This week in Kickstarterland – 2016-01-10

Happy new year and welcome to 2016. Either I am getting old and cynical or everyone is on holidays. It has been the quietest few weeks in Kickstarterland and I have little to report.

Kick of the week

Rexy – It says a lot when a dinosaur candle is the Kick of the Week.

Regular Kicks

Fluxo – It’s nice to see a small amount of innovation in the smart lighting space.
Turris Omnia – Why have some many people backed an open source router from the Czech Republic?
20:16 Moonwalker – File this one under “wtf”?
CHiP – Definitely not the first loveable robotic dog but still pretty cute.
Phazon – There are certain categories that always raise large crowdfunds and Bluetooth earbuds is one such category.
ForeverSpin – Spinning pretty things go round and round and round. I love it.
TelsaSuit – For the gamer who has everything and STILL has $500 to spare.

Shitstarters

iChanter – I doubt these clowns have every built a product in their life. If you don’t want to wait a lifetime for this teddy bear you could always get a Toymail today.
Power Strip Cubes – Not such a bad idea but this guy isn’t the one to make it. Hopefully someone will steal his ideas and bring it to market soon.

Left Fielders

Urine Paper – Now women can look like men when they need to pee. Apparently its ok to piss on shrubbery too. Luck women.
WizDome – I am pretty sure if I said what I was really thinking I would piss off too many people. So I will leave this one entirely to the reader.
Femometer – Someone had to build this. But did they have to make this video?

 

And remember, its only limited by your frigging imagination.

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This week in Kickstarterland – 2015-12-20

Happy new year Kickstarterland readers. This will be the last post for 2015 and it has been a pleasure having you on board. Enjoy this edition and see you next year.

Kick of the week

Enlaps Tikee – I thought this was just another time lapse controller. Once I realised it was an all weather camera as well, I was sold. Slightly too expensive for the occasional time lapse but a brilliant idea.

Regular Kicks

ONAGOfly – A very capable nano drone with GPS and camera on board. The only feature that seems to be missing is better flight time. 12-15 minutes just isn’t enough.
Pine A64 – All these years later, he is still using his Apple history to promote his own products. I guess it works, I am talking about him here. It’s basically a 64bit version of the Pi.
Mstick – I love LED’s, I really do. Maybe it’s just the presentation but this LED stick doesn’t do it for me.
Xandem Home – Used RF Tomography to map the location of moving bodies in your home. A little bit too freaky.
Symbisa – Pity they were beaten to the finish line by a few other tracking devices.
Smartvent – Yet another smart vent zoning system for HVAC. I am waiting to hear the long term effect on the HVAC system before I use a system like this. But I am waiting patiently.
SoundBreak – This should be built into every audio system; cars, smart phones, etc.
Zkoo – I honestly cannot think of any reason to have a product like this.
GoLapse – IMHO, this is exactly why Kickstarter exists. A great project that lots of people will find useful. Remarkably similar to the Tin Can Cable Car kit project.
Tulip – Pass through audio recorders have been around for a decade or more. But hey, this is still a nice project.
Darts Connect – Online smart dart board with global battle games. This has potential.
ShiftWear – ePaper shoes. I like the concept but I don’t believe they can deliver it. My prediction, they will declare bankruptcy in 2017.
Qube – Yep, another smart globe. At $20 each this will sell well retail but I can’t see how they can make a profit on that.
Alpha 2 – Why do robots get so many backers?

Shitstarters

Stcky – This seems to be a small computer whose main feature is suction cups on the bottom. If they were really ready to ship next month they would have photos instead of renders.
Mad Glass – Google Glass anyone? Watch the awesome video two thirds of the way down the page. A priceless video which has nothing to do with the product.
Self Sustaining Electric Generator – I think this guy misunderstands the purpose of Kickstarter. I think he was just looking for somewhere to post a video. Maybe YouTube would be better.
Gravitational Energy – We have our fair share of nut cases in Australia too.

Left Fielders

Hydraquik – I am not sure what to make of this one. I understand the motivation to pump water faster but wouldn’t it just be simpler to have a tankless “instant” water system?
NeoPing – This project has actually been funded! Clearly it was a joke.
Skulpt Chisel – None of their models look like they need this device. I wonder if the device will max out on my body?

