Say Hello To A 3D Printed Car – The LM3D Swim

We’ve all heard about 3D printers, being able to create your everyday bits and bobs at home by just printing off a copy from your computer. There are even extreme examples where people have 3D printed bridges or even houses. The next step to bring this area of technology to everyday people is here, introducing the LM3D Swim, a 3D printed car.

The LM3D Swim is just that, a 3D printed car. The overall project goal is to make as much of the car as possible from 3D printing, which is currently 75% printed. Printed using a mix of plastic and carbon fibre, the LM3D Swim is designed to be safe but it’s currently undergoing its crash safety testing and will be completely checked out by the end of 2016.

With the ability to 3D print cars, can you imagine the customizable looks you can create? While the body will retain the same shape, picking your cars colours, from the body  to the dashboard could soon become as easy as selecting an option on your computer screen.

If you are interested in buying one of these then have no fear, Local Motors (the company behind the idea) is looking to gain support through a crowdfunding campaign in the middle of this year while the car will go on for sales at retail at the end of the year.

Sweep Looks to Bring LiDAR Technology to Everyone

LiDAR is a technology normally reserved for those with a lot of money, but a group has taken to Kickstarter to give you access to the technology for a minimal price.

Sweep is an impressive device given its low spec stats and reduced price model. With a range of 40 metres, the device can be used both indoors and outdoor for everything from security sensors to detect when someone enters a room, to a drone detecting when someone enters your garden.

Featuring 360 scanning capabilities you can even use Sweep to map out a room, giving you the dimensions of a room with ease, something useful for people who want to remodel a room and don’t want to use a tape measure or laser distance finder to map out every single indent and outlet.

Given its low-end target the technology is going above and beyond, providing support and example projects for people looking to use the system on the Raspberry Pi, Arduino and other systems.

With an expected delivery date for the first products in the fourth quarter of this year, you could soon see the technology used in other projects with prices going as low as $249 for the device.

Offering something for almost a quarter of the market price for something is going to have a lot of interest and with the project already meeting half its Kickstarter target with 26 days to go, it could soon become a reality.

Klingon is Covered by Copyright Claims Paramount

Star Trek is a series loved and followed by millions, with everyone and their parents having grown up with the adventures of the starship Enterprise. Sadly a short film made by fans to cover a gap in the universe could be stopped as it would appear that Klingon is covered by copyright.

Klingons are one of, if not the most, well-known races in the star Trek universe. Being a warrior race by nature, it was always referenced (and was a key part of James T Kirks character) that the Federation and the Klingons had gone to war. A fan film created by Alec Peters looked to explore this war but seems like it may never see the light of day due to a copyright claim made by Paramount and CBS, the holders of Star Treks intellectual property.

After being told it wasn’t detailed enough the claim has now been updated to cite several instances where the fan film presses on Star Trek’s copyright. This includes the gold command shirts and even the pointed Vulcan ears, but the claim also goes on to state that the entire Klingon language is covered under copyright.

Is it possible to copyright an entire language (fictional or real world)? Should the fan made the film, which has been funded by a Kickstarter project none the less, be stopped by the copyright claim or should they come to a deal to create the film with the full support of the company?

You can read the full document listing every single copyright infringement in the film here.

Ciclop – A 3D Scanner For $99!

These days we keep hearing about 3D printers, the devices that can print everything from railguns and computer cases to bridges and organs. This is all great, but how about the other way around, you see a nice model and you want to bring it into a game, what can you do other than painstakingly map out every twist and turn? That’s where 3D scanners come in, and now you can get one for just under $100.

The CowTech Ciclop is a 3D scanner designed around two lasers and a Logitech webcam acting as a 720p camera. The Ciclop is also open-source but does require some assembly. In order to get the Ciclop up and running you will need to print off a few parts, but with it only requiring small parts, any small 3D printer should be able to create them.

