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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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.
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →