Best of Kickstarter, 11/7

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.


SEFF Student Experimental Film Festival: Help rising student filmmakers work out their freaky inner psyches at an Experimental Film Festival in upstate New York. Granted, half the submissions will probably make you want to poke out your eyeballs (or will be about poking out eyeballs), but hey, it’s creative expression, okay?

ABACUS at Sundance: A team of 12 artists collaborating on a large-scale multimedia installation called ABACUS was recently invited to perform at our very own Sundance Film Festival. From what we can tell by their preview video, the presentation involves a lot of lights, loud sounds, flashing screens and possibly someone in a panda suit. What’s not to like?


Grid Kit: Jutinki Gunter and his team at Robotics For Fun have created an eco-friendly personal robotics set, “The Grid Kit,” using all-recyclable materials. Unlike similar products available from Kinex or LEGO, the user is free to cut out custom pieces of cardboard according to whatever design he or she has in mind. My favorite: a pair of giant robotic hands with a complete range of motion.


Time Travel Calendar: Graphic designer Alex Griendling has created the ultimate sci-fi geek’s calendar, complete with a map of significant “historical” events in TV and comic book lore. Over the course of 2012, you can observe the birth of Superman, the slaughter of the Dharma initiative, or the death of HG Wells.


Pokemon Orchestra: Those of us that grew up with Pokemon (or, in my case, had obsessed younger siblings who would humiliate you in front of the Cool Kids by belting out the theme song) will barely recognize Braxton Burks’ orchestral renditions of the now iconic melodies. Real fans will relish in classics like “End Credits” or “Trainer Battle,” though I find myself partial to “The Champion.”