The total size of the object that the scanner can capture is 200mm wide by 205mm tall. The total scan though will only take between 2-8 minutes, much shorter time than it takes to print off anything you’ll want to scan in.

If this is interesting to you and you want to scan in and create your own models, parts or toys then you can find the project on Kickstarter now.

You Can Help Detect Earthquakes With Your Smartphone!

There is an app for everything these days, from ordering an Uber taxi to messaging through Whatsapp types of services. You can remote control drones, monitor your exercise and even play board games on the little device you keep in your pocket. So why not get an app that can be used to help others without causing you any trouble, such as one to detect earthquakes with your smartphone?

Typically Seismologists study earthquakes, from the warnings weeks before the initial earthquake to the ones that appear out of nowhere. Detecting earthquakes is difficult, requiring expensive pieces of equipment called seismometers around potential hotspots of activity. A group led by University Of California-Berkeley’s have described an android app, that you can even download right now, that will help turn your mobile phone into a seismometer, enabling you to help report and evaluate earthquakes and their impacts.

Using the phone’s built-in accelerometers, the app is able to detect a magnitude 5 earthquake from as far away as 10 kilometers from the center of an earthquake, with the range increasing with the magnitude of the earthquake.

The app’s major breakthrough is breaking through the noise and motion that your smartphone would normally go through, from sitting on a bus or in a car to fighting with your phone while it’s in your pocket. They do this by sending data to a central system, and if you and nearby users are all reporting the same movement they will sound an alarm giving people precious moments to act.

Ant Simulator Shut Down By Rogue Developers

Kickstarter is just one of many ways for people to create games without the need for corporate backing. Crowdfunding has enabled giant projects like Star Citizen and Grim Dawn to go from a concept to a fully fledged game, gaining millions of pounds in support from the people who want to see them made. The downside though is that not all crowdfunding projects go well, some ending horribly. This is sadly the case for yet another project with Ant Simulator shutting down.

Eric Tereshinkski is the lead programmer on Ant Simulator, a game that would have seen players play in a survival game with a unique twist, this may not be the case anymore as Tereshinkski has resigned from the project.

In his youtube resignation, Tereshinski explains that he signed an LLC agreement a year and a half ago with two people who he had called friends for around 11 years. While the game has made great progress, his ex-partners had spent their Kickstarter and investment money on everything from alcohol to adult entertainment.

With the “friends” then stating that if the game was released without them, it would result in a lawsuit against Tereshinski. In a comment that asked about seeking legal advice, Tereshinski clarifies that they protected themselves, claiming that the alcohol was consumed in business meetings (with minutes and paperwork to prove it to that effect). They even listed themselves as consultants, meaning while not obligated to work on anything they still had the right to spend corporate money.

It would appear well thought out, and the pain in his voice is clear in the video above. A betrayal like this is not just to the backers who spent money (and will be getting refunds) to support the project, or even just the developers, but the whole crowd funding scene which will now have trust issues and fears when it comes to creating groups for likewise ambitious projects.

We are sad to see the project end and hope that he is able to recover from this and continue to make great games with the support of those who would like to help, rather than betray, the community at large.

$2 Million Kickstarter Sees Return of Mystery Science Theater 3000

Last week, comedian and writer Joel Hodgson launched a Kickstarter to revive cult TV show Mystery Science Theater 3000. The show followed a janitor (played by Hodgson, who also created the show, for the first five seasons), accompanied by two robot companions, who is forced to watch bad movies until he goes insane. MST3K ran for eleven years, from 1988 until 1999. In just seven days, it surpassed its $2 million goal, courtesy of 20,509 eager backers, which will lead to at least three new episodes being produced next year.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/mst3k/bringbackmst3k

In an interview with Mashable, Hodgson reveals that his funding target and ambitions for the show are much bigger and that, given the 23 days remaining for the Kickstarter, there’s still much work to be done.

“This is just the first goal,” Hodgson said. “The real goal is to get to $5.5 million, but it shows what the fans are capable of doing in a few days.” That $5.5 million will be enough to fund a season of twelve new episodes.

