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Wounds deep, strength deeper

Kickstarter: Operation Route 66

Sometimes it's not about what side of the issue you're on, but rather remembering the importance of humanity. In a recent cross-country motorcycle trek, the father and son team of Kurt and Nick Gerber of Chicago-based Gerber & Scarpelli Photography interviewed the honorable veterans of our wars in Iraq and Afghanistan for their feature-length documentary, Operation Route 66. The result: a moving journey.

Tough as an actual axe

Kickstarter: Alpaca Adventure Guitar

The Alpaca Guitar more like "I'll pack a..." than the animal, but we'll assume that's what they were going for. The Kickstarter project is all about turning everyone's favorite campfire fun into a nigh unbreakable, waterproof piece of hiking gear.

What's Hawaiian for more water please?

Adoboloco Hot Sauce

Founded on the basic ingredients of love and salmonella, culinary amateurism can be downright frightening. Yet hot sauce producer Adoboloco ($8+) has managed to pull it off, thriving without a Kraft-sized bankroll. This Hawaiian family unit has turned cuisine curiosity, which started as a simple family garden project and a love of spiciness, into a...

Carpe Vita!

1 Second Everyday App

If the world really does end on the 21st, this app will be useless. But if Zero Hour doesn’t hit, 1 Second Everyday could be a life changer. Using your iPhone camera, this personal hobby turned TED Talk turned funded Kickstarter project chronicles your life one second at a time. Its creation story is blessedly...

Drink it all in

Design Spotlight: Soma Water Filtering Carafe

The plastic pitcher currently filtering water in your fridge is a far greener way to stay hydrated than pounding down bottles, but it stills leaves plenty to be desired — both in terms of form and function. Its tupperware aesthetic isn’t exactly ready for the bright lights of the dinner table, and if you fill...

Icarus plus one

Kickstarter: Sunseeker Duo

Solar-powered airplanes are nothing especially new (particularly in this age of instant tech turnaround), but one that has the capacity to skim the heavens while carrying two people has never been done… until now. The Sunseeker Duo aims to be the very first date-worthy solar airplane, but first they need to raise some funding via...

It's hip to be square

Kickstarter: Square by CleanBottle

When was the last time you thought about your water bottle? When it leaked? When your water started tasting funky? Well, the Square by CleanBottle may be the first bottle you not only think about, but covet. Developed by a Red Dot award-winning designer and a team of former Apple engineers, the SQUARE is a...

Attractively simple

Kickstarter: Copenhagen Parts Magnetic Bike Light

Copenhagen, like many congested metropolitan areas, has a strong bike traffic presence. It’s also a pretty dark place come winter. Add a few Danish problem solvers from Copenhagen Parts and the result is the Magnetic Bike Light — a simplistic, functionally driven version of your everyday bike torch. Each LED light attaches to the bike...

Good Things

Vinted Goods

Starting a line of quality goods is no small feat. The design, the materials, the manufacturing — not to mention the seemingly prohibitive costs. It can get overwhelming in a hurry. Thanks to Kickstarter though, not only are we seeing an influx of products (hits and the occasional masses) with zealous founders behind them, but...

Virtually a Reality

Kickstarter: Oculus Rift Virtual Reality Headset

Virtual Reality (VR) gaming headsets have long sported a gimmicky “TRON” feel, but the Oculus Rift Virtual Reality Headset bucks that trend. It’s a head mounted display that actually works well in gameplay, and it’s receiving a lot of attention from big names in gaming. Oh, and it’s already raised six times its $250,000 pledge...

Smart as it sounds

Kickstarter: 1Q

And so the Kickstarter surge in craftsmanship continues. The latest proof: the 1Q ($119). Wrapped in a 3″ wood cube, the 1Q is an astonishingly efficient Bluetooth sound system with a hand-crafted cabinet that produces natural sound in a surprisingly wide 80Hz-20kHz frequency range. Its creator, David Laituri, is actually the man behind Vers Audio....

