Crowdfunding Archive

Kickstarting BIG SCHOOL, "a gigantic 6-foot-wide maniacal architectural drawing of a humorous school"

Kickstarting BIG SCHOOL, “a gigantic 6-foot-wide maniacal architectural drawing of a humorous school” / Boing Boing Scott Teplin, (previously) is kickstarting another giant, insanely detailed poster/coloring book, Big School, “a gigantic 6-foot-wide maniacal architectural drawing of a humorous school that I began in December 2015. With your support, I will finish the drawing and make super high-quality, beautifully saturated 24” x 36” prints and …

Turning light-sockets into LCD projectors

Beam is a lightbulb replacement that screws into any light-socket and turns it into a remote-controlled LCD projector. The idea is fascinating: imagine a string of backyard bulbs converted to projectors, or the pot-lights in a long corridor! But there’s some problems. The Beam was kickstarted and came out in retail with a $500 price-point, which is a hard number for an …

Preserving endangered dark rides with VR

Crystal writes, “‘Dark rides’ like the Spookarama at Deno’s Wonder Wheel Park, those single-cart rides that take you through a haunted house full of ghosts and scares. They’re prime for teenage making out, have been around for 100 years — and they’re disappearing. Joel Zika, a 36-year-old art and design university professor in Melbourne, Australia, has been fascinated with the dark rides for years, reveling …

Kickstarting a steampunk anthology focused on "characters that are disabled or aneurotypical"

Steven writes, “The team (full disclosure: that includes me) that created the award-winning multicultural steampunk anthology ‘Steampunk World‘ are now crowdfunding another steampunk anthology – this time with a focus on characters that are disabled or aneurotypical.” Two and a half years ago, we brought you the award-winning anthology Steampunk World, a diverse collection of steampunk fiction. Since then, there have been …

Check out this epic, expertly executed $77k Indiegogo backer troll

It doesn’t get much more meta than this. Raising $77k on Indiegogo, the filmmakers behind It’s All Good absconded with the money, spending it all on cocaine, prosti… oh, wait. No, it was limousines and champagne. The backers were rightfully outraged, but there’s a twist. It turns out that the real movie the scallywags were making was about a team of filmmakers “wasting” the crowdfunded cash. …

Podo’s $50 Bluetooth camera makes smartphone photography fun again

After a smash-hit success crowdfunding campaign last year, Podo is back to do it all over again with the sequel to its Cruel Intentions-inspired camera. Turning any surface into an impromptu tripod with its sticky-backed superpowers, the $49 Podo already zoomed past its $50,000 crowdfunding goal on Kickstarter. Apparently, it can break-dance too. Quick, get some beatboxing going. Last year’s campaign had the company selling its …

Kickstarter is breaking down assumptions about where innovation can occur

The few who still think Kickstarter can replace venture capital need not look further than a new report from Polygraph to see just how separate the world of crowdfunding is from traditional early-stage finance. While it’s easy to point to products like the Pebble Smart Watch as a sign that crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter are gaining ground against traditional institutional financiers and angels, the reality is that …

WTF is … crowdfunding?

 You can’t swing a lightly inebriated jaguar by its tail without hitting half a dozen crowdfunding campaigns these days. Looking at some campaigns, it seems like it could be the ultimate get rich quick scheme. Running a successful Kickstarter or Indiegogo campaign is a lot more complicated than that, though. In this video, we take a closer look at some of the common pitfalls. Read …

Reverie Classic is a crowdfunded watch with some beautiful bones

There are two kinds of crowdfunded watches – fashion accessories and real efforts at classical design and workmanship. Thankfully the Reverie Classic holds the latter place. The Classic is made by Samuel Tay who previously crowdfunded and built the Sea Spirit a handsome, nautical-themed automatic that did quite well. The Classic costs $350 and runs a Miyota 8218 movement – bog standard for this sort …

Heavy steel cutlery with bottle-opener handles

Brew Cutlery raised over $20K on Kickstarter to make these handsome, heavy (150g) utensils with integrated bottle-openers in their handles; the backers who got the early sets are effusive in their praise of the look, materials (18/8 stainless steel) and craftsmanship (each piece is hand-finished). Not cheap, though: $50/set. These are clearly designed as gift-items, and come in clever and thoughtful packaging. I’m …