“Yeah, this is not a revival show,” he added. “There’s a little bit of a misunderstanding there — I think because there were only two hosts, [people think] there’s this finite universe of MST3K. I’d always hoped it’d keep being refreshed, with new hosts and new people playing the robot. So that’s kind of the idea — bringing in new people to be the hosts, people to do the new robot, a new Mad. But also, having said that, we’re going to invite the original cast too to be there as a resource and to do cameos and also write. It’s like Doctor Who.”

Hodgson is still trying to determine the best delivery mechanism for the new season of MST3K, whether that’s via traditional TV or online.  With backer delivery dates estimated between November 2016 and February 2017, we only have to wait around a year to find out.

Skarp Laser Razor Kicked Off Kickstarter Before Hopping To Indiegogo

The concept of a laser that has been bolted onto a traditional manual razor does somewhat make sense, after all, certain beauty gadgets have incorporated this technique before, I have been told. A US tech company by the name of Skarp Technologies hoped to cash in on this concept by launching a Kickstarter campaign with the aim of raising the all important funds required, and it worked, until Kickstarter kicked them off.

So what happened? I am glad you asked, well, backers who had pledged money through the fund-raising site received an email stating that the razor was “in violation of our rule requiring working prototypes of physical products that are offered as rewards”. This means that Skarp did not in fact have a working prototype available and thus had no way of demonstrating if their invention actually worked or was viable.

The company has since relisted the product, ok, idea of a product that has yet to exist on rival crowd funding site indiegogo. Will this be the death knell for this product after the recent negative PR? No, after checking the re-listing it has become clear of strong consumer interest and the current total in pledges as of writing so far is $113,919 (£74,742). Not bad considering this was raised by 790 people in 11 hours, the funding goal is $160,000 dollars so I assume this will soon be achieved, unless it is Indiegogo go-go off again, well that was an appalling pun.

Meanwhile, Skarp have promised supporters that this product will be indeed available in the spring of 2016. I hope Skarp are a legitimate company who are willing and able to fulfil any promises that have been made to backers, hopefully this concept has been designed with safety in mind and it will also perform as stated, when and if it’s built of course.

Quick addendum, the Laser Razor has now raised $120,076 by 828 people, at this rate by the time you read this the product would have reached its goal in around a day.

Thank you bbc and indiegogo for providing us with this information.

8-Year-Old Game Developer Easily Reaches Kickstarter Target

Ari Hackner is an 8-year-old boy from Los Angeles with a penchant for technology and game development. His mother setup a Kickstarter asking for $1,100 to help with expenses and launch a project designed to enhance his creativity and marketing awareness. With 16 days left, the Kickstarter has already amassed $1,530 and contains 32 backers. The rewards include a thank you note, pixel art drawing, 8-bit song, personalized animation, custom thank you card, personal Skype call and a play date at the Retro Arcade.

The Kickstarter specifically states:

“Ari intends to work on this game throughout the school year, but his priority will always be his school work.”

Ari appears to be an inspiring young man and has a driven focus to become a games developer. However, I wonder how much is down to his own personality and not the overbearing wishes of his mother. Additionally, while this comes across as quite cynical, it’s difficult to forget the case of Susan Wilson, a millionaire who scammed $21,000 from 1,149 backers. That’s not to say this Kickstarter is fraudulent, but it’s always important to proceed with caution and perceive any funding as an investment, with clear risks. This is especially the case when young children are involved.

I believe a complete rundown of the equipment required and how extra funding will be utilized would reassure some people. Nevertheless, I’m pretty sure this project is genuine and hope this is an enriching experience for Ari.

Hipster Sells Dates With Himself on Indiegogo

A hipster from London has reached the bottom of the pit when it comes to ridiculous crowdfunding projects. 26-year-old Tom Packer is offering 13 dates in return for contributions to his Indiegogo campaign.

