For those who have been patiently waiting for a sous vide cooker to come down to the realm of the everyday budget, a quickly funded Kickstarter project might just be the answer. The Sansaire is an affordable solution for those looking to dive into the relatively new method of sous vide cooking. Judging by the campaign reaching 4.5 times its funding goal only about halfway through the period, it's probably safe to say that many have been waiting for just this opportunity.
No batteries, no switches, no power cords... The Dino Pet night light is a toy that's actually alive. It's not going to walk or talk, of course, but it's filled with living bioluminescent algae, or dinoflagellates, that allow it to glow in the dark.
The idea is that the Dino Pet, currently seeking funding on Kickstarter, is actually a dino pet -- a dinosaur-shaped toy filled with dinoflagellates that needs to be "fed" with sunlight to allow it to glow brilliantly at night. It could be used as a biology teaching tool, as well as a friendly presence to keep the nighttime monsters at bay. … Read more
Just because you're camping, doesn't mean you have to be uncomfortable. You could sleep on the ground like everybody else, or you could pick up a Nubé through Kickstarter. The Nubé is an advanced hammock shelter that keeps the elements outside.
The whole contraption hangs suspended off the ground with a gear holding area below the sleeping area. Slather on some blue makeup and you can pretend like you're an extra in "Avatar."… Read more
Being careless with your wallet or purse is an easy way to have your cash -- and your identity -- stolen. Here's a smart wallet that will tell you when items have been removed or not been returned promptly.
Ping is a minimalist aluminum case for your ducats, debit cards, and credit cards that links to your phone and alerts you in case of theft or loss.
There's a new crowdfunding champion in town.The Ubuntu Edge, a smartphone from Canonical that's designed to take on Apple's iPhone 5 and the Samsung Galaxy S4, hit a record for crowdfunding, reaching $10.4 million on Friday. The investment, which has been made up by thousands of Indiegogo users, has beaten out the former crowdfunding champion the Pebble smartwatch, which was able to muster $10.2 million on Kickstarter.
The Ubuntu Edge has excited the open-source community. The handset, if launched, would dual-boot Android and Ubuntu mobile, and can be converted into a full PC with … Read more
Some kids these days expect a bit more from their literary adventures than a simple book can offer. The makers of the "Choose Your Own Adventure" books are looking to modernize the format for new fans by turning the series into an interactive cartoon app. A Kickstarter project is underway to provide the funding.
The Choose 'Toons project uses the familiar format of a second-person adventure with various crossroads where the decisions you make impact the outcome of the story. The first story, scheduled to be released as an iOS app, involves a child who finds a robot named Gus.… Read more
After closing out its Kickstarter campaign for $150,000 with a whopping $1,109,351, the Virtuix Omni gaming treadmill -- a round, concave treadmill designed to let you walk and run around in a virtual gaming environment -- is now up for preorder.
It doesn't come with the Kickstarter early-bird pricing, where $399 scored backers a fully assembled Omni. The peripheral comes in two packages: the Virtuix Omni Natural Motion Interface for $499, which includes the treadmill, belt, studded shoes, and tracking hardware and software; and the Virtuix Omni Duel Package for $1,019, which includes two treadmills and belts and three pairs of shoes. The delivery date is estimated to be March 2014, compared with January 2014 for Kickstarter backers. … Read more
Remember books? Neither do I. Apparently they were analog text on dry cellulose pulp. You held them in both hands and it was all very quaint.
Some of us still have residual muscle memory for holding books. What if you could hold another lingering technology of yesteryear -- the keyboard -- like a book?
Have you ever seen Europe's magical architectural masterpieces? If you've never viewed any of these buildings, or maybe seen just a few, an amazing video called "Nightvision" gives you the visual tour of a lifetime. The short film bounces between astounding nighttime views of monuments such as the towering Colosseum in Rome and the Tower Bridge in London.
After raising nearly $20,000 on Kickstarter for "Nightvision," Director Luke Shepard and Assistant Director Henry Farrow Miller spent three months photographing 36 cities in 21 European countries. Their goal? Create an inspirational exploration of European buildings, monuments, and landmarks in a new and unique way.… Read more
You might be familiar with those optical-illusion toys that let you place a small object into a gadget with two parabolic mirrors and project what looks like a 3D version of that object. Now, there's a higher-tech version on Kickstarter that's designed to work with smartphones and tablets.
The Holho has some advantages over the toy. For starters, it can play video holograms. One version is a small pyramid-shaped gadget that sits on top or under the screen of a smartphone or tablet. Play a special video and it appears inside as a moving hologram.… Read more