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Ecco The Dolphin spiritual successor Kickstarter fails

April 29th, 2013
Campaign misses $665,000 goal; Ecco creator reveals Little Blue project.


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Soccket Soccer Ball Generator, and Its Critiques

April 27th, 2013

Soccket is a soccer ball that harnesses energy with every kick and volley it gets. Developed by Harvard grads, the toy boasts a successful Kickstarter campaign, surpassing a funding goal of $75,000 by over $17,000 last month. A pendulum inside the Soccket ball swings when the ball moves, generating clean energy for a rechargeable battery stored inside. According to Uncharted Play, Soccket’s makers, thirty minutes of play translates into three hours of light from its companion LED lamp. Pictured above, the little lamp is currently the only appliance it can charge, by being plugged directly into the ball. The ball itself seems relatively unencumbered by its tech features; according to the campaign’s Kickstarter video, Soccket is only about an ounce heavier than a standard soccer ball, and it's filled with specialized foam, so it won’t deflate.

The Soccket is one item among an extensive group of "eco" products that takes an activity usually independent of producing energy (in this case, a fun one) and turns it into an opportunity for clean energy generation. Recalling other kinetic energy devices, like the nPower PEG, which powers handheld electronics while you walk or ride a bike, there’s something immediately appealing about turning play into power. If I want to play soccer anyway during the day, why not get a ball that’ll power a light to read by at night?

However, the primary purpose of the Soccket -- and the main way it’s being marketed, to help poor communities around the world -- has generated some important critiques. There are much more efficiently powered LED lamps available, including these designed and built by a former EcoGeek writer. Is a soccer ball that powers a little lamp truly helpful aid to communities in need, or does it simply sound cool to well-intentioned, privileged individuals?

Aaron Ausland, of the blog Staying for Tea, argues that framing a soccer ball as an eco-friendly "solution" for poor communities "grossly overplays the potential of the ball and misleads investors and buyers about the social impact they get for their money." Ausland, in addition to his thought-provoking list of problems with the Soccket, points out that the Soccket’s generative powers are roughly the equivalent of "four weakly-rechargeable AA batteries." The conversation doesn’t end at his critiques, as Ausland posted a response from Julia C. Silverman, co-founder of Uncharted Play, who emphasized the company’s intent to work with communities, continue their evaluation of the Soccket’s impact, and focus on fun for children, noting that they capped the Soccket’s power so play for kids doesn’t become work for power.

image via Soccket Kickstarter

via: Inhabitat



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The Tale of ALLTYNEX – Kickstarter Introduction

April 24th, 2013
Check out the trailer for the successfully funded Kickstarter game The Tale of ALLTYNEX.


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Growth Boosts Kickstarter’s Horsepower

April 14th, 2013
It's not hard to guess that this rickety three-story walkup on the Lower East Side would house a hip Internet start-up. But the red-hot company that's raised more than half a billion dollars from the public to fund passion projects?

Crowdfunding phenomenon Kickstarter is on the third floor, with a handful of staffers who don headphones and stare at large iMacs, tweaking the Web site that brings in an average of 200 new projects daily. A former waiter, Perry Chen, his one-time frequent customer and freelance rock critic Yancey Strickler and designer Charles Adler launched Kickstarter in 2009 as a place where anybody could pitch in to help get passion projects funded.

The company helped coin a word -- crowdfunding -- as it helped everything from community gardens, books and local plays come to life. It has since grown to include movies (Kickstarter-funded documentary Inocente won the Oscar this year) music (singer Amanda Palmer's Kickstarter-funded album made its debut at No. 10 on Billboard) and a red-hot tech product (the Pebble smartphone watch launched in February).

As Kickstarter approaches 40,000 successfully launched projects, and other crowdfunding sites compete (hello, PledgeMusic, Indiegogo and GoFundMe) the Kickstarters are outgrowing their space. They're preparing to move in June to bigger digs in Brooklyn, where they'll keep a keen eye on growing the business.

"Our jobs are to come in here and make the site a little better every day," says Kickstarter CEO Chen. "We have no interest in ever selling this business or IPO'ing. We're as independent as you get."

Along with physical growing pains comes another price of success: As Kickstart-ed projects become more widespread, backlash -- a "Kickstarter fatigue" -- is starting to emerge, as folks who once didn't mind pitching in are now finding funding requests as bothersome as the frequent political and charity pleas...



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D*Haus to Launch a Kickstarter Campaign to Develop Shape-Shifting Home and Products

March 28th, 2013

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D*Haus, the ultra-innovative company behind the the first dynamic house in the world, is set to launch a kickstarter campaign on April 3 to raise funds for the development of their two flagship products, the D*Dynamic home and the D*Table home furnishing. Their shape-shifting products are based on a mathematical theory by Henry Ernest Dudeny, which explains how to compose a perfect square using equilateral triangles.
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Trolls take on 9-year-old girl’s Kickstarter project…and lose

March 25th, 2013
The conspiracy theories swirling around a seemingly benign crowdfunding campaign turned into a tornado over the weekend. Crave's Eric Mack investigates. [Read more]



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9-year-old girl’s Kickstarter for coding camp is crushing it

March 22nd, 2013
Mackenzie Wilson's older brothers said she couldn't raise $829 for a game design camp for kids. They were right. She's raised more $16,000. [Read more]



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GS News – Garriott’s ‘Ultimate RPG’ successful on Kickstarter [PC]

March 19th, 2013
Ultima creator Richard Garriott's crowd-funding campaign for Shroud of the Avatar reaches $1 million milestone in ten days.


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Garriott’s ‘Ultimate RPG’ successful on Kickstarter

March 19th, 2013
Ultima creator Richard Garriott's crowd-funding campaign for Shroud of the Avatar reaches $1 million milestone in 10 days.


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‘Veronica Mars’ movie is fastest-growing Kickstarter film campaign

March 13th, 2013
The fan favorite raised $1 million within four-and-a-half hours and is nearly at the $2 million finish line, and Warners Bros. didn't even have to break a sweat. [Read more]



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