5 Amazing Tech Kickstarter Projects
Kickstarter is an amazing crowdfunding platform. 78,965 projects have been funded to date, with over $1,500,000,000 pledged – that’s a serious amount of cash. The technology side of Kickstarter has especially raised a huge amount of money towards the overall total. Though 3D printers are hugely popular at the moment, there are a tonne of other awesome projects – here are five of my favourite tech Kickstarter projects (and they’ve all been fully funded, woo!)
SCiO Pocket Molecular Sensor by Consumer Physics
SCiO is touted on Kickstarter as “the world’s first affordable molecular sensor that fits in the palm of your hand”. This remarkable device is basically point-and-click at whatever you want to know more about, be it an apple, pillow, or your big toe. When paired with with mobile app, it enables you to determine various qualities of the object such as sweetness, nutritional info and ripeness via different functions. Not only this, but every time SCiO is used the database grows and adds to the overall knowledge of the community. Which is really pretty cool. The SCiO is purported to have battery that lasts a week, which gives you plenty of time to scan everything in sight before it needs recharging.
BaseCamp by BioLite
Now this is a handy piece of camping tech.
BaseCamp is a Kickstarter camp fire with a difference… or three. One difference is that it doesn’t emit nearly as much smoke as a traditional fire would. Another is that you’re able to change the strength of the flame to suit either boiling or grilling needs. And a final, very interesting difference is that you can actually plug in your gadgets to charge them.
This amazing charger/cooker combo has been featured in Mashable, The New York Times, engadget and many more for its game-changing camping assets. Using firewood or branches, the fire-powered device converts the heat into electricity via a thermoelectric generator, which is located in the orange pack (pictured in the image above). This, in turn, powers a fan that improves the combustion of the fire. Any excess electricity is sent to the USB port, which also contains a battery pack, so you can charge your phone/tablet/games device regardless of whether the fire is still blazing.
Lunar Mission One by Lunar Missions Ltd.
A Kickstarter project from the UK! This one’s succeeded in raising enough cash to send an unmanned robotic landing module to the South Pole of the Moon. This part of the Moon has never been explored, which means this would be an amazing opportunity for the Brits to pioneer a space mission. Furthermore, Lunar Mission One are planning to drill at least 20m into the Moon, and potentially as deep as 100m, in order to access lunar rock as old as 4.5 billion years. This could lead to further mining and even future habitation on the Moon. Pretty amazing stuff.
ARKYD by Planetary Resources
Ah, another spacey one. This nifty project was launched to raise funds for an orbiting space telescope (an ARKYD) to identify asteroids for the purposes of education and research, which is the first step in the Seattle-based company’s long-term plan to explore and mine the asteroids identified. The telescope is controlled by those who pledged rewards, which is pretty cool – backers were able to buy various tiers to buy minutes of viewing time for students and scientists (how cool does “HELP FIND KILLER ASTEROIDS & ALIEN GALAXIES” sound?!). This Kickstarter garnered the attention of Sir Richard Branson, who pledged $100,000 to the cause, and they also reached a stretch goal to develop a platform to find asteroids at home!
SmartThings is a Kickstarter project that actually raised its funds back in 2012, but it’s really interesting. The premise is that basically anything can be made “smart” – and by that, they mean controllable. With this you get a SmartHub (which is the control centre for the whole operation) and SmartThings (such as a motion sensor, open/close sensor) . The app, developed for iOS, Android and Windows Phones, updates you on any changes to your SmartThings – for example, it could alert you if your door is left unlocked. The company was bought by Samsung in 2014, placing the emphasis on security in the home – which is pretty handy if you’re into some shady business.
What are your favourite tech Kickstarter projects? Let us know in the comments below!