5 surprising Kickstarters you didn't even know existed
Posted 11:00 a.m. Tuesday
Getting a leg up on your career may require you to sign up for a Kickstarter.
It’s no secret that hundreds of Americans promote their new business ideas or projects on Kickstarter, a website that allows entrepreneurs to accept donations that can be used to help fund the new venture.
We’ve seen some famous Kickstarter programs from throughout the years. There was that super awesome cooler for your camping needs, called the “Coolest Cooler.” The Pebble smartwatch has also been a popular device, as well as the best travel jacket — a hoodie that comes complete with an insane amount pockets.
But new Kickstarters are starting all the time. We’ve compiled a list of some of the most interesting Kickstarters out there to help you get in touch with your weird side.
The foot hammock and stand
Brigham Young University students recently announced a foot hammock and foot hammock stand that went live on Kickstarter Nov. 21 and will last until Dec. 18. The Kickstarter project has a fundraising goal of $10,000.
The BYU students held a previous campaign for the device that had a goal of $110,000.
“We launched our first model on Kickstarter in January 2015. Now we want to give backers a chance to get their hands (and feet) on it before anyone else,” says Foot Hammock co-creator Matt Hulme.
The project is just as it sounds. It’s a hammock … for your feet.
Foldscope: The original paper microscope
OK, so, this is a microscope that’s made of foldable paper. As the Kickstarter page explains, the microscope, which works well enough that you can see individual cells, embryos and bacteria, is made of paper that can be unfolded and folded, allowing you to take it with you wherever you go.
The project, which will end Dec. 21, already broke its $50,000 goal, earning $112,198.
We live in a world where selfies and drones can be one thing.
The product AirSelfie, which already more than doubled its goal of $47,836 with $113,590 already pledged, works as a flying camera that allows you to snap a picture of yourself.
The fundraising effort ends Dec. 24 — just in time for Christmas.
Who doesn’t need a drum to go?
With Freedrum, that’s exactly what you get — a drum kit that can fit in your pocket and that you play while outdoors or even on your couch.
The kit, which includes a pair of drumsticks connected to your fingers through a bracelet, wirelessly connects to your smartphone. You can then bang on the drums with the sticks. Because it comes with a pair of headphones, no one can complain about the noise you make.
The project set a goal of $150,000. It has earned $423,591 with about two weeks left.
Comp is a unique Kickstarter because it’s, well, just a composition notebook with a new design. That’s really all it is.
Aron Fray, the designer of the new notebook, said he made his 21st-century redesign because he felt a new generation needed a different style of notebook.
“With all the new advances in the fields of papermaking, printing and binding since the 1800s, I was interested in what it would be like to create a notebook that uses the new printing and binding technologies and the highest quality materials possible, while still maintaining the nostalgic pattern that we all know and love,” Fray wrote on the Kickstarter page.
Comp has already earned $91,308 on a $79,500 goal. You can buy a new comp book by donating $19 to the page.