Here's an awesome map that updates regularly to show you where folks are making edits to specific Wikipedia pages.
How about a crowdsourced car that's a cross between a 4x4 and a sleek sports car?
Software trains people to surf Street View to report street problems.
Kickstarter is a proven way to fund concepts, video games, passion projects and more. Now, one successfully Kickstarted game is in dire straits, and it's an example of what it looks like when a crowd-funded project goes sideways.
It's always a drag when we get a 404 page delivering the bad news that a page we want "wasn't found." A new initiative is seizing on both the meaning of "wasn't found" and the valuable real estate those pages could provide to profile children who have gone missing.
Maybe the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) blew its collective creative power inventing the clothing-sewing robot. Maybe it just wanted to take a week or two off. Either way, it's using crowdsourcing to build its new combat vehicle.
While Google Street View's ability to give you a glimpse from the ground anywhere in the world may seem magical, there are still a few streets out there the nosy cars can't roll down. Some of those roads are found in Belgium, where a crowdsourcing effort is cataloging streets too narrow for Google's all-seeing cars.
Editor's Note: Author Rusel DeMaria recently turned to Kickstarter to fund the third edition of his book, High Score: The Illustrated History of Electronic Games. Here, we turn to him as co-author of The Crowdfunding Bible for tips on how geeks without funding from Silicon Valley can make their dreams come true through crowdfunding. "Simply put, crowdfunding is the process of asking the general public for donations that provide startup capital for new ventures." — The Crowdfunding Bible Speaking as a grateful recipient of crowdfunding and contributing author of "The Crowdfunding Bible," I want to speak to you directly. My name is Rusel DeMaria. I had an idea. I needed money. I turned to Kickstarter and I got the money I needed and more. How did I do it? I'll offer some hints on how I did it, but first, let's talk about you. What's your idea? Do you have a product, invention, event or vision you want to realize, and all you need is money to make it so? If your answer is no, read on anyway. You might get inspired to change your answer.
The Pebble smart watch epitomizes the crowd-funding success story. After the creators raised $375,000 from angel investors, the flow of money came to a halt, with venture capitalists wary of financing a hardware startup. That's when the team — the same guys behind the Blackberry-compatible InPulse smart watch — decided to turn to Kickstarter for funding. Their goal was ambitious: $100,000 to produce a slick smart watch compatible with iPhone and Android devices. An elegant watch face, integration with email and social networks, fitness tracking features and an open SDK inviting new apps appealed to the crowd. A little after the first day, the project reached its goal and then some, raising $1 million. Thus far at over $7.5 million (and counting), it is the highest-grossing Kickstarter project ever. Users have put their faith backing numerous useful, innovative and quirky projects since Kickstarter's founding three years ago. That's saying a lot because there's no such thing as a guarantee on the crowd-funding website. We've rounded up 10 well-designed Kickstarter blockbusters that far exceeded their funding goals. Got a favorite Kickstarter success story of your own and don't see it here? Let us know in the comments below.
Over the last year or so, crowdsourcing has emerged as a way for lots of people to contribute small amounts of money to make amazing new things possible. Kickstarter (which focuses on commercial projects) has been the best example of this, and a new site called Petridish.org wants to take that model and apply it to scientific research. It's brilliant.