5 Funded Kickstarter Technology Projects You Should Know

July 19, 2013 General 0 Comments

New Kickstarter TechnologyIt’s been said that Kickstarter is funding the future.

The company allows entrepreneurs and innovators to post creative project on their website. Visitors can pledge money to projects they wish to back and, if a project reaches its funding goals, the patrons are typically gifted something in return for their support.

Many technology companies have come to Kickstarter with their ideas for Web Design and Development. Here are five of our favorite technology projects. Though they have already reached their funding goals, it may be beneficial to you to track their development progress:

1. Mycestro 

Designed by: Nick Mastandrea

What is it? A 3D mouse that fits on your index finger, Mycestro allows you to control your computer with hand gestures. The sleeve is activated by your thumb – allowing your hand to rest in a similar way as it does on a traditional mouse. You can touch anywhere on the panel to initiate cursor movement. You control the cursor by moving your hand in the direction you want to go, making selections by releasing the touch panel and then tapping it again.

It is roughly the size of a wireless earpiece and is virtually weightless. Mycestro’s internal battery can be charged using a USB, but the battery life is estimated to be about eight hours (depending on usage).

Mastandrea also developed a Mycestro for left-handed users.

2. Parallella 

Designed by: Adapteva

What is it? Parallella is a supercomputer, capable of parallel computing – but roughly the same size as Linux’s Raspberry Pi. The goal of the Parallela project was to fulfill the critical need for a “truly open, high-performance computing platform.” Adapteva believes Parallella may be able to close the knowledge gap in parallel programming.

This may be possible because Parallella is so affordable. The 16-core version is priced at only $99 and the 64-core at $199. It is also an open source platform, meaning Adapteva has made parallel computing affordable, open and easy to use.

3. UDOO 

Designed by: UDOO

What is it? UDOO is a mini computer that may run on either Android or Linux. By merging different computing worlds, it uses the strengths of each to act as a resource for education, Do-It-Yourself projects and prototyping endeavors. It has an Arduino-compatible board embedded – meaning it is also a powerful board for software development and design.

As a company, UDOO believes its project can give a new vision to education. The company notes that their technology is backed by the idea that it can be used “to train up a new generation of engineers, designers and software developers skilled in digital technology: physical computing, multi-media arts, and interactive arts.”

UDOO is inexpensive. It may work with powerful, interactive art tools such as: Processing, OpenCV, PureData and openFramework.

4. Spark Core 

Designed by: Spark Devices

What is it? Spark Core is a tiny Wi-Fi development board. It is an Arduino-compatible, cloud-powered development platform that allows users to easily create Internet-connected hardware.

The device is simple to install and configure, allowing users to utilize the Wi-Fi connection almost immediately. However, the company believes its technology can be used for greater devices as well. Their site suggests using the Spark Core for personal projects, such as: a wireless motion detector, a solar powered security camera, a Twitter fridge magnet and a Wi-Fi RC car.

5. The Buccaneer 3D Printer 

Designed by: Piracte3D Inc

What is it? The goal of Pirate3D Inc. is to bring 3D printing technology into everyone’s home. They believe the printer should be high-quality yet affordable – as well as easy to use and intuitive for users. Currently, the Buccaneer is priced at only $347.

Users can connect the Buccaneer to a home computer or mobile device, allowing them to use the cloud to print. The company also provides a program for users called Smart Objects that allows them to design their own 3D objects for printing.

Interested in innovative technology? Wondering how these entrepreneurs may be impacting Web Design and Development? For more information, contact your WDD program advisor today.


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