From Blastr: When I think back to the things I used to do in high school — and then look at this gaggle of students who took it upon themselves to design, fabricate and assemble a working Battlestar Galactica Viper flight simulator — I can only come to the conclusion that I was clearly doing something wrong.
Robots do a lot of amazing things for us these days, such as building cars and snuggling with the elderly, but one thing they don't do enough of is fire rockets and PPCs at one another. That's why "Help us build a Mech Warfare Robot Arena!" gets my vote for best Kickstarter project name ever. Now that's what I'm talkin' 'bout. Talkin' 'bot? Hm.
Today's leaps in technology are highly visible. Thanks to the Internet, you can learn about a breakthrough, process it and forget about it all within the same day. Machine miracles didn't always pass through us this quickly — before the Internet, they needed a venue. These venues were called world fairs. They were a place where you could go to see what the spirit of innovation was up to, and to have your mind thoroughly blown. It's this draw that is leading Ryan Ritchey, a video industry professional looking for funding on Kickstarter, to travel back to these bright, optimistic technological carnivals.
Each day, more and more seriously cool projects are turning to Kickstarter to get funded. From Indie Game: The Movie (which appeared at Sundance and snapped up a deal with HBO for a future television series) to the recent Double Fine project that has raised record amounts for a new video game, Kickstarter is making dreams come true. So in the spirit of entrepreneurship, we've picked some our favorite science and technology projects that you could be a part of now.
The Internet is abuzz about the record-breaking crowd-funding efforts of game studio Double Fine. Industry veteran Tim Schafer, who has worked on such classics as The Adventures of Monkey Island, Full Throttle and Grim Fandango (among many others), has taken his latest project to the people in order to develop their new game in the public eye.
This picture isn't really communicating the greatness that's going on here (there's a video inside for that), but here's the gist: Kevin Donahue is an inventor who has patented a "one-way see-through illumination" system. Read: these shades light up like something out of a cyberpunk wet dream without blinding you.
What if you had a magic brick that you could stick anywhere that gave you the power to automatically change the temperature in any room, or send event triggered messages to you from thousands of miles away? Well dream no more, the magic is here right now.
Portals, a project by a grad student at Art Center College of Design in LA, lets you stick your hand into a display and directly manipulate a virtual world. It's not really virtual reality, and it's not really augmented reality. I'm not sure what reality to call it (a parallel reality, maybe), but the potential here is crazy.
What started out as a hilarious joke on The Office, might just become a reality. Eric Calisto is reaching out to the Internet to help him fund the creation of the world's first tablet shaped like a triangle. This is not an April Fool's joke.
There is nothing we love better than a good electric roller skates story. For some reason inventors just keep hoping they'll catch on. The latest entry, SpnKix dreams of a world where lithium battery powered skates will propel us all into a devil-may-care, one-step-up from-walking future.