Archive for the Kickstarter Category

Did Pebble just crashed Kickstarter?

It seems like Pebble just caused Kickstarter to crash. The smartwatch maker announced today that they will be offering a Steel version of the upcoming Pebble Time. Those who have backed the Pebble Time can go to Kickstarter to update their reward tier to Pebble Time Steel.

Shortly after the announcement, Kickstarter website starts to experience some issue. According to Status.Kickstarter.com, the site is experiencing slow performance and they are adding capacity to handle elevated traffic.

Elevated traffic. Hmmm….. A quick look at the uptime and respond time shows that the issue started shortly after 9pm Singapore time. Pebble made the announcement at around 9pm Singapore time.

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Seems like Pebble just crashed Kickstarter server.

Kickstarter hacked, user data stolen

Here’s a Public Service Announcement to all Kickstarter users. The crowd funding site reports that it has been hacked.

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Information like usernames, email addresses, mailing addresses, phone numbers, and encrypted passwords were accessed by hackers. Actual passwords were not reveled but it is possible for someone with enough computing power to crack the encrypted password.

Luckily, no credit card data of any kind was accessed by hackers. There is no evidence of unauthorized activity of any kind on all but two Kickstarter user accounts.

So you know the drills. Time to change your Kickstarter password. If you have another service using the same password, you should also change them too.

miggo – A camera strap that turns into a bag

Here’s an amazing project on Kickstarter. miggo is the world’s first multifunctional camera carrier that is both a camera strap/grip and case at the same time.

I think it is a pretty cool idea to use the camera strap to wrap the camera. It is great for those casual days when you just want to bring 1 camera and 1 lens for a simple walk and shoot. I already have a few camera bags but I still backed this project immediately when I saw it.

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miggo is available for both DSLR and mirrorless camera and available in 2 design.

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The Strap & Wrap is a padded strap for carrying your camera around your neck or across your body. When done shooting, simply roll it around your camera and turn it into a protective carrier.

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The Grip & Wrap is a secure and adaptable grip for your wrist. Like the Strap & Wrap, you can simply roll miggo around the camera to turn it into a protective carrier when you are done shooting.

All miggo have a special dedicated pocket for the lens’ cap and a smart adapter screw that connect to the camera to a tripod even while miggo is attached. Cool feature.

miggo is now on Kickstarter. Simply pledge $35 for Grip & Wrap or $40 for Strap & Wrap as reward.

WIDE BODY: Watch straps for Pebble

One of the biggest complaint about Pebble is the straps. I love my Pebble watch. They guys did a great watch but they didn’t get a good watch strap to company the great watch.

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I’ve been wanting to change the strap ever since I got my Pebble. And I’m glad someone on Kickstarter has created a project to make a better watch strap for Pebble. And it looks pretty good.

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WIDE BODY is slightly wider than the default Pebble strap. The default Pebble strap is 22mm wide while WIDE BODY will be 30mm. Comes in Black Silicone, White Silicone, Black Leather or Brown Leather. Replacing the

If you are interested, head down to the Kickstarter page and pledge $29 for silicone version or $39 for leather version.

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Kickstarter project for Death Star… and a Rebel Alliance X-Wing Squadron

The Obama Administration has decided not to build a Death Star even though a petition reached the 25,000 signatures necessary. But that is not stopping the Star Wars fans from turning to crowd source funding site, Kickstarter, to seek funding to build the Death Star. Check out the Kickstarter project for an Open Source Death Star.

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The project creator is seeking £20,000,000 in funds. The entire project will use open source hardware and software to keep the cost down. Wait, before you start putting £20,000,000 into the project, just want to point out that £20,000,000 is for the detailed plans to build a Death Star and enough chicken wire to protect reactor exhaust ports. The actual construction of the Death Star will happen when they reach the stretched goal of £543,000,000,000,000,00 ($850,000,000,000,000,000). Yikes!

OK, this is actually a joke. I’m actually surprised that Kickstarter agreed to it. But judging from the high initial goal amount, I doubt it will be successfully funded. Oh, by the way, the funding will end on 1 April 2013. Can’t wait to see the April Fools’ Day message.

Oh, and if the Dark Side is not your cup of tea, the Rebel Alliance has also created a Kickstarter project for the crowd source funding of a X-Wing Squadron to fight the Death Star.

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PS: Some of you might notice that I’m a supporter for both Kickstarter project.