Two years of work, $1M in funding not enough for 1mm-thick watch to ship
A million-dollar Kickstarter project for an e-ink watch is highly unlikely to provide backers with a finished product, its creators has revealed. Central Standard Timing has admitted that, despite raising over $1.02 million from over 7,600 backers and working on the project for over two years, it is not expecting to complete any of its orders, and is instead looking to sell itself off or publishing its designs or, failing that, publish its designs for use by others.
Chip includes 1GHz processor, 4GB built-in storage, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
A Kickstarter project aims to offer an even cheaper computing experience than the Raspberry Pi. The Chip, put on the crowdfunding site by Next Thing, is billed as the world's first $9 computer, one which promises to not only be useful for various hobbyist projects, but also trumps its rival in terms of physical size, some functionality, and the potential for portability.
Rapidweaver, Clear devs bring distraction-free writing to blog publishing
Every so often, we like to bring our readers' attention to crowdfunding efforts or projects that catch our eye and might be something you'd be interested in investing in. None of these crowdsourcing projects pay us or anything like that for the attention; we pick them based on what we think are their merits, and share them with you for your consideration for no reward, just the joy of helping cool new projects get off the ground. This week, we're looking at blogging platform Typed.
Extra funding requested in exchange for more storage, other Jolla Tablet upgrades
Jolla has returned to crowdfunding for its tablet, offering an extra option to backers. The second appearance on IndieGoGo for the Jolla Tablet lists a new higher-capacity device with 64GB of storage, double the original's 32GB capacity, and while new backers can buy the larger-capacity tablet for $249, existing backers can pay $25 to upgrade their 32GB model to the new version.
Optional fee provides refund on crowdfunding purchases after project failure
People paying into crowdfunding campaigns may gain some protection on their funds, thanks to a new scheme being tried out for the first time. Indiegogo is testing out crowdfunding insurance, with one campaign offering the ability to get back the cost of the donated product or device if the project fails to deliver within a reasonable timeframe.
Multitasking Jolla Tablet achieves funding goal within hours
Jolla, a Finnish startup formed by ex-Nokia employees, has moved from creating a smartphone into tablets. The company is aiming to produce the Jolla Tablet, a device running its Sailfish OS, though in a process similar to the ill-fated Ubuntu Edge smartphone, Jolla is trying to cover the cost of production via crowdfunding efforts, with seemingly more success.
Controller uses dedicated motion capture system, snaps together for normal use
Electronista and MacNN's article series Crowdfunding Critic brings readers projects from sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo that the team believes are interesting or potentially useful. However, be aware that the articles aren't an endorsement of any given project. All crowdfunding campaigns come with risks, so we ask our readers to carefully research the items they are pledging to, as they are investments. In this edition, we take a look at the Mad Genius motion controller.
Home automation solution ties together existing products like Hue, Nest
Welcome to Tuesday's edition of the Crowdfunding Critic. Every Tuesday and Thursday, the staff at Electronista and MacNN take a look at a few crowdfunding requests to offer up a project that we find interesting to our readers. It's important that this isn't taken as an endorsement of the project, but rather a neat find that we think people could have an interest in. As with all crowdfunding campaigns, the ones we talk about come with risk, even if the project reaches its funding threshold. With that word of warning out of the way to encourage smart investing, this time we'll be talking about a home automation solution, the Airfy Beacon.
Limefuel's Rugged L150XR external battery features resilient construction, surpasses Kickstarter goa
Limefuel has succeeded in crowdfunding its latest gadget, the IP66 Rugged L150XR external battery. The battery is waterproof, dirt-proof, shock- and crush-proof, as determined by its IP66 protection rating. Featuring a 15,000mAh (57Wh) battery capacity, the Limefuel Rugged L150XR comes equipped with a 5V/2A(max) input for faster charging, dual 5V/2.4A(max) outputs to charge multiple devices at the same time, a touch-activated power indicator, pass-through charging enabled, auto-on and auto-off functionality, and a slot for a strap or clip for carrying. The rugged Limefuel battery will be available in two smaller capacities as well, with the L104XR offering 10,400mAh and the L130XR holding 13,000mAh. Its Kickstarter is ongoing until mid-March, and those interested in pledging as way of pre-ordering the Limefuel Rugged can receive the lowest capacity battery for $50, with shipping beginning in May.
Payment details not taken by hackers in Kickstarter intrusion
Customer data from popular crowd-funding site Kickstarter, famous for helping launch the Ouya and Pebble smart watch, has been taken by hackers, the company has revealed. Usernames, e-mail addresses, mailing addresses, phone numbers, and encrypted passwords of a number of accounts were accessed in the intrusion, though the company stresses in a blog post that payment information, such as partial credit card numbers, were not taken in the attack.
Changes to come after freezing, releasing Indiegogo campaign funds
PayPal is pledging to overhaul its policies to improve how it deals with crowdfunding campaigns in the future. The payment service is looking into what it needs to change in order to preserve security while also allowing for such funding events to take place, after it recently and publicly froze funds destined to prominent crowdfunded projects.