Hitler-Starring Fast & Furious Sequel Seeking Funding

Did you plough through the Fast & Furious franchise disappointed, like there was something missing? I think we all felt it. I remember reading countless reviews of the series’ instalments – particularly Tokyo Drift – which bemoaned the curious absence of the Third Reich; a common criticism. Despite the praise, despite the record box office takings, the general consensus of the Fast & Furious films seems to be that, no matter how enjoyable: “needs more Hitler.”

Thankfully, Jordan VanDina was listening.

VanDina, who runs the Weekend Scripts website – he writes a parody script over one weekend, so it’s not just a clever name – has launched an IndieGoGo campaign for his Fast & Furious sequel Fast Nein: The Fast & The Führer, in which Vin Diesel and The Rock use Back to the Future’s Delorean time machine to travel to Germany, 1941, to race Adolph Hitler. The movie, which features cameos from The Expendables, Donald Trump, The Terminator, and Doc Brown, is seeking $100,000,000 on IndieGoGo, of which it has already raised a whopping $335, with two months still to run.

VanDina has posted every page of his 70-page script to IndieGoGo – which is also available for download here – which seems short for a feature film, since one page of script generally equates to one minute of screen time. Hopefully, that $100m will pay for some sweet CGI scenes of Hitler throwing his Volkswagen Beetle around the Nürburgring’s famous hairpin corners to bulk out the screen time.

Roccbox Portal Oven Cooks Your Pizza 90 Seconds

There are some people who love camping outside, using tents and a small gas stove to cook baked beans while a fire roasts marshmallows. Some of us prefer glamping, with a small wooden house separating you from nature so you can stay warm and enjoy your friends company without the bumpy earth beneath you. One thing that is required though is good food, and the Roccbox portable oven could provide you with just that.

Originally started as part of an Indiegogo campaign, the concept for the project was simple. A portable stone bake oven. For $449 (£318.24) you can order yourself one of the ovens, which goes as high as 500 celsius in order to cook your pizza in roughly 90 seconds. If that wasn’t enough they’ve also shown off its use in cooking everything from fish to steaks.

After taking 15 minutes to warm up, you can see the benefit of being able to quickly cook your favourite foods in a portable stone bake oven. The Roccbox comes with two burners, meaning you can use either gas or wood to cook your meals, the choice is up to you.

Can you imagine going camping and having a freshly cooked mini pizza given to you while you lay under the stars? We can and we can’t wait to taste it either!

18L Project Nova Case Reintroduced as The Cerberus

We could post the news that the impressive Project Nova was nearing its end and turn into a full-fledged product a couple of days ago and now that time is upon us. Project Nova got its official name which is the Cerberus and the company behind is called Kimera Industries. We could also reveal that the case would make its appearance on a crowdfunding site before making it to the retail market and the campaign date for this has also been announced.

So let us dive right into it with the most important information: The fundraising campaign will be launched on March 1st via Indiegogo which is when we’ll find out about its pricing too.

The team behind the Cerberus mATX SFF enclosure made a few changes since the last test build, and these changes make the case even better in my opinion. The top handle has been removed and made an optional upgrade for those that would like that kind of feature and they also introduced a version capable of using AIO cooling solutions along with a full sized ATX power supply.

“After many design iterations, and following all of the enthusiast feedback we’ve received, we couldn’t be more excited to announce Cerberus — as well as the impending crowdfunding campaign we’ll be launching on March 1st, to support production” said Joshua Ramirez, cofounder and design lead of Kimera Industries. “With Cerberus, it’s possible to create almost any high-end system — from octa-core workstations, to dual-GPU powerhouses, to multi-radiator liquid-cooled rigs — in a desktop you’ll actually want to put on your desk.”

Another one of the new changes in design is the optional side panel with a plexiglass window at the bottom. This will allow you to show off your high-end graphics cards in this impressive little chassis. The entire Cerberus chassis started as a scratch-build project by modders so this was an update that was to be expected and it is great that it’s an optional upgrade. Not everyone wants to show what’s inside.

While SFX power supplies have come a long way, they’re still not close to the wattage that is possible with normal ATX sized PSUs. Although you can get SFX PSUs up to 600W these days, Kimera Industries also created a second version of the case that takes higher needs this into consideration. In the ATX-PSU version the power supply is mounted in the more default rear location which also frees up the front for the AIO cooling that doesn’t fit the mounting arm anymore.

Colour is another thing where the Cerberus comes in several options. It will be available in default Obsidian Black as well as Pearl White and Carmine Red versions to match the colour of your internal hardware. The red version will be a stretch goal for the fundraising campaign, but I have no doubt that the goal will be met quickly.

