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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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Wizard Dice: odd polygon random number generators for spellcasters

Dann and Greg May’s Polyhero dice are kickstarting a new set of odd-shaped polyhedral random-number generators: the Wizard Set complements last year’s Warrior Set with seven dice shaped like potions, fireballs, bolts, wands and orbs. Polyhero has a proven track-record for shipping their crowdfunded dice, so this is a very safe bet in terms of getting what you pay for. Dice come …

A horn-shaped Viking mug for your coffee

Goat Story’s 16 oz horn mug is designed to bring a little Viking to your morning cup, with a spillproof lid and a cross-body carry-strap that converts to a stand to allow you to balance your horn of plenty on your desk between swigs. It began life as a successful Kickstarter project, and also comes in white/brown strap.  …