Crowdfunded

News, reviews and articles about crowdfunded projects from Kickstarter, Indiegogo and more.

CrowPi2 All-in-one Raspberry Pi STEM laptop review

REVIEW – Having done a news article on the CrowPi2 which you can read here, I was super excited to get some hands-on experience with it. The CrowPi2 is a great introduction to programming with step-by-step instructions and pre-wired built-in modules and sensors. With everything self-contained removes the need to wire everything together allowing the …

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Chess meets Russian nesting dolls with the Crownes chess set

CROWDFUNDING NEWS – If you’re a traveler and a chess player, playing while you travel can be difficult as travel chess sets are usually tiny and sometimes unwieldy. A new crowdfunding campaign from Crownes Chess wants to bring Russian nesting doll tech to the chess set for good looks and portability.   Each piece is …

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SnapPower ConnectLight review – The easiest automatic lighting you’ll ever install

CROWDFUNDING REVIEW – Have you ever wanted to add motion-activated lighting to your home but gave up on the idea when you realized the expense and time required to set everything up? I have something for you today that takes all the headaches out of setting up zoned lighting. It’s SnapPower’s ConnectLight and it’s awesome. …

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This electric guitar can be any color you want in minutes

CROWDFUNDING NEWS – If you’ve ever purchased an electric guitar and then later wished you’d picked a different c0lor, you will appreciate this guitar from Bryan Guitars. It’s filled with liquid! That’s right, the guitar’s body is made of PETG and is clear and hollow so you can just dump the liquid and refill it …

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Get in a spirited run with Ghost Pacer

CROWDFUNDING NEWS – Running.  OK, personally, I don’t get it.  If you ever see me running, try to keep up because there’s a reason.  But, for some misguided souls, running is a way of life.  Solitary running works for some, but studies have shown that if you’re a runner, running with someone improves the quality …

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DriveSlide – A secure home for your laptop accessories

CROWDFUNDING NEWS – Anna and Eli Jay, filmmaker, project engineer, and siblings, turn to Kickstart to fund a product they created called DriveSlide. Aptly named, the DriveSlide is a sleek two-piece, “slide & lock” laptop attachment to keep your hard drive as safe as the data backed up on it. What is it? DriveSlide, is …

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Glow Rhino Introduces EDC Gear Powered by Tritium

CROWDFUNDING NEWS – With just under 2 weeks to go on their first Kickstarter project, Glow Rhino, a small group of EDC enthusiasts, is looking to launch the Ion, an innovative pocketknife imbued with a glowing tritium insert. Tritium, for those that may not know, is an innocuous radioactive hydrogen isotope that creates photons through …

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Ulex breathing pen review – this pen writes and helps you relax

REVIEW – As someone who struggles with day to day anxiety, I’m a huge fidgeter. While I have many different fidget toys, I’ve had a hard time finding fidget items that are discrete enough to use in a professional setting. The Ulex Breathing Pen blends in perfectly in a work environment allowing me to fidget …

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CrowPi2 – A coding tinkerer’s dream

CROWDFUNDING NEWS – Open-source computing has taken off recently as everyone is stuck indoors with the pandemic. Once you start to do a little research, it can easily get overwhelming with how many options and features available, this is where the CrowPi2 comes in. Built for any skill level, it packages electronic components, programming classes …

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CIGA Design J Series Zen Karesansui Mechanical Timepiece review

CROWDFUNDING REVIEW – For many years, I have been a watch collector, with mechanical automatic watches being my preference and dominating my collection with the exception of my smartwatches. Earlier this year, CIGA Design sent me their Z-Series Mechanical Titanium Watch and I loved it, so I am so happy that they have now followed …

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The MOFT Carry Sleeve transforms from sleeve to a stand

CROWDFUNDING NEWS – If there’s one thing I like, it’s a product that is multi-purpose. The MOFT Carry Sleeve is one of those types of products. What is it? The MOFT Carry Sleeve is a laptop carry sleeve that provides the safety and protection of a laptop sleeve, the ergonomy of a laptop stand, and …

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EZL is a phone stand and a phone grip that’s model skinny

CROWDFUNDING NEWS – The EZL from Plinth is an interesting alternative to the popular PopSocket phone grip, but the EZL has a few extra features going for it that the PopSocket lacks that make its new crowdfunding campaign worth a quick look. What is it? The EZL (pronounced easel) is a thin stick-on universal plastic …

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Aptly-named Plastic Bottle Rope Maker turns discarded plastic bottles into strong ropes

CROWDFUNDING NEWS – I’m a believer in acting to be good stewards of this earth we’ve been given, and reducing, reusing, and recycling products and materials that would otherwise end up in landfills can help make an impact toward this.  That’s what the cleverly-designed Plastic Bottle Roper Maker is intended to do. What is it? …

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