Kickstarter and Indiegogo projects I think are very cool…


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Kickstarter:

My Kickstarter project this week comes with great excitement and the regret of working. Due to the pesky requirements of being at work I missed getting the Neil Young Signature edition of the Pono player. I can’t tell you how much that hurt. Pono is a music player redone from a musician’s point of view/listening. Neil Young has long complained about the reality of digital music so he founded a company with the sole intent of fixing that and thus was born the Pono player.

This project posted 3 days ago and is already at 300% funding. It is a very exciting new product and I can’t say enough about it. Except they need to allow those of us who are Neil Young addicts to add his signature to our Pono’s – that would make it a priceless music device. I love my iPod it’s a great player but Pono is one step beyond the iPod. I cannot wait until the product is in my hands. I will post a review 12 hours after I have it loaded with my Neil Young collection.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1003614822/ponomusic-where-your-soul-rediscovers-music?ref=search 

Indiegogo

I have been doing a lot of STEAM demos over the past couple of years. I found a device on Indiegogo that in the end will add to those demos but it will also add to my life considerably. MyDX is a sensor (you can get the multi-version so you can buy all three sensors) that will let you determine the quality of your food (what is in it that I don’t know about) water (again what’s in there) and air (also what is in the air I am breathing). I realize that I am posting about devices that will consume available home bandwidth but this one just seems like a great personal safety edition.

I can’t wait for this device. I have an air quality sensor and a presentation I do with young kids where we draw what we are breathing and talk about what is in the air around us. I had one child draw little tiny people floating around in the air around us each of them with either a pitchfork (to poke you) or candy (the nice ones). It’s a great although limited view of the air around us. It can be good for us, it can be bad for us. We just have to be careful we know what is in it.

http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/mydx/x/3230074 

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Kickstarter/Indiegogo project blog…


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My Kickstarter Project:

My sort of monthly Kickstarter/Indiegogo projects I love blog. The Kickstarter project I am really looking forward to is one that starts off by offering something similar to a movie I love from a few years ago “The Minority Report.” SeespaceinAir is a great project – just based on offering to move us closer to that reality. I have included the video here for the project and the link to their Kickstarter page is here. Their project description is below:

InAiR brings you the world’s first Augmented TV experience

With InAir plugged in, your TV becomes an Augmented Television. You can turn any ordinary television into a new and wonderful medium, filled with rich and dynamic information from the Web. InAiR uses your TV screen and layers in additional content from the Web and social media.

Like I said – I am really looking forward to this project!!!!!

My Indiegogo project

Continuing on my new 3d theme from Kickstarter the Indiegogo project I like right now is one that is focused on filming in 3d naturally by simply wearing glasses. Panvu 3d. 3 distinct 15 megapixel camera’s to provide a fantastic 3d experience. Now the difference from this project and all the other projects I’ve mentioned is that this one is already funded. The new Indiegogo campaign is to simply offer access to more early birds for the technology. This offers something similar to the BublCam and other 3d technologies although this is more for the experience 3d video than the fixed position 3d video. Imagine the results of a bike ride or for that matter 100 bike rides you take, store the video and play it back on your TV in the winter as you are on your stationary bike. My goal is to film some summer walks so when I do have to walk on the treadmill it won’t be as boring.

Projects like these two are exciting in that they offer a window into what is coming. The first steps aren’t always perfect but the perfection of those steps comes it just takes time. Jumping on the bandwagon early has its risks – but in the end it’s a great chance to be one of the first.

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Initial thoughts on Samsung TV’s…


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On the back of whimsy.

I find myself struggling sometimes to reconcile a lot of different things. So today is reconciliation free day. I will not attempt to make sense of anything today. I am simply going to move along my path and see what happens without trying to bring things back into focus or stare at them for hours wondering if in the end I missed something.

Quick Review:

I am a huge Samsung TV fan (I own four – I know overkill). We added a new TV for the living room (we are slowly redoing the house making it fit us perfectly). Through this process I was looking at TV’s and frankly I bought a Samsung again. They have the best picture by far although I have to say the new ambient light feature is something I have to think about a bit.

I love the newer, thinner screens and the Samsung apps are fantastic. I need to finish setting up the new tv as we no longer have a game system in the living room I will have to run the Samsung apps for Hulu, Netflix and Amazon video (I don’t know if there is an Amazon app – I hope there is).

In the end I suspect I am a geek. I do love the ability to take any device and push the content of that screen to my television. I suspect the concept I talked about on my other blog (Screen as a Service) is but hours from being real. There are even Kickstarter and Indiegogo projects that get you close to that dream.

I will do a full review later on – this was just an initial thinking about TV’s.

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Innovation does not live inside the box…


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Innovation on a timetable. If you wander around Kickstarter and Indiegogo you will see people taking dreams and trying to make them real. From the initial concept to the final product they are trying to make something better, improved or just fitting a specific need. When they start their projects they work hard to create a timeline.

Some, make that timeline.

Most do not.

Why?

