This week in Kickstarterland – 2014-10-31

Welcome back to This Week in Kickstarterland. Sorry for those who love the Shitstarters but this week is nothing but great project.

Pixelplane – Finally, an awesome multitile pixel animation controller. This should be a must for all office walls.
ManBuffer – Bestest video ever. An armrest to keep your beer cold and your neighbours far away.
Core – Sound so amazing you won’t even need music. A little over the top gesticulation but a good looking product on paper.
Kuna – I really want to hate this wifi camera for stating they are the first for anything, but I can’t … it’s a clever tool.
Project Brabham – Not my thing but someone will get it. An “open source” racing team.
NanoPlug – This probably isn’t the best audience for selling an old person product. THey claim to be the smallest hearing aid ever including a nano battery that lasts a week and requires tweezers to insert/remove.
Ecoh – It’s from Australia so it must be good … even if the whole project is outsourced to India.
Amiko – If there are hot women selling it, I am in! If Ivee can’t do it these guys sure can’t. Note their timeline mentions Kickstarter not Indiegogo!
Lock Sphere – A painfully slow video that never actually gets to the point makes this a hard to understand product. Backers will not come flocking.
Tank Utility – Quirky Refuel for big tanks. It’s not clear how you configure the Wifi but it really should contain the Electric Imp.
IMUduino – Really little Arduino + Bluetooth + 10-degree motion and position sensor. This statement is concerning: “We get 10 to 15 feet (3m to 15m) of reception off of this 3V board.”
Cablestop – Some rather heavy Australian paper/cable weights made in Europe.
Lunicycle – I can just see university grounds littered with these guys in a year or two.
Keecker – $2,000-5,000 for a hybrid home theatre / telepresence system. It’s cute but the price is insane.
Flares – Bright, magnetic, rechargable, waterproof, 360 degree visible bike lights.
Intrepid – Old style large format (4×5) super affordable camera.
Tray Bien – When you are a drunk waiter, your glasses will be harder to spill.
Gem Genie – Awesome solution for a classic first world problem.
Easy Touch – Just like Makey Makey only … the same.

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

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This week in Kickstarterland – 2014-10-24

Welcome back to This Week in Kickstarterland. I am really pleased with this week’s collection. Some great projects and some embarrassing Shitstarters – the perfect combination.

Bluesmart – Seriously clever carry-on luggage.
Bionic Bird – Awesome motorised bird and I really like the videos.
Poligon – Gorgeous make-at-home sculptures
Busking table – I know some of you are closet magicians.
ZestDesk – Portable standing desk done right. But so darn expensive.
Refold – Even a cardboard standing desk is expensive!
Trivae – Foldable multipurpose trivet
WeU – Wearable LED panels.
Writeboard – Wifi connected whiteboard. A good start but not quite there yet. Embedded advertising is not a good selling point.
Arkabox – Another game console Pi with built in joystick controller. Really cute but I am not sure $200 is the right price.
Eva NSFW – A louse-shaped handsfree vibrator for women who are disappointed with sex. With quotes like “I think I would wear it all the time.” and “Making the world a happier place, one vagina at a time,” how could I not present it here.
Hybrid Play – A cute, if probably ineffective, concept of combining smartphone games with real world objects.
Dragonfly Futurefon – I can’t imagine who would want one of these dual screen Android beasts … but lots of people do.

And of course this week’s Shitstarters startingn with a fantasy of Russian engineering.

Bleen – Awesome fantasy video, no product, never will be. My favourite is the bio of the CEO. “Bogdan is a CEO at Bleen Inc. He is on the first-name basis with project management and while coordinating efforts directs them to the only right way.”
Raglite – I would have thought a lighting company would know how to light a video.
Odoo Themes – WTF is this doing on Indiegogo? And why is it doing so well?
Drivebot – Fitbit for your car. A lesson in how to do things worse than all your competitors.

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

This week in Kickstarterland – 2014-10-18

Welcome back to another instalment of This Week in Kickstarterland. I was tied up with conferences this week so the newsletter is a bit late. The market is heavily saturated with home automation hubs, security systems and phone chargers. And graphine seems to be a thing now.