The Cerberus breaks with the norm in more places that we’ve already covered and the next is the way it’s put together. Most cases rely on screws or simple plastic clip-and-pin systems, but not so with this case. The Cerberus is built with industrial-grade clips and pins made entirely of steel and that allow the case to come with a convenient yet reliable mounting system.

Cerberus Features

  • Size: At just 18.2L, Cerberus is smaller than some of the most popular mITX cases on the market, from Fractal Design’s Node 304, or BitFenix’s Prodigy. When compared to most mATX cases, Cerberus typically bests the competition by 10L or more – a whopping 40%+ volume reduction.
  • Quality: Made entirely of powder coated steel, and assembled in the United States, Cerberus is built to last for the long haul, with thoughtful features such as user replaceable parts, durable metal hardware, and all-steel panel clips and pins.
  • Design: Cerberus embraces a minimalist, refined aesthetic, with a luxurious matte finish and industrial design that embraces clean edges and understated features over bright lights and garish plastic accents.
  • Customizability: With multiple colors on offer, additional colors available as stretch goals, and the option to add an optional metal handle and/or plexiglass window, Cerberus is engineered to be customized to enthusiasts’ exact preferences.
  • Flexibility: From SFX and ATX PSU support to the hinged side bracket, to the innovative Infinite Vent system, Cerberus retains some of the most diverse hardware support in the industry, and can comfortably contain systems as simple as HTPCs and as sophisticated as water-cooled, multi-GPU gaming powerhouses.
  • Craftsmanship: Through a unique partnership with Sliger Designs, every Cerberus is built by trained and talented engineers on Sliger’s production floor, located in Sparks, Nevada, USA. By manufacturing enclosures domestically, instead of through nondescript factories in China or Taiwan, Kimera Industries is able to maintain strict quality controls, communicate constantly with engineers on the floor, and greatly expedite production and shipment of units to backers – all while supporting local workers, businesses, and communities.

Self Driving Baby Stroller – What Could Go Right!?

I’ve got two children, they’re amazing kids and I love putting them in the buggy and pushing them around and racing it through the supermarket; my kids love that too. However, this latest invention could be trying to take all that fun away from us, as it does all the pushing and driving on its own. For just $2,750, the Smartbe developed hands-free smart stroller will push its self up hills, through the supermarket, it’ll even keep up the pace while you go for a jog alongside your child. In theory, it’s a nice idea, but I wouldn’t trust it with my child’s life for even a second.

Of course, this is a futuristic bit of kit, so it’s more than just a motor and a smart camera. The Smartbe offers up a rocker feature to help put the child to sleep, and even a bottle warmer for those “feed me!” moments. It can play music, has lights, webcam, microphone and all kinds of stuff; it’s damn near a Tesla for babies.

‘I know how uncomfortable it is to push an ordinary stroller through snow in Manhattan, up hills in San Francisco, or for a jog along the path through the heat and humidity of Miami,’ Guillermo Morro CEO and founder of Smartbe told SFGate. ‘So, I set out to design a better stroller, one that combines all the greatest technology to give parents and babies a better experience.’

It’s just a concept at the moment, with the team hitting Indiegogo with a goal of $80,000. It’s a pretty cooler stroller, with some great technology and I can see where they’re coming from with their ideas, but alas, it’s not something I would feel a need for personally. Fortunately, they’ve had the sense to release a model that isn’t self-propelling, and that will be just $399, and it’ll still retain some of the cool extra gadgets.

Would you own one of these for your children?

Get Your Own Levitating DeLorean on Indiegogo

We have barely entered 2016 and I think that I’ve already found my favourite collectable of the year, at the very least it will be a very tough one to beat. I almost missed this completely, but I’m glad that I came across the Indiegogo campaign site for the 1:20 sized and first truly Levitating DeLorean Time Machine collectible, the well-known vehicle from the Back to the Future movies.

The Levitating DeLorean Time Machine collectible is off to a good start in both the development and the fundraising campaign. The working prototypes have been created and the Indiegogo campaigns funds will be used to create the molds and get the mass production going. All the early-bird specials are gone, but there only were 100 of them and the only bonus here was included shipping. Anyone else can still get their pledge in for $195 USD plus shipping costs. At the time of writing, the Levitating DeLorean Time Machine collectible has gathered $25,000 USD out of the $30,000 funding goal.

The company behind the collectible is Kids Logic Co Ltd based out of Hong Kong. The toy manufacturer was established in 2009 and has already created high-quality official collectible toys from titles such as Transformers G1, Saint Seiya (Japan Anime), Arale (Japan Anime), Transformers: Age of Extinction, and Street Fighters.

