I agree, Liz. Many of these ideas will not be commercially successful. I still like browsing through Kickstarter anyway, because it's a testmanet to technical creativity. In the past, there weren't many good avenues for inventors. They'd often end up going to companies that claimed to market inventions and wanted money up front for their services, sometimes with questionable results.
Check out MasterBrew on KickStarter. It makes great coffee and keeps it fresh for 4 hours. It puts all of the electronics outside the coffeemaker so if you need to replace yours, you can just buy a simple ON/OFF switch model. It has advanced, patented, features never before available for brewing coffee. It automatically can detect hard water scale build-up and dissolve it away automatically.
My previous comment said, I would like to point out that I do think a few of these projects stand out and would be cool if they became commercial products, including the Mycestro 3D Mouse, the OpenROV underwater robot, the FormLabs 3D printers and, of course, the Bartendro.
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.
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!
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.
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