Crowdfunding Stories August 7, 2017

Johhnie Walker is walking right on over to Indiegogo to help fund its newest project. The whisky brand is pushing to create “bespoke” and personalized bottles of Scotch whisky for the project’s backers. Titled My Edition, the bottles include a personal Scotch blend, custom label for name or message, unique engraving on the glass, and a limited edition display case.

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Crowdfunding Stories March 14, 2017

Firefly Smart Mirror

At this point, it seems like everyone is working on their own variation of smart mirrors. From DIY setups, to even major companies. Getting started with your own isn’t terribly difficult, but a new project on Kickstarter hopes to make use of those old tablets you have lying around. Firefly, yet another smart mirror, has launched on the crowdfunding site with one major difference: it relies on an iOS or Android tablet to power it.

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Crowdfunding Stories September 18, 2015

Anyone who knows me, knows that I’m a bit of a chronic worrier, so naturally I jumped at the chance to try out Tile’s Bluetooth item tracker. Billed as an easy way to keep track of the things that mean most to you, Tile is like having Apple’s Find My iPhone feature for your entire life. The original Tile tracker launched in 2013 on the back of one of the most successful crowdfunding campaigns ever, having raised more than $2.6M.

Just last month Tile launched its second generation Tracker that’s pretty similar to the original, but is just different enough that it’s worth exploring. Stay tuned to find out if these new refinements make a real difference in helping you get your lost keys back… expand full story

Crowdfunding Stories July 28, 2015

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Crowdfunding campaigns and startups are pushing out some of the coolest gadgets in the market, but getting your hands on them is sometimes tough since these companies don’t have distribution and logistics locked down. Amazon Launchpad is designed to make it easier for these amazing products to get into the hands of consumers faster. Jim Adkins, Amazon’s Vice President, explains:

Amazon Launchpad gives customers access to a dedicated storefront featuring a variety of innovative new products from emerging brands. For startups, we handle inventory management, order fulfillment, customer service, and more, allowing them to focus their efforts on the innovation that results in more cool products.

The Amazon Launchpad Store already has more than 200 products from various venture capital firms, startup accelerators, and crowd-funding platforms. Some of which have been around for quite some time and others that are brand new.

Many consumers (myself included) are hesitant to back a crowdfunding campaign due to the murky purchase process and vague shipping timelines, but if you can wait until they hit Amazon Launchpad you should have a relatively stress-free experience.

This move by Amazon shouldn’t come as a shock, back in March the online retailer opened a similar store dedicated to selling innovative products from emerging brands.

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Here are some of our top picks from Amazon’s new Launchpad store:

  • Kinsa Smart Thermometer: $29.99
  • littleBits Electronics Premium Kit: $149
  • Ube U1000 Smart Wi-Fi Dimmer: $89
  • Bluesmart Smart Carry-On Luggage: $349
  • Osmo Gaming System for iPad: $76.99
  • GrowlerWerks Ukeg 64 Copper Craft Beer Growler: $145

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Crowdfunding Stories July 21, 2015

cusby-USB-C Cusby, a new crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo, wants to make your new 12-inch MacBook more versatile. This modular system lets you chain a variety of USB-C adapters together to create a customized hub: expand full story

Crowdfunding Stories June 10, 2015

holus-Holographic-1 Each year our smartphone and tablet screens get sharper and more vivid. Sure they look beautiful, but they’re still flat. Holus by H+TECHNOLOGY turns those 2D images into a 3D holographic experience. The result is similar to the Holograms of Princess Leia in Star Wars and Tupac on stage at Coachella. expand full story

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