Tagged: hardware

Already on iOS, Tile “Worlds Largest Lost & Found” Finally Comes to Android

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Tile, a small finder device that uses a crowdsourced network of users to help find lost items, has announced the availability of an App for Android devices.  Tile, one of the most successful self crowdfunding campaigns of all time, quickly launched on iOS but has now released their widely anticipated software for Android.  Simultaneously Tile… Read More

FLUX 3D Printer is Next Crowdfunding Project to Top $1 Million

Elegant FLUX 3D

3D Printer Includes Scanner & Laser Engraver. Just when you thought the 3D printing craze had moved beyond crowdfunding and straight to retail, another really cool project comes along.  FLUX 3D printer is an “all in one” device that is crowdfunding on Kickstarter now and has blasted past its $100,000 goal and stands at about… Read More

COIN is Now Shipping Beta Cards to Early Backers

Coin Next to Sunglasses

  COIN, a digital currency card that wowed the masses with a hugely popular pretail crowdfunding campaign that was partnered with a super cool pitch video, is now shipping beta cards to early backers.  In a tweet from the COIN twitter account the company verified cards are in the mail:   @reynoldsgroup The beta cards… Read More

Scotland Police Investigate Delayed Kickstarter Project

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One of the most challenging aspects of rewards based crowdfunding are the all too frequent delays in product deliver.  There is a blurry line where backers, frustrated by extended delays and potentially lost funds, assume fraud versus a struggling young company attempting to hit unrealistic goals. vrAse, an Edinburgh, Scotland based startup, ventured into the… Read More

Pozible Partners with Shanghai-Nanxiang Government, IDG Capital on Crowdfunding Match Program

Team Pozible with Flags

Australia based Crowdfunding Platform Pozible Partners with China Government Office  to Connect Entrepreneurs with Capital, Manufacturing Support, Chinese Entity Setup and More. Pozible, an international crowdfunding platform based in Australia, has partnered with IDG Capital Partners and the Shanghai-Nanxiang government to award matching funds and other support to the entrepreneurs behind the seven strongest Internet of… Read More

Plastc Hits Over $5.2 Million in Presales for Digital Wallet Card

Plastc Swipe

Plastc Claims Record First Week of Pretail Campaign Selling over $5.2 Million in Secure Digital Cards Plastc, creator of the digital wallet Plastc Card, has revealed the success of its preorder crowdfunding campaign. In the first week of launch, Plastc sold over $5.2 million of Plastc Cards to people worldwide.  The company stated that orders… Read More

First Feature Length Movie for Oculus is a Horror Film (Video)

Banshee Chapter Oculus Film

The Oculus Rift is one of the most well known rewards crowdfunding campaigns ever.  The VR headset that is a gamers dream raised over $2.4 million on Kickstarter as thousands backed the campaign.  Oculus went on to raise many millions from VCs – only to be acquired by Facebook in a deal that valued the… Read More

CircleUp Co-Founder Ryan Caldbeck Crashes Cash Crowd to Fund Nomad (Video)

Ryan Caldbeck Noah Dentzel Cash Crowd

CircleUp co-founder and CEO Ryan Caldbeck crashed the CNBC Cash Crowd party to fund Nomad, a hardware company that is equity crowdfunding on the CircleUp platform.  He made his appearance after the “super panel” of investors had already gone through their brief funding routine deciding whether or not to share their lunch money to help… Read More

HWTrek to Bring Wireless 3D Headphone to Market After Kickstarter Success

Hooke 3d headphones

HWTrek, a platform providing an ecosystem for digital electronics, has announced that Hooke, a Brooklyn, NY-based audio innovation lab, has selected HWTrek Product Development Hub (PDH) to manage and monitor its project of the same name’s progress to mass production. Hooke, the first Bluetooth headphone to provide high quality audio playback and “record 3D audio”,… Read More

Panono Launches Equity Crowdfunding Campaign on Companisto

Panono Invest on Companisto

Panono Quickly Jumps on Companisto. Easily Beats € 100,000 Minimum Raise in First Day. Panono has made the leap from Indiegogo hit to equity crowdfunding success. All within a matter of months.  Berlin, Germany based Panono raised $1.25 million in a rewards based campaign this past January and remains one of the top funded campaigns of all… Read More

