Best of Kickstarter, 9/19
We scoured the pages of Kickstarter to bring you this week’s best projects. Have a great Kickstarter project of your own or see one you think deserves some extra attention? Let us know about it the comments and we may just feature it in our weekly roundup.
Teagueduino: Don’t know how to solder to embed code? Meet Teagueduino, “an open source, electronic board and interface” that shows you “the ropes of programming and embedded development (like arduino). Teagueduino is designed to help you discover your inner techno-geek and embrace the awesomeness of making things in realtime – even if you’ve only ever programmed your VCR.”
Coffee Cereal: No way do I believe that this idea was born out of a lack of time in the morning to both brew a pot of coffee and pour a bowl of cereal. Seriously, how long does it take to “make” cereal? Still, a caffeinated, coffee-flavored cereal sounds so delicious that I have to get behind it. And frankly, the fact that no cereal company has thought of this already kind of blows my mind (seriously, cereal makers – caffeine, sugar and milk - that’s a no-brainer combination Starbucks has been banking on for years), so kudos on originality, too.
CineSkates: MIT engeineering student Justin Jensen designed what’s basically a GorillaPod on wheels, “a set of three wheels that quickly attach to a tripod and enable fluid, rolling video in an ultra-portable package.” So where the GorillaPod made portable tripod-use readily available, the CineSkates make that design even more functional by adding mobility into the mix. This project has already been funded, but if you contribute as a backer you can get the discounted Kickstarter price on CineSkates when they become available.
Stuck on Earth: Going Where No Band Has Gone Before: If there was a ever a hybrid documentary, this is it. Part travel, music, adventure and sustainable transportation doc, “Stuck on Earth” is the story of a “quest to go on tour through Mexico with an unlikely cast, by bicycle, without cars without any planned gigs and with a naive ambition to transmit the benefits of bicycle-use and change the country’s transportation landscape. It becomes a spiritual search in which reality takes us by surprise, and a story of spectacular success and heartbreak. Fifteen of us took off pedaling from our home in the mountains of Northern California, just as winter was setting in in 2007. We called it “the Pleasant Revolution.” It was supposed to be a 4-month tour. Seven months later, seven of us made it home.”