This week in Kickstarterland – 2015-02-22

Welcome to another week in Kickstarterland, and its jam packed with huge projects. Read about bone conducting glasses, gamified trash, pigeons and a $400 electric bike.

Glow Headphones with Laser Light – Seriously, how could you go wrong with fricking laser beams in headphones!?
Soundglasses – Sun glasses with built in Bluetooth bone conducting headphones. I am still waiting for my first bone conducting headphones I backed in 2013. The only issue I see is wearing your glasses with clear lenses to make a phone call at night.
Fly12 cycling camera – This bicycling attachment has lights, camera, batteries and continuously looping memory. Awesome.
Pon – A puncture-less push pin. Sometimes the lowest tech innovations are the most fun.
National Paper Airplane Contest – I rest my case Your Honour.
XLR-ONE Personal Robot Companion – Seriously, who has $1500 to invest in a half-arsed toy like this?
OctoFire 8 Port USB 3.0 Hub – More ports, more joy. 8 is still not enough for my house.
$400 Electric Bike – Second time is the charm. At $400 it’s really really tempting.
Shrinkified Arduino – For when an Arduino is an overkill, here is the Tiny Arduino. Faster than nothing! Less powerful than a toy locomotive! Unable to leap even small buildings in a single bound. But small and cheap.
RasPiO Duino – … or for when your Arduino isn’t enough why not strap it on the back of a Raspberry Pi for fun.
007 “Agent” – Move the user interface functionality onto a PIC based daughter board over UART. Looks like it was designed in the 60s but still useful for many people.
Clinicloud – Home digital medical equipment (initially stethoscope and thermometer) for guilty mothers. As a father many times over, I don’t need or want these things.
Screenstick Joystick – Not the first but a great looking product and definitely one of the cheesiest videos I have seen in a while.
Goodnight Lad – Another second attempt gone right. A really fun looking kids book with an augmented reality companion app. I hope this is the first of many such books as my kids would love it.
Robocore – The brain of your next robot project. It looks like they have just taken the Lego Mindstorms open source project and wrapped it in a nice video. If they don’t add some unique and original value, it will be disappointing.
Pigeon – Another wifi and Bluetooth connected digital picture frame. There have been lots of these in the last few years but I like this one. It seems to have all the bits I needed two years ago.
Zrro – Android based game console for TVs with cool conductive hover technology. Great video, clever product. It should be a winner and a game changer for this niche.
ISS Above for Raspberry Pi – Tracks the ISS on your HDTV plus adds a wearable LED badge that lights up whenever the ISS is above. A nice evolution.
Kanega Watch – Wearable old person monitor and watch. The mum sounds more robotic than the watch in this video but the daughter/founder has some good credentials.
ICeU Spectres – A personal aircraft with VTOL and a seriously cute kid. Great combination.
Cognitoys – It looks great but I am generally cynical about kids toys. I will wait and see if they can deliver on the promise. But if they have IBM and Watson behind them it could be interesting to watch.
Skyprowler – This is a high speed, long range, VTOL drone aircraft and it scares the bejesus out of me.
Radium – A Geiger counter for the masses. I can just see the look on the supermarket attendant when you pull out your Radium and wave it over their fruit.
Tetrabin – You know this is an Aussie project because its a rubbish bin not a trash can. Gamification of rubbish. Who knew that was a thing.
Rayger – LED light strip controller that reacts to music. Why does everyone think they are the first? Dude!
OWL drop-in filter adapter – Clever idea to put the filter behind the lens instead of in front and then make it hot swappable. I don’t believe it adds enough value to make it a mainstream product but it is still pretty cool. Pity it only work for mirror-less bodies, not SLRs. The video reminds me of an old Bruce Lee film.

