LONDON — The team behind a smartphone-based portable eye examination kit have just launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise money for new innovation.
Peek comprises a smartphone app and low-cost adaptor that enables professional eye examinations anywhere in the world. Developed by a team of eye care specialists, software developers and product designers, it aims to increase access to high-quality eye care worldwide.
The tools have been developed through a collaboration between the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, the University of Strathclyde and the NHS Glasgow Centre for Ophthalmic Research. Read more…Read More →
After five months of traveling, veterinary work and crowdfunding, Leo the paraplegic dog is finally settled in Canada and ready to live the life of a happy pup.
While vacationing in Thailand, Meagan Penman found the dog dragging its hind legs on a beach. After posting a video of the wounded dog on the r/WTF subreddit, Penman reached out to local shelters in the area, who would not take Leo in. Believing Leo had a “better shot at life in Canada,” she created a Gofundme page on June 21 to raise funds for medical and travel expenses.Read More →
SANTA FE — A fully grown Arctic wolf saunters around guests near the concession stand of author George R.R. Martin’s movie theater. As the wolf revels in the attention from strangers at the Jean Cocteau Cinema, Martin himself makes small talk in a corner, his peculiarly jolly laugh easily distinguished above the noise of the room
It’s a scene you’d imagine would take place in an artsy, futuristic Winterfell, set long after the events of Game of Thrones‘ upcoming fifth season. But it’s real life, happening in 2014
Martin and his team are hosting a small group of town members and charity organizers at the theater to present the local recipients of his recent Prizeo charity crowdfunding drive with their $172,485.53 checks. The beneficiaries of that campaign — in which Martin famously auctioned off three in-book deaths for donators who pledged $20,000 — are The Food Depot of New Mexico and the Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary. This, it is explained to me, is why Flurry, the aforementioned large Arctic wolf, is in the house. Read more…Read More →
There’s a good chance that a cat cafe is coming to a city near you.
In cities all over the United States, cat-loving entrepreneurs are frantically pushing crowdfunding campaigns, locking down deals with adoption centers and coffee vendors and coaxing anxious landlords and health inspectors with hopes of capitalizing on a new craze by opening a feline-friendly restaurant of their own.
Cat Town Cafe in Oakland, California is the first and only permanent space of its kind in the United States right now — but it just barely launched in time to claim the distinction. Similar businesses are set to open soon in San Francisco (KitTea), Portland (Purringtons), Los Angeles (Catfe), Denver, (Catco) San Diego and Seattle (Meowtropolitan). A quick Indiegogo search reveals that many more are in the works, and several pop-up cat cafes have been hugely successful. Read more…Read More →
A campaign to crowdfund the “world’s first smart, connected carry-on” reached its goal of $50,000 in two hours and one minute on Indiegogo Monday.
Bluesmart luggage connects to a mobile app that allows travelers to track the bag’s proximity, digitally lock and unlock it, check the bag’s weight, show travel data and track routes. The creators are not the first to propose GPS-tracked bags, but they have added features that make the concept appealing.
“We came up with the idea for Bluesmart after suffering a couple of bad experiences with our luggage, when airlines forced us to check bags only to have them mishandled or lost,” said Tomi Pierucci, the cofounder of Bluesmart. “We realized that with all the amazing technology available today, we could do betterSuitcases haven’t seen much innovation in decades, so we decided to design a suitcase for this century.” Read more…Read More →
Practicing yoga may be a time to disconnect and concentrate on your thoughts, but a new yoga mat that uses technology to track your positioning and makes real-time suggestions is the personalized instructor of your Shavasana dreams
The SmartMat — which is gaining significant attention on crowdfunding site Indiegogo, raising $175,000 in just a few days — uses high-tech sensors to help your perfect alignment and poses
Early backers can get their own SmartMat for a $247 commitment, but supplies are already sold out. It can be preordered, however, for $347 and is scheduled to ship in September 2015 Read more…Read More →
Greene, whose real name is Charlene Egbe, explains her reasons for quitting her reporting job at KTVA in Anchorage, Alaska, in a video on her campaign page
“There comes a time in each and every one of our lives when we must choose to continue to spectate or stand up for what’s right,” Greene says in the video above.
Greene is the president and CEO of the Alaska Cannabis Club, which seemed to conflict with her job at KTVA. She reported on many stories involving marijuana legislation during her time there, even going so far as using her own organization as a source. It’s not exactly unbiased reporting when you’re essentially quoting yourself. Read more…Read More →
Whether it’s for art, technology or film, Kickstarter has become the go-to place for entrepreneurs and creatives to turn their dreams into reality
Since its launch in 2009, the crowdfunding platform has seen 70,226 successfully funded projects. But along the way, there have been 100,760 unsuccessful campaigns. This raises a question: Do certain Kickstarter categories perform better than others?
To help answer this question, the folks at Panabee analyzed the 50 most-funded projects per category that completed funding in 2013. According to their research, campaigns in the design, technology and games categories were significantly overfunded, while journalism, theater and dance projects just barely met funding goals. Read more…Read More →