 

And remember, its only limited by your frigging imagination.

This week in Kickstarterland – 2015-12-06

Sorry to all my readers for taking so long to get to this review. I took a holiday/vacation in Japan for a few weeks (awesome place) but I am back and trawling Kickstarterland again. I thought it would be a quiet week but there are some great projects.

Kick of the week

UGears – Stunning laser cut plywood moving mechanical models assembled with no glue.

Regular Kicks

RedBear Duo – Finally, a presentable dual-wireless (BLE and Wifi) board.
Creator Ci40 – Another IoT dev kit. Can anyone tell me what is the word he says at 0:32? Apparently these guys are the “only ones to put IoT in a box.”
EverLights
– I have been waiting for a quality LED Xmas light set for years. They have done a great job and cashing in well.
TextNinja – Text and drive, you are a bloody idiot. Now you can buy a product that will help you with your addiction. Personally, I think a short jolt of 25,000V would be much more effective but harder to sell.
LightCan – Awesome … but. It’s a bit steep for a single-colour LED. All the demos show multiple cans, which look great as they allow for multiple colours. Plus, who provides a remote control instead of an app in 2015?
Premetheus – At $2,000 this is great product (assuming it works as promised) but it’s unlikely to succeed on Kickstarter.
Tail Lights – The horse riders are finally learning from the bike community. “Honey, there is a light shining out of that horse’s arse!”
CAT Clutch – Why do women get all the fun? An LED pixel display built into a handbag.
Kurv Guitar – For people who think playing an air guitar doesn’t make you look like a dick. I wonder if they realise how much it looks like a sex toy.
LifePrint – Printed photos with built-in augmented reality that upgrades your photos to videos in-app, in your pocket. I love it.
Fleye – Another pretty good looking single-prop drone. It appears to be pretty stable and autonomous.
Zafirro – A razor blade made of Sapphire glass. A $300 razor blade sounds like a silly idea but its no more expensive than a good electric razor. They have already met their lofty target with a month to spare.
SmartEgg – Not exactly the first app-driven universal remote control but definitely the first one shaped like an egg and its pretty cheap. That’s something. I am still waiting for my Neeo to arrive.
RedBear Duo – Finally, a presentable dual-wireless (BLE and Wifi) board.
Creator Ci40 – Another IoT dev kit. Can anyone tell me what is the word he says at 0:32?
Wio Link – Seeed Studio continues to promote their own kit projects, this time an ESP8266-based IoT kit.
AfterMaster – Improve the output of your audio sources for playback on crappy TV speakers. Personally, I think this is great but I find a decent digital amp and speakers isn’t too expensive. Oh, and Justin Timberlake.
Luma Dice – What a great combination, LEDs and Dice.
Micaton – Extra-strong magnetic screw holder for screwdrivers and drills. Ok, so some of use are hopeless with tools and take any help we can get!
scanPAD – I can’t decide if this is brilliant or pathetic. It’s a little sexier but much the same as QromaScan, Scandock, FOPYDO, ScanBooth and ScanBox.
Luma Power – The second instalment of their light meter, now with a proper Lightning connector.
Pulse – Alpine Labs is back with their third time lapse tool for DSLR cameras. They are getting pretty sophisticated.
Pico Home Brew – Another home brew kit with smart brew packs provided by real craft breweries. This one raised a whopping $1.4m this month.
Obe ProBowl – It might be simpler to just feed your dog less but why not throw some technology in … and stop feeding him at the table.
P-51 Watch – Stunning watches made from the carcasses of recycled Mustangs. I hope they don’t run out of 60’s Mustangs – they aren’t making any more.

Shitstarters

mJoose – Boosting the signal by 100x also boosts the noise by 100x. It’s unlikely to improve anything (but battery life). Patent or not these ideas have been around for many years and they have never worked.
Holovect – Who is going to give them $350k without any demonstration? Not me.