“Roads? Where we’re going, we don’t need roads.” Dr Emmett Brown, Back To The Future II

The model is based on the car from the 1989 Back to the Future II movie and in 1:20 scale with its 22cm length. The magnetic floating base pushes the DeLorean Time Machine into the air where it will levitate for as long as the power is connected or the batteries don’t run out of juice. It can be powered by either a 12V AC/DC adapter or sixteen AA batteries via the included battery pack enclosure.

The base has LED lighting around the base when it’s turned on and also showcases the Back To The Future II logo on the front. The car itself is also filled with LED lighting effects and you can also switch the wheels between flying and driving mode. The flying mode wheelset also comes with built-in LED effect. In total, the car has over 30 LED lights at various points. The model is built from over 200 individual pieces and carefully painted to resemble the original from the movie. Details are important in collectables and this is one and not a toy, just to clarify.

There’s still 23 days left, so that’s plenty of time to secure yourself one of these very cool levitating collectable Time Machines in the form of a Back To The Future II DeLorean. You can find the Indiegogo campaign here.

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Retro VGS Console Rebranded as COLECO Chameleon

Retro gaming is becoming more popular every year as people try to recreate memories from their childhood and evoke a sense of nostalgia. As a result, many of the classic or rare titles, can fetch a huge amount of money and the industry is now quite lucrative. Unfortunately, older hardware can be a nightmare to configure on modern televisions due to the lack of an RF or Scart connection. Furthermore, the low-resolution image scales poorly on modern displays and requires an older CRT set to view optimally. Thankfully, there are products like the Retron 5 which support cartridges for numerous consoles including the SNES and N64. These also utilize an HDMI output which sharpens the image and makes the initial setup process much easier.

Some time ago, the Retro VGS embarked on an Indiegogo campaign and offered to bring back the glory days of cartridge gaming with new and exciting exclusives. However, the unit’s specification and eye-watering $300 price tag resulted in the project’s eventual demise. However, it seems the unit has now undergone a rebranding, and the team behind it believes they have cut costs and produced a more enticing proposition. The revised prototype is now called, COLECO Chameleon and opts for the same Atari Jaguar outer casing. It will be interesting to see the reaction and amount of money invested when the device eventually arrives on Kickstarter.

ShiftWear – Shoes With Built-in Displays That Change as You Walk!

So that collection of shoes you own? Those red, black, white, blue trainers? What if you only needed one pair? What if you could change your colour and style of your shoes as you walked? ShiftWear is an IndieGoGo project from David Coelho and it looks like you could quickly pass on the local shoe store.

With flexible HD screens, the concept is an ingenious one, being able to customise your footwear through an app, adding everything from a picture of your friends and family to lightning that sparks with every footstep.

30 days of battery life combined with walk to charge technology means that instead of plugging in your shoes you can just walk to see your art come to life, with a store to not only download and add images to your shoes but also to upload your own, sharing your artwork on canvases all around the world while people walk.

At $150 (£99.79 approximately) for the starting pair and another $50 (around £33) for shipping, you could be putting a lot of money into a single set of shoes. With them being machine washable and Kevlar fiber coated soles, they are built to last and with the screens you would never have to wear the same shoes twice.

If you have $1000 spare you can even get the limited edition ShiftWear, with a screen that covers the entire trainer. Who feels like a little artist today?

$1m Crowdfunded Robot Dragonfly Crash-Lands

The company behind Robot Dragonfly, one of the earliest crowdfunding success stories, raising over $1 million via Indiegogo back in 2012, is in desperate financial trouble, leaving the project on the verge of collapse. TechJect, the team behind the Robot Dragonfly, which was available to backers for just $99, revealed that funds have dried up, blaming both Indiegogo and PayPal for not releasing money raised via the crowdfunding campaign in time.

“The Project has NOT stopped. We have held development forward until funds are replenished through sources (any source),” a post on TechJect’s Indiegogo page reads.

The Robot Dragonfly Indiegogo campaign was one of the most successful ever, raising 1,037% of its funding target, to the tune of $1,140,975, when it closed on 31st December, 2012. Constant delays to the development of the Dragonfly over the last three years, though, has made some backers irate, with TechJect revealing that there’s been “a lot of confusing statements and a lot of name calling,” asking backers “to realize these systems are at the end of the day people like everyone else [sic].”

In a message to disgruntled backers chasing a refund, TechJect directs them towards Indiegogo and PayPal, since it is them that is holding on to the funds. “There is no possibility of a refund through TechJect, first because our contracts are with PayPal and Indiegogo,” the team writes. “Your contract are with PayPal and Indiegogo, there is no direct contract between supporters and campaigns. All suits and cases have to be filed against either PayPal and Indiegogo and the rest of the information will flow through those channels.”

