Wander project Baltimore MD


One of the things we (my wife and I) love to do is go hang out on the boat. But our day in Baltimore was fun for land and sea! I took a couple of videos with the point and shot camera while we were in Baltimore, those are shared on my YouTube Channel along with my Yesterday’s Snarky Weather Forecast! I apologize for the audio quality of the video, we’ve had a delightful amount of wind since the beginning of March this year. The first wind storm blew our roof off. Well, it blew part of our roof off. The latest wind storm has managed to move a lot of our neighbor’s roofs as well.

We enjoyed watching the pirate ship as it wandered its way through the inner harbor of Baltimore. As far as I know, none of the famous Pirates of the 1700 and 1800’s ever marauded the waters near Baltimore. They, the pirates, tended towards the Spanish trade routes a little further south. Rumor is that some of them came north with their chests of gold, including the legend that is Oak Island off the coast of Nova Scotia.

(clicking on the picture will take you to the rest of the pictures)!

I managed, in 5 hours to take more than 300 digital pictures and three videos. I suspect I probably take too many pictures. Most likely 200 or so too many would be my guess. I share them, because of the family history project. I cannot tell you how sad I was when I found all the pictures my father had taken, that he felt weren’t good enough for anyone to see and never shared them with anyone. 100 pictures of the same thing, each has something unique to share. With that, the nearly last blast of pictures form Baltimore’s Inner Harbor!

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My Kickstarter and Indiegogo project review blog…


Back to a Kickstarter and Indiegogo blog.

First off this time are a couple of really interesting Kickstarter projects.

Cordless 3d print finishing tool:

If you are doing freehand or printer based 3d printing there are bits left over. This tool is designed to help you finish your creation and remove the extra plastic quickly and effectively. Actually a very cool idea and concept. I really like the way they designed the tool and considered the fact that you need multiple scoops to pull the plastic out of various printed items. Very cool tool. A link to their campaign is here https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/249225636/cordless-3d-print-finishing-tool.

Jamstik

A portable guitar for learning and playing. I have been using their excellent software to learn to play guitar. I was a backer of their first project. Overall the device is well made. The wi-fi connection allows you to create a portable guitar experience. Portable – easy to connect and frankly the software is simply amazing. All of that was Jamstik 1, This campaign is for their new and improved Jamstik 2. I can’t wait to see the additional improvements they will have made!!!! Great group, great campaign. Link is here https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/80789521/jamstik-the-smartguitar.

ODIN: Mouse

I have now backed two project named for the Norse God. One was a projector that also created a touch surface for any device. This one is for the projector mouse. Overall this is one of the neatest tech projects I’ve seen in a while. More for the wow factor than anything. Laser projected keyboards have been around for awhile. They are interesting conversation pieces and reasonable keyboards. If you learned touch typing 38 years ago the laser keyboards aren’t as effective. But they are cool. This project. First they have taken mouse ascetics to a new level. I love the way it looks and the goals are solid. This is an amazing project. Link is here…https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/639589487/odin-worlds-first-projection-mouse

Indiegogo projects

Air Mentor:

A six in one air meter. A great tool for figuring out what is in the air around you. This goes beyond simply knowing the CO and CO2 levels in the air to being considering what else is in the air around you. I am all for the move towards more and more sensors in the home. The more you can measure the better you will be. A link to the project is here https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/air-mentor-a-6-in-1-indoor-air-quality-monitor/x/3230074.

Rocketbook:

Ok this one intrigued me just from the description. A microwavable cloud connected notebook. I mean who can resist that? Well for sure I couldn’t. It seems like an interesting idea. I am a huge fan of connected notebooks. I still love the feel of paper as I take notes. Warm paper just sounds like the perfect sit outside in the winter notepad for writing Robert Frost tribute poems. Or essays about the impact of snow on the blandness of grass. A link to the campaig is here https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/rocketbook-cloud-integrated-microwavable-notebook/x/3230074.

My rules are simple for this column. First it appears in both my blogs from time to time. I try to do it roughly once a month. If I think the project is worthy of being backed I back it and if I think it is amazing I add it to my blog and further promote it.

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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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Monthly Kickstarter and Indiegogo projects that are cool…


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It has been awhile since I shared some cool Indiegogo and Kickstarter projects. So without further adieu here we go…

Indiegogo

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I have a great horror story idea based on the whole concept of being able to draw circuits. Imagine a poor person with their feet in water tied to a chair and the person torturing them draws a circuit on the leg of the chair towards their arm. Please excuse the long drawn out horror moment. I don’t often have these but they do on occasion pop out of my head.

