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April 29, 2014 • Crowdfunding, News

Kickstarter Campaign Says Letter Writing Isn’t Dead

Some crowdfunded projects are wacky, some of them are cool, and some of them are just downright charming. That’s definitely the case for the World’s Smallest Post Service DIY Activity Kit currently on Kickstarter, which aims to bring back letter writing! Your $29 pledge gets a complete letter and package kit in miniature, with enough …

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April 29, 2014 • Crowdfunding, Health and Fitness

Make Brushing Fun with Grush, the Gaming Toothbrush

  We all know that good oral hygiene is vitally important, but if you’re a parent you also know that it can be quite a challenge to get your kids to brush their teeth and do the job right every time. Grush, the Gaming Toothbrush for Kids, aims to solve that problem and is currently …

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April 25, 2014 • Crowdfunding, Gear Bits

Dart Laptop Adaptor Gets Kickstarted

You take your laptop on the go and even though battery life has improved the need for carrying a charger is still a constant if you plan to be out for more than a few hours. Thankfully a new Kickstarter project that will have you covered. The Dart Laptop Adaptor is being advertised as, “the …

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April 18, 2014 • Crowdfunding, Gear Bits, News

Peacekeeper Mini: Prepare for Absolutely Everything

Just when you thought you’d seen it all, another “interesting” crowdsourced project comes to light. I’m all for being prepared–I keep a roadside emergency kit in my car–but sometimes you can take it just a bit too far. That might be the case with the Peacekeeper Mini, a combination flashlight and pepper spray with bluetooth/GPS “crowd …

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April 6, 2014 • Crowdfunding, Gear Bits

MyTask: The “Swiss Army” iPhone Case

Smartphones are great, and for many people they replace quite a few things, from alarm clocks and day planners to cameras and GPS. But sometimes you need something more than just your phone, and the MyTask case aims to make that easier than cramming the pockets on your cargo pants. Need a pen or spoke …

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April 3, 2014 • Crowdfunding, Gear Bits

Outdoor Tech Hits Kickstarter to Fund BIG Turtle Shell Bluetooth Speaker

Outdoor Technology, makers of the Turtle Shell 2.0 rugged Bluetooth speaker, which I gave a glowing review, have gone to Kickstarter to fund their next big product, the BIG Turtle Shell.  This new speaker is a much larger version of their original, with a very similar design; it also includes a built-in power bank.

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March 28, 2014 • Crowdfunding, Gear Bits

In a World of Sameness, Modify Watch Lets You Be Unique

We posted on the Modify Watch Mod-To-Order Kickstarter project the other day. We asked them to create a one-of-a-kind Gear Diary timepiece, and they were kind enough to do so. What do you think? The project has hit their funding goal, and you have less than a day to still get in on it. Click here …

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March 26, 2014 • Crowdfunding, News

Own a Hand-Crafted Wooden Pen Made from a WWII Ship

I enjoy studying WWII as a history teacher and love hand crafted pens as a pen turner. A cool Kickstarter program is offering a chance to own a hand crafted pen made from the deck of the USS North Carolina. For as little as $45 you can own a piece of the historic ship. Check out Kickstarter to learn more.

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March 13, 2014 • Crowdfunding, Gear Bits

Modify Watches Mod-to-Order Gear Diary Watch Mockup Looks GREAT!

Modify Watches Mod-to-Order Kickstarter Campaign is halfway toward being funded. That’s the good news. The bad news? The campaign is only halfway toward being funded. This is a great way to get a fun custom watch. So check out our video look at some early samples below, and then jump over and back the project.

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March 9, 2014 • Crowdfunding

Create Your Own Watch Thanks to Modify Watches

Imagine if you could pick from one of more than thirty different watch band colors and then design your own watch face. That’s what the Mod-To-Order project on Kickstarter is all about. Modify Watches is looking for $50,000 to make it happen. Having received some early samples of the watch, I sure hope it is …

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March 8, 2014 • Crowdfunding, News

SipSnap Turns Any Cup into a Sippy Cup

Babies not only require a ton of stuff, but they constantly rotate in and out of all that stuff. Just when you’ve mastered bottles, it’s time to move on to sippy cups. It’s a never ending parade of plastic pieces, but the Kickstarter project SipSnap hopes to make the transition easier with universal sippy cup …