Left Fielders

Meitangua – Having just returned from Japan I can trully appreciate the value of a smart toilet seat. But this one takes the cake – it’s voice and app operated.
The Right Cup
 – Trick the brain into drinking something other than water. I would rather a beer “flavoured” water than a soft drink “flavour”.
Carl Winston – Since the US started legalising cannabis there has been a huge change in the market from pipes to Ganja Girls but at least its entertaining.
Spycup – Because nobody would take a second look at you if you were carrying this around the coast of Taiji, Japan.
kGoal Boost – Connected Kegels for men. I expect women will buy these as gifts for their partners.

 

And remember, its only limited by your frigging imagination.

This week in Kickstarterland – 2015-11-01

Welcome to another week in Kickstarterland. It was a generally solid week but without any massive campaigns and or shockers. This week I have added a new section where I highlight my very favourite campaign of the week.

A really good series of articles was published about LightFreq, a campaign I mentioned last week as concerning because they were launching their second campaign before delivering on their first. This is usually a sign that they have run out of money. This one was special as it was run by a con-artist with a criminal history.

Kick of the week

Skreens – Finally, an external signal multiplexer for your TV. This has been way too long on the wish list. Even my home theatre receiver can’t do this yet.

Regular Kicks

eora 3D – Adds 3D scanning capability to your phone. At that price, it is awesome value.
Voyo – Another OBD-II car monitor with some funky new features that I wouldn’t have expected through this device.
The Things Network – A crowd sourced IoT network using LoRaWAN.
BeeLine and Haize – Two almost identical cyclist navigation systems that are a clever hybrid between a turn-by-turn system and a compass.
Gest – A nice innovation on the gesture input but I think they are very wrong about keyboards and mice.
Ripple – This solar charging wristband for Pebble is cool but a bit bulky. I would like to see the tech used on the solar panels on my roof.
Wink – The sequel to Ringo and another cute educational critter robot.
Ion Belt – A USB waist belt. The ultimate wearable tech. The owner of the business making this is more interesting than the technology.
Airbolt – Great campaign video and nice looking product but a totally pointless product. Suitcases are totally insecure with or without a lock.
Makerarm – A robot that can 3D print, solder, drill, cut, pick and place, etc.
DC One – A pocket DC power supply controllable via Bluetooth
Warpfive Generator – This is the second time they have pitched this idea of a heat-generator-to-USB-power and they aren’t doing much better the second time.
Luna – Seven different sizes of moon lanterns. Nice product, cheezy campaign. I can’t quite understand the success.
Shammane – Another smart watch that claims it is unique. Are they deluding themselves?
Remi – A bedside clock which acts as a sleep trainer for young kids. I wouldn’t mind one for my wife too.
IndieVice – I really want to like this. I knew someone would build it eventually but now that I can see it first hand, I just feel I would prefer using my DSLR.
MiniBrew – I would love to brew my own beer but I would have to drink way more beer than I do to spend $2000 up front plus unknown ingredient costs.
Torch – Great campaign but not exactly an original product. As always, it doesn’t protect your kids when they are out of the home. I don’t object to products like this but I really think you should be teaching your kids to deal with the real world as early as possible.
Axis Gear – Another motorised controller for your window shares. I still like the product but at $150 per window is just too expensive when you have a large house.
ePint – I am so sure I have seen this concept before. Somewhere.
Mii Tab – I can’t imagine what he was expecting Kickstarter to do with it but it really is a good idea and easy to implement.
Shitstarters

Aeronbag – Airbag for your aircraft. Which is more shocking, that he thinks anyone would back him or that he is asking for $7m.

Left Fielders

Tantus Rumble – Apparently all other vibrators are a failure and this one is a revolution. The 10 minute campaign video is likely to be longer than most people use their product.
Tesla and Tezla – A pair of almost identical and useless products, with crappy campaign videos and exactly the same name.
Raymio – In Australia we have been taught that monitoring the UV is pointless – always protect yourself. But regardlessless, this could be a useful tool if it works. They are backed 3-to-1 by the Danish government … I smell an opportunity for fraud.
Rang – A really cheap wearable smart bracelet. Terrible campaign that is clearly targetting the Korean market yet is translated really badly into English.
Tribble – A lovely design but I have no idea why I would want one. I am getting really sick of campaigns claiming to be in the USA but they don’t understand English.

