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.
Chalk one up for the open-developer community.
Light, the web-connected illumination vessel, has started sharing their hardware schematics, as promised, with software code to come in the future.
Another small step for open-source technology, and another leap for dev kind. Techies, tinkerers, hackers and makers can learn how to make your own Light here.
High score for Picade.
Joystick jockeys rejoice! Picade is a build-it-yourself arcade cabinet compatible with Raspberry Pi and other mini computers. With just a couple of basic tools and the Picade kit, even casual gamers can experience the satisfaction of DIY construction — and the thrill of cleaning up at Pacman the way it was intended.
Picade just launched last week as Kickstarter’s first UK project and the team has already reached its goal. Nothing could make us prouder than the sight of happy UK creators, which is why Picade is our Project of the Day.
Making a project video can be intimidating. We know! Maybe you’re worried about how you sound on camera, or you’re fretting that your old-school laptop isn’t slick enough to make something impressive. Never fear! Every day, we see dozens of projects that take very little — an idea, some charisma, a camera — and turn it into an awesome pitch video.
A great example? The super funny video for comic anthology Before, After, & In Between. Filmed in just a single afternoon between three friends, it had us chuckling (and, admittedly, backing). So, how’d they do it? The advice of this dynamic trio boils down to a pair of key elements: Have fun, and have faith in what you’re making.
“I don’t have much trouble with anxiety,” Monica, featured in the video, wrote to us. “I’d say that the easiest way to feel comfortable on camera is to make sure you’re doing something fun with your friends. Most of what you saw in our video is how we actually act — slaps included!”
Derek, who was behind the camera, summarized his approach this way: “…do it all as simple and low-tech as possible. We shot it with just three of us on a bench in my backyard. I also didn’t worry too much about the continuity because I knew it would have a lot of graphics and be fast paced and campy.”
Yuj, the project’s creator, emphasized the importance of appearing in the video herself. “It’s a lot more personal that way,” she wrote.
Sage words! Be sure to check out the rest of their project here. And — if you catch yourself feeling inspired — you can always hit Start.
This is what 21,000 pieces — 16 pallets total! — of cardboard animal parts look like prior to their shipment for the Kinetic Creatures project. That’s a whole lot of soldering…