Cool Crowdfunding August 22nd: 10 Projects to Check Out Before They’re Over

We get tons of emails about cool crowdfunding projects. There’s no way we could write about all of them individually, so we thought we would collect a few to share with you. These are in no particular order and are all currently active.


Nomiku #2

The first one was a big hit. The new one ads some nice upgrades like wireless connectivity. We’ve watched them grow from the very beginning and absolutely love what they’ve done.

See on Kickstarter


Blink: Wire free home monitoring and alert system

see on Kickstarter
“Blink is a Kickstarter to watch because it’s not just an interesting product, it could be a leading indicator of something different, a different way to bring new silicon to market.” – Alasdair Allan


Slice Media Player and More

see on Kickstarter

“Slice is a Kickstarter to watch because it uses the new Raspberry Pi Compute Module. It’s an XBMC-based media player that includes a hard drive to store your media, so a network connection isn’t required. And of course, since it’s based on the Raspberry Pi, it’s quite open and hackable.” –Matt Richardson


The t-100 underwater thruster

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“The T100 is this classic story of a maker building something because he couldn’t find what he wanted. The company, Blue Robotics was founded because its creators wanted to build a surfboard robot, to send across the Pacific and collect data, but there was no appropriate thruster in their price range.” -Nathan Hurst


The SnapPiCam: A Raspberry Pi Camera

see on Kickstarter
Digital camera built around the raspberry pi.


Jim’s Retro Pinball Display

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“Jim has made the digital display for a pinball machine in a format that works for arduino. I don’t think there are a ton of people out there who will need this, but I support anything to keep pinball alive.” -Caleb Kraft


Edison: Fun robotics for tomorrow’s inventors

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“I love the idea of being able to plop lego on top of this. That and the price tag” – Caleb Kraft


TurtleTech Beginner Robotics System

see on Kickstarter
A simple and easy to program system for people to get into robotics.


Blacksmith Genesis: 3D printer and Scanner

“You can scan something then print it right out with one machine. Seems like this was going to be a trend a year or so ago but most people moved on from the scanning part. Maybe blacksmith does it well. Certainly worth a look.” – Caleb Kraft
Blacksmith on Indiegogo


Skate Crate: The Anti Scooter

see on Kickstrarter
“Absolutely fantastic imagery. I’d love to get one of these and put it together. That price tag is a bit painful though” -Caleb Kraft



Well, that’s all we’ve got for this week. Did we miss any? Let us know and we’ll include them next time if they campaign is still active!


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