“There’s a popular theory, which states that on average it takes 13 dates to find love. A crazy optimist that I am, I would love to put this theory to the test.”

His ‘rewards’ range from the hilarious to the uncanny; like £100 for “a guaranteed date with Tom” to “a signed limited edition print of my face and diary updates” for £10. He’ll also “take you” on a date to Paris if you give £1000. Plus, if you wish to simply be a sponsor of Tom’s quest for love, you can give £25 for a “shout-out” where Tom will “mention you to my date and send you a photo of us together (date permitting)”.

While it seems like an elaborate joke, or perhaps a publicity stunt, this isn’t the first time someone has used crowdfunding for something ridiculous. Last year a guy in the US actually got away with raising $55,000 so he could make potato salad. Yes, potato salad.

While it’s unlikely Tom will find potato salad level success, he’s certainly got himself a date – 2 people have already paid for the £100 option as of writing.

Source: Metro

Latest Star Citizen Stretch Goal Will Add Cats

Star Citizen continues to raise funds for its development at an incredible pace. The game has already set the record for the most successful crowd funding campaign and the record just keeps on climbing. The game has now received a staggering $63,000,000 and that’s especially impressive given the game only hit $61 million two weeks ago! And there’s still no sign of it slowing down any time soon.

The developers at Cloud Imperium have promised to invest every penny they receive into the game’s development, which in turn is making the game better and better, which in turn again is making more people want to buy it; it’s a beautiful cycle.

The developers are now adding a new stretch goal for $64 million. Once the game hits that, they’ll be adding cats! Pets on space ships are a staple of the sci-fi genre and Star Citizen will be no exception.

Thank you PCGamesN for providing us with this information.

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Pi Top, the 3D Printed Raspberry Pi Laptop Hits IndieGoGo

A new project has recently hit crowd funding website IndieGoGo. Their idea is to make 3D printed DIY laptops that are based around the Rasberry Pi computer.

The Pi-Top laptop is actually just a case for a Raspberry Pi. For your money you will get a Pi-Top DIY laptop kit, which is mostly 3D printed components. You will get a laptop chassis of your choice, as well as the STL files needed to modify and print your own chassis should you want to create something more unique.

You will also get the Raspberry Pi with three expansion modules; power management PCB, HDMI to LVDS bridge PCB and a keyboard/trackpad controller PCB. There’s a 13.3-inch LCD panel with a resolution of 1280 x 720, a battery, a USB 802.11 b/g/n + Bluetooth 4.0 WLAN controller, a keyboard and trackpad, DC wall plug and an online video tutorial to put it all together!

Of course, the system will be operated by Linux, but there are many free ARM compatible distros you can download and install. I’m not sure I’d be ready to replace my ultra-book with one of these, but it sounds like a really fun project for those who love to tinker with hardware.

Thank you TechPowerUp for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of IndieGoGo.

Star Citizen Funding Expected to Hit $100 Million Before Release

Star Citizen continues to set new crowd funding records as the game quickly approaches the $60 million mark. What’s really exciting about how this game is funded is that Chris Roberts has pledged to invest every penny into the game’s development. He plans to keep making the game bigger and better right up to the games release and beyond.

The game was only originally seeking a more modest $4 million, but the extra funding has allowed the team at Cloud Imperium Games to invest in crazy new features. The game has since had new ships, fully developed alien languages, improved scale, graphics, a full FPS element and more added to it. It’s expected even more features will continue to be added to the development over the coming months.

Chris Roberts isn’t stopping there either, if you think this game sounds incredible at $60 million, Roberts expects the game to break $100 million around the time the game hits version 1.0. The game now has 281 people working on it around the world, putting every bit of effort they can into making this one of the most ambitious games of a generation.

All eyes towards the end of 2015, when the game is expected to reach Version 1.0.

Thank you TweakTown for providing us with this information.

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Star Citizen Crowd Funding Reaches $48 Million!

