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‘World’s First Smart Earplugs’ About to Double Their $100K Kickstarter Goal

If your partner's alarm goes off at 4 a.m., you won't hear it! (Kickstarter)

The Kickstarter campaign’s been up for less than a week, but these smart earplugs have already almost doubled their $100,000 fundraising goal.

Created by three engineers at UCSD, “Hush” are purportedly the “world’s first smart earplugs.” With 28 days remaining in Hush’s Kickstarter campaign, the gadget has already raked in $195,003 at the time of publication. Read More

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‘Q’ Replaces Your Office Manager With an iPad

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In the past 10 years, digital tools, economic devastation and common sense have pressured companies of all sizes to cut down on the number of employees who are assigned to take care of the office. Unfortunately, jobs like cleaning the kitchen and buying more grinds for the shitty coffee maker are being offloaded onto people that have nothing to do with stocking the supply closet — like social media managers or operations staff.

Managed by Q (or “Q” from here on out, for the sake of decency), is a NYC-based service that turns all of those concerns into, of course, an app. Read More

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‘Pantelligent': This Smart Frying Pan Cooks a Mean Steak, Salmon Fillet

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I grew up in what some might call a meat-and-potatoes home. This in no way resembles my current diet, but during my childhood, steak made its way onto the dinner table once or twice a week. With this being said, I have never actually prepared a steak myself and couldn’t even begin to tell you how to reach a pink, juicy center. So when I heard about a frying pan that makes cooking the perfect steak effortless, I had to give it a try.   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

Dying. (Kickstarter)

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