Kickstarter is a US crowd funding platform, where people who want to launch products or businesses ask for pledges of money from the public and set a funding target.
If the target is met the money is paid and the project goes ahead... if it isn't, no one pays. So what are some of the best (& weirdest) gadgets that have been funded?
Our tech man Vaughn Davis spoke to Paul Henry about it thanks to Trend Micro.
Cool: Tile ($25)
- It's a magical little tag that you attach to anything you might want to find - your keys, your bike, even your dog
- Connects to a wifi network and the app shows the distance from your Tile and when you hit a button it beeps
- If the bike/dog is stolen, every other tile app user's phone detects when it's close and you get an alert and see its position on a map
Quirky: Vavuud Anemometer
- Turns your phone into a wind gadget! Plugs in to the bottom of your phone, and very cleverly uses magnets
- You get a wind reading and your reading is uploaded to a worldwide map of Vavuud users, so you can see wind conditions in other areas
- Good for boaties, pilots, kite surfers
- If only there were more than 1 in NZ the map would be more useful...
Kooky: Nophone: $5
- A "phone" with zero features
- Just a phone-shaped slab of plastic you can carry around instead of a phone... like a nicotine patch for iphone users
- 915 backers put $20k into it and you can buy one online
- Also available in 14k gold.
Watch the video for the full segment.