Slingatron: US company tries to crowdfund giant space slingshot

Slingatron: US company tries to crowdfund giant space slingshot

File this Kickstarter project under “that’s so crazy, it… almost certainly won’t work”. A US company wants to herald a new era of space exploration by flinging things into space with a giant slingshot called the “Slingatron”. HyperV Technologies Corp calls it a “railroad to space” and is trying to crowdfund $250,000 (£165,000) for the project. Put simply, the Slingatron would hypothetically involve accelerating payloads around and around in an ever increasing-diameter circle until the payload was travelling fast enough to escape the Earth’s gravitational pull and fly into space.…

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American McGee’s Alice Short Films Funded by Kickstarter

American McGee’s Alice Short Films Funded by Kickstarter

A feature film based on Alice will also be explored thanks to the success. A Kickstarter seeking funding for a short film based on American McGee’s Alice called Alice: Otherlands has concluded, with the $200,000 goal being surpassed in the final 24 hours. Just over $222,000 was raised during the three-week crowdfunding campaign. With the money, American McGee’s company, Spicy Horse, will be able to obtain the film rights to Alice and arrange for a series of short films, among other things, to be created. “[T]he funding will allow us to create…

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Piksi GPS with centimeter accuracy hits Kickstarter

Piksi GPS with centimeter accuracy hits Kickstarter

The GPS in your smartphone sure is a handy piece of equipment, but it’s not always all that accurate. The Piksi RTK GPS, on the other hand, can pinpoint locations within one centimeter — and it costs less than $1000. That might seem expensive at first glance, but RTK GPS setups typically sell for a heck of a lot more (like 6-10 times that much). The high-precision chips are most commonly found in top notch surveying equipment, and the folks that require those devices are quite willing to pay for…

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Shine Launches in Apple Stores in US, Canada, Japan, Hong Kong

Shine Launches in Apple Stores in US, Canada, Japan, Hong Kong

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Aug. 7, 2013 — /PRNewswire/ — The much anticipated Misfit Shine, an elegant physical activity monitor and one of the most successful Indiegogo crowdfunding campaigns in history, has officially launched in the United States, Canada, Japan, and Hong Kong. Shine will be available in Apple Stores in Europe and Australia later this month. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20121114/SF13534 ) Shine measures the intensity and duration of your physical activity and provides metrics such as steps taken, distance travelled, and estimated calories burned. Wear it at night to track sleep as…

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Toronto man crowd-funds to become Mobilicity’s white knight

Toronto man crowd-funds to become Mobilicity’s white knight

A Toronto resident has started a $400-million crowd-funding campaign to purchase Mobilicity, arguing the struggling new-entrant carrier must be saved to preserve competition in the $19-billion wireless market. Vaughan, Ont.-based Mobilicity, which is legally known as Data & Audio-Visual Enterprises Holdings Inc., is currently in early-stage takeover talks with Verizon Communications Inc. But it seems the U.S. telecom behemoth is not Mobilicity’s only interested suitor. A male, who self-identifies as “Valya Michael” on the Indiegogo crowd-funding platform, is also eyeing a takeover of the start-up carrier and is canvassing grassroots…

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Crowdfunding and Me

Crowdfunding and Me

I’m not a heavy crowdfunder. Over the years, I’ve supported 13 projects. A few short story anthologies, a handful of records. Not a ton of stuff, and certainly not on the level of one of my friends, who’s helped bankroll so many projects that he’s getting spammed by crowdfunding startups, practically begging him to be a beta tester/funder. Of that baker’s dozen projects, I’ve been burned by only one that looks like it’ll never see the light of day. With that one exception, everything I’ve supported has come to fruition.…

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Kickstarter Launches in Canada

Kickstarter Launches in Canada

People based in Canada can now build Kickstarter projects, the crowdfunding platform announced Monday. To begin, Canadian users must click on the site’s “Start a new project” button and select “Canada” in the drop-down list, according to a blog post. Projects will open to the public starting Sept. 9. “We thought the month-long gap would give everyone plenty of time to build and tweak their projects before launching,” the post said. Canada-based Kickstarter projects will function in the exact same way as those in the U.S. and UK — including…

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Canada’s We Live Up Here group, Crowdfunds Sudbury photography project

