This week in Kickstarterland – 2016-04-17

Welcome to another week in Kickstarterland. A total random collection of interesting projects popped up this week from robotic security and lawn mowers to self filling water bottles. A few of this weeks’ projects appear to be repeats of earlier projects. Maybe they will be more lucky than their predecessors.

 

Kick of the Week

Moon – This stunning moon globe has real and accurate craters and a simulated sun that makes them shine. Oh to have that kind of money to throw around.

Regular Kicks

Sense A Life – I am not sure this is the best solution to the problem but it is a real problem. I think the reality is people won’t buy this product until they have screwed up at least once. And every parent has done it.
ShadowBox – Lighting solutions are ever improving. This is a good price for a really useful lighting project.
Growver – Grass watering robots aren’t as good as drought tolerant grass but hey, whatcha gonna do?
Mr Beam II – I can’t wait to have a laser cutter in the kitchen at home so I can write messages on my kids’ bananas!
Mooring – One day, one of these sleep projects will deliver a product that actually works. Until then I will wait until there are real reviews out in the market.
Birdie – This would be fun once or twice.
EZ Remote – I think it’s a bit too late for a product like this to be taken seriously. But it looks ok and cheap.
Fishing FanCam – I was fishing a few weeks ago and thought that it would be great to have a camera pointed at the hook and bait. And what do you know, there it is!
Geni – A bit of a clone of ORBneXt but still a great idea.
Riley – A really cute robotic camera with some basic security features.
Fontus – A clever use of technology to extract water from humid air into a solar powered bottle. Delivery in a year from now is a bit higher risk.
Aurai – For the relief of eye strain, this mask massages your face with warm and cool water. How exciting.
LoRaONE – This product will be much more useful when the LoRaWAN network reaches a reasonable scale.
Dualo – Another new musical instrument designed to be freeform and anti-establishment.

Left Fielders

Livia – An Israel father-and-son have created a Tens machine tweaked for women’s menstruation pain. I can only imagine how they got to this idea but they produced a great video.

And remember, its only limited by your frigging imagination.

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This week in Kickstarterland – 2016-04-03

Welcome to another week in Kickstarterland. The trend this week is the Nespresso model – campaigns that sell you the hardware but tie you in to buying content from them. Add to that we have connected umbrellas, coding for kids and dual SIM iPhones. But the news (and my mind) this week was dominated by the Tesla 3 launch.

 

Kick of the Week

Tesla Model 3 – This is cheating a little bit but Tesla has pulled off 250k+ orders to raise $250m cash on back-orders of $10bn+. This is the greatest Kickstarter of all time.

Regular Kicks

Olo – Insanely cheap 3D printer which uses your phone for the heavy lifting. Another insanely popular 3D printer project.
Ekko Hub – Wireless headphone jacks for up to four people at once. Bloody well thought out product.
Kaptivo – Whiteboard image capture system for online realtime collaboration.
FlipFlic – Automated, solar powered blind winder.
Kuvée – Connected wine bottle which keeps wine fresh for 30 days and provides digital drinking notes. Sadly requires you to buy your wine in canisters from them.
Juicero – A ludicrously expensive connected fruit press with subscription juice packs.
Tovala – Another smart oven that requires you to purchase food pods from them.
Artbrew – Kickstart loves automatic beer brewing machines. Yet another subscription service for ingredients.
Davek and Oombrella – Bluetooth connected umbrellas that alert you if you walk too far from it.
Codeybot – Robots that teach kids to code.
Dodock – A multidevice dock which looks ok but I can’t handle when they pay voice-over artists to read terrible english.
A-Speaker – I like the concept of directional speakers but I haven’t seen a good application for the technology.
Anyware Smart Adapter – Put this between your bulb and its socket and you have yet another smart home adapter. It’s yet another product that is disabled if someone flips the light switch.
DoBox – An odd but somewhat wonderful combination of add-on wireless device connectivity for your Apple devices. Card reader, access point, battery/charger, audio out, Airplay, keyboards, printers, mouse/trackpad, etc.
Krimston TWO – Live SIM adapter (backpack) for the iPhone. It’s big and ugly but really looks functional and useful … if only it supported 4G.
Protonet Zoe – Amazon Echo for the paranoid?
Ossic X – Headphones are something best bought in a store. These look great but I need to know how it sounds.

 

Left Fielders

Hush – Connected butt plug. Something every couple should have.
Remoji – A whole set of connected sex toys that dance to music.
Nervana – Music player that tickles your pleasure centers via your ears. The video indicates it puts people to sleep too.
Tmouse – “Deformable” mouse. Use your mouse in a gripping position to reduce strain.
iBrush365 – How these people crap on for 6 minutes about a toothbrush, I don’t know.

 

Shitstarters

Triton – Another “ambitious” project that will never deliver, they claim it’s an artificial gills but there is little proof.
Stream Cheese – This creator isn’t sure what decade he is in. Devices like this have been around for decades.

And remember, its only limited by your frigging imagination.