And remember, its only limited by your frigging imagination.

This week in Kickstarterland – 2015-10-18

Welcome back to Kickstarterland. It’s been a crazy month with the launch of the Bud-e Fridge and school holidays. I have finally had a chance to sit down for an afternoon and trawl Kickstarterland. In return for your patience I have a massive edition for you. Heaps of robots, new mobile phones and smart watches. But don’t miss out on a great collection of weird and horrible projects at the end.

Rephone – Another first modular open source phone. Everyone is always the first, even when they are not.
Tyche – This looks less like a robot and more like a mobile phone stand. I think they are trying to make this character do too much and it’s hurting them. It has taken them 18 years to get here.
Robo Wunderkind – Another robotic blocks project. A direct copy of Cubelets.
Cell Robot – How about that, yet ANOTHER robotic blocks project. At least these ones are spherical instead of cubes!
Cannybots Toys 2.0 – At least this robotic toy isn’t made of blocks. It’s made of cars. A bit expensive but pretty cool.
Eyecatcher smart bracelet – I am still waiting to see any smart bracelet project delivered. It’s real cheek to make a black and white video to play down the fact that the epaper display is black and white.
Jabber – A talking throwable soft toy with built-in interactive games. This time with a well used name.
Mogees – A bit like the Makey Makey which turns real-world devices into digital inputs, but for adults. This uses a microphone instead of capacitance.
Referee Ralph – Silly product but one of the funniest campaign videos ever.
Waylens Car Camera – An over-engineered car camera with OBD-II data overlayed packed with sensors.
Aegis Pro Volume Limiting Headphones – Charismatic kid, great looking product at a fair price. I have been waiting for this for a long time.
Skybuds – A clever solution for charging wireless ear buds at the same time as your phone.
Monkey – Upgrade your intercom to make it wifi enabled. They claim 100% compatibility with all intercoms in the world. I think not baby puppy.
Unique – An unique name for a product. The smarts are put into a watch band so can be added to any phone. Basically just a bracelet.
Blocks – Yep, you heard it here first. Another first modular smart watch! The sensors are in the links of the band.
Salto – A low cost motion capture suit. It looks great but a very niche product.
Sesame Touch – A portable finger print ID card and digital/password vault. Maybe.
Momento Smart Frame – Another frame but this one is in 4K. And a price tag to match.
Glyph – While I love ePaper displays, this one looks too much like an Etch-a-sketch
Meater – A wireless meat thermometer without the wires. Yes, more wireless. I wonder how well Bluetooth works inside a Faraday cage? I like the Wifi bridge in the block.
Hudway – I am still excited by the idea of a quality HUD but I refuse to use my phone display for this.
Glowforge – A 3D laser printer. Cuts and engraves at the same time. Only $2000-$4000. Cheap enough to buy two!
Temposcope – Clever weather simulator that saves you having to look at the weather web sites before leaving the house.
Boogie Dice – Finally, the ultimate tech gadget is here! Self rolling dice!
Light L16 Camera – Another attempt to reinvent digital photography. Light uses 16 small lenses instead of one big one, to mae a 50+ megapixel photo with multiple focal lengths. I got mine locked in at $800 off retail.
The Darwin Tank – I had never considered keeping jellyfish as pets until this project. It’s stunning.
DigiRule – Such a simple and lovely tool. No more fighting with my kids over rulers? I think not.
Moonspike – I doubt Elon Musk would have succeeded with SpaceX if he had tried to crowd fund it. Space is REALLY hard and $1m won’t be close to enough.
Evapolar – A personal evaperative cooler. These are called swamp coolers in the US for obvious reasons.