Innovation isn’t something that fits neatly into a little box. Its sloppy and unrefined. If you invite into your house for dinner expect a belched thank you. Its messy at its best. There in lies the interesting reality. First off innovation fixes problems one way. It isn’t the panacea that will solve all problems in a specific space for all people. It does, open the door for others to innovate.

Some projects that are truly innovative must create not only a whole new solution but the software and hardware that goes into that process. New things cause other companies to heavily evaluate them before releasing them which adds time. When you are making things a specific way you also have issues in the manufacturing process.

So, if you back a project on Kickstarter or Indiegogo don’t expect it on time. Expect it when it arrives. You will get an automated email asking you to confirm your shipping information and then you will have your new idea.

Innovation doesn’t live on timetable. It’s a game changer. When you change the game you change the rules. The rule that breaks first is estimation. But in the end you get what you wanted.

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Innovation and the passing of Shirley Temple Black…


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I started a new serial story on my other blog. Not at the Dickens’ level, simply a Dickens’ type serial blog. As promised the podcasts will go up this weekend.

When I was a young man we didn’t have that many stations on the telly. (or the tube etc). One of those stations fairly early on was the Superstation WGN out of Chicago. I loved the Cubs so it was nice to see the games. On Sunday morning they used to alternate Flash Gordon and Shirley Temple (Shirley Temple Black) movies.  I will admit I watched all of her movies. It is sad that she passed but let’s celebrate an amazing life. Unlike many childhood stars she left acting and began a new career. She served this country as an Ambassador for many years.

Thank you for both gifts Shirley. May your journey last forever and may love fill the space around you. RIP.

Every once in awhile I will run across something that intrigues me. Lately I have been really interested in 3d printing but that recently has started to fade a little. Lot’s possible and lot’s of potential but the easy application isn’t there yet. 3d scanners also interest me – but they are expensive and not really something that I can easily get at so its less interesting overtime.

The thing that intrigues me now is the concept of innovation itself. I’ve blogged about it quite a few times on the DocAndersen blog. I have blogged about it here as well a couple of times. It seems to me that innovation is taking a step to the right. Dodging what has long dogged it (time to market) by creating a new market (Kickstarter, Indiegogo).

Consumerization or the move away from Enterprise IT to consumer products changes the game significantly. What once was (get a job in a big company and hope your ideas catch on) is changing. What once was an anomaly (the Frisbee) is now more common (Pebble SmartWatch). In fact the Kickstarter project forced the larger players to bring their products to market (Google Watch, Apple Watch, Samsung Watch, Sony Watch). The innovations that the bigger companies can throw at a known market is incredible.

KS and IG actually create known markets from unknown markets. That allows the big companies to hang back and then burst into a market. At the same time there is a market for innovation – a chance for the idea to germinate.

Oh to live in interesting times.

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Back to a Kickstarter project (don’t have a favorite on Indiegogo right now.) I love the movie the Minority Report. The screens used in the movie for computer display are my personal dream.

so,

http://kck.st/1lNoOTZ

Yes a device made to have your television look like it is part of the Minority report. This like a couple of the other HDMI focused projects makes your television better.

My second product this week is a dock for the Pebble Smart watch. My only frustration with the watch to date is the frustrating reality of the charging system. This dock will fix that problem.

http://kck.st/1iqzGHr

Innovation as I’ve said on this and my other blog many times is changing. What once was the prevue of large companies willing and able to carry the risk of innovation is moving more and more towards the crowd-funded reality of today. Personally I think this market shift is going to increase the amount of innovation overall. It will also allow for greater flexibility in the market. If you think your idea is good, post it on Kickstarter or Indiegogo and see if others agree. If no one funds it, you move on.

Time to get rolling!

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Kickstarter, Indiegogo and wrapping up the week…


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The image on Bing this morning is more than I can take. Its been a long time (6 months) since we went to the beach and when I look out of the windows of our house all I see is rain.

Yesterday was a great day. I have a chance to work with one of my favorite people again. We both work for different companies from the old days when we both worked at the same place. Its nice however to get a chance to work with him again. We collaborated on a lot of cool stuff in the old days so I am really excited about this!

Today is finishing up building the development machine for Google and Pebble. I think the two have the extreme’s setup around the concepts of screen as a service so I want to understand both better.

My Indiegogo project for today is AirTame. http://igg.me/at/airtame/x/3230074 it is a device that like the Chromecast connects to the HDMI connection of your TV and allows you to connect that television via your wi-fi network. It means that any device that is connected to your network can connect to your television set.  I have to say it is one of the most interesting projects I’ve seen in a long time. If they make it to 1 million funded (and they are 65% of the way – they will build a custom iOS and Android application).

(ps my rule is if I don’t back the project I do not post about it).

My Kickstarter project for today is Recap C. http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/igorramos/recap-2-record-iphone-calls-in-ipad-android-mobile I’ve blogged about the previous version of this (that was stereo output) this version let’s you record phone calls on a second device (such as a tablet or other type of remote device).

All recordings of phone calls should be with the consent of the other user. But in terms of being able to take notes and utilize them later it’s a great device.

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