If you’ve never heard of it, there a website called Kickstarter where you can financially contribute to and support projects that you’re interested in. These projects can include things like Android game consoles, eInk watches, and high-budget video games.
Each Kickstarter project is its own drama, representing the hopes and dreams of at least one person. Will it succeed? Will it fail? Will that Kickstarter project become a media sensation? It’s impossible to know how it’s going to go before money starts rolling in – or doesn’t. So let’s take a look at some awesome Kickstarters to watch.
The Up And Coming
Have you ever wanted a 3D printer? Did you want to build it yourself? If yes, then PrusAL is the project for you. It is focused on the creation of a modular do-it-yourself 3D printer that is affordable, easy to build and capable of high-quality printing. It’s a niche solution, but the goal is only $12,400. The creators seem realistic about their audience.
Have you ever wanted your lighting connected to the Internet? Okay, maybe not – but think about it. Internet connected lights could be controlled remotely, making it possible to turn them on at night while you’re away (to deter thieves) or turn them off (because you’re forgetful). Spark will also be able to turn on your lights automatically when you come home and use your lights as a silent alarm clock. Spark’s goal is a hefty $250,000 but they’ve made about a quarter of that so far.
Bonus Round: CyberGhost Save The Internet Campaign
Our reward’s partner CyberGhost is hosting their Save The Internet campaign on IndieGoGo. It’s goal is to raise $100,000 to help CyberGhost expand its services. Though the goal is $100,000 the company has a number of tiers listed based on the funding received. If they receive $400,000 they’ll offer their basic VPN service for free, without ads, for one whole year. You can also check out CyberGhost VPN on our rewards page and redeem points for free access to the service.
PC gamers have been using the keyboard to control movement in games for decades, but that really the best way to do it? Wasdio thinks not. This controller replaces the traditional WASD movement scheme with a broad joystick that sits in the palm of the user’s hand. Want to move forward? Push forward. Want to strafe left? Push left. And so on. Replacing WASD movement is a huge task but the demo video is convincing. The goal is $175,000.
This NFC adapter for iOS devices is on the bubble. It may very well be over by the time you read this and, at about $70,000 of its $80,000 goal with a few days left, it’s very near its funding. I’ll bet that it makes it. Projects that come near their goal usually meet it.
This music docking station for smartphones and tablets has a neat idea. Instead of connecting via the headphone jack or using Bluetooth it simply amplifies the sound already emitting from a device. That lets Freakvibe work with any existing smartphone without a length setup or connection process. I think it’s a good idea but the project currently sits at a bit over 10% of its $90,000 goal.
It doesn’t appear that this game project will make it. The goal of $600,000 is impressive, but so is the game, which appears to be everything a shooter fan could ask for. This is a new franchise, however, and it doesn’t make a strong appeal to nostalgia. Without that to bring in gamers the sizeable funding goal was a definite long shot.
LA Game Space is asking for $250,000 to turn an abandoned warehouse into a video game workshop. The “game space” would serve as an open forum and community for digital artists and developers. It’s a cool project, and its creators are offering an awesome game pack full of weird indie titles to anyone who supports the project. Currently it’s sitting at about a quarter of its goal.
This fresh image editing software focuses specifically on one feature – undoing and redoing edits. Current editors require that undo/redo functions be performed chronologically, which means you can’t undo something five steps back without undoing the other four. Ormr frees itself of this restriction. Not everyone seems excited, however, as its well short of its $50,000 goal with little time left.
Wish is a new take on an old-school command line interface. It offers a number of advanced features like syntax highlighting, multiple syntax windows, tab completion and search. Oh, and it’s for Windows. It’s a pretty crazy idea, but it appears well executed. Unfortunately the goal of $25,000 may be also be a wish. The project has made about 10% of that so far.
Sad day! We have no winners to report in this edition. The only two projects which completed within our publishing deadline lost – by a lot. Hopefully we’ll have better luck next time.
I’m sad, and surprised, that this project turned out to be a loser. If successful, Awesome Controller would have been an adapter that made it possible to use new wireless controllers with old consoles that only had wired options. The goal of $15,000 was modest, but perhaps it was too modest, as they only made about $2,500. It seems that many gamers didn’t take the project seriously.
This pairing of an innovative motion controller with a tiny, inexpensive quad-copter looked like a heck of a good time. A lot of people agreed and pledged a total of almost $95,000 to the project, but the goal was a jaw-dropping $230,000. That’s a lot to ask for development of what’s essentially a toy. Perhaps the creators will come back with a more realistic goal.