Left Fielders

Lumen – I am not convinced there is enough harvestable energy in your thumbprint to light an LED. Let’s see.
LoonCup – I won’t mention the insanity of the choice of name, that would be crass. But who knew that women want a connected menstrual cup? And then she said … “Hey, I have Bluetooth in my knickers!”
Pink Trotters – Apparently, these people think women are pigs not loons.
Travmaga – Why they named a shemale dating app after an Israeli martial art, I do not know.
Nursing in Public Task Force – Free the Nipple! But why is this listed under “technology”?
KBlocker and NoKayne – Browser plugins to block the Kardashians. Perfect.
eJaculator and 3FAP – Do you want VR with your porn or three holes to play with?
DogStar TailTalk – Attach a sensor to your dog’s tail and if you don’t get bitten it will translate your dog’s emotions.

Shitstarters

Solu – Pretty product but that’s it. They want to get consumers to pay to use a product they have already paid for and they are talking about US$25 per month. I will stick to Apple for now.
Seisco Supercharger – This campaign focuses on the credentials of their NASA engineer and the rising costs of water heaters without explaining what the product actually does that every other instant water heater doesn’t do. I think it kicks in when the water tank delivers cold water. I love their update titled “Not sure what’s going on here”.
SID – There are so many of these on the market, why you would try to make another and then make a horrid campaign like this is beyond me.
Paygle – Being from Melbourne isn’t enough to save this project. There are heaps of services that do this already.
Automatic Speeding Tickets – The rest of the world has been issuing speeding tickets automatically for decades. The US doesn’t because it has a backward legal system. More importantly, why would anyone support you in this quest?
Skarp Laser Razor – “I was working on medical lasers and decided I wanted to do something that would actually help everyone. So I invented a laser shaver.” Something tells me this project will be a disaster.
Cujo – “Users” say they feel more secure even though the product isn’t built yet. I wouldn’t trust my security to “machine learning” done in the cloud but I understand why people are scared silly.
Guardian Key – I really don’t know what to say about this one.

And remember, its only limited by your frigging imagination.

This week in Kickstarterland – 2015-09-19

Welcome back to another week in Kickstarterland. This week is a busy one, all about LEDs (lights, clocks, noodles, bikes) and exploration (in space, under water, on land and even music). But with all this brilliance, we also have to have pizza panties.

Spokenlights – LED POV system for your bike. Pity it doesn’t charge kinetically. Similar to the Monkey Light but programmable.
Brite Bits – Personally, I think this is how LEDs should always come.
Flicked – It’s really pretty but just a touch expensive for me.
Luminoodle – A slight twist on the LED strip.
ClockFOUR – When ClockTHREE isn’t enough, it’s time to roll out the next version with Neopixels.
Livall – Improving cycling safety with an LED helmet and look cool doing it. It’s actually a full system including a helmet, remote control, phone mount and cadence sensor.
SpaceVR – Sadly, I will never get to space. Maybe my kids might. This is probably the closest I will get.
Fusion guitar – Electric smart guitar with built-in amp, speakers, battery and iPhone dock!
7Bot – Desktop industrial robot. Really, who doesn’t want one of these?
Dobot – Pity I saw 7Bot first as this would have looked better without the comparison.
Trident – This second version of their underwater drone looks pretty amazing.
Hoverboard – I can’t say I was expecting yet another hoverboard. Note that this campaign closes on Oct 21st 2015. No guys, I didn’t miss it.
HiddenHUB – The third in their product line. I am not sure what to think of this. It looks like it might be better feature-wise than the competitors.
Klokers – We would all want weird watches, wouldn’t we?
Icebreaker – Ice making reinventedwith a twist. Pun intended.
Weekdate – Why use a computer/phone for your calendar, when you can invent a new one?
Batband and AfterShokz – Does anyone know what a “social lifescape” is? Why does John look like Geordi Laforge. I have backed two crap “bone conducting headset” projects. Not going to happen again until I know it works.
Angee – While this is a nice product its disengenuous to say that it provides security. It provides monitoring of your home but won’t prevent theft or violence. The best security is designing the outside of your home to be a deterent to anyone entering the home. Once they are in, its way too late.
Jogmod – This does make breadboards better … but I still hate breadboards with a vengence.
BRO Ball – Bluetooth speaker inside a useable football. Sadly, people aren’t as excited as they said they would be.
Ivee Voice – I backed their first project and it was shit. Hopefully they have learned their lessons. I won’t back them again. Amazon Echo works fine for me for now.
Neverlost – I quit playing golf because I lost too many balls. This was an obvious solution but I have waited 10 years to see it. However, it seems they were far from the first.
Comet – An Android phone with one redeaming feature, it floats on water. They clearly didn’t have a lot of money to spend on celebrity endorsements.
Left fielders