Shitstarters

Sound Torch – Assuming he edited his own videos, this guy is on psychedelic drugs. If he paid someone else to do it, they might be tripping together.
iBridge Translation App – Since when is KS a app searching service. These guys are clearly not looking for assistance in developing their app, they are looking for customers. This app is nothing new at all.
Goto Browser – On one hand I applaud these young kids for their entrepreneurship but on the other hand, their motivation, idea and resulting product are seriously useless. It looks like a project for their mates funded by their family.
Lenzindex – I don’t mind the concept but £5 per sticker is absurd. Plus it won’t help with large lenses that lie on their side.
Pi Debug Clip – I am not a Pi user but this seems like a good enough product. But Ryan really should find a friend who doesn’t have a lisp to read out “Mac OSX” for him. I am a mean bastard, I know.
Steam Age Tech – As an adult I find the confluence of science, technology and history fascinating. My kids expect way more to keep them interested. Plus this guy doesn’t have much of a clue how to make quality videos.

Left Fielders

Beam Smart Projector – This weird project plugs a projector into a light socket for power. Why? What is wrong with using a GPO for power? Maybe if all you want is to have a screen on your desk but surely a monitor does that pretty well.
Rocket Ride – A slap on dildo for a couple to enjoy together with a founding engineer names Max Peak.
Beater Meter – Wanking in the 21st century involves a smartwatch application with social media integration.
Moocall Sensors – Sends the farmer an SMS when his cow is about to calf. This isn’t a crowd funded project, but I couldn’t resist including it!

And remember, its only limited by your frigging imagination.

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This week in Kickstarterland – 2015-02-15

Welcome to another week of Kickstarterland. This episode showcases the best and worst of ideas including two battery projects, connected skipping ropes, wooden sex machines, home urinals and an attempt to fly a drone over North Korea.

ExoDrive Case – Aussie made SD card case for smart phones. Seems a bit obvious yet nobody is making them.
OneNet Open Switch – I can’t really see the use of a software defined network but there are freaks and academics out there for every project.
Bettery – Subscription rechargeable batteries swapped at a local kiosk. Surely rechargeable batteries solve exactly the same problem?
Lightor – Battery with a build in USB port for charging. It’s an overkill but darn it, it’s clever.
Zip Rings – Dental floss rings that solve a problem I never knew we had.
Milk Nanny – After four kids, I can’t say that making formula bottles with the most difficult of the chores. Dealing with the breast-is-best psychos was much more challenging.
Sophia – A slightly modern twist on the old counting skip rope. Apparently a direct copy of Jumpiing but they are now all friends and its ok.
Light Show – A beautiful sculpture, puzzle and interactive LED light.
Gas Sense – Somewhat reminiscent of Quirky’s Refuel only using some sort of thermal imaging technology.
Creek – This looks rather like an Android tablet on a stand. But this clock is also another smart home controller. Why?
Chat Light – A light for your phone, tablet or laptop for better quality videos and selfies.
Shortcut-S – I have to admit I struggle to remember shortcuts so this product appeals to me.
Mu System – Pretty neat and tidy international USB charger.
Bluewire – Bluetooth headset that records conversations. It looks like a really useful product but the absurdity of sending conversations back to the phone by Bluetooth instead of the phone recording them is laughable. Also, they need to decide how the product is spelled.
Catsomat – Multicat refrigerated Wifi-enabled feeder. I still stand by letting them eat mice.
Pixsso – I never tire of seeing ePaper applications. This is a simple product but a worthy one.
VisionCube – HD wifi connected mini projector. Something tells me these guys are not going to deliver anything.
Broogs Smart Lamp – I am still waiting for my last lamp KS project to deliver. I am also not sure I could back a founder named “teddy bear”.

Shitstarters

Kitsch – Even when translated this makes no sense. 100,000 euro in one weekend and they are just at concept stage.
Bug-a-salt – Torment flies with this weapon of messy destruction.
HandEnergy – Charge your phone by masturbating.
Wallflowers – Easily the worst video pitch all year. The product is so-so but the video takes it down to the gutter level.

Left fielders

Main Drain – A home urinal for men who would prefer to pee on a tree than in the loo. This is so very wrong. I can just picture the mess after a drunken visit to the loo.
Tesla Coils for North Korea – These morons want to raise funds to build a kerosine powered drone to fly into North Korean and back.
Adulte.toys – How can you ignore a project titled “Wooden Sex Toys and Fucking Machines”.

