We're a connected society, and if you let your kids run rampant on the Internet, they might just spend the whole day on there. There are parental controls that can help make sure little Billy and Suzi aren't spending too much time on the web or visiting sites they shouldn't be, but the Kudoso router that's now on Kickstarter is a first. The Kudoso router lets you assign chores and activities to let your kids unlock Internet time on approved sites.
A neat way to introduce kids to 3D design and printing
Now that 3D printing is knocking on the door of mainstream audiences, the goals should be to get the price of entry down, and to introduce the technology to kids. Mission Street Manufacturing is aiming at the latter by taking its Printeer 3D printer for kids and schools to Kickstarter, where it hopes to raise $50,000. At the time of this writing, Printeer has solicited nearly $28,000 in funding with 23 days left.
Crowdfunding sites have made it possible to raise money for a business venture from your computer. While Kickstarter is king in this realm, there are other noteworthy alternatives. We kick the tires on three of them
What do Bret Easton Ellis, Ricki Lake, and Whoopi Goldberg all have in common? Believe it or not, they have all successfully launched projects through Kickstarter—the world’s largest crowdfunding site. They’re not alone, either; since the site first debuted in 2009, more than 5 million users have made donations, funding over 50,000 individual ventures that otherwise would never have seen the light of day. It is fair to say that Kickstarter has been a modern phenomenon, helping to fund a wide variety of different projects, from video games to fashion labels and even multi-million dollar feature films. It truly is an entrepreneur’s playground.
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Facebook purchasing Oculus was an unprecedented acquisition. No Kickstarter company has ever been bought out by a large corporation prior to their crowdfunded project being released--at least not on the immense scale of $2 billion.
The surprising acquisition has spurred a lot of animosity from virtual-reality enthusiasts, most notably from the original Kickstarter backers.
A device that combines multiple input peripherals into one
You never know what you'll find when browsing Kickstarter, the crowdfunding site that's helped bring Oculus Rift, Ouya, and Leisure Suit Larry Reloaded to fruition. We've also seen a handful of peripherals skate through Kickstarter -- items like the Stinky Footboard Controller and Paradise Desk. More recently, we stumbled upon a unique peripheral called King's Assembly, and with 51 days still to go, it's already blown past its funding goal.
Hackers stole customer data from Kickstarter's database
Kickstarter's rising popularity has apparently made it a target for hackers, some of which recently weaseled their way into the crowdfunding site's database and made off with some sensitive information. Some usernames, email addresses, mailing addresses, phone numbers, and encrypted passwords were compromised in the data breach, though Kickstarter says no credit card data was accessed.
If the first run of the Kickstarter-powered Ouya wasn't enough to inspire you to purchase one, perhaps new and improved hardware will change your mind. A brand new 16GB version of the Ouya is giving the console an overhaul to attract a new audience as well as win back detractors from the initial release.
Just when you thought virtual reality might be dead, here came the Oculus Rift, a VR headset that raised nearly $2.5 million on Kickstarter. The Oculus Rift has sparked excitement among gamers and developers alike, prompting other device makers to jump on board the little bandwagon that could (virtual reality). At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, ace reporter and Maximum PC Online Managing Editor Jimmy Thang spent a few minutes viewing a demo of the PrioVR suit, a motion control system that doesn't use any cameras.
Looking for something distinctly more Fallout than zombie-slaying for your PC game repertoire? You might want to take on Wasteland 2, the delectable-looking squel to Wasteland, whose beta was just made available for Kickstarter backers as of yesterday. As far as the rest of us go, there's always Steam Early Access, which the game has gone live on as well.
A person could argue that not nearly enough attention is paid to the computer desk, the one piece of equipment that you're apt to hold onto for years and years. David Wrobel set out to change that and so he came up with the Paradise Desk, supposedly the first desk designed from head to toe for the computer enthusiast. This thing is loaded with features, and thanks to Kickstarter, it's going to be a reality.