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Exclusive: Play-i Shares Production Details & Shipping Dates For Crowdfunding Backers

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The crowdfunding campaign for Play-i’s interactive robots Bo and Yana was a success by any measure, having raised over $1.4 million. Of course, the easy part is raising money. As far too many crowdfunders have learned the hard way, the hard part is actually delivering a product. Play-i is taking that process very seriously and… Read More

Crowdfunding Lammily, Barbie’s Real-World Replacement

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In what is probably the most overdue thing in the toy space, someone is trying to disrupt Mattel’s Barbie doll, often criticized for presenting a completely ridiculous and unrealistic image of the female body. The campaign is for Lammily, and it’s Barbie’s more realistic doppelgänger; a female doll created in the image of an average woman. The… Read More

An Engine For Paper Airplanes Just Joined Some Elite Kickstarter Company

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The oft-admired Kickstarter campaign for the PowerUp 3.0 has closed. The grand total? $1,232,612 from 21,412 backers. The average pledge for the campaign was $57.57. RELATED | Smartphone Controlled Paper Airplane Looked to Crowdfund $50,000, It’s Now Over $500,000 on Kickstarter It’s good for sixth on Kickstarter’s all-time Product Design campaigns list, a list that has seen some… Read More

Crowdfunding Mailbox: Modarri Cars, Spoonzey Baby Spoon, Woodster for iMac & EzFlop

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For this week’s version of Crowdfunding Mailbox we have four smaller campaigns.  It is a lot easier to write about the big, high-profile campaigns with professional teams and big budgets for PR.  But we do not want to ignore the smaller campaigns.  Not just because there are thousands of small, highly creative, campaigns but also… Read More

Smartphone-Controlled Paper Airplane Crosses $1 Million On Kickstarter

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The PowerUp 3.0 has officially crossed $1 million on Kickstarter, proving that any idea can raise massive amounts of money if the crowd sees it as worthy. Over 18,000 people have pitched into the project to date. This funding comes on a goal of only $50,000. PowerUp creator Shai Goitein recently returned from CES 2014…. Read More

WATCH: Kickstarter-Funded Rubber Band Machine Gun Can Destroy 672 Schoolyard Enemies

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A project on Kickstarter has currently raised over $50,000 on a goal of just $5,000 with over three weeks left to go. I’m left wondering where this was during my childhood. It’s a rubber band machine gun and it looks awesome. Project creator Alex Shpetniy posted the following video demoing the device. He unloads 672 rubber… Read More

Smartphone Controlled Paper Airplane Looked to Crowdfund $50,000, It’s Now Over $500,000 on Kickstarter

PowerUp 3.0 is Magical

The PowerUp 3.0 Smartphone Controlled Paper Airplane is some kind of awesome.  The crowdfunding campaign launched just before Thanksgiving and topped the $50,000 goal in less than 8 hours.  Over 1000 backers rushed to support this cool project launching it into Kickstarter stratosphere.  The stretch goals were announced and – amazingly the first one of… Read More

Final Hours: Play-i CEO Vikas Gupta On How He Raised Over $1 Million

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The crowdfunding campaign for Play-i is in its final hours. The campaign launched seeking $250,000 to fund and prove a market for an interactive, cost-effective set of robots – named Bo and Yana – that would aid in teaching young children the basics of programming. After one month the campaign has raised over $1.25 million…. Read More

Play-i Approaches $750K In Funding With A Week Left In Campaign

Bo and Yana Play-i

A crowdfunding campaign for the Play-i robot is approaching $750,000 in funding after seeking a goal of just $250,000. The campaign still has a week left to go and could hit $1 million before all is said and done. Play-i is creating a visual programming environment for its robots on touch devices for kids, that… Read More

Six Cool Projects From Kickstarter Canada’s First Day

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Now that we’re all collectively celebrating the launch of Kickstarter support for projects seeking funding in Canadian dollars, let’s take a look at six projects that have taken advantage of this new aspect of Kickstarter’s service. (As always, caveat emptor!) Nix Color Sensor [Toronto] The Nix color sensor is a simple little device available for… Read More

Crowdfunding Mailbox: Robotics with mOwayduino, Open Wheel Car Racing, Forge of Honor, Chatty Kidz

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Another week of discovery in our Crowdfund Insider mailbox.  Most of the time the media covers only high profile campaigns.  Sure we cover them too, but we recognize there are hundreds of campaigns which have enormous potential which get passed by for coverage.  Most people do not have the time to spend hours cruising the… Read More

Remote-Controlled Flying Car Fully Funded On Kickstarter

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With a little over a week left in the campaign the “B” flying car is fully funded on Kickstarter, reaching and surpassing an £86,500 goal. We first reported on the B in May and highlighted the innovative design… A patent is pending for the design that places the propeller in the wheel itself. Anyone who… Read More

B Is On Kickstarter: A Futuristic Flying Car… Sort Of

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We may not have our flying cars just yet, but a man from Southampton in the UK has developed a remote controlled version that looks pretty amazing. Behold the B, a remote-controlled flying car currently seeking backers on Kickstarter. The patent-pending design places four propellers within four oversized wheels, allowing the mini racer to tear across… Read More

Crowdfunding Support Alone Won’t Save Clayton Toy Store

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Despite customer efforts that kept LagoonaMagoo Toys from defaulting on a bank loan last month, owners need to increase sales to stay in business long term. Last month community support prevented two popular St. Louis area toy stores from closingshop as originally planned–but the company still has challenges ahead, according to a recent KMOX report. Happy… Read More

Toy start-ups turn to Crowdfunding on Kickstarter

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How crowdfunding lets inventors launch toys that otherwise wouldn’t hit shelves. More and more small toy businesses are using sites like Kickstarter to acquire funding and bring their products to market. The crowdfunding website has seen a number of fresh toys manufactured and shipped, including Atoms (pictured), a system of plug-n-play sensors, motors and logic… Read More

CYBER MONDAY: 10 Cool Products Being Crowdfunded Now

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In the spirit of Cyber Monday, here are 10 crowdfunding campaigns that you can contribute to now to support innovative new products. Puzzlebox Orbit: Brain-Controlled Helicopter A toy helicopter you can control with your mind?  A toy helicopter you can control with your mind!  The Puzzlebox Orbit can be controlled from your smartphone, or you can… Read More