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The Internet’s Going Crazy For a Mechanical Pencil That’ll ‘Last You a Lifetime’

So sleek! So shiny! (Kickstarter)

Attention anyone who—like us—has a weird fascination with shiny new office supplies.

A sleek, metal mechanical pencil that’ll purportedly “last you a lifetime” has recently crushed its $4,000 Kickstarter goal. With 56 days still remaining in the campaign, the pencil has already raised over $19,000, and we expect that number will keep on climbing.  Read More

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Throw Your Money at These Bizarre Thanksgiving Crowfunding Campaigns

Not as innocent as it seems. (Kickstarter)

Thanksgiving is all about remembering the things in life you’re grateful for, and also about eating an ungodly amount of food. But besides all the turkey, stuffing, and sentimental speeches about how much you love your dear, wonderful family, you know what Thanksgiving is also about? Some really weird Kickstarter and Indiegogo campaigns, apparently.

For your entertainment — and perhaps your confusion and disgust, depending on the project — here are some fascinating Thanksgiving-themed crowdfunding campaigns. Read More

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Disrupt Your Fridge with These Silicon Valley-Inspired Word Magnets

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You know those Magnet Poetry sets — those white word magnets that you probably haven’t seen since you found them arranged into ridiculous sexual innuendos on your college refrigerator? They’re about to get a tech reboot.

“Silicon Valley Magnets” are currently seeking funding on Kickstarter. If funded, the set will feature more than 120 techy buzzwords so you can can name your startup while you cook. Read More

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Adorable Rubber Ducky Kickstarter Video Will Make You Want to Get Pregnant

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Terrified by the prospect of having kids? You won’t be after watching this insanely cute Kickstarter video for Edwin, supposedly the world’s first interactive rubber duck.

Created by pi lab, Edwin is a high-tech, app-enhanced rubber duck with a variety of uses for parents and young kids — everything from playing lullabies and reading stories to detecting when the bath water has reached the right temperature. The Kickstarter campaign is seeking to raise $85,000 before Dec. 2.  Read More

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This Terrible-Looking ‘Air Umbrella’ Just Blew Through Its Kickstarter Goal

Air umbrella. (Kickstarter)

The Internet was abuzz yesterday with news of the Kickstarter campaign to create a bizarre “air umbrella,” a gadget that promises to ward raindrops away from your face by powerfully blowing out air in all directions.

While the prospects of the futuristic umbrella reaching its $10,000 funding goal weren’t looking so hot yesterday, a glance at the campaign page this afternoon revealed the product has now plowed through its original goal; it’s currently raised $16,825, with nine days still remaining in the fundraising period. Read More

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If You’re Crowdfunding for Sharpie Markers Or a New House, You’re Doing It Wrong

Apparently these will help you dance. (Image via Indiegogo)

Kickstarter and Indiegogo — which were invented to help launch interesting and revolutionary ideas — have lead a countless number of products to great success. A cooler equipped with everything you could possibly need recently raked in more than $13 million to break Kickstarter’s record, and a campaign on Indiegogo even caused a blowjob machine to go viral.

Recently though, sprinkled in between legitimate crowdfunding attempts are more and more joke projects and flat out ridiculous campaigns. Read More

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Crowdfunded Device That Shocks You Into Working Out Reaches Full Funding in One Day

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You’ve probably heard of Pavlok, the habit-changing device that literally shocks you into doing the things you’re too lazy to do. Team Betabeat touted it as terrible, but that’s only because going to the gym is the last thing we want to do after a long day of bringing readers the lowdown on high tech.

It turns out that a lot of people who are plagued by such laziness believe they found the answers to their problems in this wearable device. In fact, so many people want to turn their lives into a personal psychology experiment that Pavlok’s Indiegogo campaign reached full funding within one day of its launch. Read More

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The Romper for Men? ‘Suitsy’ Combines Pants, Shirt and Jacket All in One Garment

Lookin' stylish, sir. (Screengrab: YouTube)

Good news for all of you men out there who strive to wear as few individual pieces of clothing as possible: a one-piece suit might soon be a reality.

The fascinating and, surprisingly, fashionable concept is called the Suitsy — a “business suit onesie hybrid” that combines pants, a dress shirt and a suit jacket all into one nifty garment, Business Insider reports. The proposal for the Suitsy is posted on Betabrand, a site that lets users create, crowdfund and manufacture ~cutting edge~ clothing ideas. Read More

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This Kickstarter Wants To Put ‘Justin Bieber’s Balls In Your Mouth’

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Have you ever been bobbing your head along to your favorite song and wondered, “What would this music taste like?” Unless you were rolling face on MDMA, probably not.

Nevertheless, Kickstarter campaign called Beatballs wants to develop a home food processor that evaluates the acoustic properties of a song, and turn that song into a meatball. Call it a cross between an iHome and a KitchenAid. Read More

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Study of Over 400,000 Campaigns Shows Kickstarter Is a Much Better Place to Raise Money Than Indiegogo

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The tech world is full of its rivalries: Lyft and Uber. iOS and Android. Snapchat and whoever is trying to copy them this week. It’s rare, however, that we get a truly comprehensive look at how two companies line up side by side.

Shopify published an enormous data survey last week of over 400,000 available Kickstarter and Indiegogo campaigns, and the results are less-than-flattering for Indiegogo. Shopify scraped public campaign pages to build their dataset, and the crowdfunding firm that did the scraping for them has published a guide to how they gathered the data. Read More