We looked at the big picture and distilled the 2016 Exponential Manufacturing conference into the four big themes we saw emerge during the event.Dale Doughtry, CEO and founder of Maker MediaCrowdfunding platforms are fueling the entry of these low-cost machines, like the Makerarm, which raised nearly half a million dollars on Kickstarter, and is the first complete digital fabrication robotic arm that mounts to a desktop.Robotics expert and director of Columbia University s Creative Machine Labs, Hod Lipson, projected how these advances in AI and robotics will converge to create fully resilient and adaptive cloud-connected factories in the future.Shree Bose took this route with Piper, a computer kit for kids to learn engineering through the game Minecraft and the grand prize winner of Google s Global Science Fair.Bose said she only built one scrappy prototype of Piper before beginning the Kickstarter campaign.Hagel said the economy is splitting into two parts—products and services are fragmenting into smaller and smaller pieces, while the platforms knitting them together are getting bigger.
The updated app was quietly pushed live yesterday, and Google has now officially confirmed that Android Pay is available for anyone in the U.K., assuming they have a compatible NFC-enabled device.Similar to Apple Pay, Android Pay lets users purchase goods in physical retail stores by associating their MasterCard or Visa card with their device and swiping their phone against a contactless terminal at the point of sale.It can also be used to pay for things within third-party apps, including those by JD Sports, Deliveroo, Zara, Kickstarter, Airbnb, and YPlan.Crucially, Android Pay can also be used on London s public transport network, including the Tube and buses.The Internet giant launched its Apple Pay competitor last May, but so far, the feature has only been available in the U.S. Google did confirm back in March, however, that Android Pay would be landing in the U.K. some time in the next few months.The company has now confirmed that it will be launching in Australia and Singapore soon, with more countries added to the mix in the coming months.So it sounds as though the U.K. is serving as the launchpad for a major global rollout across 2016.Google had previously confirmed that eight banks would be on board for launch — Bank of Scotland, First Direct, Halifax, HSBC, Lloyds Bank, M Bank, MBNA, and Nationwide Building Society, though it did note that more would be added.Barclays was also slow to embrace Apple Pay, which has been available in the U.K. since last summer.
Credit: PowerstrapPebble s plan to make its current generation of smartwatches even smarter is a genius one: The company includes a port for accessory makers to create straps that add all sort of functionality to the Pebble Time and Pebble Time Steel.Powerstrap just launched a Kickstarter for its Pal GPS smartstrap for the Pebble Time and Pebble Time Steel, which will let you track runs and store them on the sporty, sweat- and water-resistant strap which comes in six colors for up to 24 hours, no smartphone required.You then sync the GPS data with your phone, where you can view pace, speed, altitude, and a map of the route you ran.You can brag about your stats with easy social media sharing, too.Powerstrap actually promises to extend your Pebble s battery life by seven days with its own 250mAh battery, which means it doesn t use your Pebble s battery at all.Early backers can nab a Pal for as low as $65.
Stop using switches, we are well no animals either? With a Knocki on any surface in your home, you can tap on the wall to turn the lights on, change the channel or snooze a little longer. Shut up and take my money, seems to be the instinctive reaction on Kickstarter. In one hour drug Knocki their demanded 35 000 dollars, and less than a day later, the figure has multiplied. Knocki is a small box that can be attached to any surface and can be programmed to recognize up to ten different tapping patterns. Play Replay with sound Play with Sound 00:00 00:00 Kickstarter Alert icon arrow down icon arrow-left icon arrow-right icon arrow-thin-left icon arrow-thin-right icon arrow-up icon backer badge icon bar-chart icon bell icon bookmark icon fire-assets icon calendar icon cart icon chat icon check icon clipboard icon clock icon close icon closed-caption icon Compose icon conversion icon Direct-left icon direct-right icon Direct-up icon download icon drop-down icon embed icon expand icon facebook-box icon facebook icon flag icon globe icon grid icon heart icon help icon image icon info icon instagram icon kickstarter circle icon kickstarter icon leaf icon link icon location pin icon lock icon mail icon menu icon Move icon music icon Pause icon pin icon pinterest icon play icon plus-circle icon plus icon report icon ribbon icon Search icon share icon star icon stop icon while icon thumbs-up icon tools icon trash icon tumblr icon twitter icon unlink icon user icon video icon view-all icon vine icon volume-up icon volume icon write icon youtube icon
The Dark Souls board game – the biggest Kickstarter UK project ever.The money has come from more than 1.2 million individual backers, spending an average of £53.80 per pledge across 20,651 individual projects, according to data provided exclusively to the Guardian by the crowdsourcing company.Taking a significant chunk of the £26m pledged to games in Kickstarter s British projects is one single project: the Dark Souls board game, which is the most backed project in Kickstarter s British history.Of those, technology also managed to secure the highest average pledge, at over £80.At the other end of the scale, journalism, crafts, and dance projects still aren t your ticket to the big bucks, even through crowdfunding.Barely £500,000 have been pledged to journalism projects, and crafts and dance projects have raised less still.