With great power comes great storage options

Kickstarter: Riseful RollPro III

People have filmed some insane stuff since the GoPro first came out. The indestructible camera that could can be used in seemingly limitless ways, which means a seemingly limitless collection of cases and accessories. Kind of difficult to shoot that video you planned of yourself parasailing into a gorge while on a flame-engulfed surfboard with...

The heat is off

Ministry of Supply Shirting

You diligently work to look your best each morning before heading to the office, only to arrive at your desk half an hour later, sweat soaked and dying of heat stroke. Such is the conundrum of the summer commute. This greek tragedy may soon come to an end thanks to Ministry of Supply. The fashion...

No pressure cooking

Kickstarter: Nomiku Sous Vide

Most of us need another kitchen appliance like Lebron needs to reconsider leaving Cleveland. The Nomiku, a KickStarter project, is an effort to bring pro-grade sous vide to the home kitchen, without incorporating an industrial-size immersion circulator. Sized to fit in a drawer and priced (~$300) to fit the amateur’s budget, the Nomiku is a...

Protection of the highest order

Kickstarter: TAKTIK iPhone Case

If you could roll all of RoboCop’s awesome features — immense protection, smarts, reliability, durability, prime directives — into an iPhone case, what you’d end up with is the TAKTIK ($75+). Designed by Chicago industrial designer Scott Wilson + Minimal, of LUNATIK Strap fame, the TAKTIK follows in its predecessors roots through a Kickstarter project...

The refill ninja

Kickstarter: Solid Titanium Pen + Stylus

Good design has always blurred the lines between form and function, but in the case of writing utensils, it’s the latter that we default to. Now, add the new Solid Titanium Pen + Stylus (the latest Kickstarter hero project) to the mix and the line is blurred yet again. Made from TA4 titanium the entire...

Light the Way

Kickstarter: Bosavi Headlamp

Sound principles don’t always create success, but they certainly don’t hurt. The Bosavi Headlamp ($80) is a multi-purpose light backed by the fundamental axiom of usefulness, something too often taken for granted. While flexible-use lights abound, the Bosavi provides a quality of design and ingenuity that sets it apart. Environmental friendliness and quality hands-on manufacturing...

Flash of genius

Kickstarter: Blink / Steady Bike Lights

Bicycle enthusiasts the world over are unanimous on the subject. Apart from a sturdy helmet, the best tool against road rash is not more protection, it’s prevention. Many accidents involving cyclists occur due to lack of visibility, and this problem only gets worse as the sun goes down. Luckily, Brooklyn-based

Pottermore

Kickstarter: PowerPot X

As any seasoned backpacker will tell you, charging electronics while far from electrical sources is not yet a perfected task. With solar technology getting more efficient, and external batteries getting more powerful, the solutions are growing. However, the options are still bulky and heavy – the biggest adversaries for outdoorspeople. Enter the PowerPot, the most...

Brooklyn's new main squeeze

Kickstarter: Spurcycle GripRings

Spurcycle GripRings ($20+) are the best thing to happen to handlebars since sparkle streamers. The 17mm pliable silicone rings slip on individually, fit snuggly on grips of all sizes, and include locking end plugs to ensure a slip-free hold. Currently the company has started a project on Kickstarter to ramp up production so that 12...

Be Billy the Kid with your DSLR

Capture Camera Clip

We all know photography gear can quickly become overwhelming. Lenses, bags, cameras, straps, cords, –- it eventually gets out of hand. Thankfully, Camera Clip by Peak Design ($80), is a cool and easy alternative to the traditional neck strap. Simply screw the quick-release plate to your camera’s tripod mount, attach the die cast aluminum main...

Project by Project

Announcing: Project Kickstarter

23 posts in, we’re long overdue on giving our Project Kickstarter series an official kick off. Since publishing our first article on a Kickstarter project, back in the summer of 2010, we’ve watched in awe as the site quickly matured into a powerful platform, capable of transforming the dreams of passionate creators into legitimate products...

