Exploding Kittens- The Most Backed Kickstarter Project of all Time

“This is a card game for people who are into kittens and explosions and laser beams and sometimes goats.” So says the Kickstarter page for Exploding Kittens- a game illustrated by the famous internet cartoonist, Matthew Inman(The Oatmeal).

Here’s a video to explain the game better than I can:

This Kickstarter project set records meeting their goal of $10,000 in 20 minutes. Currently it has more than 4 million dollars in support, and there is still 20 days left. People who give $20 to this Kickstarter project will receive their own deck of cards. If you pledge $35, you could receive a NSFW deck in addition to the regular cards. The game is said to be suitable for kids 7 and up apart from the NSFW deck, of course.

Those who pledge their support are due to receive their game sometime in July 2015, and it ships anywhere in the world. If you want your very own deck of Exploding Kittens, go to the Exploding Kittens Kickstart page, and you, too, can be part of Kickstarter history.


Keecker, the “World’s First HomePod” is more R2D2

keeckerIf you are wondering what a HomePod is, then I would have to say that you are not alone. Pierre Lebeau is a man who didn’t like “another rectangle”, but a very interesting computer that goes with you.

This is the Keecker which works as a projector, sound system, webcam, not to mention a home monitoring system. Lebeau’s design was something more “warmer, organic, and natural”. This plastic orb is 11 inches wide and 16 inches long, and it roams around thanks to a pair of wheels.

So let me get this straight: you invented a robot that roams around on wheels, and can project anything, anywhere. You do realize that there was a certain star of Star Wars who could essentially do the same thing. That’s right, Pierre Lebeau’s Keecker is just R2D2. All it needs is some kind of personality.

Well, Keecker is a Kickstarter project, and its creator wanted $100,000. It made its goals, and the planned price is about $4,000.


Rocketskates are a futurist’s dream come true

rocketskatesI always like when I see some new device that looks like it has been plucked from some speculative fiction. The Rocketskates look like something I would see if The Jetsons was a bit more realistic.

The Rocketskates have a lot of good things going for them. First of all, they are motorized skates. They each have a 50W DC hub motor, an integrated microprocessor, and a small lithium-ion battery pack. They can travel up to 12 miles per hour, but I don’t know if that is downhill or uphill.

Here is another bonus: these Rocketskates can fit over a regular pair of shoes. I have seen similar products like this, but anything that makes skates easier to put on is fine by me. Not that I am in to skating right now, but anything that makes a fun activity easier to prepare for is also fine by me.

I also heard this other feature it has that allows for wireless control via smartphone. I believe that there is even a camera on one of these Rocketskates so you can have a skate roam the world. I think there is even an app so you can connect to other Rocketskates owners.

You know, it is really interesting that we are living an age of “The Internet of Things”, so I suppose roller skates would get that treatment eventually. This is a Kickstarter project, and it has already met it’s $50,000 goal in two days. You can probably buy them for about $399-499.


Skirmos is a Laser Tag game that you can program

SkirrosSome of you might remember the Laser Tag came from the 80’s. If you don’t, then I don’t blame you, because there were many imitators. Essentially, you have a laser that shoots at a target, and you can score points shooting other people with these targets. You know, I did a terrible job explaining that, but if you haven’t heard of Laser Tag or its subsequent imitators, where have you been?

This is a new laser tag called Skirmos, and it has customizable hardware to design any kind of game that you want. There is an LCD screen attached to the weapon, and it shows things like health, kills, time left in the game, ammo count, and anything else that you want to program to play this real-life FPS game.

In case you can’t remember the aforementioned Laser Tag game, they didn’t have that LCD with all these features. Their lasers also didn’t communicate with others, and you couldn’t download games from their websites. This was because back in the eighties, websites didn’t exist yet!

The Skirmos is a Kickstarter project and it probably won’t have any problem meeting its funds.


HiddenRadio2 Bluetooth MultiSpeaker

eb03db1c5fed76e7d6653c133f571154_largeI suppose that today must be “crowdfunded Bluetooth speaker day”, because I just finished with CoverPlay Audio’s Mojo. Now, let’s talk about the HiddenRadio2 Bluetooth MultiSpeaker, another Kickstarter project with Bluetooth and speaker power.

This speaker, shaped like a half a pill, is made to reveal itself as a speaker with a touch of a button on top. All of the controls, including play, pause, volume up, volume down, skip forward, skip backward, fast forward, rewind, are there. By the way, you can answer a telephone call or activate Siri from there as well.