The idea for this tennis robot was born after years of table tennis matches against each other and when they began studying in different parts built one brother a prototype robot to practice in secret. A dozen prototypes later, has now launched Trainerbot on Kickstarter. The project is seeking 80,000 dollars and if you want one you have to donate at least $ 329 excluding shipping. With Trainerbot can, via an associated mobile app, create your own workouts so you can get better at the different tennis teams. You can set each on the table the ball will land, how fast it will go and whether there should be any spin on the ball. Bonus Cut below where people from Ars Technica and The Verge takes a closer look at this device.
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News: Four years after its launch, Kickstarter unveils where backers' money is going to.During the last four years, more than 1.2 million backers have presented over 1.8 million pledges, according to the organisation.Other countries from where backers supported British entrepreneurs include the US, Germany, Australia and Canada.London's entrepreneurs take the lead in terms of the amount of projects put forward.To date, the most successful project has been Dark Souls - The Board Game, a tabletop game based on the immensely popular Dark Souls video game.This was followed by the technology sector with over £20m of crowdfunding, design nearly £15m and film and video £12m .
Knocki from the US company Swan Solutions is a kind of remote control for the smart home that can make on virtually any surface into a remote control. The idea is to attach Knocki, for example, a wall or a table and then can control their smart home stuff by tapping on the wall or table. Knocki are able to control ten different knock-combinations and these can then control such as home lighting, thermostat, home theater or other smart stuff you have at home. Knocki funded through Kickstarter and it reached its goal of $ 35,000 in just one hour, and it now has already received more than $ 200,000. Chipping to the $ 69 to Knockis campaign it is envisaged that for an Knocki delivered in December. via Gizmag kickstarter.com
And now it s planning on an offshoot experience for Google s Daydream virtual reality platform.Today, the indie studio announced Underworld Overlord, a Dungeon Keeper-style game where you manage a dungeon, plotting traps and monsters, to keep a group of adventurers from plundering your underground home.It s part-tower defense, part-god game, something we haven t seen yet in virtual reality.The potential market for VR is $30 billion by 2020 on all platforms, advisory firm Digi-Capital forecasts, and it s important that Google has quality software to go up against Samsung s Gear headset and platform.So far, GamesBeat hasn t found any other such game in development for VR.OtherSide creative director Paul Neurath hasn t, either.We re not aware of any VR dungeon sim/god games as yet, he said over email.Overlord shares creatures, characters, and lore with Underworld Ascendant.The Underworld franchise has a history of pioneering immersive video games, so bringing it to VR is a natural fit, Neurath also said in an earlier canned statement.OtherSide started with a Kickstarter campaign for Underworld Ascendant, the spiritual successor on Ultima Underworld.
Sospendo Smartphone HolderIn a world of Bluetooth-connected fart trackers and hipster-friendly tinfoil hats, I am aware that describing a Kickstarter as the worst is a bold claim.But hear me out: from idea to execution to the innumerable GIFs littering the crowdfunding campaign, this particular wearable smartphone accessory ticks all of the boxes.The SOSPENDO is, according to the press release, an innovative, ergonomic hands-free device that will hold smartphones, tablets and GoPro cameras.Fall off the treadmill while wearing SOSPENDO, and you ll get punched in the face FOR FREE!Those have been around since the first iPad and probably before , and will continue to exist for as long as lazy people buy tablets.People go on holiday to unwind and relax, not POV-video every waking second, and parents should consider paying attention to their toddlers, not positioning an iPad to block them out of view.
