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These 10 Creative Kickstarter Projects Will Blow Your Mind

These 10 Creative Kickstarter Projects Will Blow Your Mind

When other people want to see the “next big thing” they wait for Apple to release a blue iPhone.

Not you. You know all the big stuff is happening on Kickstarter. On Kickstarter, all the groundbreaking dreams deemed by bigwigs as “too risky” can finally find the cash to become reality. You want a smart watch? A virtual reality system? A bedside hot-dog dispenser? Done!

There are some really mind-blowing things coming out of the woodwork. The most notable projects leave your jaw on the floor and your tongue rolled out like some sort of cartoon wolf. Let’s take a look at some recent creative Kickstarter projects that have promise:

1. The (Noncreepy) Robot That Follows You Automatically

Drones are hot, people. Hexo+ is a smart drone that automatically registers where you are and follows you around, filming the whole thing. This isn’t necessarily as creepy as that sentence makes it sound. Flight time hovers (pun intended) around 10 minutes, so it’s only used to capture very specific footage.

If the $1.3 million in funding is any indication, people are excited for this! Looking at the footage, it reminds me of the camera you’d find in video games. Extreme sports fanatics can take some amazing-looking video and it changes everything. Even your skateboard-obsessed cousin will be releasing world-class videos just like the pros.

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2. A DIY Waterproofing Spray That Works on Anything

About a year ago there was much buzz about water-repelling sprays. All that excitement died down when we realized how toxic those chemicals were. LiquidOff breaks through the noise with a unique, eco-friendly and nontoxic formula that repels water.

Instead of just applying it to roofs, boots, and walkways, you can now safely waterproof things like baby clothing, expensive furniture, windshields, cell phones, and more. Imagine everything you own lasting years longer. Imagine the spilled coffees in your car never leaving a stain, walking through mud with ease, or your bathroom mirror never fogging up again after a hot shower. This is revolutionary stuff.

3. The Real Life Digital Color Picker

This is one that gets the hardcore creatives screaming WHAAAAAT?! ScribblePen is your real-world Photoshop ink dropper tool. Just place the end of the pen up to anything and you can automatically sample any color and use it an instant later. Save over 100,000 colors and sync them to your smartphone for later use.

ScribblePen can colorpick from any object

    The possibilities for artistry, photo touch-ups, design, and goofing off on company time are staggering. These guys are launching in the beginning of August and I can’t wait for this one!

    4. The Deceptively Simple Camera Stabilizer

    Stayblcam is a lightweight and easy-to-use camera stabilizer. Turn your cellphone, flipcam, or GoPro into a high-tech piece of film equipment. I’ve spent many years on the sets of feature films, and getting steady moving shots was always a big deal.

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    On film sets they’d strap a guy into a 100lb suit with weights and counterweights and hook the camera on to him, paying him thousands of dollars per day. Stayblcam replaces the whole system for under $100. Be prepared to see some really nice cat videos in the coming months!

    5. Easy-To-Use Bluetooth Earbuds

    Wait, what? Wireless earbuds? That don’t suck? Yes, you read that right.

    Earin aims to be the wireless music solution that actually sounds decent. Many music lovers get skeptical when it comes to the audio quality of earbuds, and making anything “wireless” usually makes the quality even worse.


    Earin claims to have superior quality to that of normal earbuds. It’s hassle free, comfortable, and sexy all at the same time. This might just be the last pair of headphones you ever buy.

    6. A Wall-Mounted Computer That Brings Art to Life

    Electronic Objects is an astonishingly great idea. These guys have created a computer that doesn’t function as a computer, but instead functions as living art. The problem with most digital photo frames is how technical it all is. The moment you put a user interface on your photo frame, you’re instantly distracted from the experience.

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    The EO1 promises to have a simple user interface linked into your phone. You control all the options off-screen, and you allow your EO1 to update with new artwork. This is going places people. Welcome to the future.

    7. Retro-Inspired Device Holder

    Your smart devices are insanely useful but can be more frustrating than M. Night Shyamalan’s stab at The Last Airbender. It’s impossible to angle it perfectly so you can kick back, chillax, and watch eight straight hours of House Of Cards (or whatever you kids are watching these days). STAN solves this problem with a design reminiscent of the Pixar lamp.


    Sometimes propping your iPad, Kindle, or smartphone up against a pillow just doesn’t give you the positioning you need – I’m glad somebody’s thought of a solution.

    8. A Tesla Film That Doesn’t Lie

    It’s an astonishment that the Nikola Tesla story isn’t taught in public schools. We hear about Edison’s story every time the late 1880s are brought up, but Tesla’s usually less than a footnote. A group of film students are looking to popularize the scientific mind behind electricity with a ultra-HD film titled Tesla.


    The test footage looks decent and the actors look like they were actually pulled out of the 1880s with a T.A.R.D.I.S. I’m a fan of Tesla’s story and I hope they make something that wins awards.

    9. A Tricycle That Teaches You How to Bike

    There’s a big dissonance between riding a trike and a bike. It’s not just the lack of a stabilizing wheel that makes the transition hard, it’s also that on a bike you need to lean to turn. The Dreisch Leaning Tricycle introduces the leaning concept a step earlier and prepares children for the full biking experience.

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    It’s too early to see the long-term benefits of this, but I’m excited to see the case studies in a few years.

    10. The Ultimate Utility Bowl for Bachelors

    When you’re a college student on the “Ramen Noodle Every Night” diet, you don’t have time for dishes, yo. You’ve got that mid-term to study for! So imagine being able to cook, strain, eat, and store your mac-n-cheese in a single bowl? OneBowl is your answer.


    I’m ending on this project note because this proves the biggest point of Kickstarter. You’ve probably got an idea kicking around in the back of your head. It could be as simple as a bowl/strainer combo or as complex as nanotechnology. All of these project creators were all real people with an idea and a dream.They’re making it happen, and so can you.

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    7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

    7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

    Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

    Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

    Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

    So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

    Joe’s Goals

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      Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

      Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

      Daytum

        Daytum

        is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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        Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

        Excel or Numbers

          If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

          What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

          Evernote

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            I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

            Evernote is free with a premium version available.

            Access or Bento

              If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

              Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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              You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

              Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

              All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

              Conclusion

              I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

              What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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