Tor Hardware Router anonabox Suspended on Kickstarter Following Major Backlash

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Although it was a major hit on Kickstarter, even raising nearly $600,000 in a few days, tor hardware router anonabox has been struggling with major backlash since it hit the platform, and now the project has also been shut down by the crowdfunding giant. According to Wired, Kickstarter suspended the campaign on Friday (October 17th) after Criticism of… Read More

Osmo Gets Backing From Accel Partners in $12 Million Funding Round, Will Retail in Apple Stores

OSMO Word Game

Osmo, the interactive hardware game that connects to any iPad has announced that Apple has accepted their product to be retailed across their 284 locations in North America capturing high profile shelf space in the most successful retail store ever. Simultaneously Osmo shared that it has closed a Series A funding round for $12 million led by… Read More

Tor Hardware Router anonabox Surpasses $500,000 in 3 Days on Kickstarter

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On Sunday (October 12th), Chico, California resident, August Germar, hit Kickstarter with a crowdfunding campaign for his new for hardware router, the anonabox. The project, which was only seeking $7,500, has become so popular within the first three days that it has raised $527,572 from 8,137 backers. The anonabox is described as a device that is designed specifically… Read More

Goji Goes Dark on Backers After Successful Raise on Indiegogo, Meanwhile Company Seeks Investors Via Fundable

Goji Zero Time Left

The Goji Smart Lock ran a pretty successful rewards based crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo back in the summer of 2013.  Capitalizing on the growing interest for internet connected devices, Goji had developed a sleek product that updated the deadbold lock with new technology and features all controlled on your iPhone.  With design cues from the… Read More

Plastc Card Banks on Ongoing Need for Physical Card for Payments

Plastc Card with E Ink

Plastc Card wants to replace your wallet with a single digital credit card and they are upping the competition to first mover COIN.  Plastc recently launched a pretail campaign to fund their high tech plastic and they are betting that Apple Pay won’t swamp the digital wallet space as “There’s a shit ton of places… Read More

Crowdfunding Mailbox: Rival Top Chefs, DSP Enabled Wireless Headphone & Inmates with Talent

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Three Kickstarter campaigns for this weeks #CrowdfundingMailbox.  Two of the campaigns are video productions and the third is audio technology.  Each campaign brings something new to backers (at least as far as I have seen). “Rival” by New Food Ventures, is a new reality/ video concept that focuses on food.  I admit to being a… Read More

Brief: Tile Reports Bluetooth Connectivity Issue with iOS Update

Tile on Keys

Apple has had a few stumbles of late and it appears that a recent update to iOS 8 and the associated Bluetooth issues have hit Tile causing connectivity problems between the App and the Tile finder device.  As a proud owner of multiple Tiles I can attest to the recently introduced problem with my various… Read More

Crowdfunding Mailbox: Poligon Sculpture, CamPoint Security & SafeSleeve for iPhone 6

Crowdfunding Mailbox October 4 2014

Before we get into the three campaigns for this week’s Crowdfunding Mailbox, I want to mention to readers that on October 23rd we will “celebrate” the one year anniversary of proposed rules for retail equity crowdfunding. The ongoing delay has meant investors who are not “accredited” are still not able to buy shares in private… Read More

Upfront Ventures Leads $6.5 Million Round in Navdy, “Heads Up Display for Cars”

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Navdy, a Heads Up Display or HUD for your car has announced a $6.5 million seed round investment led by Upfront Ventures.   It was reported the funding round was “highly oversubscribed” closing at about 3 times the original goal of $2.4 million. Navdy ran a very successful pretail crowdfunding campaign that set a low… Read More

Tile Raises $13 Million in Funding from GGV Capital and Tencent

Nick Evans and Tile

Described as the worlds largest lost and found, Tile – an item finder device, has received significant funding from two big name investors.  In a public statement, Tile indicated they have closed on $13 million in funding, including $9.5 million Series A from GGV Capital and $3.5 million in seed funding from Tencent.  GGV was… Read More