TechJect, however, insists that “The Project has NOT stopped.”

$99 PC Bricking Device ‘USB Killer’ hits Indigogo – Genius or Stupid?

A new crowdfunding campaign has hit Indiegogo, which is effectively someone charging you money for a product which is intended to damage your computer. USB Killer is a nasty bit of technology, you simply plug it into your USB port and the intention of the device is to load the port with volts to break the USB port, preventing people from accessing your device and stealing your files, but it’s not that simple, these things never are.

Bad USB is something we’ve covered before, USB Killer is little more than a rebranding of a PC killing bit of kit, that’s more likely to be used maliciously than as a preventative measure, which the creators are advertising it as. Check out the video below to see what a USB device like this can do. Please keep in mind that the video is a demonstration of a similar device and not of the device being listed on Indiegogo.

The idea is that USB Killer will destroy your USB ports, this prevents people from breaking in and stealing your data. However, I think it’s more marketed at people who do illegal activities and need a quick way to brick the PC to prevent people, the police for example, from checking their computer. As the disclaimer on the device reads, this could wreck your motherboard and brick the entire computer. In our opinion, that’s not a disclaimer, that’s exactly what will happen if you use this.

Whatever the intentions of the Russian creators of USB Killer, you can find out more about this $99 PC killing device, however dodgy the campaign may seem, on the Indiegogo page.

Of course, these promotional videos may help convince you that this is the right device for you…

Still not convinced that Killer USB is the right device to thwart mobsters stealing your data? What about a pesky family member? Again, I guarantee this is nonsense, it will kill the whole computer, not just the USB ports.

So, USB Killer, is it genius or stupid?

Avexir S100 SSD Is the World’s First LED SSD

LED lighting is an important factor to many builders and PC modders, but one thing had been missing that function up until now and that were the storage drives. At least that is what Avexir things and they have now launched an Indiegogo campaign to bring just that to the market: A solid state drive with built-in LED lighting to match your overall setup.

Avexir was first to bring LED lights to memory modules and their plasma effect modules have become very popular. Now they are also the first to bring LED lights to the storage drives and illuminate them the way they deserve. After all, they are crucial components of your system.

The Avexir S100 SSD, as it is called, will be available with several colour options to match your setup: White, Red, Blue, Green, and Orange. The Indiegogo campaign offers the solid state drives in combination with an 8GB set of Core DDR4 memory modules in the same colour as the SSD you pledge on. The 120GB package will set you back $135, the 240GB $190, and the 480GB model will cost you $299.

Avexir didn’t reveal the exact type of SSD controller they’re using on this drive nor what type of NAND, but they did reveal that it will use a JMicron controller and “cutting-edge original NAND Flash”. Without further specifications, it might hold some people back from pledging. Most combinations available will reach great speeds these days, but there still are differences in feature sets and durability. It would have been nice to know, but at least Avexir revealed the expected performance figures: Sequential read/write speeds up to 540MB/s & 450MB/s with 80k IOPS random 4k write. These figures could point towards TLC NAND, which would be a letdown to some enthusiasts while it caters more to the mainstream. An odd choice, if true, for a drive like this.

Avexir is trying to raise a total of $50,000 for this campaign, a goal that they’ll very likely reach within the 30 days that is left on the campaign. Would you want one of these new LED SSDs? Let us know in the comments.

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.

LIVALL Bling Is the First Smart Cycling Helmet

It is almost weird that this hasn’t been done before. While there have been attempts, no one has come close to what the new LIVALL Bling smart cycling helmet can do. It is the first smart helmet, but it is also a lot more. When you look at what you get, you’ll quickly notice why it already has been funded close to six times.

The campaign is running on Indiegogo where the goal was set to $20,000. At the time of writing, the campaign already raised $115.672 by 788 people, nearly six times the asked amount. Not only is it a great product with a very fair pricing, it’s also a product that is ready, all the way through. All that is needed now is the start-up money to get a mass production running.

So what is it that makes the LIVALL Bling helmet so smart. It comes with bright LEDs all over the top that make you stand out in traffic, both at day and night. You are the weak contender on the road and need the best safety. It has turn-signals, a 3-axis G-sensor, and Bluetooth connection for speakers and smartphone connection as well as a windbreak microphone. You can answer your phone or listen to music over this feature, and you can also use the built-in walkie-talkie function for a direct communication with your fellow riders that also use the helmet. The 3-axis G-sensor can detect when you’ve crashed and don’t get up again. It will start to flash the LEDs to signal passing folks of your presence as well as notify a previous set contact about your crash.

