend money on — the best that Kickstarter and Indiegogo have to offer. More →

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$99 Android-powered gaming console looks to shake things up [video] [updated]

By on July 10, 2012 at 2:25 PM.

$99 Android-powered gaming console looks to shake things up [video] [updated]

Ouya Android Gaming Console

As users begin to eye alternatives to traditional gaming consoles such as their smartphones and tablets, one industry executive is looking to bring gaming back to the living room. A new startup led by former IGN executive Julie Uhrman is seeking capital through crowd-funding website Kickstarter to develop Ouya, a $99 gaming console for TV screens. The Android-powered console is equipped with an NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor and features 1GB of RAM, 8GB of flash storage, HDMI output, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and a single USB 2.0 port. The system is bundled with a wireless controller that features two analog sticks, a D-pad, eight buttons and a touchpad that will allow users to play games ported from smartphones or tablets. The device is completely open and the team encourages developers to hack it without worrying that they might void the warranty. Interestingly enough, Ouya will support a free-to-play gaming model and will allow publishers to utilize micro-transactions. Ouya hopes to raise $950,000 over the next 30 days, and the company’s demo video follows below.

UPDATE: Ouya reached its funding goal of $950,000 in less than eight hours. More →

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KickStarter projects looks to transform Android tablets from boring to gorgeous [video]

By on May 23, 2012 at 2:00 PM.

KickStarter projects looks to transform Android tablets from boring to gorgeous [video]

Chameleon Android Tablets

Google has focused a great deal of effort over the years on making its Android operating system more attractive. Android partners’ first attempts at tablets were lackluster to say the least, and while Honeycomb and Ice Cream Sandwich have revamped the user interface, they still leave much to be desired for many users. Luckily, Android users have the option of completely customizing their devices with various home screen replacement apps, and a nearly endless number of custom ROMs. These alternatives cannot compete with Chameleon, however, an Android home screen replacement app like no other. More →

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