9 Crowdfunded Gadgets for Christimas

Christmas is on the doorstep and you haven’t bought the presents for your geeky nephew and nerdy brother…what to do?! Here’s a little help. Just like last christmas, ill bring you some gadget ideas. Only this year its gonna be crowdfunded ideas. I’ve crawled some great crowdfunding pages: kickstarter.com,  rockethub.com and indiegogo.com and here is what I found:

The 3Doodler

3Doodler at Kickstarter

3Doodler at Kickstarter

A small house made via 3Doodler

A small house made via 3Doodler

This tool lets you write in 3D via some sort of extremely quick-drying glue/ink. This way you can become an analogue 3D designer. In the Kickstarter campaign the inventors at WobbleWorks LLC. shows some pretty awesome examples of how this can be done, and it looks easy too. The Eiffel tower looks a bit fake though (being drawn in 2D and glued together afterwards) but the rest is absolutely cool! The project has already been funded – by 7.813% ! – so you will sure be able to get this pen some day in the future, but I don’t think they will be ready for christmas though.

Watch the campaign video:

and visit the kickstarter page:

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1351910088/3doodler-the-worlds-first-3d-printing-pen?ref=category

Sylvia’s Super Awesome Watercolorbot

Sylvia's super awesome watercolorbot

Sylvia’s super awesome watercolorbot

12 year old Sylvia Todd

12 year old Sylvia Todd

Another trendy crowdfunding category is 3D printing. Kickstarter floats over with various printers but with only minor differences. I’ve decided to highlight this one, made by the 12-year old girl Sylvia Todd. Sylvia is not an ordinary teenage girl – she is super awesome! That’s why her blog Sylvia’s Super Awesome Maker Show is a great success. Sylvia (twitter: @MakerSylvia) creates small tech projects in collaboration with her dad (twitter: @techninja42) and has already starred in a TED Talk and in various online magazines, such as Wired.com and TechCrunch.com ! I’ve written a blog about Sylvia Todd here. The Kickstarter project is called Watercolorbot. Sylvia and the guys from Evil Mad Scientist Lab has designed this printer that transforms your computer drawings into real paintings done in watercolor. A twisted concept that flips the analogue/digital aesthetics upside down. Basically the printer consists of a wooden chassis, a pencil carriage, a EiBotBoard minicomputer and a waterbrush kit. Of course this project as also already been funded.

Watch the campaign video here:

and visit the Kickstarter page:

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1894919479/super-awesome-sylvias-watercolorbot-0?ref=category

Panono: Panoramic Ball Camera

Jonas Pfeil with Panono

Jonas Pfeil with Panono

360° x 360° picture taken with Panono

360° x 360° picture taken with Panono

Panono is a ball containing 36 cameras. This makes it capable of taking full 360° x 360° dimensional “as-if-you-were-there” pictures, that you can review later using a tablet, the same way you do with Google Photo Sphere…in 72 megapixel! In the video, you see how the ball is thrown in the air, and when the ball is at its highest point, it will take a picture with an eagle eye perspective. The later revision of the picture is almost like augmented reality, when you move your tablet around and the gyroscope synchronizes the picture with the real environment. This project is not funded 100% yet, and is set to end january 4th, 2014. At this point they still need 1/3 of the funding goal, so be quick and help the founder Jonas Pfeil and his team at Panono GmbH to be succesful with this awesome project.

Watch the campaign video here:

And visit the Panono funding campaign at indiegogo:  http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/panono-panoramic-ball-camera

Circuit Scribe

Interactive paper made with Circuit Scribe

Interactive paper made with Circuit Scribe

A light switch made with Circuit Scribe

A light switch made with Circuit Scribe

Maybe you have doodled your own tiny inventions or circuits in the corner of your old boring schoolbooks or newspapers. With Circuit Scribe the only difference is that your blueprints comes alive as real circuits! The conductive ink in the pen lets you draw the circuits and combine them with the electrical components that follows – but varies from whatever amount you choose to back the project with. I can imagine schools using these instead of/or as an extension of the electronic kits they use today in physics class. Its easier and faster to see the result of your circuit and the leap from sketch to construction has been significantly diminished.

