The Gadgets And Games Of Kickstarter: February 19th 2013 Edition
Perhaps you haven’t heard, but there is a site called Kickstarter where people pledge support to their favorite projects.
Each Kickstarter represents the blood, sweat and tears of an individual or a team of people. Will it succeed? Will it fail ? Pop some popcorn and grab your mouse. We’ve got some great Kickstarters to watch.
This attractive indie game promises to offer a combination of real-time strategy and business management. The hook? You get to play as the Grim Reaper, CEO of Death, Inc – and business is good, because the game is set in 17th century cities stalked by the Black Death. Death, Inc is one of the most creative games on Kickstarter yet, but has only made about 20% of its goal so far. Any fan of strategy gaming should check this one out and give it the boost needed to succeed.
Okay, so this project could use a cooler name, but what you see is what you get. Its creators are attempting to put together an affordable 3D scanner than people can use at home for the purpose of creating accurate 3D models of real-world objects. Such a product could be a great boon to artists, indie game developers and 3D printing enthusiasts. Backer support has been strong so far despite the fact the project just started, so this low-cost 3D scanner may soon be a reality.
Touch? Bah! That’s so outdated! The future of technology is touch-less, wearable tech like Mycestro. With this tiny peripheral strapped to your index finger you can navigate a computer without laying a hand on either keyboard mouse. Just waggle your fingers, swipe them or tap them. Surprisingly, this gadget is seeking to be both revolutionary and affordable – you can snag one with a pledge of just $79.
Yep, MAUZ is still on this list despite appearing twice previously. The project, which promises to turn an iPhone into a do-it-all PC peripheral, was posted with an exceptionally long duration. Yet this may backfire – it appears that funding as nearly stalled and the project is well short of its $150,000 goal. There’s still around two weeks to go but, at this point, success seems out of reach.
Stormfly is yet another attempt to create a small, mobile computer that can plug in to an existing PC or display. But there’s a twist – Stormfly is designed to be worn as a wrist-band. This means users can take it with them even when packing light. Currently the project is about halfway to its $100,000 goal, but there’s less than two weeks left. If you like the idea you’d better pledge quickly.
This project is designed to let people turn spreadsheets into mobile apps. Don’t mistake it for an app development platform, however – that’s not the point. Instead, STOIC is meant to offer an easy way to view spreadsheet data on a mobile device and use it along other smartphone features like maps and calendars. At the time of this writing STOIC is close to its $25,000 goal and, with two weeks to go, it looks likely to make it.
This ambitious project sought to create a network of sensor peripherals that could be used by various applications and home hardware. In theory, these sensors could behave similar to those used by HarvestGeek. They could also be used to detect when a person entered the room or someone’s car left or came home. Yet the project came up with just $12,564 of its lofty $100,000 goal. Credibility may have been the problem. Though Sense claimed to be open and compatible with other hardware, the details weren’t clear, and the project unrealistically promised to ship less than two months after its closing date.
Wildman did not fail (though it was unlikely to succeed) but instead was cancelled by its creator, Gas Powered Games. It turns out that the struggling studio, which was forced to lay off staff during the duration of its Kickstarter and faced the real possibility of going under, has been purchased by Wargaming.net. You may know them from their free-to-play action game World Of Tanks. What the publisher intends to have Gas Powered Games work on is unclear – it could be Wildman, or it could be an entirely new title.
Hurray for utility! Flatlight, a tiny flashlight replacement meant to fit in places a normal flashlight can’t, isn’t the coolest project on Kickstarter. But it is useful, and it is unique, and now it’s successfully funded. The project made about $3,500 more than its goal and plans to start shipping the first Flatlights to backers in March or April of this year.
HarvestGeek has already grown past its goal of $25,000 and is now weaving its way above $30,000. The project, which promises to help gardeners of all types help grow plants with advanced sensors and an intuitive monitoring interface, just might be the best thing out there for geeks with green thumbs. Hurry and you’ll still be able to grab one of the project’s Early Bird starter kits for $65.