There are two more items, possibly three, that you’ll want to go along with your new smart cycling helmet. The first is the Bling Jet, a small controller meant to be mounted on the handlebar for easy finger control of everything.

The second is the LIVALL Nano Cadence Sensor, the smallest cadence sensor in the world. When coupled with the LIVALL Riding App on your smartphone, it can show speed, traveled distance and burned calories as well as slope rate, altitude, and heart rate when you connect designated extension devices to your phone. The third item you might want is the phone holder. It mounts easily on your handlebar just as the Jet does and can securely hold your phone while you ride. It also comes with a convenient 5000mAh battery pack for on-the-go charging or longer rides.

The LIVALL Riding App is where it all connects and allows you to control and manage everything. It looks like an awesome product that I have no doubt will get just as popular once launched to the masses as it was in the Indiegogo campaign. There are still 32 days to go, so time left to get your own LIVALL Bling helmet. All available packs, including the $100 early bird, are still available.

Architects Crowdfunding for £1.85 Billion to Build Minas Tirith

The UK is in the grip of a housing crisis and few new homes are being built. Existing council houses are being sold off at the expense of low-income families. What to do? Incite a public movement to build social housing, or spend close to £2 billion on a life-size replica of Minas Tirith, the fortress city from The Lord of the Rings? A group of UK architects are opting for the latter, launching an Indiegogo crowdfunding page, seeking £1.85 billion ($2.9 billion) to “Realise Minas Tirith”.

The seven-level walled city, capital of Gondor, was the location of a siege by the evil forces of Mordor during the Battle of Pelennor Fields in the third of The Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Return of the King. The architects behind the crowdfunding campaign want to recreate the location – part living space, part tourist attraction – in the South of England, which they see including “both residential and commercial properties, allowing for sustainable growth and a high quality of life.”

The Indiegogo post boasts that “Residential properties will be categorised by tier, quality and size. Tiers vary from 1-5, quality varies from 2-5 stars, with the higher star denoting higher quality, and size varies from 1-4 bedrooms. A “3.4.2 property”, for instance, would be located in the 3rd tier of the city, be of a 4 star quality and have 2 bedrooms – perfect for a young family.”

Having raised only £17,700 of its £1.85 billion target with 48 days to go, Minas Tirith seems unlikely to solve the UK’s housing crisis anytime soon.

Thank you The Daily Dot for providing us with this information.

Japanese Company Wants to Build a Stunning 3D Holographic Display

We’ve been talking about holograms like something out of sci-fi movies, but with today’s technology, it really is possible to make a holographic display. We’ve previously seen this as a DIY project, where a guy showed you how to build your own pyramid-shaped display and use it with your smarphone. Now a Japanese company named ‘SSS’ seems to take it even further and started a crowdfunding project on Indiegogo for a 3D holographic display, dubbed ‘Holo case’.

As with the DYI project, the display is shaped as a pyramid for a full 360 degree holographic effect. The company already has a lot of useful real-world applications for it, from meeting your favourite characters in the ‘real-world’, to displaying expensive jewelery and minimize the risk of it being stolen from the showcase.

“Our mission is realize that thinking about how to interact with the characters. VR is the way we go through the world of character. However, there isn’t the only one answer for it. One of these is studying how to ” invite character into this world ” and we’ve realized it.”

“Here’s the example of exhibiting “authentic” ring in “Holo case”. Although the ring itself is just $10, you can display it just like expensive one by giving effect to the ring. Here’s the mini figure set in Holo case. We can display snowing scene.”

The company says that making an app for the Holo case is easy too. It just takes some animations to display on all sides of the pyramid, and you’re all set! They even say that using a game engine such as Unity3D or Unreal Engine 4 will make life even easier for you. You can find more information about the project over on Indiegogo.

EyeControl Launches On Indiegogo To Give ALS Patients Their Voice Back


ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease or MND) patients represent a subgroup of people with fully functional cognitive abilities who gradually lose their speech and the use of their upper limbs, and cannot communicate with their environment due to physical limitations. They need alternative ways to communicate but the devices currently on the market easily cost $5000 and aren’t always the most practical at the same time.

A new Indiegogo campaign has launched to change that with a new and cheaper eye control and give those patients their voice back. The name is very suitable as it’s simply called EyeControl. The campaign has just started and it already raised over a third of the $30000 funding goal.

The campaign has high goals and it is something that could improve the lives of the 70% of ALS patients who can’t afford one of the expensive gadgets. The price has been cut by 95% in comparison and takes away the big screen by allowing them to use simply a smartphone, speaker system, or headset.

