Kickstarter is a crowd-funding website where people show off their ideas and ask for funding. There are plenty of good and bad ideas, but we're going to focus on six that caught our eye.
In recent years Kickstarter has made it possible for inventors with limited budgets to share their ideas with the world and acquire the funding necessary to make their inventions a reality.
Ideas are great, but they're worthless if they can't be used. Having the means to turn inventions into something that consumers can see and touch is what really counts. That's the purpose of Kickstarter. Got a great idea? Create a Kickstarter account and pitch the idea to the masses. If people are interested, they might donate money to the project. If you meet your set monetary target, you go through with it. If not, the backers--those contributing money--do not lose out, because the project is canned. The process also gives inventors a sense of whether their ideas are worth pursuing.
We've taken a look at some current Kickstarter projects, and present the six best ones here.
This is a very cool concept. It's an iPhone mount that you control with a second iOS device. The mount lets you pan and tilt the iPhone. The possibilities are endless. Swipe your iPad to pan the iPhone's camera a full 360 degrees while chatting on FaceTime. Use your iPhone as an iPad-controlled baby monitor.
This specially outfitted iPhone case removes the need to carry around a bunch of individual credit cards. Record the information from your Visa, MasterCard, and other cards by swiping each card through the case's reader. Then, when you want to use one of your credit cards, temporarily put its information on the blank card that comes with the Geode. The Geode has a few interesting safety features. For instance, only the user's fingerprint can activate the cards. The makers say the Geode eliminates the need to cancel credit cards if it's lost or stolen.
This is a simple iPhone and iPod dock. It lets you charge and sync or connect your iOS device to a stereo through the line out. This dock isn't anything out of the ordinary except for one cool feature: its ability to tilt to any viewing angle, which is useful for FaceTime.
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