Canada’s We Live Up Here group, Crowdfunds Sudbury photography project

What started as a project to explore Sudbury through photography has expanded its scope to a larger canvas. We Live Up Here, the project that released a book of the same name last year that featured photos from around Sudbury, has started an online crowdfunding campaign to fund three murals that will celebrate different aspects of Sudbury’s culture. The project’s founders, Christian Pelletier and Andrew Knapp, want to raise $5,000 to pay for the materials and labour required to create the three murals. To encourage people to donate they have…

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Toronto man crowd-funds to become Mobilicity’s white knight

Toronto man crowd-funds to become Mobilicity’s white knight

A Toronto resident has started a $400-million crowd-funding campaign to purchase Mobilicity, arguing the struggling new-entrant carrier must be saved to preserve competition in the $19-billion wireless market. Vaughan, Ont.-based Mobilicity, which is legally known as Data & Audio-Visual Enterprises Holdings Inc., is currently in early-stage takeover talks with Verizon Communications Inc. But it seems the U.S. telecom behemoth is not Mobilicity’s only interested suitor. A male, who self-identifies as “Valya Michael” on the Indiegogo crowd-funding platform, is also eyeing a takeover of the start-up carrier and is canvassing grassroots…

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Google Glass guides from South African company

Google Glass guides from South African company

Cape Town’s Tourism Radio has turned to crowdfunding platform Kickstarter in the hopes of launching interactive audio travel guides for Google Glass. Tourism Radio has turned to US crowd-funding website Kickstarter in an effort to raise £35 000 (R530 000) to fund the development of travel guides for Google Glass. Based in Cape Town, Tourism Radio was founded in 2005 by entrepreneur Mark Allewell. The company produces location-aware audio travel guides for 20 of the world’s most-visited cities and has offices in South Africa, New Zealand and Spain. Those who back the Kickstarter…

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Mission Impossible: UK Government Efforts to Get Banks Lending to Businesses Aren’t Working

Mission Impossible: UK Government Efforts to Get Banks Lending to Businesses Aren’t Working

There was a time, not that long ago, when entrepreneurs would put...

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Former Astronaut Launches Kickstarter Bid for Plasma Rocket Documentary

Former Astronaut Launches Kickstarter Bid for Plasma Rocket Documentary

A former astronaut's rocket company is...

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And Now Here’s a Kickstarter to Raise Money for Educational Live-Action Role Playing

And Now Here’s a Kickstarter to Raise Money for Educational Live-Action Role Playing

For a nice change of pace, here’s an innovation in education that’s got absolutely nothing to do with iPads. A group called Seekers Unlimited is trying to raise $8,000 on Kickstarter to release a series of “edu-LARPs.” That would be educational live action role-playing games. “You might think of it as re-enactors with foam swords, but there’s much more to it than that,” says the organization’s fundraising coordinator, Whitney Beltran, in an accompanying video. The explainer shows kids in Babylonian headdresses adjudicating according to the Code of Hammurabi, which sounds like a great…

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Kickstarted HOT Watch lets you turn your hand into a phone

A very interesting Kickstarter has launched recently, and before we get started — yes, it’s...

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MLK Anniversary To Be Celebrated In DC With Crowdfunding Conference Featuring Mark Cuban

MLK Anniversary To Be Celebrated In DC With Crowdfunding Conference Featuring Mark Cuban

Rodney Sampson, entrepreneur and author of Kingonomics, is hosting an event in...

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How Stephen Fry is helping one Welsh entrepreneur launch a ‘Supertoy’ in time for Christmas

How Stephen Fry is helping one Welsh entrepreneur launch a ‘Supertoy’ in time for Christmas

Ashley Conlan was given £5,000 by Fry after he emailed the actor, comedian and broadcaster to enquire if he would be the voice of the “Supertoy” teddy. An entrepreneur from Wales hopes to produce the world’s first “natural talking” teddy bear by Christmas – after securing funding thanks to a tweet from Stephen Fry. Ashley Conlan, 47, was given £5,000 by Fry earlier this week after he emailed the actor, comedian and broadcaster to enquire if he would be the voice of the “Supertoy” teddy. Fry’s resultant tweet about the…

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