 

An infra-red camera is connected to simple glass frames and communicates with a credit-card sized computer which identifies and translates the blinks and movements of the userøs eyes into commands which will output in sound, to earphones and to a speaker.

It can also transmit these to a smartphone via Bluetooth to run an application which enables the patient to communicate using text to speech mechanism.

Let us hope that the Indiegogo campaign will be a big success and thereby allow more people to live a better life.

Fancy Giving Yourself a Heart Attack? Play ‘Night Terrors’ on AR

Ever sat at home, in a dark room, headphones on, playing your favourite Silent Hill game and thought to yourself, this isn’t scary enough? Night Terrors may have the solution!

Get your butt off the couch, because you play this horror game at night, in the dark, in your own house. You creep around using your smartphone as a makeshift flashlight. You hear the voice of a little girl, you follow it, then s*** gets weird. As you can see in the video below, the technology used in Night Terrors is pretty amazing. It uses your AR headset to map your house as you navigate around the house, allowing it to track visual and audio effects relative to your position, are they behind you, on the other side of a wall, in a mirror? The game engine works all this out and updates its knowledge base of the environment to help keep you on your toes.

“Our aim is to create the scariest game ever made. It’s a highly immersive, photorealistic, binaural, AUGMENTED REALITY survival horror game for mobile devices.  Gameplay takes place at home, after dark, with the lights off and your headphones on. Think about a system that understands where you are in your environment, and is able to exploit that information in order to create an unbelievable augmented reality experience. Think about playing a game where the storyline involves you. Consider a future full of movies you star in, experiences that seem real, and scenarios, in our case, that are freakishly frightening.”

Being chased down your own hallway sounds like a really good way to stub your toe on something, but it still sounds like a really awesome gaming experience. The developers are currently seeking $70,000 on Indiegogo, although they’ve already raised the first $11,000 in the first day, so there’s certainly a good chance of this getting funded fairly quickly.

Indiegogo Toy Aims to Help Teach Children How to Code

A lot of companies have been struggling to release something that will help children how to code. The use of apps and toys have been the most obvious choice for them in order to make coding a lot more fun.

The latest initiative comes from an Indiegogo startup and its Codie toy, which is a wheeled gadget that comes with an app to let the user control and program it at the same time.

Codie appears to be using a visual drag and drop blocks approach rather than having kids program by typing a bunch of lines of code. While the concept is not new, Codie’s developers state that it will stand out with the help of its programming language.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jj5GKCavdeM

Codie’s programming language will not require any compiling time and will react in real-time, which means that any changes made by kids will make Codie react instantly, granting a more interactive experience.

The company looks like it is trying to raise $70,000 on Indiegogo, having it already raised half the sum. If you are interested about the project and want to learn more, or even contribute to its creation, you can visit its Indiegogo page here.

Thank you Ubergizmo for providing us with this information

iDrink Turns Your iPhone 6 into a Breathalyzer, Game, and Taxi Hailer

A new Indiegogo campaign has begun, aimed at iPhone owners who like to be on the safe side before entering a vehicle to drive. Although one shouldn’t drive at all when drinking, the new iDrink smartphone case can turn your iPhone into a breathalyzer and make sure that you at least don’t drive when above the legal limit.

iDrink Inc. is founded in Las Vegas, where else, by the two brothers Kyle and Tyler Roberts. They work as Sr. Safety Scientist at the National Nuclear Security Site and structural engineer, special inspections engineer, and nuclear high hazard field engineer, so one must assume they have some knowledge on how to pull this off, even though it’s a bit outside their normal work area.

The iDrink is more than just a breathalyzer, it’s also a game – and one where the difficulty is decided by your BAC (blood alcohol content). The case can also use the current location to hail a taxi for you while you play your video game. I can see this becoming popular.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TPKgWfE28Wo

The Indiegogo version will cost you a pledge of $150, but you can also get a promotional item for a $30 pledge. The total goal for the Indiegogocampaign is only $20,000 and is needed to supplement the investments they already have secured. The initial Indiegogo First Edition will only be for the iPhone 6, but later models for other smartphones and brands are planned once the projects gets off the ground.

Thanks to TweakTown for providing us with this information

CarVi to Bring Safety and Smart Features to Any Car

Car safety has come a very long way and modern cars provide all sorts of assistant features that help to keep us and everyone around us safe. As great as that is, older cars lack these features and getting a brand new car just isn’t an option for most people.

So what if you could add that feature to your old car? Or any car for that matter – and even take it with you when you replace the vehicle with a new one, wouldn’t that be great?

