Tag Archive for ‘Kickstarter’

Mark One by Studio Neat ➝

From the Kickstarter page:

Perhaps unsurprising if you know us, but our design goal from the beginning was to design a pen that was both minimal and beautiful. Mark One has a completely seamless (literally) design, with no excess ornamentation or logo. This seamless design was quite an engineering feat, and involved designing a custom mechanism that can screw in from the back. The pen comes in two colors: black or white, which both have a slightly textured, matte finish. The metal plated nocks provide a nice little accent to each. We wanted the pen to be sophisticated without looking overly tactical or masculine.

I recently took up journaling and this is exactly the type of pen I’ve been looking for. Something that’s minimal, durable, retractable, and made by a group of people that care deeply about good design.

What Kickstarter Can Teach Us About iPad Hardware Needs ➝

Ben Brooks:

However, there is one good thing about Kickstarter: it shows you what people want. Create a project, get a prototype, put it on Kickstarter (or Indiegogo, I am using those interchangeably here) and you’ll instantly know if there is a market for your product. With that in mind, I searched both services with the phrase “iPad Pro”.

Oh my.

My goal was simple: to figure out what people feel is missing, from a hardware perspective, with the iPad Pro. Surprisingly, I can lump almost all the products I found into three categories: Pencil accessories, cases, and speakers. Let’s take a look at some of what I found, and why there is (or isn’t) a market for such things — and see what we can glean from all of this.

What a brilliant idea. I never would have thought to take this approach when looking at untapped potential in the iPad accessory market. And I think accessory makers would be wise to use this strategy when determining what products would be worth developing in the future.

The New Glif, a Tripod Mount for Smartphones ➝

From the Kickstarter page:

Almost 6 years ago, we launched the Glif, a tripod mount for the iPhone 4, on Kickstarter. The response to our campaign was incredible, and it allowed us to build our company, Studio Neat. Since then, we have released several updates to the Glif, but we are back where we started, on Kickstarter, to launch the best version yet.

I love the quick release mechanism and multiple tripod mount locations. This is such a brilliant piece of kit.

The Baron Fig Squire ➝

I’m not much of a pen geek, but this thing looks incredible.

CHIP, The World’s First Nine Dollar Computer ➝

A really neat Kickstarter that’s nearing $850,000 pledged with 25 days to go. This is the kind of runaway success stories that crowd funding can enable and I really hope the folks behind it can turn CHIP into something that changes the world.

Pebble Time ➝

The folks behind the wildly successful Pebble smartwatch have launched a Kickstarter campaign for their second-generation wearable, the Pebble Time. It took only two days for the campaign to break the record for the most funded Kickstarter campaign of all time (previously held by the original Pebble). They currently have over $11.5 million pledged by backers with 27 days remaining.

The Pebble Time features a color e-ink display, a microphone for input, and a more polished user interface. I think it was very wise of them to launch the campaign when they did — coming to market with preorders two days before Apple announced their media event, scheduled for March, 9. This gives them plenty of time to sell preorders before Apple gives more concrete information about pricing and launch dates for the Apple Watch.

NEEO: The Thinking Remote for Your Smart Home ➝

A really neat universal remote idea currently doing an incredible job on Kickstarter. At the time of this writing they have nearly 3,000 backers pledging more than 14 times their goal of $50,000.

I’ve been using Logitech Harmony remotes for years, but this is the kind of remote that would get me to switch. It’s a beautiful piece of industrial design paired with, what appears to be, some really nice software.

App: The Human Story ➝

Speaking of how apps are made, here’s a new documentary about the people behind the apps by Jake Schumacher and Jedidiah Hurt. With 23 days left for the Kickstarter they’re nearly half way to their goal of $100,000 for the film.

A lot of well-known personalities in the application development community are involved, including John Gruber, Marco Arment, Adam Lisagor, Lisa Bettany, and many more. I can’t wait to see how the finished film turns out.