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The Kickstarter Weekly 5 – July 23rd

Kickstarter Weekly 5
This week we are taking a look at five tech projects from the crowd sourcing website Kickstarter that have caught our eye.

The first project we are looking at is trying to bring a little part Star Wars into your everyday life. The company Provision 3D Media has created a Holographic Display that allows you to project holograms from 3 inches to 52 inches tall anywhere you want without using any special glasses or screen. This brings us to what they are aiming to do now with the Kickstarter Campaign which is to create a life size hologram. Provision is creating an improved Holovision machine that would allow life sized displays and need the funding from the Kickstarter Campaign for the design and building costs. The timeline they have on their Kickstarter page says that the project should be finished by February/March 2014 and they will start presenting it in March 2014. One of the first applications they have planned is for gaming consoles. This would allow you to have your player projected in front of you and using the gesture recognition, developed by Provision, control and play the game using a hologram. If you pledge $99 or $125 US Dollars you can attend presentations in select cities. For people who would just like a small holographic display you can pledge $299 or $349 US dollars and you will receive a Holovision prototype which will project a free floating 3 inch tall hologram. 

The next project that caught our eye is not something completely revolutionary but something very useful that should have been thought of a lot sooner. The project is called The Practical Meter, created by David Toledo, which allows you to see how many watts are going into your charging cable allowing you to know how fast your device will be charged. This is done with a USB device that plugs into the USB device and is a pass through that allows a USB charging cable to plug into it. It monitors the wattage in real time to show you if your device is going to charge in the time the manufacturer advertised or slower. To address the problem of slow charging rate Mr. Toledo has developed a charging cable which makes sure that your device is charging at the maximum rate possible. The way this is done is by putting special circuits in the charging tips of a cable that he has designed. To receive one of these cables you have to pledge $7 US Dollars and to receive the Practical Meter and a cable you have to pledge $19 US Dollars. But hurry the project ends on July 25 at 9:21 AM PST. 

The third project we are looking at is new kind of storage called the Plug by CGC. It allows you to turning any USB storage device into a cloud drive which you are able to access anywhere on any device with an internet connection. The way this happens is a device called the Plug is plugged into an Ethernet cable and then connects to a USB storage device. What this does is create a cloud server that you own and can make bigger or smaller by just buying a new USB storage device without having to worry about a monthly subscription. Also included is security that makes it so if your computer is infected with a virus the files on the hard drive are not affected. So in essence it is like network attached storage (NAS) docking stations but without a limited amount of drive bays. To receive the Plug device you have to pledge $79 US Dollars otherwise the retail will be $150 US dollars. 

This next project we are looking at is an idea that should go very far because of the variety of people that are able to use it. The name of the project is Lernstift which is German for learning pen. The reason for the name is that the Lernstift teaches how to correctly write letters and how to spell words correctly. The way it does this is using the handwriting recognition software developed by HWR which is used in tablets and smartphones around the world. This software uses many sensors just like you would find in a smartphone. The pen itself contains an ARM processor, motion sensor, memory, Wi-Fi, vibration module and uses Linux. The motion sensor combines an accelerometer with a gyroscope while also using a magnetometer. With all of that stuffed into the sensor it develops a resolution of about 400 dpi at 200 Hz which allows the pen to recognize block writing at 20 milliseconds per letter. Then to allow the pen to get used to your writing it will have a learning mode which calibrates it to your handwriting so that it recognizes the real mistakes. To get this awesome piece of technology you have to pledge, in the United States, £109 pounds or about $167 US Dollars at today?s conversion rate.

The last project the caught our eye is something that could make your life a lot easier. This project called Rubbee and it can make any bike into an electric powered bike in just a few seconds. The way this is done is by creating a machine that is completely integrated with a motor, battery and everything in one. The way the motor works is by using a suppression system which forces the wheel made a unique polyurethane formula to always have contact with the bike tire making it so it moves even while wet or muddy. This system also allows you to move the Rubbee off the tire if the battery dies. The battery that is integrated into the Rubbee has a 20,000mAh capacity which gives it a range of 15 miles and a top speed of 15 miles per hour. The cost of this wonderful machine is £849 Pounds which is about $1,297 US dollars at today?s conversion rate. 

That wraps up our weekly 5 tech projects on Kickstarter, check back again next week for any new interesting projects.