For those of you that don’t know about Kickstarter, it is a site where you help back projects with your money, and based on how much you invest, you get different rewards. If the project doesn’t get enough investment to meet its goal, no money is charged.
I have invested in a number of projects previously (check out my previously backed projects), and hope to be able to continue to in the future when my finances are a bit better. But in looking around on Kickstarter, I found that there are some projects currently, with more than a week left that are super interesting to me, and I figured I’d profile them here in case any of my readers are interested in backing such things.
Ghost – Just a Blogging Platform – Originally going to be a fork or modification of WordPress, Ghost looks pretty neat. While I don’t like that they are going to be using a markdown system rather than just normal HTML to craft blog posts, I do think that the focus on blogging and a slick user interface is something needed in a modern publishing platform.
From the Kickstarter page:
Ghost is a platform dedicated to one thing: Publishing. It’s beautifully designed, completely customiseable and completely Open Source. Ghost allows you to write and publish your own blog, giving you the tools to make it easy and even (gasp) fun to do. It’s simple, elegant, and designed so that you can spend less time messing with making your blog work – and more time blogging.
It has already exceeded its funding goal and is going to go forward. They also have some heavy hitters on its board of advisors, which will help market the software in ways that they couldn’t have done otherwise.
Lightpack – I showed Annie this and she found the idea distracting. I found it rather interesting. Lightpack is a system you attach to the back of a computer monitor or LCD television and using LED’s it backlights the display and adapts to what is being shown on screen.
Lightpack is an open-source device, which lightens your computer or TV screen to strengthen the presence effect. The device needs to be mounted on your TV or computer screen and to be connected to your PC, Mac or HTPC via USB. The software analyzes what you currently have on the screen, be it a movie, a game, or anything else, and sends this information to the Lightpack device which in turn lightens the surface behind the screen with matching colors using the RGB-LEDs available within the Lightpack device.
It has also already exceeded its funding goal, and being that it seems like the technology behind this is relatively easy to develop, I am confident people will receive their hardware.
Limeade – Battery Pack – I think it is best for them to explain why this would be cool to have around:
The Limeade Blast 18000mAh provides enough juice to charge an iPhone 5 twelve times without having to recharge the external battery.
The idea of having extra battery power on me for my phone when travelling or just being forgetful could be really useful, and the price is pretty decent too. I could go camping for a week with one of these fully charged, and never have to worry about finding an outlet.
It has also already exceeded its funding goal, but I can’t speak for this project in terms of deliveries. Seems a little “too good to be true”, but I hope to see more things like this coming down the production pipeline, as cell phone batteries can die in half a day of heavy use, and this would allow potentially for two days straight of super heavy use, or between five and eight days of my normal usage (which is still heavy) on my Samsung Galaxy S3.