Crowdfunding Idiots Want To Hijack Serial 

Serial is ending this week—but not without a crowdfunding campaign trying to glom itself onto the podcast's popularity first. "CrowdSolve - CrowdSourcing Adnan's Investigation" is the logical convergence of online vigilante justice and dumb crowdfunding, and it represents exactly what is wrong with internet culture… » 12/15/14 4:54pm Monday 4:54pm

These Traffic Lights Let You Play Pong With Random Strangers

Two years ago, three German design students set out to solve the most first-world problem that ever was: what to do when waiting to cross the street. Their solution? A system that lets you play Pong with pedestrians on the other side of the street. A few years and one re-branding later, their system is bettering… » 12/06/14 3:00pm 12/06/14 3:00pm

The Simplest Way to Stop Crowdfunding Scams

I wish I could say that crowdfunding was hitting a rough patch. What with all the scams and impossible projects gracing the various platforms' hallowed halls, that's what should be happening. And yet! Creators continue to promise beyond their means, and we keep burying them with cash. Thankfully, though, Indiegogo… » 12/02/14 1:10pm 12/02/14 1:10pm

That Time the Internet Teamed Up to Buy a Town Through a Google Doc

Ghost towns are known to pop up on Craigslist and eBay every once in awhile, but are often snapped up just as fast by eager developers or industrious preppers. Not so for the 62-acre town of Johnsonville, Connecticut which is currently up for auction after remaining abandoned for more than 20 years. Now, a group of… » 10/29/14 4:37pm 10/29/14 4:37pm

The 1,300-Person Quest To Build the Perfect Mechanical Keyboard

The keyboard is functionally invisible. It's the single piece of hardware you touch the most. But despite being your primary interface with the digital world, it's remained almost unchanged for decades, ignored, except for the small community of enthusiasts who design, program, and build their own—like the Infinity… » 10/15/14 11:00am 10/15/14 11:00am

Inside the Booming Business of Kickstarter Coaches

Here's a staggering statistic: Kickstarter backers pledge roughly $1.5 million every day. Crowdfunding is a big business, despite its image as a folksy, grassroots-style approach to money. It's so big, in fact, that it's spawning a cottage industry of professionals who can help you cash in on your idea. For a fee. » 10/07/14 1:23pm 10/07/14 1:23pm

This $10.8 Million Crowdfunded Cooler Better Be Awesome

In the relatively brief but inexplicably deep-pocketed history of internet-enabled crowdfunding, people have proven their insatiable thirst for investing in stuff that may—or may not—ever make it to reality. Some of these proposals are very cool; some are very stupid. And some get a whole hell of a lot of money. "The… » 8/27/14 9:00pm 8/27/14 9:00pm

This Death Star of a Speaker Actually Floats in Midair

Bluetooth speakers are ubiquitous these days, so it's no surprise to see some companies going out on a limb to set themselves apart. OM Audio, however, is venturing beyond that limb into thin air with its new OM/One floating speaker. Not only is levitation a neat gimmick, but it supposedly also helps the sound travel… » 8/12/14 2:14pm 8/12/14 2:14pm

A Nest of Copper Foam Lets This Tiny PC Run Silently Without Fans

You eventually tune it out, but the constant whir of a desktop computer's cooling fans can take a toll on your psyche. It's like a buzzing mosquito that never strikes, and never stops. So the folks at a German company called Silent Power have created a compact desktop PC that trades noisy fans for a block of exposed… » 7/30/14 11:22am 7/30/14 11:22am

This All-In-One Printer Churns Out Completely Functional Circuit Boards

Prototyping a new device without a factory at your disposal is as time consuming as it is expensive. Unless the crowd-funded Squink printer manages to become a reality. It lets hobbyists and aspiring Wozniaks print their own functional circuit boards using conductive ink and glue, for almost immediate turnarounds when… » 7/21/14 1:48pm 7/21/14 1:48pm