Time to return to Kickstarter and Indiegogo for my favorite project post!


Kickstarter and Indiegogo project blog – yes it is that time again. I also need to post some January podcasts! But for now the KS and IG blog. Like the world around us KS and IG slow down a little during the holidays. If you are 100% sure your product is going to be a blockbuster it is best to stay away from the December to mid-January posting. You will lose about a 1/3 of your potential market.

That said there were a few interesting projects I found this month that I thought were worth sharing.

Indiegogo:

HiFi-Skyn: iPhone case for Audiophiles”

The first project is iPhone specific and it places a hi-fi case on your iPhone. First off, I suspect this would work beautifully as a true high quality speaker phone although they don’t talk about that much in their campaign. It is built to hear high quality music from your iPhone. I have XM radio and use my iPhone as my portable XM player – I also use it with Hulu and Netflix when traveling (connected to wi-fi) so this unit will add significant value for me. https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/hifi-skyn-iphone-case-for-audiophiles/x/3230074 is the link to the campaign.

This time of year is slow – only one campaign that caught my eye. It is much harder in the din of the holiday season to catch my eye.

Kickstarter

Erasable Circuit Marker: Draw and Edit Circuits Smoothly:

I backed this campaign the first time (they were building a printer for circuits) they have added the capability to erase the circuit ink. This is a really good project (they were really close to on time with the last project). I suspect this one would be great in any technology classroom or any home where you are interested in seeing the what of possible. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1597902824/erasable-circuit-marker-draw-and-edit-circuits-smo

Electrically Conductive PLA 3D Printer Filament

This project caught my eye as it uses your existing 3d printer but allows you to with a two nozzle printer actually have one of the filaments be conductive (i.e. creating small circuits with the 3d printer). I saw it, I https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1375236253/electrically-conductive-pla-3d-printer-filament

WorldPenScan X-The World’s First Pen Scanner for iOS/Android

Yes I am a geek. I like to be able to translate and view anything regardless of the original format. This pen reminds me of the translation pens of a few years ago, they were fraught with issues. But this one moves that to the right by instead connecting it to a cellular device. So in the end you could quickly utilize that device to get the latest and greatest definitions. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/839338150/worldpenscan-x-the-worlds-first-pen-scanner-for-io . Where the ones of a few years ago were limited to the languages they had preloaded this one gives you more flexibility. I took this next part from their actual campaign site.

Recognize multiple languages, barcodes and bank fonts.

  • Support Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese (Hong Kong), English, Japanese, Korean, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Arabic, Vietnamese and other languages on mobile devices.
  • Not only support multiple languages, but also recognize barcodes and bank fonts such as OCR-A, OCR-B, MICR on PCs.

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Scott Andersen

IASA Fellow.

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