Pebble Time Shows Us Just How Much Crowdfunding Has Changed

On Friday night at 10 p.m. ET, the Pebble Time ended its month-long crowdfunding campaign with over $20 million in pledges, making it the most funded Kickstarter in Kickstarter history by roughly 7 million dollars. » 3/29/15 12:00pm Sunday 12:00pm

This Lighter Works Like a Taser To Start Fires Without a Flame

If you need more than ten fingers to count the number of times you've burned yourself while trying to light a candle at the bottom of a tall glass container, the Illume ArcLighter will probably seem like the greatest invention since the wheel. Instead of a flame, it produces a glowing electric arc that can light… » 3/19/15 2:56pm 3/19/15 2:56pm

Just Toss This Digitized Notebook In the Microwave to Erase Every Page

When a paper notebook also doubles as the archive for all of your hand-written notes, it makes sense to buy a new one once it's full. But when that paper notebook can be easily digitized and backed up to the cloud using a smartphone, there's no reason not to reuse it. So the Rocketbook notebook can be easily erased by… » 3/11/15 9:48am 3/11/15 9:48am

This Tiny Multi-Function Cube Can Save a Dying Smartphone

There is no shortage of tiny USB charging and sync cables available for your smartphone, but the makers of the aptly-named WonderCube have managed to squeeze a surprising amount of functionality into a tiny one-inch cube you'll never want to leave home without. » 3/11/15 8:00am 3/11/15 8:00am

Kickstarter Is Hiring a Common Sense Specialist

Kickstarter is hiring an Integrity Specialist to help evaluate products and ensure that they meet the company's not very rigorous rules. But they could probably get by with a mere Common Sense specialist with two eyes and a brain who can tell if a proposed project obviously defies logic and reason. » 3/04/15 3:40pm 3/04/15 3:40pm

Insane Crowd Funded Nissan Car Holds BBQ, Karaoke Machine, And Drone

Japanese automakers have been shoving all sorts of devices into vehicles, especially kei cars, for years now. We've seen many a wacky concept come out of design studios, and a surprising number of them have actually made it into production. Well, Nissan may have just taken it to a whole 'nother level with their new… » 2/28/15 7:16pm 2/28/15 7:16pm

A Combo Flash Drive-Phone Cable Is The Most Useful Thing On Your Keys

For the past couple of years, I've always carried one of those miniature fold-up flash drives on my key chain. It's invaluable for those moments when then internet is broken or Comcasted and the world will stop turning if you don't transfer those photos and that slide deck right the hell now. But if that flash drive… » 2/24/15 10:00pm 2/24/15 10:00pm

12 Successful Kickstarters That Never Delivered

All is not right in the world of crowdfunding. For every massive critical success like Shovel Knight or Divinity: Original Sin, there are numerous games or game-related projects that disappoint, under-deliver, or, as has become scarily common, take people's money and never make what they promised in the first place. » 2/20/15 1:51pm 2/20/15 1:51pm

The New Insect-Sniping Bug-A-Salt 2.0 Boasts More Power With Less Salt

The world's salt supplies are plentiful now, but who knows what the situation will be like in 50 years? So the makers of the Bug-A-Salt have just revealed the next-generation version of their urban assault weapon designed to take down flies and other bothersome insects. Not only does version 2.0 use less salt than its… » 2/05/15 3:07pm 2/05/15 3:07pm

This Cable Charges Your Phone Faster - Sort Of

You might think that plugging a USB cable into a USB socket would mean your phone always juices up at the same speed — but you would be sorely mistaken. Charging your phone is a surprisingly complicated thing to get right, a problem that this particular crowdfunding campaign is on a mission to solve. » 2/04/15 12:12am 2/04/15 12:12am

GoFundMe Is a Great Way to Scam People

I'm not the morality police over here, but I'm just gonna go ahead and say that people should not scam each other. Think of a scam free world! We would be free to trust unlucky Nigerian princes and Publisher's Clearing House. So, first of all: Don't rip people off. It's rude. But if you were going to perpetuate a… » 1/23/15 2:50pm 1/23/15 2:50pm

This Compact Charger Is No Bigger Than Apple's But Powers Two Devices

Prepare to have one those "hey, wait a minute!" moments because it turns out the compact charger that Apple includes with iPhones could actually be doing so much more for you. The similarly-sized ChargeTech not only has folding prongs so it's even easier to transport, it also comes with two side-by-side USB ports that… » 1/14/15 11:15am 1/14/15 11:15am

Unlike All Those Dumb Crowdfunding Campaigns, This Smart Ring Exists

Most smart rings look pretty dumb. Nobody really needs a little screen on their finger to tell them when they get a text message. However, I almost want to wear this 3D-printed a Bluetooth Ö ring with a teeny tiny OLED that can display Elvish text. Almost. » 1/01/15 4:00pm 1/01/15 4:00pm

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 12/15/14 4:54pm

This Clever Device Makes Your Bike Safer And Smarter


Texting and driving might be bad, but have you ever tried riding a bike through traffic, whilst trying to read Google Maps and texting your girlfriend? You'll probably end up with a wing mirror in the kidneys, if you're lucky. Thankfully, Kickstarter is On The Case. » 12/09/14 12:05am 12/09/14 12:05am

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 may… » 12/02/14 1:10pm 12/02/14 1:10pm

5 More Crowdfunded Projects That Defy All Logic and Reason

Online panhandling is out of control. With Kickstarter and Indiegogo's tendencies to wash their hands of the garbage on their sites, scams and impossible projects are in a golden age. While fantastically impossible bullshit abounds, these are but a few of the most egregious. » 11/24/14 1:18pm 11/24/14 1:18pm