Kickstarter breathes life into tech start-ups

Kickstarter breathes life into tech start-ups

Summary: The New York-based website crowd-sources funds for creative projects and tech innovations, from robots and gadgets to software and hardware

TOPICS: Emerging Tech

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  • Protei oil-spill cleaning robot

    The Protei oil spill-cleaning robot is designed to sail upwind and collect oil slicks as they drift downwind. The robot uses a long, oil-absorbent tail to collect the spillage, and has a self-righting system to stay afloat in choppy weather.

    The project has exceeded its target of $27,500. The money will be used to buy sensors for the next prototype, which will be "the first articulated sailing boat that can tack upwind pulling a long heavy payload and initiating a revolutionary family in ocean robotics".

    Photo credit: Cesar Harada

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  • CustomCTRL

    CustomCTRL allows people to control various aspects of daily life — from lighting and thermostats to entertainment systems — via their smartphones.

    The open-source project is based on Arduino and consists of an adapter that connects to your smartphone. CustomCTRL is looking to raise $33,000 by 3 May.

    Photo credit: Daniel Kleinman

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  • Mindgine social cloud

    Mindgine's project aims to create a 'social cloud' based on small, low-cost 'plug computer' servers and open-source software.

    There are two server devices, the 600MHz Mindebian-micro and the 1.2GHz Mindebian-X. Both weigh around 227g, have 512MB of RAM and connect to networks and peripherals via Gigabit Ethernet and USB 2.0. The smaller Mindebian-micro has a microSD slot, while the slightly larger Mindebian-X has an SD card slot. To go with the hardware, Mindgine has created a Debian-based Linux distribution called Mindebian OS.

    The project creators envisage the servers and USB-attached devices being used for internet-accessible storage, music and movie streaming, printing, VoIP call handling and camera control. When idling, the servers can be assigned to work on one of the many Boinc (Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Network Computing) research projects.

    Mindgine needs to raise $99,991 by 28 May to reach its target.

    Photo credit: Peter Wojtowicz/Mindgine

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Topic: Emerging Tech

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