The most interesting and exciting part of the show is the relationship that I have with the audience. So in thinking about doing this again, that was certainly the first place that I looked. And thinking about, “Well, if I’m gonna do this, it’d be nice to get a little bit of a gauge of if they’re interested and whether they’re willing to support the effort.” The Kickstarter video was a little bit of a test in that way, saying that it was going to be different than the original. And it was just an amazing thing. I set kind of an arbitrary goal of $50,000 and we hit that in, I think, eight hours. And it ended up a little shy of $150,000. I ended up using Kickstarter as a background to actually start brainstorming about the show itself and reconnecting with folks who were interested in helping. I actually wound up meeting an animator through that experience; he’s now animating user dreams for a segment.
In the dark hours last night, the Pebble project broke the previous Kickstarter funding record of $3.3 million. And still the backers arrive. The project has 31 days left to run, and at the time of writing it has $3,428,933 in funds and nearly 24,000 backers.
Read more about how Pebble is proving that the reports of the wristwatch’s death are greatly exaggerated->
The wristwatch is dying, right? Nobody even wants a “smartwatch.”
Wrong: Allerta raised $3 million in less than a week for its iPhone connected Pebble.
"We’ve been working on smartwatches for years—I think they key was iteration. It’s a very personal device, as people wear a watch and it’s constantly in contact with them. You wear it to bed, you wear it when you’re eating and when you’re working." Thus design was absolutely key to Pebble, and Migicovsky complimented his indistrial designer Steve Johns, who "spent a lot of time looking at what people wear on their wrists, and how we could make something that could be customizable, and beautiful and small and sleek."
Twine, A Tiny Gizmo That Holds The Internet’s Future
The notoriously reclusive Alan Moore talks with us about Harvey Pekar’s influence, quantum physics, Frank Miller’s rant, why he usually avoids the Internet, and his unprecedented videoconference to raise Kickstarter cash for a Pekar memorial statue.
The Grid Kit is the world’s simplest, recyclable robot-building kit — it’s made up of just one sheet of 18” x 24” corrugated cardboard, with a 1” grid laser cut into its surface. It’s able to be cut, folded, propped, shaped, and motorized into anything you want: an alligator, a spaceship, a robot, a tank, a flower, etc. Seriously, there are twelve year old kids building airboats propelled by motorized fans, and one guy even built robotic hands for himself à la Edward. A $15 pledge gets you a standard kit — the rest is up to your imagination!