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

This week in Kickstarterland – 2015-02-11

Welcome to another week of Kickstarterland. This episode is chock full of awesome and horrible projects covering (and apparently revolutionising) religion, sex, relationships and physics. We have connected dildos, robotic and electronic prayers, connected cups and power generation from urine.

Voltera – A circuit board printer which solders, places parts and reflows automatically. If this delivers on the promise, it could be a game changer for many.
Luna
– An electric blanket that is so smart it detects your sleep patterns, turns off your TV, locks your doors and makes you coffee in the morning. Pass.
Coolbox – A blatant ripoff of the Coolest Cooler but for your tools. At least they did a good job.
3DRacers – A 3d printed, real-world racing game. Finally, something to use that useless printer for!
Flotilla – Yet another hardware hacking kit, this time Pi bases and from the UK. These look pretty good but so do most of the others.
EasyPlug Air – Wow, another Arduino sensor kit. This one using the magic of wireless technology!
DuinoKit Jnr – This may not be the best video but it is one of the best electronics discovery kits which blends the Arduino with the old electronics kits.
OpenMV Cam – Python based open source machine vision hardware. The last MV camI purchased is sitting in a box somewhere.
Bluemometer – General purpose, waterproof, bluetooth thermometer.
Spider Wifi – Dual channel 2.4ghz router for lots of speed and to blast the neighbours off your channels.
Chop-E – An electric bike in a shape inspired by a Harley Davidson motorcycle. With a top speed of 35 km/h, you probably can’t use the roads safely.
Hive – A home automation, control, entertainment and security system. At list this one looks pretty.
xRemote – Another home automation platform (basically a remote control hub) that believes they have done something new. I have news for them. I wonder how many of these companies will be broke within 24 months.
Vexbox – A tool for parents who want their kids to hate them. It throttles the speed of specific websites. These guys don’t live in the same world as me.
Rouncer – Sometimes I just don’t get why people back a particular project. This is a perfectly fine looking mandolin tool but it doesn’t look any better than the other 100 products already on the market.
Coordimate – A rubber stamp that prints an empty cartesian graph. Clever, clever tool for all maths students. I imagine this will be the first of many useful stamps.
Piezo Film Speaker – This guy has come up with some great scientific projects and this is up there. Plus he says its only limited by your frigging imagination!
Neoh – A pretty obvious solution of adding motion sensing to headphones to allow 3D sound to work. But a really badly executed attempt at a funny video. And their claim of being the first is a bit silly as the Rondo Motion was on Kickstarter in 2013.
Kinskii – Share fun times with your kids when you are out of town. I appreciate what they are trying to achieve but I don’t think they hit it.
Daisy – Monitor your potted plant health from your phone. The product looks ok but these muppets are going to learn a tough lesson about the economics of business soon.
TarDisk – I don’t get it. This seems to be just a high capacity SD card.
LensRacks – I wish I had enough gear to justify this solution.
Smartstones – “Pioneering non-verbal communication.” I don’t really believe the world needs this, even if the video is slick and the product looks like a pebble. But I appreciate the attempt.
Entacup – Quantum entanglement for coffee cups. Like Smartstones but with coffee cups instead of rocks. Still just as pointless.
Tlinkle – When it rains, it pours. This is a connected team cup!
Carvi – A team of back seat drivers criticising you while you drive. The minor failure of this concept is most people think they are great drivers and don’t need help. Maybe a product like this should be mandatory for all drivers for the first five years of driving.

Left Fielders

Bilal Robot – This might have been an interesting project except that they are asking for more than a half million dollars. It teaches you to pray, to speak arabic AND to do maths in arabic! It even comes with a comprehensive patent.
365 Watch – For people who don’t have the time to read your bible every day … carry it around on your wrist.
Miss on the Go – Teledildonics at its finest. You can pleasure yourself, your partner or a complete stranger. All while doing your Kegels. Good to see that Canadians do relieve themselves.
g.vibes – A second company revolutionising sex with a remotely controllable dildo. They all seem to be made by geeks with a front-woman. No hamsters required.

