kickstarter.comThe tech world took notice recently as the Kickstarter-funded Ouya video game console was announced for a June release. Some of the world, however, asked: “what’s a Kickstarter?” Kickstarter.com is a funding platform for creative projects of all kinds, from films to music to technology. Projects are brought to life through the direct support of others. Since its 2009 launch, Kickstarter has facilitated over $450 million in pledges by more than 3 million people, resulting in 35,000 creative projects that would have likely failed at traditional fundraising methods.
The project creator sets the funding goal and deadline. If people like the project, they pledge money to make it happen. If the project reaches its funding goal, the pledge money is cashed. If the project falls short, no one is charged.
It’s all or nothing.
I’ll be bringing you weekly updates on the more interesting tech projects looking for life on Kickstarter.
This project boasts true wireless transmission of power, as evidenced on the project video where the inventor holds six glowing light bulbs near his invention. They’re not plugged into a power source; they’re drawing power from his TeslaTronix Tesla coils. His coils, based off the Slayer Exciter circuit, require no capacitors, no spark gaps, and no AC power source to function. He claims the TeslaTronix Tesla coils can be powered off almost any DC power source from 5V-35V.
“Anyone can now fully enjoy and study the properties of a traditional Tesla coil, without the cost and complication in doing so,” says the Pennsylvania-based inventor.
“These Tesla Coils resonate well with LED lighting and florescent tubing. With proper grounding at the receivers, usable current can be extracted right from the air around you!”
StormFlyStormFly – A PC On Your Wrist
Doug Worple, the Barcelona-based inventor behind StormFly from Now Computing, calls it “a PC on your wrist.”
Bootable from a PC or Mac, StormFly is a secure, fast USB 3.0 with an operating system built into a stylish wristband. It bypasses the resident PC or Mac operating system completely, which means no trace of user activity. The little device has enough storage for personal files and user settings. Now Computing began as an alternative to cloud computing.
“Despite all the hype on cloud, there are over 300 million PC’s shipping every year, which means there is still a heck of a lot of local computing happening in the world. Cloud can be cumbersome, slow, sometimes ugly, and not always available.”
Worple started out designing business devices for companies to move Operating Systems from PC to PC locally and securely.
“When our kids saw those business devices, they wanted to use them. Even kids don’t see cloud as the answer to everything; and the idea of having their own OS (programs, games, information, etc.) on a device, for use on whatever computer they can find (and nowadays they have access to a lot of computers) was something they found cool; so we changed our entire company focus to developing StormFly.”