When the original Pebble came out, it really kickstarted the smartwatch/wearables market.While their current generation of watches doesn't have all of the bells and whistles that you'll find on the Apple Watch and other competitors, they do have a trick up their sleeve.If you want to take your Pebble Time or Time Steel out on a hike and not worry about connecting your smartphone, the new Pal band can help you out.It can track speed, distance, elevation and route for up to 24 hours without needing a smartphone to help it out.You'll be able to access this information by syncing your phone up with the band and opening the Pal companion app.The Pal is currently a Kickstarter project, and is well on its way to reaching its goal of $80,000.
Yet that s exactly what s in the pipeline thanks to a Kickstarter campaign that kicks off on Friday.You might think that drinking on your own at home was something you d want to keep to yourself, but Bottle Opener X – or BOx – will automatically send a message to your friend the moment you crack open a beer.The idea of BOx is to let a group of friends who live in different countries around the world to virtually share a beer with each other.It s fitted with a smart chip so it connects with your phone via Wi-Fi, and the moment you open a bottle it is shared with your friends over Slack and Facebook Messenger.Once you ve created a group of friends, BOx automatically shares a Cheers message with them when you open a bottle.There s a leaderboard for BOx users too – and opening more bottles unlocks new reward levels , which should be just the encouragement you need to carry on drinking when you know deep down you ve had enough.
Launched out of Y Combinator and Kickstarter in 2012, Boosted Boards makes electric longboards controlled with a handheld wireless remote.The Gen 2 boards also include some other cool new features:Accessory Port – so you can plug in onboard headlights and taillights, or charge your phoneImproved Water Resistance – so you can handle hitting the odd puddle or damp street, though you still shouldn t ride in the rain or through significant standing waterStronger, More Secure Connectivity – to prevent your handheld remote from disconnecting from the board if you hit a Bluetooth interference, and protect you from hackersBetter Deck, Wheels, And Drivetrain – for a smoother ride on a lighter board, plus better carving, torque, braking, acceleration, and hill climbingModular, User-Swappable Components – so you can customize, upgrade, and repair your boardInternational Sales Approval – so you can finally buy one no matter where you liveThe improved security is especially important after Wired reported last year that researchers discovered they could hack the Boosted Board over Bluetooth and take control of it.Me, riding a Boosted before my accidentAfter 13 years of longboarding and 2.5 on my Boosted without injury, a giant pothole swallowed me up.Boosted s are the best not just because of the specs, but because of the more subtle mapping of the controller to the board.Flooring it every chance you get might feel fun and look cool, but your body could pay the price.Sick of walking from the train to the office?
Knocking lamps off tables, pissing in shoes and scratching the shit out of just about anyone.That s not on my things-to-do-if-I-was-a-cat-for-a-day list, but the Licki Brush suggests it may be at the top of other people s.It s a fake tongue with a rough, scratchy texture that you can use to groom the grumpy little felines in your life, without getting furballs in your mouth/lungs/stomach.The guy in the promotional video sort of looks like he s stroking his kitty with a giant, flattened, cream-filled meowth did you like that one?Though you won't get to actually taste the shit your cat's been rolling around in, your nose will get a good sense of what it's been getting up to and your neck will get a mean workout.There s no word on how much the Licki Brush will cost if it ever goes into production, but a Kickstarter is coming soon.That'll obviously be followed by multiple theme café openings, and before you know it, cat-licking will be considered a more acceptable public act than breast-feeding.
BOX Bottle Opener X is probably the world's first smart bottle opener and it might be interesting if you want to race drink with your buddies. BOX linked to the user's mobile phone via wifi and with the associated app can notify their friends via Facebook Messenger Slack or when opening a bottle. There is also a top list of who opened the most caps and you can also get awards based on how many bottles they opened. The clever bottle opener is supposed to be funded through Kickstarter crowdfundingsajten and campaign kicks off tomorrow if you would be interested. via The Verge bottleopenerx.com
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So we went to the program s spring exhibition, to see what madness they dreamed up.Scanalogue works with 35mm and medium format film, and is set to hit Kickstarter later this summer.So far she s tested these role plays on 10 kids with autism spectrum disorders with positive results!The prompts were guided by SD cards which contained statistical models culled from literature, and which told the devices whether to format their output as a novel, poem, or screenplay.In Haunt you watch moments past and present unfold from the perspective of a girl who has recently died.The six-odd-minute film takes one of the major limitations of VR—that you re no longer inhabiting your body—and makes it its strength.