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March 5, 2014 • Crowdfunding, Gear Bits

Color Cables Glow, End Fight Over Whose Cable Is Whose

Color Cables is an Indiegogo campaign running through midnight April 6, 2014. Their goal is to raise $20,000 with which they hope to offer cables for charging and synchronizing your MicroUSB and iOS (30 pin and lightning) devices. But these are no ordinary cables; according to the company each cable glows, is colored, and won’t …

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March 5, 2014 • Crowdfunding, News

Designed by M’s AL13 v2 Aerospace Aluminum iPhone Bumper is now Live on Kickstarter

Because I know you all follow my posts like a kid following an ice cream truck, you’ll probably remember my review of the AL13 aluminum iPhone case by designed by m.  Now, designed by m is back, funding on Kickstarter with its second version of the AL13.  Designed by m boasts that the AL13 v2 …

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March 4, 2014 • Crowdfunding

Can You Say “Downward Dog”? The Hotdog Yogatote Can

Hotdog Yoga is a spinoff from our friends at Skooba Design, and they have turned to Kickstarter to help fund their latest project. The Yogatote is “designed to be more practical and versatile than any standard mat bag”. A full-featured yoga bag with a built-in mat carrier, the bag offers tons of organization without looking …

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February 20, 2014 • Crowdfunding, Gear Bits

Brew Cutlery Makes Loving Beer Even Easier

I recently built a home bar; between glass wear, jiggers, shakers and openers, there are tons of gadgets I could fill my drawers with, but a recent Kickstarter campaign has introduced an item I have never seen. Brew Cutlery combines stainless steel eating utensils with a bottle opener. A $20 Kickstarter contribution will let you …

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January 21, 2014 • Crowdfunding, News

Help Kerry Woo’s ‘Take the Long Way Home’ Project Hit the Road

Kerry Woo, past Gear Diary writer and current street photographer extraordinaire, has just launched his first Kickstarter project — the aptly named “Take the Long Way Home”. His goal is to “document a rich pictorial history of America’s back roads, and upload the images online with professional printing and direct mailing to you” while driving …

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January 14, 2014 • Crowdfunding, Gear Bits

Yes Man Watches Launch on Kickstarter with Innovative New Latch Design

Yes Man Watches has raised over $8,000, over 50% of its goal in the first day of Kickstarter funding.  The neat thing about these watches is the innovative latch design that gives you tons of fitting options and doesn’t poke holes in the beautiful leather. The watch face design is clean as well.  Check out …

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January 11, 2014 • Crowdfunding, Outdoors

Reinvented GBag Golf Bag Uses New Technology – Will Change How You Golf!

The golf bag is a standard part of any golfer’s arsenal, but while there are loads of models they all serve the same basic purposes the same basic way. Now Gbag has launched on IndieGoGo and looks to change the way we think of the golf bag for good, using magnets and ultralight materials and …

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December 30, 2013 • Crowdfunding, eBooks

John Bigg’s Novel Mytro Finds Funding Via IndieGoGo

Traditional publishing is terrified of the rise of ebooks from Amazon, but it’s not just ebooks that threaten the publishing world. Crowdfunding is useful and disruptive for more than just gadgets, and can be used to fund books as well. In fact, John Bigg’s novel Mytro is being funded successfully via IndieGoGo!

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December 18, 2013 • Crowdfunding

‘No More Woof’ Looks to Translate Dog Thoughts to Words, Raise Money on IndieGogo

Have you ever wondered what your dog was thinking? We would love to know what our pets want and if we could better take care of them. That’s the promise of No More Woof, a prototype from the Nordic Society for Invention and Discovery in Sweden, which discovered a way to sample and ‘translate’ EEG …

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December 10, 2013 • Crowdfunding

Will the Bonaverde Coffee Changers Project Succeed? I Sure Hope So!

I debated and debated (and debated!) about whether or not I should back the “World’s first roast-grind-brew coffee machine” by Bonavarde Coffee Changers. In the end, even though it seemed unlikely and possibly too good to be true, and even though there were plenty of good reasons not to,”but what if it works?” won out, …

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