At any given moment, there are approximately a zillion different crowdfunding campaigns happening on the web. Take a stroll through Kickstarter or Indiegogo and you’ll find no shortage of weird, useless, and downright stupid projects out there — alongside some real gems. We’ve cut through the fidget spinners and janky iPhone cases to round up the most unusual, ambitious, and exciting new crowdfunding projects out there this week. Keep in mind that any crowdfunding project — even those with the best intentions — can fail, so do your homework before cutting a check for the “gadget of your dreams.”
There are certain things in this world that just pair together well. Milk and cookies. Peanut butter and jelly. Skiing and booze. It’s like they were made for each other. Unfortunately, if you want to enjoy some hooch on the hill, you’re forced to lug a bunch of beers around in your snow pants, or tuck a tiny flask in your pocket and hope it’s enough to get you a buzz. Neither option is particularly ideal. Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a better way to transport your liquid courage around while you shred the slopes?
Good news: there finally is. In fact, there already was. They’re called Whiski poles, and they’re exactly what they sound like: ski poles that you can fill up with liquor. Apparently version 1.0 came out a couple years ago, and now the creators are already back on Kickstater with version 2.0. This time around, the poles are designed to work with optional inserts, which allow you to stash other items in your ski poles. You know, normal stuff like pens and rolled up cash — definitely not doobies and blunts and ziploc baggies full of magic mushrooms. That would be reckless.
SLA 3D printers used to be expensive and out-of-reach for the average consumer, but that’s now beginning to change. Thanks in large part to crowdfunding platforms like Kickstarter and Indiegogo, these kinds of printers have become drastically more affordable and available in the past year or so. Nowadays there are a handful that you can get for less than $500 — and there’s a boatload more currently in development.
The latest to hit the crowdfunding scene is Paladin — a highly affordable SLA/DLP printer that, despite costing just a hair over $400 on Kickstarter, comes with a range of high-end features that you typically only see on machines that cost upward of $1,500. Most notably, it has an automatic resin pump that keeps the vat full at all times, a touchscreen interface, and automatic bed leveling. What more could you want?
Here’s a quick excerpt from our full article, which ran earlier in the week: “So you’ve taught your 6-year-old child to read, write, and play nice with others. What’s next? Give them a base understanding of cryptocurrency, of course! After all, what self-respecting modern kid trusts their parents to hand over regular installments of allowance without systematically recording it on the blockchain for posterity?
Okay, so we’re not quite at the point just yet where Bitcoin joins Little League and Dinosaur Train as things that young people go crazy over, but that’s not stopping the folks behind an intriguing new Kickstarter campaign. Called Pigzbe, it’s a smart wallet for youngsters that’s intended to teach your offspring about money and saving for a world that’s rapidly becoming free from the kind of physical money that we grew up with.
Pigzbe trades a currency called Wollo, and essentially acts like an easy entry point into the world of cryptocurrency. An associated app lets parents set up standing orders, transfer funds linked to chores, and more. The app also visualizes savings in a lively, fun way, which should hopefully make the process of saving cash seem less abstract.”
Suitcases are great for transporting clothing, but storing it and keeping it organized after you’ve reached your destination? Not so much. That’s why it usually looks like a bomb went off in your hotel room after you’ve gone through an outfit or two. Obviously, this is less than ideal — but let’s be honest here: it’s also not worth the effort to unpack everything and nearly tuck it into the drawers in your room, or to put stuff on hangers. We live in the age of smart suitcases, yet somehow we still don’t have suitcases with integrated organization systems.
Or at least we didn’t. Now that the new-and-improved Carry on Closet is here, there’s finally a better way to keep your crap organized when you’re traveling. The suitcase (which comes in two different sizes that both qualify as carry ons) is outfitted with a collapsible shelving system that can be expanded when you’re at the hotel, thereby giving you access to all your clothes without having to dig for anything. When it’s time to leave, you can just collapse the shevles like an accordion and stuff them back into the suitcase in a matter of seconds — no re-folding, no sitting on your luggage so you can get the zipper closed.
For years, the go-to method for killing germs has been either burning them to death, or, for surfaces like countertops, poisoning them with harsh chemicals. Both methods are highly effective, but poisoning does come with a major drawback: oftentimes the chemicals we use are just as harmful as the germs we’re trying to destroy.
Cleansebot is here to fix that problem. It’s like a Roomba for your countertops, but instead of simply sucking up debris, the little bot roves around and blasts low-wavelength UV-C light onto any surface it passes over. In doing so, it effectively scrambles the DNA of any germs on your countertops, rendering them incapable of breeding/multiplying. Skeptical? Don’t be. This definitely isn’t the first device to use this sanitization technique. Ultraviolet light is used as a disinfectant in hospitals, laboratories, swimming pools, and drinking water treatment facilities around the world, because it offers safe, industrial-grade disinfection without the complications and side-effects of chemical treatments.