A new Indiegogo campaign has launched for just that, and it is called the CarVi. The CarVi has been in the process for quite some time and as such a working project. What’s missing is funding to get the production started and the product into the wild. And that’s what fundraising pages are made for,

The CarVi is very simple, you just mount the tiny device in your windshield and drive a little while to calibrate it. In itself it has a camera built in and then works in conjunction with your Android or iPhone smartphone – using features and sensors from both units to create the best experience.

The CarVi can help you stay in the lane, warn about other drivers switching lane unexpectedly to create possible dangerous situations, front collision danger from driving too close, and a lot more. It can also just be worked as an ordinary dash- cam.

The Indiegogo campaign is currently up to almost 50.000 of the $100.000 pledge goal. There are various levels of pledges available including some early bird offers where you can get the CarVi for $274 plus shipping. Once the early bird specials are gone, the pledge price will rise to $299.

Thanks to Indiegogo for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of CarVi

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.

HARDCORE, the FPS Styled Movie Hits Indiegogo, Needs Your Financing Help

Do you remember that awesome first person account of a businessman stealing a magical transporting orb whilst racking up a Rambo-esque body-count in the process? Well, ‘Biting Elbows‘ are looking to take their captivating first person style of footage up a notch, pledging an Indiegogo Campaign to raise funding for a full movie release.

First making it big back in early 2013, Biting Elbows released their music video elegantly titled “Bad Motherf****” (censored) to a massive reception of over 24 million hits on YouTube. This video followed their original release of “The Stampede” which has seen them tick over 5.2 million hits since its release in late 2011. These videos are apparently based on their experience with FPS video games, trying to take Call of Duty cut scenes to the next level.

In their latest project, there is no bloodshed saved – once again going all out in the ‘over the top’ gore, blood and guts side that we’ve come to expect from video games of today, with a very ‘shoot ’em up’ style feeling to the whole production. They’ve enlisted the help of District 9 star Sharlto Copley as the main sidekick of the ‘hero’, who you can see dressed up as an overly pommy escort in the video linked below.

Currently their pledge is sitting at a cool $87k USD raised of a $250k goal – which is said to be by the makers as their absolute minimum to be able to complete the project. As with most of these projects, you’re rewarded for your support. A small $1 donation will get your name on their “Bullet-in Board” which will be seen blown up on camera, whereas a $25 donation will snag you a digital download of the final film. If you’re feeling a little more generous, there are rewards all the way up to those who are willing to commit $25,000 USD to the project – seeing their name up in lights as an executive producer.

If you’re looking to help a little more and possibly be rewarded, they’re also giving away one action face rig per week to people who share their Indiegogo campaign on twitter. Bane has never looked so good.

If you’d like to donate to their campaign, please head to this page – or you can head here to check out their other works on YouTube. But, without further adieu, here’s the official trailer.

Image courtesy of Indiegogo

Indiegogo Project Aims to Detect and Cure Malaria in Indonesia Using an iPhone Kit

A project found on Indiegogo, the crowd-funding website for startup projects, states that malaria can be found and cured in Bangka, an island in Indonesia, using an iPhone-based malaria diagnostics kit.

The researchers believe that if the disease can be found and treated in time, it could lead to its complete eradication from the island. They even believe that, if the project proves to be a success, it can be rolled out on a large-scale in Africa as well.

“We want to prove that we can have a significant effect on malaria case management throughout one of these regions. The first study of this kind will take place on Bangka Island in Indonesia. With this study, we have set ourselves the goal of eradicating malaria from the entirety of Bangka Island during malaria high season.” the team of researchers state.

The kit itself is called IanXen RAPID and consists of a iPhone, a portable microscope attached to it, blood slides and lancet pen.

The process seems simple enough too. A blood drop is placed on the slide, having it be examined through the microscope by an app. The results are then said to be given out in a matter of seconds.

The team of researchers believe that this method could be a great solution for a much wider deployment by enabling diagnosis to be carried out with a fully portable kit and at a much lower cost than conventional equipment.

On Indiegogo, the project asks for small donation fee of just £5 / $8.50, stating that it will help fund the project and can even get your name mentioned on the project’s Twitter feed. Also, people feeling generous can even opt for one of the higher donation levels available on the website.

Thank you 9to5 Mac for providing us with this information
Image courtesy of 9to5 Mac

Small Device Tells if Your Drink has been Injected with a Noxious Solution

A device that tells if your drink has been injected with a noxious device, or spiked for short, has appeared on Indiegogo, aiming to rise about $100,000. Its name is pd.id (Personal Drink ID) and is said to have the size of a pack of gum, blinking red in just a few seconds if dipped into a drink which has a contaminant.

