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David Laituri’s first Kickstarter project 1Q is a very flexible Bluetooth wireless sound system that allows smartphone users to play their music on high-end speakers. According to long lasting akku power this wireless speakers are able to operate more than 10 hours without reload. 1Q offers a nice and tight design, as you can see in the video below, as the speakers are built with either Bamboo, Walnut or limited edition Red Beach. 1Q takes Bluetooth v2.1 as input signal or alternatively an 3.5mm Aux In plug for external cable bound sources. It offers full 6.5W of high-end sound power while it offers more than 10hours of operating time. It weights around 8 oz (226g) and comes with a size of 3 x 3 x 3 (76mm x 76mm x 76mm).
I think he will be surprised by his success as he easily crushed his pledge limit of 10.000$ (at the moment he has 40.000$ and still 18 days to go).
Quite nice sound system, although there are plenty of Bluetooth sound systems available, some of them really cool, as this public park bench Bluetooth speakers:
I really love the idea of crowdsourcing, as it completely opens the door for sozial funding of innovation and creativity. Through sozial funding or community share funding many projects can be realized, that otherwise we would never have heard of. Getting an initial funding for a creative idea often fails because of visionless and traditional bankers or greedy investors. By letting the people (crowd) directly select and fund projects they are interested in, really opens the door for bank and big investor independent community shares. This crowd decision method reminds me on my previous post on ‘The Wisdom of Crowds’.
One of the most popular Web platforms for rising crowd sourcing and funding is Kickstarter. Kickstarter really is a great platform but unfortunately it is limited to US creators, which quite limits the possibilities to get international crowd funding.
Another really good platform, which is open for international crowd sourcing and funding is indiegogo. It offers similar features and funding schemes as many other crowd funding platforms but is open for international funding.
screenshot from indiegogo.com
As i was reading BoingBoing recently i found a post where Glenn Fleishman, a promotes his Crowdfunding effort to fund a book on crowdfunding: Crowdfunding: a Guide to What Works and Why. I think it is a really good idea to highlight some stories and strategies on funding your own idea, no matter if it is a hardware project, an art installation or a book writing project. Crowdfunding opens a real door for creative solutions that no bank or investor would take the risk to fund. All these inventions and creations would otherwise never appear on the market.
What…? Your toothbrush does’nt have an App? Now you have the possibility to support a team of people who plan to invent a smart toothbrush that you can control with your iPhone. So maybe in the future you can define a digital and online training plan for your toothbrushing and to post on Facebook when you are brushing your teeth 😉
A little bit retro, but on Kickstarter you can now support the recreation of a neuro dreaming mask. Through ambient music and gently fading lights the NeuroDreamer sleep mask weaves a subtle spectrum of brainwave frequencies — the same spectrum that naturally appear in a person as they fall asleep. These frequencies are produced using binaural beats embedded within beautiful music, and synchronized with fading lights – all generated by the NeuroDreamer sleep mask’s microcontroller, which is concealed inside the mask’s memory foam. Simply close your eyes and listen to the music, and let your brainwaves do the rest.
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I came across and tested Coffee & Power some weeks before and i have to admit that the idea is really nice. You can register within Coffee & Power and describe your skills and what small works you can get done during a coffee brake. So mainly its about fulfilling some small jobs for others and get some revenu for that. I remember such small jobs raning from designing a cover for an ebook to even bring you a coffee from Starbucks 🙂
The WATT – In this Kickstarter pledge the team of entusiasts, lead by Ben Jervey, ask for a crowd funding in order to write an interactive ebook which explains the nature of energy for the broad masses. It should be an Energy 101 Primer. An interactive e-book to complement and enhance our user’s guide to energy in the 21st Century. Follow their funding request on Kickstarter, which is still running for around 8 hours.