This week in Kickstarterland – 2014-09-23

Welcome back to another instalment of This Week in Kickstarterland. Not a bad week all around. Nothing ground breaking and very little controversy but a solid list of sort-of-ok projects.

Joey – Why are there so many projects named after Australian animals? A nice 360 degree conference cam.
Useless Can – Because why the hell not!
POV Disk – I can’t help myself with any POV device, they are so much fun.
Playbulb Candle – Proof that with a few LEDs and Bluetooth you can sell anything.
Make!Sense – Another sensor board, this time targetted at education.
Cubee – Not exactly what I expected but certainly cheaper than having five LED displays.
LPLC Too – The sequel to LPLC. It’s just a PIC on a small circuit. Not sure why you would bother?
Tattoo – Wireless headphones with a smart watch and a shocking video. Weird combo but I guess it makes some sense. I think I will wait for the Apple Watch.
Chargeall – 12000mAh or 18000mAh battery with up to 85W at 120V output. This probably can’t go on a plane.
SmartKidsID – I thought this was an ePaper display but its just a QR Code with Velcro. Still, I like it. A bit expensive for a no tech device.
Seek N Sneak – Very cute Arduino robot that can pick up oranges from all around your house. Pity it has to cost so much.
Future Home – Yet another smart hub trying to do everything in the home but with the added pizzazz of energy harvesting (EnOcean).
FlashQ – I like flash triggers and this is cute but the real ones are really cheap and more powerful. Size isn’t that important.

This isn’t a high tech campaign but its an important cause. Period.

Sustainable weed sanitary pads – Empowering Women. Period. It’s time for a change. Period. If you are poor and female, you might not finish your education. Period.

And there are only a few Shitstarters this week and they aren’t all that bad either.

Epic Smartwatch – It looks like yet another rebadging of a Chinese OEM. They are trying too hard to make it look like they have been part of the process. I do like the stainless steel look but from what I can tell from the photos and video, this is the only part they have been involved in. I wouldn’t want to compete with Apple, Samsung and everyone else.
DuoScreen – How to make a small notebook computer into a massive package. What a terrible idea.
thingCHARGER – Stackable outlet USB charger. I like the concept but I don’t think I would want my phones and tables charging on the wall down near the floor. This was funded in January and they are running very late, as usual, but oddly are have started campaigning again nearly a year later … on the same project.

As always, it’s limited only by your frigging imagination!

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