This week in Kickstarterland – 2015-03-01

Welcome to another week in Kickstarterland. We have some huge projects to discover this week! We have an Australian beehive breakthrough that allows beekeepers to (literally) tap their hive, a new colour Pebble watch, a 3G version of Spark, a GSM tracking device and lots more.

Flow Hive – Finally, someone has invented a bee hive that can be directly tapped for honey. Brilliant. Buy your own bee hive and make happier bees and keepers.
Pebble Time – The latest colour Pebble watch broke the record for the biggest opening day and it has barely moved since then. Not that I am scoffing at a healthy $11.65m!
Spark Electron – Another great offering from Spark, a version that uses GSM data instead of Wifi with them setting themselves up as an MVNO with global coverage.
iTraq – A GSM based tracker including a prepaid SIM card. This is a solution for a long standing set of problems and it looks like they have done an awesome job. There are some minor issues around batteries but I think it’s still a great solution.
Ringo – A great little Arduino robot critter.
Sesame – Another connected door opening like Lockitron and August. They are a bit cocky in their claim to have perfected the art of turning locks. I like that they offer a BluFi gateway to add Wifi connectivity. It adds a fair bit to the cost but it completes the solution without reducing battery life.
Cuberox – A small cube with a Linux box embedded and an uninterrupted six-sided LED display. It looks cute but I suspect it would get boring quickly.
Smart Rope – Uses a POV LED display to show you fitness data
PiJuice – Battery pack for the Pi. The Pi really wasn’t ever designed to be portable but these guys have done a neat job.
MIDIWidget – Interfaces to any MIDI output and converts it to GPIO outputs. This could be a fantastic tool for musical hackers.
Thermoneystat – Adjust your air-conditioner and heater by setting a budget and monitoring environment concerns instead of temperature.
Turning Shoe – Improve your swing and reduce strain on your legs and back by pivoting your sole. Sleep better at night by watching these videos.
EVShield – An Arduino shield for the LEGO Mindstorms EV3 hardware
Xeus Flashlight – Something simple and great about this survival flashlight project. Solar charged ultracapacitor instead of battery and fully sealed in a polycarbonate shell and filled with an epoxy resin.
Blub Uno – A single tube Nixy clock. It should have been a good way to save money and power and still have an awesome Nixy tube. But it’s not, it’s stupidly expensive.
UAmp – This DSP for your mobile phone is the best ever … because it’s made in Australia.
dSp – Yet another DSP for your mobile phone to improve the sound and volume of your portable music.
Apollo 11 VR Experience – This seems more like a 3D movie than a VR experience but it looks great thanks to their significant use of NASA file footage. The best part of this campaign is the freak demoing on his Oculus Rift in the mask. How did they find this guy and don’t they realise kids will have nightmares?
Fogo Adventure Gadget – What else do you call a torch / GPS / Walkie Talkie / Radio / Messenger / anything else it wants to be?
AMPL – Everyone loves a bag with a device charger but this doesn’t look all that much better than buying a portable power cell and using your favourite bag.
The Juicer – I have always thought that you should be able to donate power to someone else from your phone.
Neo Smart Jar – At $50 a jar, its an expensive way to upgrade your kitchen. But I like where they are going and in time it could be the standard approach and drop in price.
Ovrvision Pro – This is a crappy presentation but seems like a logical addition to a VR headset. I would expect this to be the norm in the future.


FlyShark – This smartwatch looks remarkably similar to and just as bad as the Android one I got on Kickstarter last year. They lie in their advertising by suggesting you can take a selfie but the camera is not on the face, its on the side.
LAB aerial bot – I really don’t want my phone going up in a drone given every drone I have ever had ended up stuck in a tree.
KegData – Make sure you never run out of beer in your keg. Brought to you by two lushes who think $200-300 plus $10 a month is going to fly.
Project Exergy / Henry – Transfer heat from all those inefficient data centers and computers into your home to reduce waste. Nothing to see here, please keep moving.
RuggedPOD – Someone forgot to tell these guys that the computing world has moved to the cloud. I am sure there are still a few uses for this kind of device, maybe on farms.
CargaPlus – Nope, this guy is definitely not going to take your money and run. Never.
Origibot – It takes a lot of video editing to make this robot looks this bad. Even grandma wasn’t impressed. Although, it does remind me of the skitters in Red Dwarf.
Ecani – This guy is well on his way to $5m of funding to be an alternative hydro plant in order to reduce the cost of the existing hydro plant. Right. This is why flexible funding is just wrong.
Rent a person – Pay for someone to wear a god aweful helmet on the other side of the world and control them remotely. Clerly this guy wants to see someone else having the sex that he will never have.

Left Fielders

Oloring – Discretely electrocute your penis into life. You can choose a greater orgasm or to delay your orgasm. What a useful tool for pleasing your woman.
Potty Glo – Make your toilet glow so you don’t fall in the loo when your kids leave the seat up. Made in California, solving the worlds greatest problems.
PIVOT – Political issues aside, this looks like an interesting project but the cost of collecting and maintaining the content will bankrupt them before their community delivers enough of their own content to make it worth while.

And remember, its only limited by your frigging imagination.

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