Saturday, December 10, 2011

Awesome Projects on KickStarter

Below is a list of my favorite projects that I am watching on KickStarter. If you're not familiar with the KickStarter site, its dedicated to crowd funding small projects that could be the next awesome thing by pooling together money contributed by lots of different people.  If a project gets fully funded the project creator gets the money, if the full funding is not reached then the contributors get their money back.

Printrbot: Your First 3D Printer
Excerpt from the project Kickstarter page: "I designed the Printrbot to be the simplest 3D printer yet. There are some great kits out there - the Makerbot, the Ultimaker, the Prusa Mendel, and others - but none as small and simple as the Printrbot. This all-in-one 3D printer kit can be assembled and printing in a couple of hours. Other kits will not only take you many more hours to build, they will also have hundreds more parts, and they will cost more. My design also does away with the finicky calibration and adjustment from which most 3D printers suffer. This is the printer a kid could put together. We assemble the electronics, we assemble the hotend, and we put the connectors on all the motors and components... no soldering required!" (more information)

Multi-Touch Keyboard and Mouse
Excerpt from the project Kickstarter page: "Multi-Touch keyboards and mice are the next generation in computer peripherals. These elegant well made devices are composed of quality tempered glass, a solid metal base, and the finest components. They are designed using simple existing technology and have no moving parts. They have rechargeable Lithium Polymer batteries and are completely wireless. The tactile sounds and lighting can be turned on or off per the users' preference plus they are coffee and doughnut resistant!" (more information)

Teagueduino: Learn to Make
Excerpt from the project Kickstarter page: "Teagueduino is an open source electronic board and interface that allows you to realize creative ideas without soldering or knowing how to code, while teaching you the ropes of programming and embedded development (like arduino). Teagueduino is designed to help you discover your inner techno-geek and embrace the awesomeness of making things in realtime — even if you’ve only ever programmed your VCR." (more information)

Twine : Listen to your world, talk to the Internet
Excerpt from the project Kickstarter page: "Want to hook up things to the Web? Maybe you want to get a tweet when your laundry's done, or get an email when the basement floods while you're on vacation. Even if you're good with electronics and programming, these are involved projects. Instead of worrying about wiring or networking code, you can focus on your idea." (more information)

BoardX: The Open Source Miniature Motherboard
Excerpt from the project Kickstarter page: "BoardX is a collection of electronic circuit boards that stack on top of one another to share resources, communicate, and extend the functionality of one another. This system is built on the motherboard that acts as both an electrical and structural foundation." (more information)

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