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

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  • Mindgine social cloud

    Mindgine
    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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  • Diaspora

    Diaspora
    One of Kickstarter's success stories of 2010 was the Diaspora social-networking software.

    The project reached its funding deadline with $200,641 — not bad, given that its original target was just $10,000.

    Diaspora — the brainchild of four New York University students — is a personal web server that lets people store their information and share it with friends.

    The software aims to ensure that data you share is only seen by the people you intend, and ownership of that data stays with you.

    Photo credit: Diaspora


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  • Gameduino

    Gameduino
    Another recent success on Kickstarter is Gameduino, a game adapter for Arduino hardware that lets people create their own videogames.

    The device is built as a single shield that stacks up on top of the Arduino and has plugs for a VGA monitor and stereo speakers. It comes with demos, hardware sprites and rolling backgrounds to help people get started with their games.

    Gameduino raised $38,297 — far exceeding its target of $3,333, which was intended to fund its first production run.

    Photo credit: James Bowman/Gameduino


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Topic: Emerging Tech

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