Items tagged with Indiegogo

It's not as though the tablet market is starving for platforms, and while it's an uphill battle trying to take on established competitors like Android and iOS, Finnish smartphone startup Jolla will give it the ol' college try. Meet the "Jolla Tablet," a hardware device built around the company's open source Sailfish OS, which is one of several reasons why it's so intriguing. Billed as the world's first crowdsourced tablet, Jolla surpassed its funding goal of $380,000 on Indiegogo within a mere two hours. The tally currently sits at over $580,000 after a single day with 21 days left to go, an indicator of immense interest in something new and fresh in the tablet sector. And while it might seem... Read more...
Does the squeaky wheel get the grease or does the nail that stands up get hammered down? While scholars and fans of idioms debate which is the more likely outcome, a pair of interns at the New Mexico-based ad agency McKee Wallwork & Co. are going all-in with the former in an attempt to harass urge Valve into making Half Life 3. The ambitious ad execs started up a a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo to raise money for a series of tactics designed to get Valve's attention and drive home the point that gamers want -- nay, demand! -- that it finally develop and publish Half Life 3. How exactly will it do that? Well, it depends on how much money is raised. Should the team come up with $3,000,... Read more...
We can all agree that cancer sucks, right? Well, let's do something about it! Wondering how? Just follow Will Ferrell's lead. Yes, that Will Ferrell, the hilarious star of Anchorman, Step Brothers, and several other flicks, not to mention various TV show cameos and online skits. Here's the thing -- Will Ferrell hates cancer, but he loves video games. That being the case, the only logical thing to do is to raise money by playing games to kick cancer's tail. Here's where things get interesting. By donating to the cause -- check out Will Ferrell's Indiegogo page -- you have a shot at playing games with the actor in San Francisco, which will be live broadcasted on Twitch. There's a catch, or a challenge,... Read more...
A company called New Matter has developed an inexpensive 3D printer called the MOD-t that aims to bring 3D printing into the average home. It will cost just $249--although if you snag an Indiegogo bundle you could pay as little as $149 or $199--and it’s designed so that you have to do essentially zero calibration on your own. However, New Matter has bigger aims than simply a cheap 3D printer; the company is trying to build an end-to-end vertical integration ecosystem around its MOD-t. The paradigm it’s using looks very much like what Apple did with the iPhone and App Store years ago. There will be a curated library of apps, and designers and artists can add their work and make money... Read more...
Inspired by Lego, a small team has developed TinkerBots, which are building blocks that you (er, your children) can use to create robotic toys. They’re designed to let you create whatever you want without necessarily locking you into a specific end product. The heart and brain of TinkerBots is the red cube Power Brain, which contains the battery, Bluetooth 4.0, a speaker, an Arduino microcontroller, serial bus interface, USB charging port, a gyro and ACC sensors, and the button interface. There are other cubes, including a motor, a pivot, a twister, a grabber, IR sensor, light sensor, wheels, and more, and there are plenty of “passive” building cubes, as well. You can also augment... Read more...
It's taken some time for hardware to gain an edge over software, and now that it's happened (for the most part, anyway), we're seeing a shift in the market place towards smaller computing devices. The mini PC movement has already begun, and whereas it may not have been possible to build a handheld-sized system capable of running all your programs smoothly, such a luxury has become a reality, which in turn is leading to unique form factors and configurations. One example is the Tango PC, billed as the "world's smallest most powerful PC." Tango PC's crowd funding campaign on Indiegogo has already been successful, with the project raising more than its $100,000 goal with 14 days still remaining.... Read more...
Have you ever wondered what your dog is trying to say when he gives you a funny look? A unique Indiegogo campaign for "No More Woof" seeks to solve that problem by translating your dog's thought patterns into English so you know exactly what Fido is thinking. The way it goes about this is by using Electroencephalogram (EEG) to analyze animal thought patterns, which are then spelled out in human language using a loudspeaker. Campaign details are a little fuzzy and the developers are very upfront about the fact that this isn't a finished product, but a work in progress that it hopes to finish with the help of donations. Be that as it may, No More Woof is embarking on an interesting path by focusing... Read more...