Its creator, J. Davids Wilson, said that the hardware uses the same tech as the US DEA, but shrunk down to a smaller than usual size. It works by analysing the sample taken from the drink, its density, resistance and temperature in order to determine if a foreign agent is present in it, such as rohypnol.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l4dkZbIUVjU[/youtube]

Once (and if most likely) the crowdfunding sum of $100,000 is raised, the team is said to bring the gear to the market in just six months. The starting price for the pd.id is said to be set at $75 per unit and yes, the device is reusable, so you won’t have to pay that sum after sampling every drink. The device, ridiculous as it may be, should be a nice addition to have when going on a night out in the club or parties. After drinking a few, you never know everyone’s thoughts around you. Just be sure not to lose the device in a drink.

Thank you Endgadget for providing us with this information
Image and video courtesy of Endgadget

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

Auto-Blow Reaches Crowdfunding Goal, Pre-Orders Now Available [NSFW]

Normally when I see news stories about crowdfunded products it’s computer games, a new type of gadget, or some crazy novelty device that will never reach its goal. However, this new device is not only a crazy novelty, but it actually reached its goal.

The Auto-blow 2 is nothing short of hilarious, but that hasn’t stopped many people from actually putting their money down to fund this thing. In case you haven’t figured it out yet, the Auto-blow is not something for cleaning your house, but a sex toy for men, more accurately a blow-job simulator.

Not only did this thing hit its $45,000 goal, it also clawed in an extra $235,247 extra! So while I may not be enticed by this lethal looking device, there are obviously many out there who took inventor Brian Sloan pretty seriously.

Check out the video below, be warned though it contains NSFW language.

[vimeo]http://vimeo.com/91265854[/vimeo]

Thank you Metro for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of Metro.

Solar Roadways Project Smashes Crowdfunding Records, Raised $1.7 Million And Rising

Every now and then an Indiegogo project comes along which really captures the public imagination and this latest project is a great example of that. The Solar Roadways project seeks to replace roads, pavements, parking lots, tarmac and other traversable surfaces with hexagonal solar panels that connect together to form a replacement surface. These solar panels boast an impressive range of features such as having built in microprocessors which provide health status updates on whether a particular hexagonal unit needs replacing and an interlocking design with state of the art tempered glass that is able to meet the impact, load and traction requirements of road surfaces. Of course the best part about them is quite obvious – they generate electricity which allows them to pay for themselves and potentially lower the cost of electricity in the areas where they are deployed (expect fierce resistance from utility companies). For areas that experience snowfall and regular road freezing the solar panels are able to use the energy generated by the solar panels to melt the ice cover using a built in heating element which on its own has the potential to save every country billions in lost working hours, less insurance claims and so on. Every solar panel also has built in LEDs which means it can change road markings at any time to move lanes around, change speed limits, remove or add extra cycling lanes and more! No more road resurfacing, no more lane repainting, no more road salting! It doesn’t just stop there, the built in pressure sensitivity also means the roads are capable of identifying and warning drivers of obstructions, and the roads also carry electricity lines, fibre optic internet cables (removing the need for telephone lines) and have a built in channel to move flood and storm waters. Wait there’s more….but I’ll be here forever explaining to be sure to check out the video below for the full run-down on this great new technology:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qlTA3rnpgzU[/youtube]

Be sure to check out the Indiegogo project page for more details.

Source: Indiegogo

Image courtesy of Solar Roadways

3D Printing For Just $250! Latest 3D Printing Crowdfunding Campaign Is Launched

3D Printing has captured the public imagination so it probably isn’t surprising when I tell you that a new $250 3D Printer reached its crowd funding target in less than 2 days. New Matter’s MOD-t 3D printer reached its $375,000 target on Indiegogo in under 2 days as the printer packages were snapped up like hot cakes. The first 500 units went for $149, the next 1000 for $199 and now the price is starting at $249 with an unlimited number available for purchase. The concept is simple: a low cost end-to-end 3D printer with complementary software and a store full of 3D Printable designs from just $249.

“Our printer (the MOD-t) uses an ingenious 2-axis motion system that simultaneously moves and supports the build plate with very few components. Translation: It’s breakthrough technology, it prints more consistently, and it makes the printer way cheaper.” States the Indiegogo campaign page.

It won’t just be a 3D Printer, the team at New Matter are also looking to build a community around their 3D Printer. A store where people can share and download designs specifically tailored for the MOD-t printer, in addition consumers can sell their own designs through the New Matter store and earn some money from doing so. The first units are expected to ship to consumers from early 2015 starting with the early backers first.

Source: Indiegogo

Images courtesy of New Matter