Both of the crowd funding sites slow down around the holidays mostly because a lot of campaigns are still stuck in the get it by Christmas. I also feel sorry for those campaigns that ship this time of year. Shipping services are clogged past rull right now and are running at maximum capacity so anything shipped will be delayed.

It is an interesting collection of projects though. Overall other than a couple of well significant disappointments my experience with the two crowd funding sites has been positive. There are a few campaigns that need the abject reality lesson of project management (projects are delayed – assume the project will be delayed and work towards fixing the things that delay the project early). But the overall experience has been very good. Kickstarter has a cool feature I wish Indiegogo would add (did you receive the product). I would also like to see Kickstarter add a post project rating (you got the item now how do you rate it that would include how over their original timeline were they).

Project Managers given the change pad their estimates. They know software architects design solutions in the perfect world where nothing goes wrong. Some of the KS and IG campaigns I’ve advised needed that lesson badly. Some of the one’s I’ve backed but not advices needed the lesson but they didn’t ask at the time.

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Kickstarter and Indiegogo projects I think are really interesting…


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I’ve been doing my favorite Indiegogo and Kickstarter campaign posts for almost a year now. It’s a fun blog because it matches my personal love of the concepts of innovation with actual innovative implementations of ideas and concepts.

Indiegogo

The first project is EMOSpark 2.0. I’ve mentioned this once before it is an intriguing in the home automation and home ai space. There are a number of projects in the space and these are the type of projects you have to be really careful about. Not that this particular project is one to worry about but in general I’ve found home automation projects are between 8-12 months late on average. The functionality and concept of EMOSpark makes it worth the wait but just a warning.

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/emospark-2-0-a-i-home-console-for-your-tv/x/3230074

A home network/parameter project that I really like is WEDG. It gives you the chance to have secure email that is secured on a system you own. I really like the capabilities of this product. I love the blurb below about the product. I would argue that the real naming of the product should be as a personal cloud not a private cloud but overall an impressive product.

Wedge is your private cloud:

WEDG is off-cloud which means your data doesn’t sit in a vulnerable data centre. It’s at home or in the office where you know it’s safe from threats we’ve learned about recently. The WEDG comes with all the conveniences we’ve become used to and then some!

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/wedg-the-personal-cloud-you-ve-been-waiting-for/x/3230074

Kickstarter

This next one is the 3rd Campaign I’ve backed for inXus a startup that is as they say connecting the world to your computer. They have built a series of connectors that allow you to create inputs for your computer – touch, pressure, temperature that can be mapped and graphed on the PC in question. It’s a USB connection and this is their campaign for their newest modules.

For teachers out there – this is a must have solution for introductory science education!!!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/54060271/easytouch-turn-your-world-into-a-touch-sensor

This next campaign like EMOSpark above is in that home automation category. Although MaxmyTV is more of an ultimate smart tv box that will enable more potential from your telelvision. Hard to compare the two in that they are effectively different. MaxMyTV is closer to some of the HDMI devices that appeared about a year ago or so (the Chromecast being the big on). My new permanent caution for home automation projects is they tend to be late. This one may also be late in delivering – but it has great potential.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/maxmytv/maxmytv-home-automation-and-social-media-overlay-o

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Kickstarter and Indiegogo blog…


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There are some Indiegogo and Kickstarter projects that I think are really exceptional right now.

Indiegogo

The first one is an android device built to connect with your Television and offer the freedom and functionality of a smarter than smart tv. Like Jibo this is an AI that learns and expands its capabilities as well you interact with it. It works both in your home and when you are remote.

http://igg.me/at/emospark20/x/3230074 Emospark – interesting name, really interesting project.

The second project is called WEDG. It allows you to create a secure private cloud – in this case I would argue it is actually a secure personal cloud. It also supports email and if they hit their next funding goal they will support secure I’M. Supports up to four terabytes with a RAID option. You can use your own domain or simply hang off of their existing domain.

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/wedg-the-personal-cloud-you-ve-been-waiting-for/x/3230074 Wedg – also an interesting name!

The last Indiegogo project (I haven’t done this in awhile) is the Equil Smart pen. I am a huge paper and pen person so anything that improves my ability to take notes the way I like to (pen to paper) and still effectively share those notes is a great tool. The Equil smart pen fits into that category and is an extremely interesting technology.

