"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."
I think you are spot on with this comment, Charles. A lot of people have been ripped off in the past by taking their idea to a company who claimed that they would be able to help them develop and market it - with the carrot of the inventor becoming rich, so their huge fees were justifiable. With Kickstarter - this method presentas a way for an inventor to fund their project without that type of risk - and the folks that contribute do so with the understanding that a monetary return is not promised. I think this is cool - an online community supporting innovation through donation...
Well Jenn had a great idea but you executed really well, Chuck. I imagine it was pretty difficult to cull through all of the ideas on Kickstarter. It's a great website and a great venue for innovation and for people to get funded who might otherwise not stand a chance, but I imagine there are also alot of things that only their inventors think are good ideas.
Anything that makes the brewing and dispensing of coffee easier and more efficient is OK in my book. Now if someone invented a wearable caffeine-injection device that you could wear on your body and have it administer caffeine whenever you needed it throughout the day, that is a technology I could really get behind!
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.
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