Expert Thoughts

Here’s How I’m Spending the $589,660 I Raised on Kickstarter

I worked for many years in a corporate environment before starting Albino Dragon. In that time there was a vicious animal that always found its way into projects: scope creep. Let’s look at the what Wikipedia has to say about it first:

Typically, the scope increase consists of either new products or new features of already approved product designs, without corresponding increases in resources, schedule, or budget. Read More

Wearable Tech

Crazy Face Mask-Like Contraption Beams Video Into Your Eyeballs

Video

Looks pretty kewl, huh? (Kickstarter)

A new piece of wearable technology streams high-quality video directly into your eyes, and doesn’t make you look quite as much like a wiener as you do with Google Glass.

Avegant’s new product Glyph looks like a pair of ordinary noise-canceling headphones, except the band connecting the two ear pieces stretches across your eyes, instead of over the top of your head, making you look like some kind of creature from Star Wars. Using a technology called virtual retinal display (basically, a display with no screen), Glyph—which has raised a ton of funding through a highly successful Kickstarter campaign—projects video into your eyes that looks totally un-pixellated and freakishly real. Read More

Linkages

Booting Up: Facebook Swears It’s Still ‘Fully Penetrated Among Teens’

To the teens!

Ignore that Facebook raked in $2 billion revenue last quarter and instead let’s freak out that teens are fleeing the social network. “We remain close to fully penetrated among teens in the U.S,” it, uh, reassured. [Business Insider]

In light of Starbucks CEO Howard Shultz’s departure, Square announced that a former Goldman Sachs CFO will replace him on the board of directors. [AllThingsD]

Kickstarter announced a series of top-level changes. Cofounder Yancey Strickler is the new CEO, with Perry Chen moving into a chairman position. [Kickstarter Blog]

Google’s Glasses accessory store quietly swung its doors open yesterday. Everything is very expensive, like a fabric pouch that will set you back $50. [TNW]

With Amazon’s new charity program, a generous 0.5 percent of selected purchases will be donated to nonprofits. [Digital Trends]

Nostalgia

Stock Up on Mountain Dew and Twizzlers Because the Creators of Myst Are Kickstarting a New Game

Mom I'll be in the computer room. (Photo: Cyan)

Not to get all BuzzFeed nostalgia vertical over here, but one very important landmark of a nerdy 90s childhood is Myst, the perplexing computer game that left you stranded on a dock on a weird island and forced you to figure it out from there.

This year the game turns 20 (ouch), but it’s been a long, long time since the game’s creators at Cyan have had a big hit. They’re still around, though, and now they’re turning to Kickstarter to raise $1.1 million for the development of Obduction, which they’re billing as a “spiritual successor to the experience that Myst provided, without necessarily tying ourselves to that same storyline.” Read More

Planet Google

Googler Wants to Kickstart a ‘Nonviolent’ Occupy Wall Street Militia

Ms. Tunney (Photo: Twitter)

Justine Tunney is a New York-based software engineer at Google, but she’s also a prolific activist who was and continues to be instrumental to the Occupy Wall Street movement. A “transgender anarchist,” she founded OccupyWallStreet.org and continues to maintain the @OccupyWallSt Twitter handle; her Github account has an Occupy Wall Street specific repository that boasts the tagline, “Stomping out capitalism, one line of code at a time.” And she also has an interesting new approach to crowdfunding. Read More