Help bring this Irish spirit upstart, stateside

Kickstarter: 1661 Poitín Small Batch Traditional Irish Spirit

Poitín is essentially the traditional Irish equivalent to moonshine and holds a reputation for being one of the strongest spirits in the world, thanks to its 60%-95% ABV. Its Gaelic name references the small copper pots used in its distillation and the booze is commonly found throughout homes on the Emerald Isle. Poitín is in...

Meet your home's path to the future

Kickstarter: Twine

Twine looks like the aftermath of a booze-fueled sleepover in Vegas between a pack of Post-its and a bar of soap. Its inanimate and rather blunt form-factor, though, hides the Twine’s ambitious purpose. The device was devised by two MIT Media Lab grads, who wanted to create an easy way to bring various household objects...

Im-press-ive

Kickstarter: The Espro Press

Compared to standard drip methods, the French Press (or cafetiére as it’s known in the rest of the world) does an excellent job of brewing a great tasting cup of coffee. But it isn’t perfect. In fact, many java-elitest feel the process results in overextraction and dislike that used grounds often wind up thwarting the...

Daily Briefing: 12.19.2011

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Shooter Insurance

Kickstarter: Cam Crate Weather Proof DSLR Case

The Cam Crate is the latest Kickstarter project to catch our eye, mainly because it’s dedicated to protecting something near and dear to our gear-loving hearts. Designer Matthew Geyster was inspired to create a waterproof, mudproof, crushproof, and shockproof case for his DSLR after his fear of damaging his camera caused him to miss more...

Can-do attitude

Kickstarter: Hidden Radio & Bluetooth Speaker

We credit the Rams’-like looks of the new hidden radio & Bluetooth Speaker on Kickstarter for catching our eye this morning — despite our luke warm feelings about most Bluetooth audio. The monolithic can avoids spoiling its clean lines with external buttons by incorporating a simple but effective twist top design. The first twist turns...

Take it to...

Kickstarter: The Bridge

Companies like Logitech have done a decent job of providing consumers with an easy to use solution for controlling most IR-based home theater components — but if you like to take things literally, they still don’t deserve the title of “universal” remote. Commanding Bluetooth based devices like the PS3 for instance requires buying a separate...

Mephisto Baltz

Kickstarter: Baltz Fine Writing Instruments

A hand-turned pen on Kickstarter? Yup. The creation of Bart Creasman and Chris Baltz, who met while at Davidson college, Baltz Fine Writing Instruments is born from a passion of traditional woodworking and avant-garde men’s accessories. Their Kickstarter project aims to bring their first pen, the Exemplar, to fruition by funding the cost of procurement...

Snack Better

Kickstarter: Quinn Popcorn

Want a crash course on the “miracles” of modern industrial food science? Then take a gander at the ingredients of a bag of big brand microwave popcorn. What seems like a simple process apparently requires a labs worth of chemicals and GMO’s (genetically modified organisms) to flavor, preserve, and pop those gum aggravating kernels into...

Barkalounger

Kickstarter: Pet Lounge Studios Bambu Pet Hammock

Supporting Pet Lounge Studio’s limited edition Bambu Pet Hammock kickstarter project is definitely one way to show your furry friend they’re numero uno. Designer Cory Drew approached the task as any furniture designer would, focusing on materials and lines. The result is a floating pooch palace that’s achieved by stretching the upholstery grade, ultra-suede pillow...

Pick Floyd

Kickstarter: Air Guitar Move

Don’t feel like shelling out 6 large for this but own an iPhone? Well, there’s a Kickstarter Project for that: the Air Guitar Move. Using a tethered pick equipped with a motion sensor, the Air Guitar Move allows you to unleash you inner Jimmy Page (sans the actual axe) by strumming in the air while...

Dot Your iPhones

Kickstarter: Dot 360° Panoramic iPhone Lens

We’ve seen handles and zoom lenses, but here’s a first. Dot is a simple, pocket-sized 360° lens attachment and app for the iPhone 4 that captures fully navigable, panoramic video. Developed by Kogeto, the combination of the two + your iPhone streams real-time video to the web where anyone can control the camera remotely, semi-Drone...