NoPhone Zero – Third time lucky. This zero-tech tool for zero brain people.
Quantum Flux – Evil genius or mad scientist?
Poop Sling – I can’t imagine exactly what is patentable about this. Maybe the toilet paper holder.
Pussy Protector – A home screening kit for infectious diseases.
Bad Parking Cards – Yep, it’s hard to not like these.
Pizza Panties – This guy is trying to live out his own fantasies by having women around the world wearing his thongs. What if this guy bought one?

Shitstarters

WiFi-MCU – Or you could just use an Electric Imp.
IoT PLC – These guys live in Silicon Valley but haven’t moved forward since the 70s. I covered their last project too. You should see their website!
Fixl – Everyone should have a guy standing behind the guy in front of the camera. Especially when they are seeking $350k.
Heyo – Who uses a landline anymore? Interesting idea, about 10 years late.
PoDDI – This guy is a moron. He should have website just for himself.
EOS – Yep, another absurd hoverboard. This guy is off his tree.
Pooch Selfie – Selfies are bad enough but don’t screw up your dog as well!
Quicklock – I hate companies that claim they are a “world 1st” when they are about the 10th. This is an indoor BLE/NFC lock that is very expensive and has many flaws.

And remember, its only limited by your frigging imagination.

This week in Kickstarterland – 2015-09-06

Welcome back to another week in Kickstarterland. This week we have a new touch pad type device which shows real promise, a couple of sleep aids, smart bike devices and strangely similar magtip cables. A solid collection of shitstarters and left fields including the crowd favourite Zero Fucks.

Robin – An Android smartphone that moves your excess files in and out of the cloud automatically. Sounds like a Dropbox plugin rather than a new phone.
Morph – A new type of touch pad with pressure sensitivity that could dramatically change input.
Oura – Another sleep and activity monitor but this time packed into a ring.
Snooz – A portable white noise machine for people who need help sleeping. Great video. I sleep like the dead, so I don’t need the product but my wife might 🙂
SmartHalo – An LED ring for bikes to give visual GPS directions, a theft deterent plus a few other funky add-ons.
Haiku – Another smart bike that does most of the same things as SmartHalo but is removable.
Pearbuds – Another in-ear wireless earbud project. Kind of gross when the first person in the video shares his earbuds with his friend.
Mycroft – Another clone of Alexa but open source, cheaper and with a British accent.
DreamMe – A weird lens for projecting your smartphone onto the ceiling.
iPPS – A lower cost reversing sensor for cars. Someone punch this guy.
LimiFrog – A prototyping kit using the ARM Cortex M4. There are lots of existing products that do this already.
TESPA – The Hawk and Wings IoT prototype kit based on the ESP8266 and an ARM Cortex M0. Yes, another one.
Solar-Breeze – A solar powered, robotic vacuum cleaner for your pool.
GlowTie – I wouldn’t be seen dead in this but I do love LEDs.
Leveraxe – Who knew you could innovate on the axe.
Metawear C – These guys just keep coming back.
Magni-cable and Zaptip – It must really suck when you come out with an idea at the same time.
JetComfy and Kooshy – Which travel pillow do you prefer?

Shitstarters

StayCool – An airconditioning suit, backpack and blower. What?
Augmented Sound – I have no idea what this dude is on, but I want some.
TVRunway – Because compulsive shoppers need to shop more efficiently.
vUrja – Take my money, please. I must have that butt ugly power supply.

Left fielders

Snack Stadium and MunchArena – These guys prove that American’s are nuts (about sport and food). What weird but wonderful products.
Zero Fucks – For when saying “I don’t care” just isn’t enough.
Knob Gobbler – I assume he doesn’t realise what he has done.
Sports Table – I wonder how many legless manequins they left behind.
Ball Soap – Finally, a product for cleaning ones danglies.

And remember, its only limited by your frigging imagination.