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7 Spectacular Crowdfunding Fails

Some crowdfunded projects are awesome, and bring great but simple ideas to life. Others, not so much. But whether they’re grounded, or impossibly optimistic, all crowd-funding projects have a chance to fail, spectacularly.


Inside The Booming Business Of Kickstarter Coaches

Here’s a staggering statistic: Kickstarter backers pledge roughly $US1.5 million every day. Crowdfunding is a big business, despite its image as a folksy, grassroots-style approach to money. It’s so big, in fact, that it’s spawning a cottage industry of professionals who can help you cash in on your idea. For a fee.


Get Your Name On Bricks Destined For The Nikola Tesla Museum

So, you could hack your initials into a tree with a knife, or sign a chunk of setting concrete. Neither of these however compare to having your name engraved on a brick destined to be part of the Nikola Telsa museum in New York. That sounds rather cool, right? Well, here’s your chance to make it happen… if you have some cash to spare.


Flexy, Wrist-Worn Concept Phone: A Real Life Buzz Lightyear Communicator

Indiegogo concepts are always a bit out there, and this one’s no exception: Portal, a six-inch Android-powered smartphone that’s impressively capable, waterproof and flexible enough to wear on your wrist like Buzz Lightyear’s communicator. Forget smartwatches, this baby’s a goddamned gauntlet.


WEDG: An Alternative To Cloud Computing That Will Keep Your Privates Safe

After the recent spate of celeb nude leaks and the years-long Snowden saga, privacy is becoming an ever-hotter topic in the tech realm. That’s where WEDG, a personal cloud that aims to keep your data safe — and out of the reach of the government — comes in.


This IFTTT-Enabled Panic Button Will Start Anything But A Nuclear War

Have you ever thought that everyday activities, like, say, summoning your family for dinner, need a little more drama? Bttn, a giant, shouty, Wi-Fi-enabled button, is thinking yes.


The World's Greatest Cup Holder Can Survive The World's Worst Drivers

When it comes to cup holders, most of us are just looking for a place to secure our drinks while we’re driving. It turns out we should be asking more of them — a lot more. Maksim Ghyvoronsky has invented a better alternative, an aftermarket set of cup holders that tilt and roll along with the motion of your vehicle, ensuring that nothing ever spills no matter how awful a driver you are.


What Crowdfunded Project Has Screwed You Over The Hardest?

Crowdfunding isn’t the same as preordering. It’s a gamble at best. And with the Keryos Meteor coming out as one of the biggest crowdfunding fails in recent memory, we got to thinking: What other crowdfunding disasters have managed to slip under the radar?


The Defender: A Smart Self-Defence Wand To Get You Out Of Trouble

You probably have a friend that doesn’t feel safe in their neighbourhood at night. It might even be you that doesn’t feel all that secure when roaming the streets. You might have a small knife, pepper spray or even a gun in your backpack, satchel or purse to deter potential assailants. If any of this rings a bell, you might want to consider backing The Defender: a “smart personal protection device” designed to keep you safe in dangerous situations.


A Candle-Powered Speaker Keeps Playing Even When The Power's Out

Using a scientific phenomenon known as the Peltier-Seebeck or thermoelectric effect, where a voltage is produced via a device with contrasting temperatures, this Bluetooth speaker called the Pelty can run on nothing but burning candles. So the next time you lose power during a brownout, you’ll have both light and entertainment to pass the time.


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