Easy Button

Kickstarter: Red Pop

Unless your endowed with triple jointed thumbs, taking photos with your iPhone can be mighty cumbersome if not downright painful. The Kickstarter project, Red Pop, aims to fix that with a simple, well-designed solution: bringing the shutter button back to its rightful finger (your index) and location. Simply plug-in the adaptor, which also serves as...

A Better Way to Boil

Kickstarter: Backcountry Boiler

The Backcountry Boiler just recently stepped on the Kickstarter scene, but the project has been a labor of love for Devin Montgomery for quite some time. In fact, check out his blog theboilerwerks and you can follow his development process from start to finish. The central concept behind the device was to develop a sensible...

Lockdown looker

Kickstarter: TiGr Titanium Bike Lock

Our latest Project Kickstarter find is a safe and elegant protection system for your favorite two-wheeled companion (and we don’t mean your broke ass rollerblades). The TiGr’s compact Titanium bow and highly pick resistant lock is flexible, allowing users to secure their bike to structures up to 5 1/2″ in diameter. For some bikes, it...

Tiny price for big exposures

Kickstarter: Wanderlust Pinwide

A prodigy of Kickstarter, the Wanderlust Pinwide ($40) has finally landed for general public purchasing and with it comes ultra-wide pinhole photo magic for Micro Four Thirds cameras (Olympus Pen, Panasonic GF2). Boasting specs you don’t necessarily see everyday: 11mm (22mm equivalent) focal length for 80° fields of view and f/96 ~ f/128 aperture (seriously),...

Have pen will stylus

Kickstarter: More/Real Stylus Cap

This week on Project Kickstarter we highlight Designer Don Lehman of Chicago, IL. His project’s premise is simple but incredibly helpful for anyone with a touchscreen enabled device, like the iPad. Centered around artists, designers and architects, the More/Real Stylus Cap takes an everyday object (like a Bic or Sharpie) and enables it for use...

Does it mount?

Kickstarter: X Grip Case for iPad

In this edition of Project Kickstarter, we bring you yet another accessory designed for an Apple product. This time it’s not the iPod Nano though, but its larger screened brother, the iPad. Designed by two Portland-based photographers, Nick Curteman and Tom Baker, the project aims to further the iPad’s multi-purpose potential by way of flexible...

Documenting what might otherwise be forgotten

Kickstarter: Treece (a photo documentary)

In this edition of Project Kickstarter we go a bit off the beaten path to highlight photographer Dina Kantor who hopes to photo-document the town of Treece in southeast corner of Kansas. Population 140. The story of Treece is bleek. Treece and its neighboring city, Picher, OK were both once thriving hubs of ore mining...

Industrial design tastiness

Kickstarter: TikTok+LunaTik Watch Kit

Our obsession with products and projects funded on Kickstarter has grown from a peripheral hobby to an all-out obsession. In fact, we’re starting an informal series of posts highlighting the projects we’re observing and/or pitching some dough into, like The Glif. Our latest mini-investment (disclosure: $150) is the TikTok+LunaTik Watch Kit, the coolest watch-conversion of...

Get the Most from Your Favorite Shiny Sidekick

Kickstarter: Glif iPhone 4 Tripod Mount & Stand

The Glif iPhone 4 tripod mount and stand ($20) is both simple and useful. Normally we try to steer clear of products that are still in the conceptual stage, but judging by the funds the idea has already raised on Kickstarter, it appears this product will soon be a reality. Created to maximize the potential...

Pledging the Cost of 2 Gallons to Document the Effects of Millions

Kickstarter: Grassroots Mapping Kit | Mapping the Gulf Oil Spill

The BP oil spill in the Gulf Coast is categorically disastrous. Grassroots Mapping, a group of cartographical DIYers are taking what they know best, maps, and documenting the effects of the oil spill from 1,500 feet up. Using ~$100 grassroots mapping kits, essentially cheap cameras tied to helium balloons and kites, GM (ironic acronym) has...