In Love at First Launch
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Mondays are our favorite day of the week at Kickstarter. Mondays mean we have an entire weekend’s worth of projects to catch up on, and the finds are always numerous, exciting, and — most of all — difficult to keep to ourselves. We’ve collected a few of our favorite newcomers below. Be sure to follow along and see where they go!
Are you cybered-out by Apple’s monopoly on tech products and our souls? Still can’t stop yourself from buying the iPad and each iteration of the iPhone? Fret not. The V-luxe is here to help vintagify your media. Paula Anne Patterson of BKNYdesign has created a retro-styled television set to house your iPad, so you can watch flicks and listen to tunes from your suped-up gear but with the feel of watching good ol’ television. Check out the video to see it swivel! Get the V-luxe or stylin’ felt accessories here as well as support a future scaled-down model for the iPhone. - Daniella J.
Seven years ago, Zana Briti began to have vivid dreams of a praying mantis. Motivated by that other-wordly image, she began making midnight expeditions into the woodlands with a camera and some lights — spending hours photographing the insects she would find there. Her work, which eventually took her to Botswana, Panama, Malaysia, Bolivia, and Australia, will now be compiled into a multi-media migratory museum she calls “Reverence.” The project combines an amazing story, a hauntingly beautiful pitch video, and (oh yeah) Zana Briti is the critically acclaimed director of the independent documentary Born Into Brothels. We’re into it. - Cassie M.
Dan Provost and Tom Gerhardt are two designers who realized the creative potential of the iPhone 4 could be infinitely expanded with one simple accessory. Enter The Glif! As you’ll see in their pitch video, this tiny, pocket-sized accessory works as both a tripod mount and a stand for the iPhone 4. The potential uses for the Glif are many, and iPhone users turned out in droves to support the concept — the project reached its funding goal within 24 hours of launching. Exciting! - Cindy A.
Lumarca is an LED light installation which can display both images and motion in 3D. Perhaps the most impressive thing about futuristic light box is that it’s powered by a few everyday objects, most of which, aside from a computer and video projector, are available at your local hardware store. The crux of the Lumarca Kickstarter project is to lower the cost of production, while boosting the experience, with the goal of making DIY Lumarca kits available to anybody! - Mike M.
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