Kickstarter

ZX Spectrum Next goes live on Kickstarter

At the beginning of April we reported here at Flickering Myth, that the <b>ZX Spectrum Next’s</b> Kickstarter Campaign was possibly just around the corner …

Autism

The 4 weirdest product pitches we didn’t write about this week

Each week, innovative and exciting new tech gadgets hit the market. But for every practical invention, there is also a totally outlandish, off-the-wall gizmo.<p>Here at Business Insider, our inboxes get inundated every day with emails from startups and companies "pitching" their new, game-changing …

Crowdfunding Faceplants Yet Again, To the Tune of $9 Million

Companies that crowdfund directly are an incredibly risky proposition.<p>Crowdfunding is not an investment—it's a gamble. And stories illustrating this basic truth just keep coming. The latest, and one of the larger misfires to date, is a company called Plastc. Once promising to bring funders a smart …

Crowd Funding

Turn the dial on these earplugs to adjust which sounds enter your ears

Think back to last year when it was impossible to avoid a conversation about politics. No matter which side you were on, the coverage leading up to …

Headphones

Plastc Smart Cards Raise $9M In Pre-Orders, Won’t Ever Ship

A few years ago, universal payment cards were a mini-fad online. The idea was that you carried one “smart” card which stored the numbers of all of …

Consumer Protection

Awesome tech you can’t buy yet: Life-seeking telescopes, scuba arms, and more

<i>At any given moment, there are approximately a zillion crowdfunding campaigns on the web. Take a stroll through Kickstarter or Indiegogo and you’ll</i> …

Astronomy

Kickstarter Goes Public with First Ever 'Request for Projects'

See if your project fits the bill<p>Kickstarter is arguably the most well-known crowdfunding platform out there. At any given time, you can pledge to …

Star Citizen Gets New Video Showcasing the Banu Aliens as it Passes $147 Million in Crowd Funding

The <i>Star Citizen</i> universe has been gradually expanding, and Cloud Imperium Games released a new video mostly focusing on the Banu alien race and on …

Capitalism

Plastc folds after raking in millions for smart credit cards it never shipped

SAN FRANCISCO — Another crowdfunded Bay Area startup has closed its doors without shipping customers the products they paid for, a failure that …

Venture Capital

Symphonica Aims to Kickstart Smartphone Speaker

With 10 days to go, Symphonica is facing an uphill battle to meet its $35,000 Kickstarter funding goal for a hand-crafted acoustic horn designed to …

Bluetooth

Latest bankruptcy proves ‘smart cards’ were a complete disaster

It’s time to forget about the promise of a single piece of plastic capable of housing all the cards you carry in your wallet.<p>Plastc, like many smart …

Gear & Gadgets

Get All of 'Breaking Bad' for $35; Play with CoolSand and Have a Mess-Free Day at the Beach!

Ken is a husband and father from the San Francisco Bay Area, where he works as civil engineer. He became the Publisher of GeekDad in 2007, and the …

Breaking Bad

3-Pack of 10-Ft MFi-Certified Lightning Cables

With today’s Daily Deal, 3-Pack of 10-ft MFi-Certified Lightning Cables, you’ll get a little extra reach to synch or charge your iPhone, iPad, and …

Mobile Devices

Plastc goes belly up after swiping $9M from backers

Plastc, the card we all wanted in our wallet, is going out of business. The reprogrammable card featured an e-ink display, and stored data from up to 20 other credit cards in an attempt to simplify our cluttered wallets. It was sleek, stylish, and highly-sought after, attracting more than $9 …

Technology

Cool Things: ProBack Cover for iPad Pro and Apple Pencil

I don’t usually follow Kickstarter that closely, but this is the second notable item for the iPad Pro that I’ve seen this week. While this product has a higher price tag, and will likely take more effort, time, and money to build than the PaperLike screen cover we looked at previously, it is …

iOS

Startups Rarely File for Bankruptcy. Could that Change?

<i>This article first appeared in Term Sheet, Fortune’s newsletter on deals and dealmakers.</i> <i>Sign up here</i><i>.</i><p>Plastc, a company that raised millions from …

Venture Capital

KUMIITA Educational Programming System For Infants (video)

Parents or educators looking for a way to actively engage and teach younger children the fundamentals of programming may be interested in a new …

Programming

MyKronoz ZeTime: World's Most Funded Hybrid Smartwatch Raised over $3M on Kickstarter, Running until April 27th

• <b>Always-on:</b> with its traditional mechanical watch hands, powered by a smart movement, ZeTime will automatically update the time according to the …

Wearable Tech

Drem MIDI Drum Triggers Created By Josh Fifelski (video)

Musicians searching for professional MIDI drum triggers may be interested in a new piece of hardware which is being created by Josh Fifelski based in …

Midi

Breaking News From Breakthrough Photography

A New Kickstarter from Breakthrough Photography<p>Breakthrough Photography has recently released the details of their newest endeavor – entering the …

Photography

Wipe your filthy fingers on this 'desktop snack rag'

An unusual Kickstarter project offers a way to wipe the Cheetos stains off your fingertips before you touch your computer keyboard.<p>Confession time. I sometimes eat breakfast at my desk. And lunch. Food and keyboards don't mix. The Wype Kickstarter project knows you probably snack while typing, so …

Whatever Happened to the Glowing Plant Kickstarter?

The project seized on one of the most romantic fantasies of synthetic biology.<p>The latest update came quietly on Tuesday night. “We’re sorry to say that we have reached a significant transition point,” wrote the Glowing Plant project’s creator, Antony Evans. This “transition point” was more of an …

Biology

Would you buy this Kickstarter travel sleep mask? I went for two to round out my perfect travel kit! - Renés Points

I just had to try this one!<p>We all have our favorite travel “stuff” we can not get in the air without having. Most of my stuff, as John Mayer points …

Travel

The Electric Skateboard Drive that fits under any Skateboard

TAKING THE ASPHALT SURF<br>TO THE NEXT LEVEL<p>The Mellow Drive is an electric truck that fits any skateboard. It brings you the sensation of surfing and …

Transportation

Matthew Sweet Sets Release Date for Kickstarter-Funded 'Tomorrow Forever' Album: Exclusive

You can blame the long wait (six years) between Matthew Sweet albums on the expectations generated by a Kickstarter campaign."That's why it took so …

Live Music

Crowd Funded Eve V Tablet Starts Shipping Next Month (video)

If you missed out on the Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign all were a little sceptical about investing your hard owned cash to help the Eve V tablet …

Tablets

The travel pillow that claims to let you sleep anywhere

The embarrassment of falling asleep on your neighbour’s shoulder in the middle seat of a plane, bus or train, could be resigned to the past with a new travel pillow that claims users can “cradle themselves to sleep” while sitting or even standing anywhere.<p>The Dream Sling attaches a pillow to a …

Business Travel

Kickstarter arm-mounted jet drive will propel snorkelers through the water

Why it matters to you<p>Because who hasn't wanted to be propelled through the water via arm-worn jet propulsion like a superhero or a 1960s British …

Aerospace

Smart mirror doesn't prove to be bright idea for UCSD grad

UC San Diego graduate Noah Martin turned to Kickstarter this spring, hoping to raise $35,000 to develop a voice-activated “smart” mirror named …

Internet of Things

What Does Disastrous Yooka-Laylee Reception Mean for Kickstarter?

Another day, another high-profile Kickstarter disaster. That’s not an altogether accurate sentiment, but it certainly feels like it. Last week, …

Gaming