There are so many projects on Kickstarter. Every day someone will send us one and be like, “Did you see this?” and we’ll look at it and be like, “No, but this is incredible.” It’s sort of like walking down the same street every day and noticing a cool new thing every single time. To help us (and you) keep abreast of all these great projects, we thought we’d start highlighting specific categories and sub-categories in offbeat combinations. Look out for future installments featuring dogs that like to row boats, dogs in space, cats in wallets, wallets in space, and row boats full of wallets. Just kidding. Maybe? This week we’re taking a look at DIY electronics.
Thanks to everybody who came out to World Maker Faire this weekend! We had a blast meeting everyone, and seeing the future IRL!
Is the world ready for a physical version of Flappy Bird in a box? One you can make by yourself?
The Floyd Leg in action.
The team behind Kano build a computer in 107 seconds.
The NTH started as a kickstarter project, it is an open source music synthesizer featuring instant fun, awesome sound, and a hackable design.
NTHSynth is a collaboration between John Staskevich and Kevin Holland.
DIY magazine app.
Exciting progress on Letter to Jane, an iPad art magazine and an open-source code project to build your own.
The preview app has been built and released, and the lineup for the issue is stacked — including features with Wim Wenders, Marc Maron, Miranda July, and many others.
Letter to Jane: Issue 04 List of Contributors
In no particular order:
Plus more original artwork and features. Coming soon…
If you think herding cats is the height of futility, creator C.C. Boyce can one-up ya. She’s on a mission to teach the fundamentals of woodworking to professional comedians.
Songs in the key of yellow.
Have you played MaKey MaKey’s banana piano yet? Please note: No bananas were harmed during the making of this piano.
Look what you did.
It’s been an inspiring year.
We’re celebrating the most creative projects and memorable moments on Kickstarter in 2012. Looking back, we couldn’t be prouder of this community or more excited for the future. Thanks to all the creators and backers who make it happen — here’s to 2013!
A DIY electronics kit designed by two MIT undergrads, oneTesla transforms sound into artificial lightning.
Use simple tools and a soldering iron to construct the singing Tesla coil in a weekend, then connect a keyboard or computer to trigger two-foot-long musical sparks. This high voltage sound machine is our Project of the Day.
The value of a dollar.
Bowerbirds have spent years living the simple life so that they can do what they do best: make delicate folk music with depth and a little darkness.
The duo recently took to Kickstarter to help fund the construction of their hand-built recording studio, which will replace an Airstream trailer as the band’s permanent HQ. In a new message, Bowerbirds express their appreciation for every dollar — and promise to put each one to good use.
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We are raising money for our next album on Kickstarter: http://kck.st/SxZEg2
We really want to keep recording music that we can take out on tour, to play our music for you wherever you live. That’s why we set up our new Kickstarter project to fund the recording of our next album, and to make it possible for us to make more music, and more soon, for your tender ears to hear.
We came up with this Kickstarter idea, because we realized that if all our fans each just gave us one dollar, we could start building the studio and recording new music right now, and we could put out two records in the next year or year and a half, instead of one in five years, if we have to take a full time job to raise this money in advance. If you want to hear the songs we’ve already started writing, as soon as we can get them recorded, you can contribute to our Kickstarter page right now.
It’s either: 1) order our albums now, with rad prizes, and get them really soon; or 2) wait to see if we can raise the money ourselves to put the albums out, and get them in four or five years. You decide.
Picture of possible album art, by Beth Tacular, and of the hand-built cabin where we’ll put our new recording studio to record new music.
We were thinking some of you have enough money to order an amulet, or a portrait of your dog, or want to be our mascot, but some of you are broke, and you probably think your contribution wouldn’t matter much. But even a donation of one dollar would mean a lot to us. And if you tell your friends, and they give a dollar too, it will really add up.
Today is “Dollar Monday.”
Maybe you got that hot lady to make out with you that time, by playing her Northern Lights. Maybe you listened to “Tuck the Darkness In” while dealing with a hardship in your life. Maybe “In our Talons” made you feel like an eco warrior. Or maybe you just never paid for our music in the past, but it meant something to you when you heard it, and you’d like to contribute something to the people who wrote that music. Maybe you want to find out what other songs we might come up with next.
Or maybe you are another musician, and you want to be part of creating a new way for all of our bands to be able to sustain ourselves in a changing music industry. We think the way forward is by connecting directly with the people who get something out of what we do, and getting their support to continue to write songs for them.
…Or maybe you just don’t want that triple latte with whipped cream today. You’ll just go with black coffee and drop those extra couple dollars into our little cup. We will love you for it, seriously. And anyone giving even one dollar will get signed up to receive updates on the progress of our studio space, new songs and plans for release. You’ll find out first when the new songs are available, and maybe by then, you’ll have the $8 for the download.
We love you and just want to make you these songs. Let’s do this.
Spectrometers in progress.
The DIY Spectrometry Kit turns a smartphone into a mobile material analysis lab.
After successfully funding the kits just two months ago, creator Jeffrey Yoo Warren has already launched a full-scale assembly operation, which kicked off with the delivery of 800+ pounds of aluminum conduit boxes earlier this week.
The finished spectrometers look beautiful and seem to work like a charm — and rewards should be out the door on time.
Take it to the house.
A DIY dollhouse made entirely of paper, this pop-up project transforms into eight highly detailed rooms and can be knocked down in seconds for storage or travel.
Make one yourself using a printed template or receive a complete house in the mail that’s all ready to pop. This crafty construction is our Project of the Day.
The little electronics company that could.
Founded ten years ago to make it easier for DIY tinkerers to score parts and supplies, SparkFun has grown to become a hub for the worldwide maker community (and a major partner for many Kickstarter hardware projects). Now the crew is planning a 50-state tour next year with their custom-made education kits to spread the joy of electronics nationwide.
Get on the bus and start soldering — the SparkFun Tour is our Project of the Day.