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

Stephen Colbert Tears Apart Crowdfunding's Dumbest Projects

The potato salad Kickstarter may have enjoyed its five minutes of fame, but as far as absurdity goes, its breed isn't quite as rare as you might think. Don't believe us, though—just watch as Stephen Colbert expertly tears apart one of the dumbest, non-starch-related visions the crowdfunding world has to offer. » 7/15/14 9:59am 7/15/14 9:59am

Kickstarter Just Opened the Floodgates to Even More Frauds and Scams

Crowdfunding is notorious for being riddled with impossible projects, broken promises, and straight up scams. But Kickstarter's been one of the few sites that even attempts to vet projects before people start throwing their money at them. Now, though, Kickstarter has decided to let creators choose to bypass the… » 6/03/14 12:21pm 6/03/14 12:21pm

Osmo Uses Your iPad to Get Your Kids Playing in the Real World

A lot of kids love iPads, to the point where they're almost never just, y'know, playing with kids stuff. Osmo is a nifty little gadget that does both, encouraging kids to play with tangible, real-world toys that magically interact with games on the iPad's screen. And you can pre-order one through Osmo's crowdfunding… » 5/22/14 11:00am 5/22/14 11:00am

Who Needs Towels When You Can Just Stand on a Full Body Air Dryer?

If you've yet to find a bathroom towel large enough to suitably dry you after a shower, the solution could be as simple as standing on this unique bathroom accessory for about half-a-minute. It looks like a weigh scale, but it's actually a dryer that blasts you with warm air to quickly and thoroughly dry you without… » 4/02/14 12:00am 4/02/14 12:00am