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Omate TrueSmart watch beats Kickstarter goal in a day

Omate TrueSmart watch beats Kickstarter goal in a day

As Samsung prepares for its long-anticipated smartwatch launch, New York-based Omate has smashed the funding target for its own TrueSmart wrist-mounted device. Omate Truesmart, a water-resistant smartwatch with a built-in 5-megapixel camera, reached its $100,000 (£63,700) crowdfunding target in less than one day, and has now raised more than double its original goal, with $232,317 (£149,000) pledged and 28 days of the campaign remaining. Most of the smartwatches launched to date have been intended as Bluetooth companion accessories to a smartphone, but TrueSmart claims to be “a new generation of Smartwatch 2.0,” operating both independently from the smartphone, thanks to its 3G capabilities, and as a…

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Slingatron: US company tries to crowdfund giant space slingshot

Slingatron: US company tries to crowdfund giant space slingshot

File this Kickstarter project under “that’s so crazy, it… almost certainly won’t work”. A US company wants to herald a new era of space exploration by flinging things into space with a giant slingshot called the “Slingatron”. HyperV Technologies Corp calls it a “railroad to space” and is trying to crowdfund $250,000 (£165,000) for the project. Put simply, the Slingatron would hypothetically involve accelerating payloads around and around in an ever increasing-diameter circle until the payload was travelling fast enough to escape the Earth’s gravitational pull and fly into space. On Earth, that speed is 11km per second, or around Mach 30 (30 times the speed of…

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Harnessing Dog Lovers: Crowdfunding Helping Canine Science

Harnessing Dog Lovers: Crowdfunding Helping Canine Science

Brian Hare is an evolutionary anthropologist at Duke University and the founder of Dognition, a website that helps you find the genius in your dog. This post was an adaptation from his book “The Genius of Dogs,” co-authored by Vanessa Woods (Dutton, 2013). He contributed this article to LiveScience’s Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights. If you have ever wondered what is going on inside your dog’s mind, science can now help you find out. My collaborators and I recently created a Web-based tool, Dognition, that uses cutting-edge research to help dog owners better understand their dogs while, at the same time, contributing to the biggest study of canine cognition…

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Crowdfunding and IRBs: The Case of uBiome

Crowdfunding and IRBs: The Case of uBiome

IRBs and the Future of Citizen Science uBiome is a citizen science startup that sequences the microbiome, financed entirely by crowdfunding. Crowdfunding is a service where people contribute to a project that doesn’t exist, and in return, receive various perks when the product is created. Skipping ahead a bit in the story, we raised over $350,000, the largest successful single citizen science project in history. In putting together our project, we had to consider new ethical and logistical questions that, to our knowledge, had never been considered before: How do you fund a science startup entirely without grants or venture capital? Do you get Institutional Review Board…

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Robot Kickstarter Project Paints Using Watercolors & Teaches STEM Principles

Robot Kickstarter Project Paints Using Watercolors & Teaches STEM Principles

Super Awesome Sylvia, along with Windell and Lenore from Evil Mad Scientist, are teaming up to bring a watercolor painting robot to Kickstarter. With two motors driving cables to move the head in the x and y directions, the WaterColorBot uses standard watercolor paint and paper to create 9″ x 12″ works of art. This Kickstarter campaign will fund the initial production run of the bots and hopefully give the project worldwide exposure. The robot is already fully developed and has been shown off at Maker Faire.  It also won a silver medal at Robo Games 2013 and starred in the announcement video for the 2013 White House Science Fair. WaterColorBot comes pre-loaded…

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