Support Ever, Jane: The Virtual World of Jane Austen by Judy L. Tyrer |Kickstarter


The Ever, Jane Kickstarter project is ~$14,000 short of its $100,000 goal with only 51 hours to go @ 6pm MST Friday, November 29th. You can support the project by pledging as low as $1.00!!!

Ever, Jane is a virtual world that allows people to role-play in Regency Period England. Similar to traditional role playing games, we advance our character through experience, but that is where the similarities end. Ever, Jane is about playing the actual character in the game, building stories.  Our quests are derived from player’s actions and stories. And  we gossip rather than swords and magic to demolish our enemies and aid our friends.

Support Ever, Jane: The Virtual World of Jane Austen by Judy L. Tyrer | Kickstarter.

Oculus Rift-based virtual reality game could help restore 3D vision | Engadget


Many will tell you that video games are bad for your eyes, but James Blaha doesn’t buy that theory. He’s developing a crowdfunded virtual reality title, Diplopia, that could help restore 3D vision. The Breakout variant trains those with crossed eye problems to coordinate their eyes by manipulating contrast; players score well when their brain merges two images into a complete scene. Regular gameplay could noticeably improve eyesight for adults that previously had little hope of recovering their depth perception, Blaha says. The potential solution is relatively cheap, too — gamers use an Oculus Rift as their display, and they can add a Leap Motion controller for a hands-free experience. If you’re eager to help out, you can pledge $20 to get Diplopia, and $400 will bundle the app with an Oculus Rift headset. Check out a video demo of the therapeutic game after the break.

Read: Oculus Rift-based virtual reality game could help restore 3D vision | Engadget

3 Ways to Use Social Media for Fundraising | See3 Communications


I wonder what it’s like to be dyslexic by Sam Barclay [Kickstarter Project] | Kickstarter UK


This would be a great addition to any library’s collection on disabilities. 

A beautiful, design led experience of what it feels like to struggle with reading. See more about the project: I wonder what it’s like to be dyslexic by Sam Barclay | Kickstarter.

Screw Teaching Your Kids–Get This Robot Instead | Co.Labs


Gupta set out to find a way to teach very young children the basics of coding–sequences of instructions, subroutines, events, conditional statements–in a playful way. Today Play-i launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise $250,000 to manufacture two kid-friendly robots called Bo and Yana, which teach high-level programming concepts to children as as young as five.

Read more: Screw Teaching Your Kids–Get This Robot Instead ⚙ Co.Labs ⚙ code + community.

Social Web for Good: Crowdfunding Better Communities | Mashable


While technology is often cited as a barrier to real human connection, it also unites people in a way that’s changing communities and individual lives, as well as how we do business. And it’s happening all over the country.

Here are 2 heartwarming stories of communities coming together to help out struggling small businesses using social crowdfunding.

via Social Web for Good: Crowdfunding Better Communities | Mashable.

Run-n-Read keeps e-book text steady while you’re on the treadmill | Engadget


Weartrons may help those athletic readers maintain their focus with its upcoming Run-n-Read peripheral. The clip-on device detects its wearer’s movements and compensates for them on a host Android or iOS device, keeping e-book text steady in the midst of a treadmill run. Owners can also tap the Run-n-Read to turn pages, and the gadget doubles as a pedometer in between reading sessions.

via Run-n-Read keeps e-book text steady while you’re on the treadmill | Engadget

See the Weartrons Run-n-Read crowdfunding campaign.

Kickstarter Officially Opens in Canada | Mashable


Kickstarter Officially Opens in Canada | Mashable.

Five trends driving the hardware boom | Tech Culture – CNET News


For years, venture investors and entrepreneurs were all about software. Now, more and more money is flowing into hardware. Why the excitement over hardware? The way I see it, there are five key trends driving the hardware renaissance. See the full article: Five trends driving the hardware boom | Tech Culture – CNET News.

Vinyl Making a Comeback?


UVinylUniversal Music’s vinyl branch — is developing a “crowd-funded vinyl service” that will release limited-edition records of old “deleted” albums if there’s enough demand. “The Vinyl Project” will re-press deleted and rare records into vinyl, and release them with digital downloads and personalized art prints.

via Universal Music Reviving Vinyls With Crowdfunding Service | Mashable.

The power of crowdfunding used to revive outdated technology. I’m not sure this would have happened if DJs, sound mixers, musicians and artists were not still using vinyl records and continuing their popularity. One area at least where the music industry is creating goodwill and partnerships promoting music development instead of restrictions.

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