Yes, this is a speakerphone, and there are a lot of other features. For example, it has NFC, and it is capable for multi-speaker capability. In other words, you can put these speakers in two places for a seamless sound experience.

Like the Mojo thin speaker, it also has met its crowdfunding goals. In fact, it set a record for crowdfunded audio projects with $500K with two weeks left in their campaign. You might still be able to get it on its Kickstarter page.

Grippity Android tablet allows double-sided control

grippity-tabletGrippity Doo-Dah, Grippity Ay! My oh my, what a way to input your…okay, this intro isn’t working.

However, I like the Grippity, which is an Android tablet which stands out from all the other Android tablets out there. Considering all the other Android tablets out there, that is saying a lot. You see, the Grippity has double control thanks to a back control.

The back control uses a transparent screen so you can just tap on the back, which allows for all kinds of cool multi-touch gestures. Not only will it allow you to touch what you want without obscuring the screen, but just think of how much faster you can interact with what you will have!

Yes, I love talking about devices that could easily set a new standard. I would love to see this Grippity tech on a smartphone. Of course, this is a Kickstarter project, which means that it needs your help to make it real. Just pledge about $235 and you can have it, by October.


Bric+ Case gives a battery and lens to the iPhone

bric+-caseI have seen a lot of cases for the iPhone which give the user to double his or her battery life, and the Bric+ Case is another to add to the mix. This particular one is a Kickstarter project, and it has a lot of cool stuff going for it.

The Bric+ Case allows for 2.5 times more than the original battery, and it has an Li-on battery built into this protective case. This is good for providing up to 25 hours of talk time as opposed to the 10 hours of the original iPhone 5.

In addition to the battery life, the Bric+ Case has a lens that provides 3.5 optical zoom. Yes, this is something like the Olloclip, which I have reported on several times.

Well, this is a Kickstarter project, so it might take a while before it is reaches your local Wal-Mart and so. Go ahead and head over and pledge if this is up your alley.


Zeus 3D Scanner and Printer

ZeusI think we all know that the age of 3-D printing is coming, but we all know that 3-D printing means nothing without some 3-D inspiration. I was thinking that we need some 3-D downloadable programs.

That, or you could get yourself a 3D scanner. I don’t really know if there is any companies that make 3D scanners, but there is a combination 3-D printer and scanner known as Zeus that will duplicate 3-D objects.

I suppose I should start by saying that the possibilities are limitless. Is it any wonder why this is named after the king of the Greek Gods? It has a 7-inch touchscreen for controlling the printing and scanning of your 3-D object.

Oh, this is wonderful! But it is sadly a Kickstarter project. That means you fund it, and you have to pay up $1,999 just to get your hands on one. If you wait, then you will have to pay $2,499 for it.


iSketchnote gives the digital pen another try

isketchnote2013-09-11-02In all my years of reporting on gadget reporting, there is one thing that I have seen over and over again, and that is the digital pen. I am not talking about one of those styluses for your iPad, but a way of turning what you write or draw on a piece of paper into something digital, no scanner required.

Generally, these types of pens are really awkward to work with, and with mixed results. Sometimes that squiggle that I made on a page looks terrible when rendered in pixels. I am not surprised that someone on Kickstarter has given this another go.

This is the iSketchnote, and it is an iPad cover digitizer which will allow you to draw, with ink, onto any notebook or paper. You can save the pictures or other various notes or doodles to an SD card thanks to a built-in slot. That, or you can also just send it right away to the iPad.

The good news is that the iSketchnote made its Kickstarter goals, and it looks like it should be available for about $119 if you get in on this early bird special.


eleMount is made to stick to the phone, and anyplace else

image004For some reason, I have been reviewing a lot of smartphone stands which involve sticking them there. I have no idea who makes this sticky stuff, but I have seen it in so many places. Recent examples include the Zyroshell Phone Cradle and the TYLT Capio with NFC.

The eleMount is unique as it has stick parts on both ends. These elePads can stick to any flat surface, and good for smartphones and tablets. Your mobile devices can attach and detach without leaving any sticky residue.

image006This eleMount is made from CNC machined solid aluminum, and it has a ball and socket joint for viewing 360 degree viewing angles. Best of all, you can unscrew one end and mount it on a tripod.

Like the GoCuff that I just covered, this is a Kickstarter project. It is available for for $59 for early bird backers, but since it has made its Kickstarter goals, I am not certain what it is going for. You can find out more information about it here.