Founded in 2009, Kickstarter is one of the world’s largest crowdfunding sites, with over 51,000 projects successfully funded, and nearly $900 million raised. It, like many other similar sites, has helped thousands of people make ideas or concepts a reality. Our sister site, ForeverGeek, covers exactly what you’d expect: geeky news from Doctor Who to cool gaming setups.
Last week, ForeverGeek launched its Kickstarter store, and here’s the basic idea:
While you may like to get in early and fund projects yourself, there is something to be said about being able to make purchases and receive the goods without waiting for the Kickstarter campaign to end, production to finish, and shipping to commence. That’s why we took it upon ourselves to look at Kickstarter to find cool projects that have been successfully funded and ready to ship their products.
All products in the store share the geeky coat of arms, and are split into eight different categories:
- Comics & Books
- Film & Video
- Computer & Video Games
- Board & Card Games
- Design & Fashion
Here are just a few cool products currently available…
You know those remote-controlled helicopters they sell at mall kiosks? Well, the Puzzlebox Orbit is sort of like that, except you can control it with your mind. No, really.
It’s linked by signals from your mobile device or its own dedicated “Puzzlebox Pyramid” transmitter to Neurosky EEG headset that detects the effects of the electrical impulses of brain activity on your scalp, translating your thoughts directly into commands that steer the Puzzlebox Orbit through the air.
The blades sit inside a sphere, preventing them from being shattered if you happen to bump into something, and it can fly seven to nine minutes on a single charge.
The Final Fantasy series feature great soundtracks, and Final Fantasy VI is no exception. OCRemix.org is one of the top sites for video game music, and its users have remixed thousands of tracks over the years. In the fall of 2012, OCRemix launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise $30,000 to help fund the production of Balance and Ruin, which spanned five discs. In the end, they raised nearly $153,633, over five times their original goal. The best part about the remix? Thanks to the overwhelming support from fans, all the music is available to download for free!
Have you ever wondered what it would be like if the muppets from Sesame Street started duking it out in the streets? Probably not, but artist/graphic designer Matt Crane felt the need to reimagine the beloved muppets as Street Fighter characters. The end result is pretty fantastic, and not only can you buy posters of each muppet as a character from Street Fighter, but also buy t-shirts, stickers and even iPhone cases.
Matt surpassed his Kickstarter goal of $1000 back in February to bring the characters to life, and here was his inspiration:
When I was a kid I loved Sesame Street. When I became a teen I loved Street Fighter II. Somewhere in my deranged teenage mind I got the idea to combine the two, and for reasons I don’t fully understand, that idea has stuck with me throughout the years.
Author: Mike Stenger
Mike Stenger is a writer with a love of all things technology.