"Star Trek Into Darkness" was a monster in the "Star Trek" franchise. It made over $460 million worldwide, more than double its $190 million budget.
That's great and all, but to be honest I had a better time watching a humble fan-made episode in a Web series called "Star Trek Continues" that was shot for some $40,000.
You're about to lose your temper over a tech support call that's dragging on when you look down at your wrist and see a reminder of your mortality. Maybe you should spend your limited time feeling happy, rather than pissed off, you think. This little wake-up call comes courtesy of Tikker, a watch that counts down to your death.
The Kickstarter watch is supposed to help you keep things in perspective. That twit who just cut you off in traffic isn't worth chasing down and flipping off because you only have 32 precious years left, and you really should do something more positive and productive instead.… Read more
Earbuds have long had a way of tying us down, whether through tangled cords, behind-the-head connectors, or Bluetooth requirements. The Split earbuds on Kickstarter are looking to do away with all that fuss.
Split from Greenwing Audio works by acting as a stand-alone audio player, kind of like miniaturizing and shoving an iPod Nano in your ears. A tiny crystal clock in each earbud synchronizes the music without the need for a wired or wireless connection.… Read more
I must admit that I sometimes sorely miss the bygone age of penny farthings, sleeve garters, and neckties that just hung there making you look professional instead of linking to your OKCupid profile.
Those were good times. Then again, times change, so it shouldn't be a surprise that you can now get your own QR code subtly printed on your necktie (QR codes have been printed on ties before, but usually on the front where they're painful to see).
Why would you want a tie printed with a QR code? To promote your personal brand, of course. … Read more
LIFX is a Wi-Fi-enabled LED bulb that you can control on your Android or iOS device. Much like the Philips Hue and fellow crowd-funded lighting project Ilumi, LIFX bulbs boast functionality way beyond that of incandescent lights or even other LEDs.
LIFX began on Kickstarter with a $100,000 goal, and ended up with pledges totaling $1,314,542 by the end of its campaign. Though the funding period is over, you can still preorder a LIFX bulb on the Web site for $89. That $89 will net you a highly customizable, energy efficient LED light that claims to last … Read more
What does your pet get up to while you're at work? Chewing on the furniture? Knocking over the plants? Or maybe just...nothing?
Boredom is probably as boring for pets as it is for humans. But now you can entertain your furry friends with laser beams when you're away -- while keeping watch over them.
When you're out in the elements, fires are good for keeping you warm, heating your food, boiling water for drinking, and charging your smartphone. To achieve that last one, you'll need a FlameStower from Kickstarter. It's a portable device that requires water and fire to work.
Here's the process. Unfold the gadget. Add water to the small pop-up water cup on one end. Plug in the USB charger to your phone. Place the long flat end over a fire and start charging. It works by using a thermoelectric generator. Just be sure to extend the charging cable and keep your expensive phone away from the fire. … Read more
Craft beer and microbreweries have exploded in popularity over the last decade, prompting many enthusiasts to try making their own suds.
I've never done that, but it sounds like a lot of trouble. Not to mention a lot of time that could be better spent drinking craft beer.
Thanks to e-mail, phone calls, SMS, and the cat industrial complex on YouTube, there are are countless ways to ruin your focus when you're trying to work.
According to research from the University of California at Irvine, it takes 23 minutes to get back on track following an interruption. Meanwhile, distractions may also dull your cognitive performance.
So what we all need are giant desktop buttons that turn the world off so we can concentrate for a change. … Read more