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Try wrapping your head around this one -- the most backed campaign in Kickstarter history is a card game called Exploding Cats. Go ahead and read that as many times as you wish, just be warned it won't ever make sense. Nothing does anymore, so rather than try and figure out how and why Exploding Kittens was able to turn a crowdfunding site on its head, let's just roll with it. We'll get to the details of the game in a moment, but first let's appreciate some stats. Here's a project that reached its modest goal of $10,000 and became fully funded within the first 20 minutes. It raked in 10 times that... Read more...
Ever been off the beaten path and discovered an amazing craft beer that isn't available locally? If you owned a SYNEK machine, you could bag it and tag it for consumption at home, right from your countertop. That's the general idea behind this Kickstarter project, which wants to do for beer what Kuerig did for coffee. It's the first ever countertop beer dispenser, an accomplishment in and of itself. But what really makes the SYNEK worthy of attention is that the vacuum bags it uses can be filled from any tap using a special hose that never comes into contact with air, thereby giving you access... Read more...
In the wake of former NSA contractor Edward Snowden's big reveal on government spying, there's been a concerted effort by companies big and small to try and make our lives truly private. One seemingly promising solution was Anonabox, a little plug-and-play device that routes traffic through Tor to keep our online activities anonymous. Unfortunately, we were all misled on a number of levels, prompting Kickstarter to remove the project forever. Hot on its heels is Project Sierra, a network encryption device that's supposedly the real deal. Project Sierra is described as being a consumer-grade, Android-based,... Read more...
Holy mackerel, it happened! Somebody actually went and built an honest-to-goodness hoverboard, finally bringing to reality the fantasy we've all shared since seeing Marty McFly escape from Biff and his cronies using a hoverboard in Back to the Future II! We know what you're thinking -- 'Yeah, right, this isn't the first hoverboard hoax' -- but you have to check this out. The company is called Hendo Hover and you'll currently find the faces behind the team over at Kickstarter. They're trying to raise $250,000 for the project, but that money won't go towards a prototype -- such a thing already exists.... Read more...
Not even a week ago, we wrote about a new Kickstarter project for the creatively-named Anonabox - a small box that aims to keep you anonymous online. Overall, the product looked like it had potential. On one hand, it's incredibly small, and on the other, it uses the Tor network to anonymous traffic. What's not to like? As it turns out, there's quite a bit to not like about it, so much so that Kickstarter took the rare path of pulling the entire project, a move that it says is permanent. This comes hot-on-the-heels of many days of skepticism, especially via a Reddit AMA (ask me anything) that... Read more...
Invasion of privacy is a valid concern for everyone who goes online. But for those who wish to keep their online activity private, so that cable providers and government agencies are unable to see what is going on, there is Tor Browser. Tor encrypts a user’s online activities and makes it impossible for cable companies and government agencies, such as the FBI and NSA, to keep track of what you are doing. However, the Tor Browser requires a bit of technical knowledge to implement, a barrier for many who might be seeking anonymity. Enter the Anonabox, which quickly surpassed its Kickstarter... Read more...
Metatecture is hopping on the virtual reality bandwagon with a low-cost alternative called AirVR. Similar to the Samsung Gear VR, AirVR is a bring-your-own-hardware affair, that hardware being an iPhone 6 Plus or an iPad mini. Yes, you're going to look a little (or a lot) ridiculous with an iPad mini pressed against your face, but the upside to this design is cost. According to AirVR's Kickstarter page, the headset will start shipping in December for just $49. That's much less than the Oculus Rift Development Kit ($300 for DK1 and $350 for DK2) and Samsung Gear VR ($200), and it's probably the... Read more...
On September 10th, several of the popular websites you visit may appear to have trouble loading content, but that won't really be the case. All those slow loading animations are actually widgets, banners, and animated images provided by BattleForTheNet, a coalition of companies, organizations, and people who have come together to oppose changes to net neutrality rules and show what the web might look like if the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) allows cable companies to charge for Internet fast lanes. Sites like Mozilla, Kickstarter, Reddit, Etsy, Foursquare, Vimeo, iFixIt, Tumblr, and many... Read more...
There are many ways to get beer from a container into your mouth, but the founders of a curious machine called SYNEK believe they’ve developed the best method of all time. SYNEK is a portable (all you need is an outlet) machine that dispenses cold beer on demand, like a tap, but without the need for a keg. The idea is that such a device allows you to keep a reasonably large amount of beer on hand and on tap without needing to fill bottles or growlers or having a kegerator around. You can fill a SYNEK bag from any tap with up to a gallon of beer and stick in in your fridge. When you feel like... Read more...
Apple has worked hard to deliver synchronized data across all of your iDevices with iCloud, but for those who aren’t so keen on trusting the cloud with their data, there’s a device coming called the iStick that allows you to transfer files locally. Yes, it’s a USB flash drive (nothing interesting there)--however, it also has an integrated Lightning connector (ah, there we go). iStick HYPER (by Sanho), the company behind the iStick, says that it’s currently the only USB flash drive with Apple’s proprietary connector, and it works with iPhones, iPads, and iPod touch... Read more...
Drones aren't just good for military use, they're proving to be fun tools for the public, as well. One day in the future, aerial drones might be a part of your everyday life by delivering Amazon packages (or pizza from Dominoes) to your door, recording your backyard shenanigans, and even accompanying you on extreme sports adventures where it's too difficult or too unsafe to bring along a camera crew. The latter is one of the ideas behind HEXO+, an intelligent drone that follows and films you autonomously. HEXO+ has already surged past its goal of bringing in $50,000 on Kickstarter and now stands... Read more...
We've reluctantly come to accept that we may never see a hoverboard like the ones featured in Back to the Future II. And if they do ever come out, we'll probably be too old to care by that point -- hip replacements aren't cheap or fun. While we're faced with that unfortunate reality, we're pretty intrigued by an a skateboard of a different. It's called the Marbel Board and it's supposedly the world's lightest electric skateboard. The Marbel Board is a Kickstarter project that's already blown past its $90,000 funding goal with still 23 days remaining. According to the description, the electric skateboard... Read more...
In the race to drive down costs for and increase the capabilities of 3D printers, the team behind the Micro 3D printer believe they’re among the frontrunners. The Micro is designed to be inexpensive and incredibly easy to use while also offering reliability and consistency. “It is the most affordable 3D printer that can be used right out of the box. Perfect for beginners and experts alike, just plug in the printer, download or create models, hit print, and watch your custom creations form right before your eyes,” reads the team’s Kickstarter pitch. The Micro features auto... Read more...
Here’s one: Thomas Larson of Seattle, WA has developed a tiny lens that attaches to your smartphone or tablet’s camera and offers a 150x magnification microscope. Larson is raising funds for the project on Kickstarter, and to date he’s blown past the $50,000 he was looking for, and it’s not hard to see why. The Micro Phone Lens is inexpensive--it looks like $42 will get you the lens plus the full assortment of goodies and accessories--but offers students, parents of curious children, and even scientists working out in the field a surprisingly powerful tool. Prototype Micro... Read more...
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