Mionix is thinking a bit outside the cage for its newest mouse, the Naos QG (Quantified Gaming), which is currently on Kickstarter seeking $100,000 in funding. Described as the world's first smart mouse, the Naos QG is equipped with various sensors that track body reactions in order to provide "deep insights into your gaming." It's a similar concept to tracking data on athletes, and then using that data to improve their abilities.
Crowdfunding site Kickstarter has put the kibosh on Blood Sport, an immersive gaming experience in which in-game damage results in the player losing real blood. On the surface, that sounds like a horrendously bad idea -- imagine if a hacker infected your system with malware to disengage any safety measures that make sure you don't lose so much blood you become unconscious. However, this isn't a technology meant for homes.
Many things retro end up coming back in style years after the fact, though what about old school adventure gaming? You know, the point & click variety that was so popular in the 1980s and early 1990s with games like Maniac Mansion, Zak McKracken and the Alien Mindbenders, and several others I recall playing on a Commodore 64, and then later on an IBM compatible 286 PC. Well, after years of waiting, I'm happy to report that Ron Gilbert and Gary Winnick have teamed up once more to create a point & click adventure game called Thimbleweed Park.
Kickstarter is fast turning into a graveyard of sorts for crowdfunding efforts involving routers that promise hassle-free internet anonymity by automatically routing all traffic through Tor. Close on the heels of its suspension of the Anonabox funding campaign, the popular crowdfunding site on Wednesday put the kibosh on funding for another such project.
A longtime reader of Maximum PC discovered his passion for building computers from reading our magazine, and now several years later, he's on Kickstarter trying to raise funds for Neutron. What is Neutron, exactly? Neutron is a NUC-like mini PC that's designed to offer the same performance as found in desktop towers, but in a form factor that can literally fit in the palm of your hand.
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.
Note: This article was originally featured in the January 2014 issue of the magazine.
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.