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Bullet, the ‘tiniest flashlight on Kickstarter,’ blows away its target

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The tiny Bullet is sorta like the 12-inch MacBook of LED flashlights.
The tiny Bullet is sorta like the 12-inch MacBook of LED flashlights.
Photo: Slughaus

The makers of a tiny (but badass!) new LED flashlight say they took inspiration from the 9mm bullet, but Apple’s incessant drive toward miniaturization seems at least as much of an influence.

You can almost hear the dulcet tones of Jony Ive’s voice in the description of the Bullet, which its maker calls “the tiniest flashlight on Kickstarter.”

VR iPhone case is virtually a reality after hitting Kickstarter goal

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As iPhone cases go, this one's pretty darn cool.
Photo: Figment VR

A nifty iPhone case-turned-VR headset has passed its $75,000 Kickstarter funding goal in just one week — promising users a snap-on virtual reality solution for their Apple handset for the low price of just $55 for early backers.

And, despite the goal having been hit, there’s still time if you want to hop on this Kickstarter bandwagon!

Kickstarter project puts cameras in the hands of London’s homeless

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The cover of the 2016 calendar called My London photographed by homeless artists.
The cover of the 2016 calendar called My London photographed by homeless artists.
Photo: ROL

David Tovey became homeless on the streets of London after a stroke and found salvation in an unlikely place – a disposable camera.

Tovey was invited to participate in an art project giving Londoners cameras to record life on the streets for a calendar now being sold on Kickstarter. He has had photos selected for the Cafe Art calendar project two years in a row.

Pixeljam snubs Kickstarter, rolls out own crowdfunding platform

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Dino Run is part of Pixeljam's crowdfunding experiment.
Game developer Pixeljam is changing crowdfunding for the better.
Photo: Pixeljam

Pixeljam is no stranger to making iPhone and Mac games, but now the studio is taking on another challenge: transforming the way crowdfunding works to make it better for game developers and other creative types.

Company co-founder Miles Tillman describes the crowdfunding project as an “experiment” that’s an alternative to popular services like Indiegogo and Kickstarter. Pixeljam’s new platform lets backers donate money just like the others, but prioritizes transparent communication, instant gratification and actually making the game ahead of crowdfunding staples like producing slick videos and stressing out over fundraising goals and deadlines.

The anti-Apple Watch is made of marble, and it’s killing it on Kickstarter

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The Mason Watch already blew past its Kickstarter goal.
The Mason Watch already blew past its Kickstarter goal.
Photo: Analog Watch Co.

The Apple Watch is the best watch I’ve ever owned. It’s also the first watch I’ve owned in over a decade but amazing features like the heart rate monitor, responding to texts from my wrist, and being able to see what time it is without pulling out my iPhone have totally won me over.

Not everyone is keen on the future of smartwatches though, and if you need any further proof, just look at the Kickstarter page for The Mason Watch. It’s dumb, ugly, and lacks all the features you could want for in a modern watch, but the project is absolutely killing it on Kickstarter, and passed its funding goal in the first week.

Check out how huge this thing looks on your wrist:

Pebble’s Apple Watch competitor is the most-funded Kickstarter ever

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Pebble gave its latest smartwatch project an extra bump this morning with the new Pebble Time Steel model, which pushed the project over the mark to become the most-funded Kickstarter project ever.

Pebble Time has raked in $13,617,054 so far, pushing it past the Coolest Cooler for the top spot. Pebble also has the third-most-successful Kickstarter project with its original Pebble Watch in 2012. The Pebble Time project still has 24 days left, so it will likely push far past the $15 million mark.

Here are the top 10 most-funded Kickstarters of all time:

Save the planet in style with these socially responsible Kickstarters

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It's always embarrassing when you realize your friend is wearing the exact same no-dye, eco-safe, yak-wool hoodie as you.Photo: Citizen Cashmere
It's always embarrassing when you realize your friend is wearing the exact same no-dye, eco-safe, yak-wool hoodie as you. Photo: Citizen Cashmere
Photo: Citizen Cashmere

We all like wearing cool clothes and accessories, and some prudish police officers actually insist that we do. And if you’re conscious of your duds’ impact on the environment or history, you want to make sure that the stuff that makes you look good will also make you feel good about where it came from.

Here are three neat Kickstarter projects from companies with that in mind. This is where I was going to make a joke about “wearing your eco-friendliness on your sleeve,” but one of these projects is for shoes.

Documentary Kickstarter wants to tell story of the app revolution

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Whether you believe Apple’s claim that it “invented” apps or not, there’s no doubt that the concept of downloadable mobile apps have had an enormous impact on our lives since the App Store first opened its digital doors back in 2008.

Now a new documentary Kickstarter project aims to tell that story, with the aid of the developers who helped the revolution to take place. Called App: The Human Story, the documentary has currently raised $37,769 of its stated $100,000 goal, with 28 days still to go.

This nifty Kickstarter project will make it easier to charge all your Apple devices

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If you’re looking for a way to charge your Apple devices in the simplest, most hassle-free way possible, you may want to check out the new Kickstarter project, MOS Reach.

Acting as an extension of the traditional wall outlet, MOS Reach is a rectangular device that includes a standard socket alongside two 3.1 amp USB ports — giving you enough power to charge both your iPhone and iPad simultaneously.

12 things we hope get funded on Kickstarter

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Koduko Origins

This comic book project is set on a horror island of solitude, billed as "Lovecraftian inspired by Japanese folklore."

Barobot

Barobot holds 12 full-sized bottles and knows 1,000 recipes. So you can tend the party, instead of remembering what’s in a Negroni sbagliato.

iCorners

For just $12, iCorners give your iPad minimalist protection with tough, clear polycarbonate.

Punk Pizza Tee

We gave up on T-shirts expressing our inner soul. Until we saw this project from freelance photog George Powell.

Mission Denim

Back the blues from Mission Denim and get premium, built-to-last dungarees that will be on heavy rotation in your wardrobe.

Mixed Animals

Mixed Animals are sort of Mr. Potato Head 2.0. These super softies come with magnetic interchangeable parts. Making your dreams of an elephant demon come true.

Fonotune

We’re already breaking out the popcorn for this movie, an "electric fairytale" that follows a day in the life of street hooker Stereo, lo-fi cowboy Analog and a wordless drifter.

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Bikers Against Child Abuse

Probably the only redeeming thing about Bad Grandpa was the scene with Bikers Against Child Abuse. This photo project documents the faces behind the organization.

You Are Here - Coast to Coast

This project combines our love of old maps and urban icons. Starts with Portland, Oregon, with plans to spread from sea to shining sea.

Cyanotype photography

Send photographer Ben Panter to Toronto and he’ll produce some of these cool cyanotype pieces. Kick in just $25 for a print.

Castor double-flavored toothpicks

Now you can get the grit out with Castor, a line of toothpicks that comes in dueling flavors like Habanero & Honey, Bacon & Maple and Raspberry & Wasabi. Classy.

Modos

Love these stylish modular solutions for your ever-changing work space: You can turn these into desk risers, shelves and stools.

As warmer weather hits even San Francisco, we’re pooling our beer money for a robot bartender. And some wasabi-flavored toothpicks. Our ever-expanding crew could use some of these modular Modos bookshelves and stools, too. There are so many things on Kickstarter that we want — jeans, maps, comic books — that we’re sharing our wish list with you.

Even cranky futurist Jaron Lanier supports Kickstarter — it “turns consumers into a priori funders of innovation” and we’re pretty sure that translates into robotic cocktails for everyone.