It has been two years since the Star Citizen crowd funding campaign was started, a lot of doubters said that the game wouldn’t get anywhere near its five million dollar target, but the nay sayers can eat their own hat this week – Star Citizen crowd funding has now reached a staggering $48 million! Not only does that mean the game is incredibly well funded, but that its being pushed even further than the developers ever intended, as they find new ways of turning dollars into polygons.

The game racked up just under 500,000 pledges, with an average of almost $100 per investor. It seems that Chris Roberts’ has a lot of fans in the gaming world. Just how much more investment this game will receive remains to be seen, but one thing is for certain, it’s not even out yet and it’s already a hit.

Ever giving back to the community, Cloud Imperium Games have just revealed the Aegis Dynamics Gladus Light Fighter, which will serve as an alternative to the Hornet in the game. The new concept ship is already available for pre-order on the Roberts Space Industries website.

Thank you Dual Shockers for providing us with this information.

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Ritot – A Projection Smartwatch Excels Indiegogo Goals

Smartwatches have been growing in popularity over the last year or so and as more companies join the bandwagon and the technology that they pack increases, it is only a matter of time before something ‘out of the ordinary’ comes about that grabs the attention of the masses. This attention grabbing appeal is where Ritot comes into play. Ritot is a new type of watch that breaks away from the small and compact display that is sat on the top of your wrist and instead it turns your hand itself into the display by projecting the time or a notification right onto the back of your hand simply by shaking your wrist.

Designed by a team over in California, Ritot has been in development for 6 months now and after a number of concept designs and prototype units bein made, the company has made their appeal to the masses to help fund their work and get Ritot into production and with not real effort their appeal has been met and acknowledged. Originally asking for a $50,000 funding, Ritot has already managed to surpass this mark and on to a whopping $152,000 (at time of writing) with 38 days of appealing still to go. In return for their donations, backers of over $120 will receive a free watch (or multiples of) when the smartwatch gets into production.

Besides simply displaying the time from pressing a button on the watch band, or by shaking your wrist, Ritot can connect to your mobile device and display notifications such as Facebook messages, text messages, weather, incoming calls and much more – with proposed support initially for iOS, Android and Windows Phone platforms. Charging up the watch is set to be done wirelessly through a special base station through which you can also alter the projection colour of the time. Two type of Ritot are proposed with a thicker design for day-to-day use and a sports option with a slimmer rubberised design to match your sports appeal.

Following the campaign the Ritot projection smartwatch is set to go into production at the end of this year.

If you want to back the Ritot smartwatch you can find their campaign over on Indiegogo or for more information take a look at their website

Source: The Next Web

Kickstarter Project Leads To Word’s Cheapest 3D Printer Tagged at Under $200

The 3D printer hype has not burt out yet, and yes, the 3D revolution is still making substantial progress. The problem was that, unlike the LEGO version, no 3D printer was cheap enough for everyone to afford. The solution however may have presented itself.

A Kickstarter project claimed the title of the world’s cheapest 3D printer. The printer is called QU-DB, short for Quintessential Universal Building Device, and it costs only $199. Initially, the project started with a target of raising $9,000 in order to get the company up and running smoothly. Surprisingly, the project received more than expected.

With over 1,400 backers, the QU-DB raised over $400,000 in the crowd-funding campaign and has even made a few other versions of the 3D printer kit. Currently, the small company based in Little Rock, Arkansas, is dealing with shipping the printers to the crowd-funding backers while preparing to take new orders and hopefully start delivering them next month.

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The company stated that the key for keeping the price down is that the printer comes unassembled. This is not a huge drawback and moreover, it also makes room for modifications of the basic unit, including a heated bed, increased production area and the addition of ‘pretty bright colors’ to the frame.

This is quite a big step in a fairly small amount of time to go from a family owned company to a manufacturer of a low-cost, ready-to-assemble home 3D printer company. However, 3D printer enthusiasts might be overjoyed over the fact that they can now own their own personal 3D printer for as low as $199.

Thank you GizMag for providing us with this information
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