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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

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There’s a Kickstarter For a Documentary About People Addicted to Kickstarter

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Anyone with Facebook knows what it’s like to be solicited by some annoying friend for a Kickstarter campaign to fund their upcoming album or MFA film thesis. But beware: it turns out that sometimes, that spirit of charity can give way to compulsively giving money to every campaign that needs it.

Backers” is a possibly upcoming documentary about compulsive crowdfunders by Ana Barredo, a filmmaker and production manager. She originally set out to take a look at why people give money to crowdfunding projects in general, but stumbled upon a subset of users who seem unable to stop donating to hundreds of campaigns at a time. Read More

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Long-Awaited Kickstarter Canned as Creators Fail to Explain How They’ll Invent Magical Color Scanning Pen

It seems to be working?(Image via Kickstarter)

Word of an up-and-coming campaign for a pen that would scan and instantly reproduce colors excited crowdfunding fans and artists alike earlier this summer.

After numerous delays, the Scribble campaign finally launched earlier this week, only to be pulled by its creators two days later after both backers and Kickstarter began raising questions. After all, it wasn’t clear exactly how the pen was taking colors from objects in the environment and changing the pen’s ink. Read More

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Adorable Kickstarter Needs $15K For Documentary About Skipping Stones

Ross Byars, world record holder in stone skipping, will be featured in the documentary. (Screengrab: Kickstarter)

It all started when Ryan Seitz and Daniel Skaggs were drinking beer and skipping stones in Texas this past Memorial Day, and started wondering if competitive stone skipping existed.

The pair, both directors with Highway Goats Productions, used the Internet to learn it does, indeed, exist — and is apparently really popular. Now, they’ve created a Kickstarter campaign to fund an adorable-looking documentary on what they describe as the “global phenomenon” of competitive stone skipping. Read More

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Man Reveals Mystery Product Behind Genius Blind Crowdfunding Campaign

Mr. Bishop. (Facebook)

The week-long anticipation is finally over. Jordan Bishop, the Toronto man behind the Internet’s first blind crowdfunding campaign, has finally revealed his mystery product: greeting cards.

Mr. Bishop launched the crazy — but also genius — Crowdtilt campaign last Wednesday, wherein he proclaimed, “I’m going to do something I’ve never seen done before: I’m going to sell you my product before I tell you what it is.” Read More

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Crowdfunding For Invisible Product Takes Off, Potato Salad Suddenly Seems Worthwhile

Mr. Bishop: crazy, brilliant, or both? (Facebook)

“I’m going to do something I’ve never seen done before,” Jordan Bishop wrote in a Medium post on Wednesday. “I’m going to sell you my product before I tell you what it is.”

Mr. Bishop is the founder of what he claims is the Internet’s first blind crowdfunding campaign, which launched Wednesday. To clarify, Mr. Bishop is asking the Internet to buy his product without even telling people what, exactly, they’re paying for. Read More

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Zach Braff Can’t Legally Share His Multimillion Dollar Movie Deal With Kickstarter Donors

Dawww, we can't stay mad at these two. (Photo: Getty)

Poor Zach Braff. He’s catching so much guff, when all he really wants to do is strike the perfect balance between quirky and relatable.

He crowdfunded his latest film, Wish I Was Here, which we gather is like a male version of Raising Helen with some slight tweaks. It also stars Kate Hudson. It sounds nice enough.

But everyone’s pissed about the movie’s Kickstarter campaign. Mr. Braff is a big star, his detractors have argued. What’s he doing asking strangers for money when he’s got the connections to get big studios to invest in his movie?  Read More

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After Glowing Plant Project, Kickstarter Bans Offering Genetically Modified Organisms as Rewards

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Futurists on Reddit are up in arms about a recent update to Kickstarter’s project guidelines that states that creators can’t offer “genetically modified organisms” to backers as a reward for donating to the project.

The rule change, instituted on July 31st, comes on the heels of the uber-successful funding of the Glowing Plants project in June, which uses “synthetic biology and Genome Compiler’s software” to create “sustainable natural lighting.” Creator Anthony Evans and team are currently offering glowing plant seeds as a reward to backers who pony up $40 or more. Read More