Best of Kickstarter, 11/28

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.


Portals:  Sure, we all feel pretty modern and fancy about our touchscreen technology (last week, I played Fruit Ninja for two uninterrupted hours in a turkey stuffing-induced daze), but the future isn’t about what you do on the screen – it’s what you do underneath or inside it. Using green screen technology, grad student Jayne Vidheechar designed a set of “portals” that allow users to interact with different objects in a myriad of environments and settings.

Twine: Feel like everyone is text-addicted? Soon, even your laundry machine will be sending you text messages. If you don’t believe me, check out ”Twine,” a clever new gizmo produced by freaky MIT geniuses that enables you to receive notifications from pretty much any object in your house.


THE FIRST 70: The media has given little attention to California’s recent decision to close 70 of its 278 state parks, a move that will surely invite pollution, vandalism and hunting into previously protected land reserves. Directed by Heath Hen, THE FIRST 70 offers a look not only at the parks we might lose, but the bureaucratic confusion surrounding the legislation (how, for example, do you “close” massive chunks of open land?).


Life Without Lights: Nearly a quarter of the world’s population lives without access to lights or energy. For his new project, “Life Without Lights,” Peter DiCampio captures the harsh reality faced by communities that don’t have access to modern energy sources.


Loomi: Speaking of lighting, a pair of product designers in Brooklyn picked up an expired patent from the ’70s to create a totally customizable light fixture called “Loomi.” Part crafty DIY and part stylish home accessory, this is definitely the kind of project you could wrangle your kids or obnoxious nephew to help out with over the holidays.