MakerBot debuted its Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner, an intriguing machine that costs $1,400, but an upstart competitor is working on a device called the Rubicon 3D Scanner that will cost a mere $200. The Rubicon uses a webcam (which is not actually included with the scanner) that takes a series of photos with the device’s lasers on and off; the turntable rotates 0.45 degrees 800 times to get the full image, and the whole process takes about 3 minutes. It can accommodate objects as large as 160mm in diameter and 250mm in height. The fellow behind the project, Robert Mikelson, appears to have run everything on Windows, so its unclear if there will be support for Linux or Macs. He’s raising... Read more...
If you’ve read this site even casually lately, you know that crowdfunding is here in force. Sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo offer entrepreneurs, startups, and otherwise unfunded techies with a prototype and a dream the chance to engage the world and excite backers to front some money for their projects. It’s a powerful, grassroots way to both gauge the potential success of a given product and raise cash in the meantime. Of course, like any new technological or financial paradigm, crowdfunding has also created some problems. PayPal, after some public flogging due to its freezing of a few campaigns’ money, has openly acknowledged that its payment platform is not equipped... Read more...
We’ve heard from PengPod before, and we’ve seen that the company has tried to raise funds for its products via Indiegogo before. The company is back (and is renamed “PengPod” after its flagship product) with a new dual-booting tablet, the PengPod 1040. The PengPod 1040 is a 9.7-inch device that boasts a 2048x1536 IPS display and a quad-core 1GHz ARM Cortex-A7 processor with a Power VR SGX 544 GPU and 2GB of RAM, 16GB of onboard storage, and 2MP rear and 0.3MP front cameras. It also has HDMI and micro USB ports. The premiere feature of the PengPod 1040, however, is that the tablet can dual boot Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) or a Linux distro. Currently, the device supports Linaro... Read more...
First, let’s get this out of the way: Canonical’s tantalizing Ubuntu Edge superphone is not going to happen. The company’s Indiegogo campaign to raise $32 million, which we’ve written about a time or two, didn’t hit its intended goal. In fact, despite smashing a crowdfunding record with $12,812,776, Canonical was still roughly $20 million shy of raising enough cash to fund the ambitious project. The company said from the get-go that if it didn’t secure all $32 million in funding, it wouldn’t attempt the project at all. That’s fair enough--if you’re going to do something, you should really do it right, especially using millions in other people’s... Read more...
When the Pebble smartwatch hit Kickstarter looking to raise $100,000, nobody could have guessed that it would annihilate crowdfunding records and end up generating $10,266,845 in pledges. It’s far less surprising to see Canonical’s Ubuntu Edge superphone--a smartphone with tantalizing features--rack up the dollars in crowdfunding support on Indiegogo, and in fact the Edge has beaten Pebble’s record, according to Canonical. At the time of this writing, the Ubuntu Edge smartphone campaign has generated $10,485,825--with 6 days to go. That’s a staggering amount of money, to be sure, and the fact that it’s all crowdsourced is all the more impressive. Still, there’s... Read more...
Canonical announced that its Ubuntu Edge superphone has a permanent (until the end of its fundraising campaign) price tag of $695. “No limited quantities, no more price changes,” reads a post. “You wanted a more affordable Edge, and now you’ve got it.” It’s a pricey device, no doubt about it, but the Ubuntu Edge promises incredible specs, including the fastest possible mobile processor (which is TBD), 4GB of RAM, 128GB of internal storage, unscratchable glass, a 4.5-inch display resolution of 1280x720, stereo speakers, dual-LTE and GSM, and more. It will also be unlocked, and it will dual boot to Android and Ubuntu mobile with an Ubuntu Desktop OS on board,... Read more...
There’s yet another entry in the smartwatch market, and this one’s from Poland, the effort of Reardon Technology. The company is launching an indiegogo campaign in an attempt to raise some funds to kick its Boddie smartwatch project into high gear. The device will feature a 1.44-inch display and an aluminum enclosure. Inside, there’s a pair of MSP430 microcontrollers, 2 x 16KB of RAM, Bluetooth 4.0/BLE, a microUSB port, and a 7-day battery. It also has a dedicated OS and an impressive array of extras including an accelerometer, gyroscope, digital compass, and two thermometers. The Boddie is designed to connect to iOS and Android devices via Bluetooth and will let the wearer... Read more...
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