Watch the campaign video here:

and visit the Kickstarter page:

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/electroninks/circuit-scribe-draw-circuits-instantly?ref=category

PRIMO

PRIMO the physical programming robot kit

PRIMO the physical programming robot kit

PRIMO uses the same logic as Light Bot

PRIMO uses the same logic as Light Bot

I’m very passionate about teaching kids to code at a very young age and the more visual and physical the tool is, the better. PRIMO consists of a Cubetto – that is the sprite that you program via the 16 included instruction blocks (forward, left, right and function) when inserted on the interface board. Kids then get a physical feeling of moving the Cubetto via commands and creating a working code. The concept is a lot like the physical  LOGO robot that Seymour Papert builded decades ago. It looked more like a vacuum cleaner than a robot, but it was revolutionizing. I believe that this physical programming kit would work for kids in kindergarten and could be a great introduction to more visual programming.

Watch the campaign video here:

and visit the Kickstarter page:

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1039674461/primo-teaching-programming-logic-to-children-age-4?ref=category

HolograFX

Make your own holographs with HolograFX

Make your own holographs with HolograFX

HolograFX

HolograFX

I found this one on RocketHub. If you like Star Wars, performing magic tricks or make holographic telepresence phone calls, this is for you! HolograFX is a tiny tool to make your own holograph. The kit consists of a cardboard hologram theater, 16 premade holograms and an app that teaches you to turn yourself into a hologram. HolograFX has already been developed, the funding is complete and it has already been put into production by Goliath Games (twitter: @GolathGamesUS ). It can be bought here http://holografxgame.com/buy/

Watch the campaign video here:

and visit the RocketHub page: http://www.rockethub.com/projects/27531-holografx

HEX the hackable nano-copter

HEX the nano-copter

HEX the nano-copter

HEX nano-copter

Everything, exept the hexagonal arduino computer, is 3D printable

One of the other things that trends the crowdfunding pages, is quadro-rotors. These four-bladed flying machines can usually be controlled by smartphones and record video while flying. HEX is different, though. First of all its extremely tiny. And then there’s the hackable feature! Benjamin Black from hexairbot.com gives you the opportunity to decide what features your HEX should have. Maybe you want to control it with virtual reality-glasses, maybe you want it to be delivering food for your cat Amazon Prime Air-style, record video or navigate through narrow places. HEX consists of a tiny hexagonal Arduino-compatible computer (therefore the name and the “hackability”) and all other parts can be 3D printed by yourself. The team behind HEX has already succeeded in reaching the funding goal and received more than 50 times the pledged amount!

Watch the campaign video here:

and visit the kickstarter page: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1387330585/hex-a-copter-that-anyone-can-fly?ref=category

Toymail

Toymail

The toymail Mailmen

Toymail

Toymail

I’ve actually looked for a tool like this for quite some time. Toymail lets you communicate remotely with your children by voice, but in a much more intuitive and child friendly way than a regular cellphone, smart phone or tablet. The child has a communicator called Mailman and disguised as a toy pet. The parent has a smart phone app. The parent can choose between communicating with own voice or a distorted voice. The interaction is asynchronous, just like emails. This is unlike almost any other vocal conversation. This would be great for introducing asynchronous interaction for kids at a very young age. It’s funny how asynchronous voice interaction never made a great break through in the way adults communicate remotely. I think a voice chat could be an interesting field of research. If one toy pet could be paired and communicate with another toy pet, imagine what it could do to siblings who lives apart and suffers from a divorced family or a soul mate who just swapped school / kindergarten. I can definitely see the potential.

Watch the campaign video here:

and visit the kickstarter page:

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1809098181/toymail-we-send-mail-to-toys?ref=category

OMNI – the affordable virtual reality treadmill

OMNI treadmill

The OMNI Treadmill

OMNI treadmill

Special designed shoes for the OMNI treadmill

Finally there’s the OMNI. This gadget puts you right in the middle of your favorite shoot ’em up video game. The team at Virtuix who developed the OMNI seeks to generate a feeling of emergence in the game you play, that hasn’t been affordable or even available before. The OMNI consists of a treadmill and a pair of special designed shoes that registers in what direction you go and how fast. With this comes a pair of virtual reality glasses and a gun! A video says more than a thousand words, therefore I will not say anymore, just encourage you to watch the campaign video of this awesome toy.

Watch the campaign video here:

and visit the kickstarter page: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1944625487/omni-move-naturally-in-your-favorite-game?ref=category

I wish you a merry crowdsourced christmas and a gadget new year!

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