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/equil-smartpen-2-real-ink-real-paper-digitized/x/3230074 Equil smart pen.

FYI: I don’t pick the names.

Kickstarter

The first campaign is one I’ve just started backing. Its called Maxmytv. Like the Emospark and Jibo it works to make your home smarter. Unlike the other two it is more of a smart hub connected to your television to make your television smart +. It has an intriguing story and functionality goal. Its just starting out as a campaign but frankly I think here is something in this…

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/maxmytv/maxmytv-home-automation-and-social-media-overlay-o MaymyTV

APOC pro is a radiation detector. Its interesting in that radiation in the atmosphere is increasing. It is also a great extension of my Internet of things stayable/portable argument. The more you can know about the world around you the better off you will be. From UV to Gamma radiation in the atmosphere is something all of us should know about.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/aerosplice/apoc-pro-radiation-detector APOC Pro

This last project was featured on my blog about 4 months ago. They had to cancel the original project due to the time required to receive US Federal certification for their laser. They are back now. A laser cutter and engraver for home use. Cheap enough that it is not painful (most other laser engravers run 700 dollars or more and are huge). This is a really cool project for hobbyists.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/820277733/laser-cube Laser Cube

My rules for this particular blog are simple. I back the projects shared. I do not guarantee anything as like anything investing in potential has risks. All of these projects are ones that have caught my eye and all have interesting stories to share.

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Breaking the 7 reasons why not to blog…why? for the one reason that matters to me…


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T-Minus 3 days and Counting.

I read an interesting blog yesterday – 7 reasons to stop blogging. I think the author missed a number of critical points. I blog (particularly this blog) to get things out of my head. My technical blogs have many more readers and followers than this blog does. One of her comments was stop blogging if the only comment you get is from your mother. Personally I am honored with either of my parents comment about my blog either on-line, via email or on the phone. So that is another miss.

That is why roughly 6 years ago I split into two blogs. The Docandersen blog (see above) is my serious focused blog where I discuss the technical issues that are my personal passion. Family, which is my other passion is featured here on this blog. Frankly I couldn’t care less if anyone other than my family reads this blog. It is meant as a way for me to write down the things we sometimes wander through life forgetting to say. Like I love my family. 24 years ago a fantastic woman (that anyone who meets her says she is a Saint – just for sticking with me) was willing to share her life with me. I couldn’t be more grateful. My parents are awesome people that I adore. My sisters and their families are incredible people. My children are awesome. Becca is off to grad school, Jaki is finishing her associates and then on for her Bachelors and Nick/Luke are freshmen in High School. Dylan has his new sister (Raven) and they are learning to adjust to each other.

This blog is also home to the poetry of Sandler Boggs. It isn’t great poetry often but it comes from where I am at the time of the poem. I share it because if I don’t it rattles around inside my head for days at a time. What do you do with a poem that is rattling around inside your head?

“Poet’s who read their poem’s out loud may have other nasty habits as well.” Sandler Boggs

I post my reviews here as well. I’ve been doing reviews since 1992. That is the year I started the Dead Teachers Society magazine “Kindle the Flame.” KTF featured technology reviews for teachers. Its where I got my start as I did roughly 90% of the reviews for KTF. We had 85 issues before the KTF flame got too expensive to send around. From there I moved my reviews to a website I hosted and changed the name of the reviews to “The Savvy Tech Guy.” That lasted for roughly five years until I started my blog in 2005. That was when I started my blog series “Another Shameless Review.”

Reviews have three rules for me. The first is I have to be using the technology I am reviewing. Some of them end up on the scrap head (Lexmark S800 printer got a good initial review, later I realized I was not so happy with it – I should have printed a retraction but it was 6 years ago and frankly I forgot to). The intent for my reviews is to show the things I like and the things I don’t like about a specific solution.

Lastly I’ve been adding lately Kickstarter and Indiegogo projects I find intriguing. Why? Because I find the reality of the shift of innovation to be intriguing.

In the end this blog is for me to share what I am thinking about not bound my the rules of my profession. If you need a more serious blog from me, feel free to look up the IASA Blog, Safegov or CloudTweaks. I publish on those as well with more serious topics.

I guess this blog breaks the 7 reasons you should stop blogging right now. There is really only one reason for this blog, it makes me feel connected to the world around me.

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