Thursday, June 20, 2013

Best 5 Innovations from Kickstarter


By on 6/20/2013

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Kickstarter is a project that allows anyone to donate to a large or small project thus contributing to the development of our digital future. Large companies have long ago concentrated on the improvement of their existing products, not trying to bring anything new. This is where Kickstarter comes to action as it is a perfect platform for start-ups which don’t have enough money but have enough enthusiasm and brains. There you can see hundreds of different projects (not only technical ones), donate any sum of money you like to these projects, and help them develop. In this article I’d like to share with you the most promising tech projects from this platform.

Best 5 Innovations from Kickstarter

Ouya - Android Based Gaming Console

Ouya is a gaming console that runs under Android 4. It will work not only with Android games optimized for TV sets, but will also be able to launch the games for other consoles with the help of OnLive stream service. Apart from that, such multimedia applications as Xbox Media Center allow playing music and videos in HD format. In order to be able to perform all these operations, the console will be supplied with a quad-core Tegra 3 processor. Other specs include 1Gb of RAM and 8 Gb of internal storage. The peculiarity of this development is that any game for it should be available for free - either as Free-to-Play or as a limited demo-version. Console’s controller is supplied with a touch pad which allows you to play games intended for sensor devices.

Best 5 Innovations from Kickstarter

FloJack - NFC Reader For iPhone

As surprising as it is, Apple hasn’t integrated NFC chip into their latest iPhones 5. Even iPads don’t have it. But if you still want to be able to make contactless payments and create instant connections between two mobile devices, then you’ll be happy with the FloJack release. FloJack is a small NFC module which can be connected to your iPhone or iPad via headset connector. Later on the development for Android is planned. Apart from FloJack, the developers intend to create a case with NFC module in order not to use headset connector.

Best 5 Innovations from Kickstarter

Form 1 - 3D Printer Of High Quality

Most of the available 3D printers can’t boast of high printing quality, and printed objects often look rough. Form 1 printer is different - it uses the STL technology allowing it to print 25 micrometers thick layers. What is more, it solidifies printed objects with the help of light wave of certain length. The price for this device is around $3300.

Best 5 Innovations from Kickstarter

Parallella - Mini Super-Computer

Parallella reminds of Raspberry PI mini-PC with low energy consumption. This device is built on the basis of the central dual-core ARM A9 processor. RISC-chip Epiphany (with either 16 or 64 cores and700 MGHz) is an additional processor. Parallella has a size of a credit card. This board is supplied with 1Gb of RAM, microSD slot, USB 2.0 connectors, Ethernet, HDMI and Ubuntu operating system.

Best 5 Innovations from Kickstarter

Mycestro - A 3D Mouse

We all have got used to a PC mouse but here’s an alternative that can soon replace a traditional one. Device from Mycestro is a small manipulator that you put on your pointing finger. Thus you won’t need to get your hands off the keyboard in order to move the cursor. Your finger move is interpreted as a cursor move. If you move your big finger from the mouse, it’ll stop working. Scrolling is realized by finger sliding.

Best 5 Innovations from Kickstarter

Author’s Bio: Eugene Rudenko is a tech writer for IT company Intellectsoft, a leading iPhone app design company and a preferred Apple (UK) supplier.

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