ChatPetz – Talking connected interactive toys.
bottleLoft – Hang your beers inside your fridge. Awesome.
foaster – Charge your smart phones in your kitchen. Maybe for 3 year olds?
Wiper Wave – Surely they have a middle finger version too.
Ding Dong – So cheap I reckon it won’t arrive. But good on em for trying and giving it such a ludicrous name.
Division Furtive – Not that interesting until I noticed it uses light to program it.
uPas – Not a stupid idea but how did they raise so much with such a terrible campaign?
SAM – littleBits with Bluetooth instead of magnetic clips. Too expensive.
BLEasy – It’s Bluetooth and Makery, beyond that I don’t care.
Rico – Reuse your old smartphone. Awesome timing just after iPhone 6 launch.
TinyScreen – But can we imp it?
Notion – Another hub and spoke home sensor system. Uses 3G for backup when your Wifi goes out. Nice.
Pi-Top – Like Kano but you build a laptop instead of a desktop.
Card-Fi – The poor sad people who believe this will replace business cards are in for an expensive shock.
Future Home – Yet another home automation system. At least this one uses Enocean. They build a Chaos Mode easter egg into their app. That’s cool.
CamPoint – Security service without security. It doesn’t make sense to me.
Kibbi – Ditto. But using your security system as a wireless speaker is a bit much.
Link-U – A web cam with good redundancy options and an over the top campaign video.

Pronto – Charge your battery fast and then run out the door. Whatever.
Juse – Solar nano case. I can see the supply of graphene batteries and solar cells being an issue. Plus who wants to leave their phone out in the sun to heat up.
Zap&Go – A graphine supercap charger. Seems to be all the rage. I wonder what the TSA will think of this?

What would this newsletter be without some Shitstarters?

ClearFind – It’s military grade so it must be real. This project has more than a year of development scheduled to go. I suggest more like 10 years.
Cardtroller – Cute product but I don’t know what to say about this campaign video.
Barvender – This looks more like “Give us money to buy more beer”.
Securistairs – Because airbags for your stairs are a solution to what problem?
Tempest – The sexiest and smartest smart band that will never make it to market.

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

This week in Kickstarterland – 2014-10-08

Welcome back to another instalment of This Week in Kickstarterland. It was a very quiet week. A couple of good projects and no (yes, you heard me, no) Shitstarters!

Plexidrone – I am still not ready to spend that kind of money on a quadcopter … but I like this one.
Ricewise – This rice cooker really needs an Imp inside.
IoTuino – Wifi shield for your Duino. I couldn’t bear to watch the video so I am only guessing it is interesting.
e5 Relay – Transports the on-off status of one power outlet to another. My first impression was that it was a silly idea but it is growing on me.
iCup – Sorry, I just couldn’t resist when it reached its goal of $10k of funding.
The Handie (NSFW) – “The worlds first all-in-one finishing tool for men!” What more can I add?

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

This week in Kickstarterland – 2014-10-01

Welcome back to another instalment of This Week in Kickstarterland. I have a great collection of shitty projects and a few less than embarrassing ones. Let’s go from good to bad and see who can make it to the end!

BelayCords – Sometimes good design is enough.
Vssl – Outdoor and zombie survival. For the rest of us, it makes a great pipe bomb.
Mogics – Simple LED lights with battery. I like that they are waterproof and can sink or float.
Aquasprouts – Desktop aquaponics kit for those with very big desktops.
Pillow Mini – I need one of these at the office. The guy in the video is me.
Hexx – I always love food products. Will this deliver better food than my BBQ?
ArduIMU – Nice but it seems like a solution looking for a problem.
Verve2 – Another sensor pod but presented as a product rather than a PCB.
Haven – Make your door hold up to a battering ram, so long as it is raised up above the floor.
Pavlok – No more cupcakes! If it works for dogs, maybe it will work for humans. The before and after videos are priceless.
Olive – Would a bracelet that tells you that you are stressed … stress you out?
Radmo – Best video all week. Turn your car CD player into a phone holder.
Axiom – Open source cinema camera. Cheesy but cute video. First time I have seen a video recommend NOT to back it.
Fuelbox – It took them three years to design a power switch with a battery charger. Wow. Well funded bros.
Eros Gym (NSFW) – Hide your bondage dungeon in a gymnasium. Of course, why didn’t I think of that!?

Shitstarter of the week. These are the project I would never back, either because they are shit products or hopeless campaigns. They are proof that to have good you must have a balance of evil.

Smart Medical Dispenser – If you are going to raise $800k you are going to need a better video.
Oneirics – Where do I start? The list is too long.
Air Umbrella – Cool idea, but wouldn’t it be much easier to take an umbrella that costs and weighs 90% less?
Showcome Magic – For a SF based company, they don’t like English much. Look for the photo of a jumping kid. It’s priceless.
Newbeem Smart Outlet – The ugliest Wifi controlled plugtop I have seen. Something about this product stinks. It looks like a very old product (the video uses an iPhone 4, the retail packaging in Update #6 is worn out)
Sound Prizm – Hardly the first of its kind. These cost a few cents. Poor guys are going to lose their pants.
Maximus – Why have so many people backed this project? I can’t work out what it is. It looks like an app for tracking goals. Really?
One Stik – Cute combo of USB charger and memory stick. But “To be honest … Whatever funds we raise here will go towards paying off some of those credit lines earlier …” You may not get a product but we will pay off our debt.
Taker – Taker takes a great product and ruins the chance of me giving them any money.

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