Product:Structure Sensor Goal: $100,000 Amount Raised: $814,034 (814 percent) End Date: Nov. 1 Why: The 3D sensor lets users capture models of rooms, scan objects, play augmented reality games, and develop mobile apps with 3D sensing, the developer says. Attach it to your mobile device, move around, and capture 3D maps of everything the device sees. Users can export measurements into CAD or 3D printers or use them for app development. Available in blue or white, the sensor has a range of 40 cm to 3.5 m. Its onboard power supply lastsfor up to four hours of use or more than 1,000 of standby use.
@dcawrey Dreambox is so cool! The company has foreseen, and I think rightly so, that consumers will want to dabble in 3D printing but might not want to buy their own printer. I'd use Dreambox if I had one in my area.
I am sold on the Structure Sensor. I like how Kickstarter has become the hub of innovation and futuristic ideas and that ideas that have a bigger chance of gaining traction are the ones that are actually funded.
Kickstarter can be a 'window" about emerging ideas & thougths, as LP Writer, & ZIM clearly reflects. I was especially keen to read on about the LP Writer--especially as you noted in your Sept 24 write--up about on how Desktop publishers can go by the wayside as a result of the emerging technologies before us. As for ZIM, they're at 226K...hopefully they can attain the minimum 300K--because it will change the dynamics of 3D printing for sure.
I love the 3D printing stuff. My favorite one is Dreambox, which is a 3D printing vending machine. It scans your body and then creates a 3D version. Kind of like a 3D photobooth, which is totally cool.
I'd think that if a company saw a good idea on Kickstarter.. it would probably make more sense to hire a freelancer and build a knockoff -- and a knockoff that might actually be tailored to solve a particular problem. Plus, the ownership of the code/tech would be clear.
Yeah, Kickstarter wouldn't be the place of first resort, that's for sure. But there are situations where you need something and can't find a solution in regular, commercial channels. Perhaps some other people have had the same issue and are working on a solution that's available - or could be available - through Kickstarter. Kickstarter can show where some techs are heading; there's a lot of movement in 3D printers, for example. A year or two ago, there was a lot of activity around health-monitoring wristbands. I like looking at it to get a sense of some of the areas developers are pursuing most heavily.
Kickstarter has a stats page where it says more than 49K projects have been funded. Of those, I don't know how many actually went on to become commercially viable successes. Or whether any were acquired by other businesses. This would be really interesting to find out, but I don't have the resources to do that much investigation (if only!).
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