Finding cool stuff on Kickstarter and want to share before time runs out? Let other QT3ers know! (Obviously this section would be for non-games primarily.)
Recently backed this one, Gustin Jeans (appeared on Uncrate as well), and the project is funded with about 8 days left:
I would like a pair or two of some long-lasting jeans and wouldn’t mind paying something like $81 for them if they had a decent fade and were super awesome to wear. Apparently that’s what these are like. They frequently open up different materials/weights but for many without actually touching them it’d be pretty hard to figure out what I’d want (which kinda sucks).
Also funded this Satori Soju:
Which doesn’t look like it’s going to make it with more than half of its goal to go and ~9 days left. Admittedly the project is hurt by the fact that, well, backing doesn’t actually get you any liquor. In fact it seems to be mostly further market an upcoming launch. Which is okay I guess, but you know… when you fund something, you want that a piece of that something. Not just some clothes (which, by the way, I really dig the henley… er, did I say that?)
Chocolate Covered Beermallows:
Umm yeah sure why not.
Also managed to fund the Nomiku a few months back, which is a digital heating unit that clips to the side of a pot (for instance) and circulator. Basically it allows you to easily control the cooking temperature of the liquid you insert it in for, essentially, sous-vide cooking.
The SMBC comic has a Kickstarter for Science themed comics, with guest spots and all that fun stuff. The goal was of $20,000, which it blew by in less than a day (I think the first day netted nearly ~$75k in the first 24 hours).
Its still going strong, but has slowed down considerably after day 1. But that’s okay. At ~900% of its goal, all that’s left is more stretch goals (which Weiner is coming up with on the fly now).
Also generally known as an immersion circulator. I’ve often wondered if there was an affordable consumer-level one, but looking at their website, it’s still pretty pricey. I guess it’s relatively expensive tech no matter how you cut it.
Gustin is closing off their Kickstarter campaign as the highest funded Fashion entry in Kickstarter’s history–pretty good run they had. I’m in for quite a bit, so hopefully they will be as great as implied. This is pretty much my new jeans budget for quite a while.
Also in fashion, the Hydrogen-1 “Crossover Men’s Sneakers” (http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/hydrogen1sneakers/hydrogen-1-crossover-mens-sneakers) could be potentially interesting, though the price is quite high and I don’t get the “crossover” thing–some of these are definitely Italian-leather style dress shoes and others quite frankly are not. I’m intrigued but considering the price ($200 for early adopter, $280 afterwards) that’s not really an easy sell.
Mostly funding an expansion of theirs as they need more equipment, not the development of the sauce itself (which is sold in SF grocery stores).
Lumio, which is a funky LED light where you open it like a book and the pages splay out the light in a universal glow. They’ve got a month to go and are halfway there so this looks like it’ll get funded. They also give an anticipated production schedule:
Saucee – some creative spicey sauces with some unusual bases, like Kale and Turmeric:
This one is good. The only thing you might get in trouble for is linking and leaving. If you stay around and interact with the forum (even if only concerning your game) we don’t mind you advertising a new kickstarter.
Sending a PM to Tom Chick is a good idea if you want to start a new thread. As I understand it he is usually fine with it if, again, you stick around.
One of my old friends has a nice animation studio and has just started this campaign for “Animation Paper” obviously for 2D animators. I’m not an animator myself so I can’t immediately tell how awesome it is, but his company usually produces quality stuff.
Haven’t done much on KS for awhile. I wish there was a better reminder system; some projects I’ll look at and then completely lose track of. The Mt. Hood pint glass thing recently was kinda cool that I thought about maybe investing in, but promptly forgot about until it was long over.
Tempting indeed, that cube. But the real kilo is way to expensive for a gimmick, and the affordable minicubes will probably turn out to be disappointing: heavy, but not as surprisingly as the kilo… Damn.
Alas, wish we could have chatted about this one before it got the boot:
From another forum, a backer claims to have received this email:
This is a message from Kickstarter’s Integrity team. We’re writing to notify you that the Skarp Laser Razor project has been suspended, and your pledge has been canceled.
After requesting and reviewing additional material from the creator of the project, we’ve concluded that it is in violation of our rule requiring working prototypes of physical products that are offered as rewards. Accordingly, all funding has been stopped and backers will not be charged for their pledges. No further action is required on your part. Suspensions cannot be undone.
We take the integrity of the Kickstarter system very seriously. We only suspend projects when we find evidence that our rules are being violated.
Kickstarter Integrity Team
From what I can tell, a bunch of unshaven men claimed to have invented a laser-powered razor and needed money to, I dunno, build it or something. Nevermind that in the initial pitch you never actually see anyone, you know, shaving with one.