Knocking lamps off tables, pissing in shoes and scratching the shit out of just about anyone.That s not on my things-to-do-if-I-was-a-cat-for-a-day list, but the Licki Brush suggests it may be at the top of other people s.It s a fake tongue with a rough, scratchy texture that you can use to groom the grumpy little felines in your life, without getting furballs in your mouth/lungs/stomach.The guy in the promotional video sort of looks like he s stroking his kitty with a giant, flattened, cream-filled meowth did you like that one?Though you won't get to actually taste the shit your cat's been rolling around in, your nose will get a good sense of what it's been getting up to and your neck will get a mean workout.There s no word on how much the Licki Brush will cost if it ever goes into production, but a Kickstarter is coming soon.That'll obviously be followed by multiple theme café openings, and before you know it, cat-licking will be considered a more acceptable public act than breast-feeding.
A 3D-printed replica is nothing more than a plastic trinket if it doesn t function as well as the original.But as revealed last year, a company called 3Dvarius has created the world s first 3D-printed playable electric violin that sounds just as good as its wooden equivalent—and now you can finally buy one.Its creator, Laurent Bernadac, and the rest of the team at 3Dvarius, have turned to Kickstarter with a $56,000 crowdfunding campaign to help put the 3D-printed instrument into the hands of musicians around the world.That s certainly on the pricier side of violins, even for electric models, but none look like an instrument from the future.The 3Dvarius shape and design is also based on the revered Stradivarius, which can fetch millions at auction.Just don t expect the Antiques Roadshow to get excited when you bring it in for an appraisal.
A 3D-printed replica is nothing more than a plastic trinket if it doesn t function as well as the original.But as revealed last year, a company called 3Dvarius has created the world s first 3D-printed playable electric violin that sounds just as good as its wooden equivalent—and now you can finally buy one.Its creator, Laurent Bernadac, and the rest of the team at 3Dvarius, have turned to Kickstarter with a $56,000 crowdfunding campaign to help put the 3D-printed instrument into the hands of musicians around the world.That s certainly on the pricier side of violins, even for electric models, but none look like an instrument from the future.The 3Dvarius shape and design is also based on the revered Stradivarius, which can fetch millions of dollars at auction.Just don t expect the Antiques Roadshow to get excited when you bring it in for an appraisal.
In essence, Pal is a third-party strap for the Pebble that has two distinct but connected features: a GPS module and an extended battery.That battery is a 250 mAh pack that can extend the Pebble Time's life up to 7 days, the original lengthy operating time of the original Pebble.Despite its looks, the Pal strap isn't actually built for rugged use, thought it might survive some rough handling and a few splashes of water.Powerstrap hopes that other app developers will utilize its GPS-based API to create more interesting uses for the strap, like geocaching and maybe even games.PlayReplay with soundPlay withsound00:0000:00Kickstarteralert icon arrow-down icon arrow-left icon arrow-right icon arrow-thin-left icon arrow-thin-right icon arrow-up icon backer-badge icon bar-chart icon bell icon book icon brand-assets icon calendar icon cart icon chat icon check icon clipboard icon clock icon close icon closed-caption icon compose icon conversion icon direct-left icon direct-right icon direct-up icon download icon drop-down icon embed icon expand icon facebook-box icon facebook icon flag icon globe icon grid icon heart icon help icon image icon info icon instagram icon kickstarter-circle icon kickstarter icon leaf icon link icon location-pin icon lock icon mail icon menu icon move icon music icon pause icon pin icon pinterest icon play icon plus-circle icon plus icon report icon ribbon icon search icon share icon star icon stop icon tag icon thumbs-up icon tools icon trash icon tumblr icon twitter icon unlink icon user icon video icon view-all icon vine icon volume-up icon volume icon write icon youtube iconSold on the idea?Backers will be able to choose from six color options of Graphite Grey, Sky Blue, Emerald Green, Maple Red, Sunburst Yellow and Snowcap White.
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