HOME  |  NEWS  |  BLOGS  |  MESSAGES  |  FEATURES  |  VIDEOS  |  WEBINARS  |  INDUSTRIES  |  FOCUS ON FUNDAMENTALS
  |  REGISTER  |  LOGIN  |  HELP
Blogs
Electronic News & Comment

Slideshow: Kickstarter's Latest & Greatest Inspire Us

NO RATINGS
View Comments: Newest First|Oldest First|Threaded View
<<  <  Page 2/2
Elizabeth M
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Ideas, ideas, everywhere
Elizabeth M   11/19/2013 4:21:49 AM
Great idea for a slideshow, Chuck. It's really interesting to see what people are creating and I always thought Kickstarter was a great idea for people with great ideas who need funding. But like Lou, I don't necessarily think everything on Kickstarter is something that will make it commercially, even though I appreciate the ambition of the people with projects on there.

GTOlover
User Rank
Platinum
Re: Ideas, ideas, everywhere
GTOlover   11/18/2013 4:14:51 PM
NO RATINGS
Naperlou, success is, "Did enough suckers, er.. people, invest in the idea to fund it and build it. If it happens to take off commercially, bonus!

GTOlover
User Rank
Platinum
Re: Ideas, ideas, everywhere
GTOlover   11/18/2013 4:11:47 PM
NO RATINGS
It still looks better than some bartenders I have seen. But then again, have it serve up a couple drinks and you may forget about the looks! Now if they could make a nice interactive interface to 'chat' with patrons. That would be cool!

78RPM
User Rank
Gold
Re: Ideas, ideas, everywhere
78RPM   11/18/2013 2:45:48 PM
NO RATINGS
Aesthetic pleasing design is important to success of any product, no matter how functional. The Bartendro will not sell simply because it's ugly. Some of the examples here do employ good design art.

naperlou
User Rank
Blogger
Ideas, ideas, everywhere
naperlou   11/18/2013 10:02:48 AM
Chuck, there are a lot of interesting ideas here.  The real question is how many will really be successful.  Being successful is not a guarntee of success.  It is said that even professional VCs have a success once every ten projects they fund.  Do you have any information on how many Kickstarter projects have been successful?  Of course, what is meant by successful has to be defined first. 

Frankly, some of these projects address markets that are very small (or almost non-existent).  For example, take the 3G Spacesuit.  We don't currently have much (worldwide) in terms of commercial space travel.  By the tie we do, this company will be out of business unless they find another market for the suits.  Even your first item, the air quality egg is of dubious value.  Sensors we use in the home for things like CO have a safety purpose in a controlled atmosphere.  I am not sure of what one air quality egg on my back porch will do for me.  You need lots of sensors to make any kind of meaningful inference about the air quality.  I think there will be a market for this, though.  It will be environmentalists who want to make local measurements to "prove something".  I expect that they will be dissiapointed.

Of course, the Adapteva supercomputer is a good idea.  I see it uses a ZYNQ chip, which is a FPGA with an ARM core.  The real question is how difficult it is to program and can you sustain the performance.  It's low power and small size are very attractive.  This is one of the few I can see as a winner.  It may not be successful on its own, but I could see the idea being incorporated into other designs.

<<  <  Page 2/2
Partner Zone
More Blogs from Electronic News & Comment
From pitchers and forwards to quarterbacks and defensemen, we offer a peek at some of the more memorable engineers in sports history.
The recent decision by the German parliament to consider a move back to typewriters may serve as a lesson, not only in the need for secure products, but also in the dangers of overdesign.
In the muscular tradition of the rubber-burning dragsters of the 1960s, start-up company Bloodshed Motors plans to put a new twist on the decades-old concept of the performance car.
Mentor Graphics acquisition of XS Embedded GmbH last week could be meaningful for automotive electronics engineers, potentially enabling them to accelerate design and verification of products ranging from infotainment packages to autonomous safety systems.
From superbikes to cargo cycles, we offer a glimpse of the strange new world of electric motorcycles.
Design News Webinar Series
7/23/2014 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
7/17/2014 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
6/25/2014 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
5/13/2014 10:00 a.m. California / 1:00 p.m. New York / 6:00 p.m. London
Quick Poll
The Continuing Education Center offers engineers an entirely new way to get the education they need to formulate next-generation solutions.
Jul 21 - 25, Design Products With Bluetooth Low Energy
SEMESTERS: 1  |  2  |  3  |  4  |  5  |  6


Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.
Next Class: August 12 - 14
Sponsored by igus
Learn More   |   Login   |   Archived Classes
Twitter Feed
Design News Twitter Feed
Like Us on Facebook

Sponsored Content

Technology Marketplace

Copyright © 2014 UBM Canon, A UBM company, All rights reserved. Privacy Policy | Terms of Service