We all have amazing ideas in our brains, waiting to see the light of day. Aside from coming up with the concept, creating the team, and getting everything on paper, the hardest thing about this process is getting the funding to keep the idea afloat. Thanks to the kindness of the fellow individual, services and sites like Kickstarter have sprouted up, providing inventors and entrepreneurs alike with the financial backing from individuals like them. This doesn’t occur without appropriate recognition where it’s due. Today, let’s take a look at five Kickstarter projects that deserve the spotlight.
Arqball Spin: 3D For Everyone
We all know about the advances that photography has had in our history. Even within the last 10 years photography has made great strides. 3D is a hit now in videography, with almost every movie these days having a 3D version or sequel. Two University of Virginia professors have caught on to this trend, now making it available for the average consumer in photography, not just videography. This is done with Arqball Spin. The professors have already developed an app that you will use to take and compress the photos. A spin board is also created as a way for you to evenly take multiple photos of the said subject. Once you have the photo ready, you can share it on multiple social networking websites. The professors need us to give to their project so they can build the stage production. Their goal is $40,000 by Friday the 18th of May, 2012. So far, they have 413 backers and $31,483.
Bitponics – Your Personal Gardening Assistant
With the current environmental and economical time that we are in, gardening is a hidden secret to saving money. Gardening allows you to reduce your carbon footprint and allows you to save money by growing your own food. However, this can be difficult for the novice gardener to do. Many of us can’t even take care of a pet fish, let alone a living plant.
Amir and Michael are apart of Bitponics, a project wishing to make gardening accessible for anyone. This is done through a device and software by simply choosing the crops you want to grow, from there the software gives you an outlook on how the planting process will go, making growing seamless. How does the device help? The Bitponics device will allow you to grow the crops you want to grow just about anywhere, from your apartment building to the deserts of Arizona. Even if you live on a farm, Bitponics is useful in that it allows crops to grow in any season.
Bitponics currently has $2265, with a goal of $20,000 that must be met by June 11th. Join the other 45 backers and give today!
tōd: Connect Real World Actions to Mobile Devices and the Web
I know many parents out there wishes there was the possibility to implant their child with a chip, tracking their every move. However, this is either still not a possibility or just seen as too extreme for most individuals. Instead, most parents simply ask their child where they are to make sure they are in the right place. However, repeated inquiring can make a teen aggravated or even lie about their true location. Even outside of this scenario, maybe you have an elderly relative or younger child you want to ensure doesn’t leave the home. All of these scenarios can be solved by tōd, a device that allows you to connect any mobile phone or gadget with Bluetooth capability, allowing you to track where it is, whether it’s in a predestinated range, etc. With the tōd application, this device works like a charm in making sure everywhere is where they should be. Tōd currently has $45427, with a goal of $50000 that must be met by June 3rd, 2012. Tōd currently has 657 backers, will you be the 658?
MaKey MaKey: An Invention Kit for Everyone
Think of a world where everything becomes a remote controller, from your child’s play-dough to fruit. Seems certainly impossible, doesn’t it? Well, not with MaKey MaKey. MaKey MaKey, think of it like “Make a Key”, does this by having a pad and alligator clips. Just clip the object you want to replace the key, and clip it on the pad the command you want it to initiate, and MaKey MaKey makes it happen. All you need is a USB port on your computer to make it happen. It’s seamless and easy. If you contribute $35 or more, you’ll get your own! Currently, MaKey MaKey has $69885, with a goal of $25000. Their goal is met, but if you want to be apart of something awesome, it doesn’t hurt in giving. You have until June 12th to give, so make it happen! There are over 1629 backers, so you are in good company.
BRING IT TO THE TABLE
Politics can be a touchy topic for many individuals. Many are unlikely to want to share their personal views with other individuals they don’t know. Let alone, they wouldn’t want to share it on a public forum. However, Bring It To The Table takes the stigma out of not just politics, but other issues that are important to society today. Bring It To The Table is expected to make this discussion nationwide, however they need help from us to make this a possibility. With $7662, they are not close to their $30000 goal just yet. They have until June 18th to grow their current 88 backers. Grow the conversation today.
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