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 →
Josh Malone, we salute you
The Plano, Texas-based genius (and dad) just came up with a way to fill 100 water balloons in under a minute
Elliott gives his take on the newest episode of Mashable Minute
Last week, Kermit the Frog told us about his favorite songs from summer 2014. Check it out:
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SYDNEY — Your trusty old thongs (translation: flip flops) may go years without a blow-out, but then always seem to break at the most inappropriate of times.
— CJ Australia (@CJ_Australia) January 26, 2014
Many have tried and failed at solving the serious problem.
— Daniel Payne (@dpayn285) January 21, 2014
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Suffered a fatal thong blowout on the way to the coffee shop and had to improvise pic.twitter.com/3zt6xCwmvR
Here’s a selfie video that’s hard to hate.
Starting in 2007 and spanning 6 years, Rebecca Brown’s photo project is much more than a collection of selfies. Her stationary eyes stare back at you as you watch her surroundings and hairstyles change in a time lapse. As the years progress, annotations begin to pop up, coinciding with Brown’s life events
You begin to notice Brown’s physical appearance worsen. Blemishes on her face fade in and out and the annotation “GSCE Exam Period, Lost Half My Hair” pops up on the left side of the screen. Read more…Read More →
Even the smallest compliment can brighten someone’s day, especially if it’s delivered by a complete stranger.
Blake Grigsby’s second installment of Drive-By Compliments takes the inspiring act to the streets, surprising Chicagoans with words of kindness as he passes them in his car.
Watching people’s faces shift from confusion to flattery is almost as uplifting as receiving a compliment yourself, and serves as a gentle reminder to commit more random act of kindness.Read More →
When life hands you lemons….
We all know how the saying ends. That’s exactly why 7-year-old Quinn Callender of Maple Ridge, British Columbia, made lemonade when he found out that his friend Brayden Grozdanich, who has cerebral palsy, needed an expensive surgery to help him walk.
Armed with a bucket full of lemons, Callender and Grozdanich set up a lemonade stand outside a local grocery store on Sunday to raise money for the surgery.
But with help from his parents, Callender also organized a crowdfunding campaign, which at the time of this writing has raised more than $49,000 CAD (more than $46,000 USD), surpassing the page’s initial $20,000 goal. Read more…Read More →