Shitstarters

Spark – A watch that zaps you every time you zone out. I can’t think of a stupider product (except for while you are driving). How about a watch that helps you sleep better at night or does your chores for you so you aren’t so bloody tired!?
Ion Earth – A really clever idea but sadly a useless campaign. Someone with proper skills and budget needs to build this.
Coolest Clock – This is not as cool as the Coolest Cooler nor is it ever going to be built as presented. Backers be ware, my shit detector is going off.
Hybox – Apparently you can pee, cry or spill your soda on a Graphene plate and generate enough electricity to charge a smartphone. My guess is that won’t stand up to any sort of scrutiny.
MediaBox – Someone in South Africa forgot to check out Roku and every Android media player on Ebay.

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

This week in Kickstarterland – 2015-02-03

Welcome back to This Week in Kickstarterland. A busy week for education, photography and useless remote controls and the usual collection of crappy home automation projects that nobody really needs.

Flicks – A LED projector and a Bluetooth speaker in a portable battery operated box. I am mixed on this one, but it isn’t something I would use.
CoolWallet – I like the design of a cold storage Bitcoin wallet in a card but there is no mention of any sort of backup of the contents. I would rather have my Bitcoin bolted to a concrete floor.
Paragon – Inductive cooktop with smart temperature control, specifically targeted at sous vide and deep frying. I really think this is a nice package.
Pixio – Auto-follow camera mount. Awesome idea. The home grown porn industry is going to love it!
AXSY T-Set – Motion control for your camera to allow for fine control during video, time-lapse or astrophotography. Comprises of Centric (the hub), Spin and Slide.
Blueberry wall – Another remote heart-string-tug device. This one with a weird chocolate twist. Apparently the market for long-distance relationships isn’t that big. This one’s for you Kevin.
Juggglow – The IoJ – Internet of Juggling.
Jack – “If you don’t know Jack … you should.” Apparently using Wifi for your guitar cable changes everything.
Dillinger eBike – “Everyone else is doing it wrong, we know best.”
Leo – Another headphone amp that makes your digital audio sound analog. Sadly, this is a thing.
StickyBugs – Build-your-own Arduino shields.
Cirkits – Young kids will get better at electronics and worse at spelling. A fair trade. This is a sewable kit for very young ones.
Pirate Electronics – Another project that thinks they are revolutionising education of electronics. They are not.
Black Swift – The Russians have come out in force to put together this small embedded Linux box with built-in Wifi.
Prynt – Definitely not the first (“Hello, Polaroid!”) but still a great tool for those who have a lot of cash to burn on paper (50c per tiny photo). But I am really impressed with their augmented reality feature.
Pi Neopixel Controller – Why should Rasberry Pi users miss out on the joy of NeoPixels.

Shitstarters

Memsi – Backup your photos while on the road. Hardly original. I had my first one of these in 2001 and who wants to 7 months (plus delays) for such a non-event of a product.
SPIN remote – This has to be the stupidest remote control I have ever seen, bar none. They ran a simultaneous campaign on Kickstarter too, but this WAS funded. Stupid people.
Kaka – You really have to expect the worst when you name your product Shit.
Spaceman Lighting – Really cheap Bluetooth smart bulbs. So cheap, nobody is willing to take a risk. I have to admit I am waiting for smart bulbs to get cheaper.
VISR – Yet another Google Cardboard clone, only this one is really special.
Domus – How can you not poke fun at a home automation system that claims to make breakfast and heat your shower for you before you wake up. In the end its just a connected plugtop and an app. Plus “we have a working prototype that is ready for mass production but there is still a lot to be done.” What?
Clime – Environmental readings for idiots … by idiots and boy bands.
Smart Boxing Gloves – I have no idea how Kickstarter let this one though but I am even more amazed that 43 fools have successfully funded it and parted with their funds.

Left fielders

None for this week.

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