Crowdfunding hardware – educational success story

Crowdfunding hardware – educational success story 5419Amanda Marisa Williams and Bruno Nadeau (team Fabule) are the brains behind a hardware crowdfunding project called "Clyde: An Expressive Lamp for Creative Homes", which went on to amass an impressive 149,530$ in financing, which is 104,000$ more than their original goal. Make magazine describes Clyde as "a hackable, customizable desk lamp designed for both utility and creative expressiveness" The story of their campaign is both educational and fascinating. Story includes the production costs, the factory names, manufacturing processes and references to other similar projects. Amanda is also a great story teller: "When I came out of the metro I found out we raised $20,000 more, I felt like Mitt Romney who goes to the bathroom and comes out 700$ richer" But let's start at the beginning.. Part 1: Draw, get feedback, build, get feedback, repeat.... From the beginning Amanda and her partner believed that benefits of showing the project sketches outweighed   Read more…


Fabule’s crowdfunding call : Clyde, a unique interactive lamp with multiple personalities.

Clyde by Fabule 5127Fresh out of HAXLR8R, an accelerator program for people who hack hardware, Fabule is releasing Clyde, a unique interactive lamp with multiple personalities.  Clyde is an interactive lamp with quirky personalities, designed to be opened, tweaked, adjusted, and appropriated by its owner. Fabule offers a set of 'personality modules' that control how Clyde behaves with the help of sensors. The "Touchy-Feely" module makes Clyde's ambient color change when one of the leg is touched. The "Afraid of the Dark" module makes Clyde illuminate a room when it becomes dark. Fabule continues to develop new personalities for Clyde, and will help Clyde's user community create their own. With a whimsical, jellyfish-like design and squishy silicone bits, Fabule presents Clyde as always fun to play with. Clyde interacts with his environment in some interesting ways, and can be made to respond to touch,   Read more…


Save your Tongue : Crowdfunding call for Montreal based A3D Innovation

vertiGOmug 5063Updated : Now on kickstarter. Through indiegogo.com, a crowdfunding platform for creative projects, A3D Innovation wants you to get your hand on the vertiGOmug. An innovative way to enjoy your coffee or tea without burning your tongue. “We invite the consumer to be part of this adventure with us,” says Véronique Bibeau-Poissant, President of A3D Innovation and co-founder with her husband. “If people like the vertiGOmug project, they can pledge money to make it happen quickly and receive their vertiGOmug in return.” For the vertiGOmug team, a simple problem needs a simple solution : Every day, the “first sip” of coffee burns millions of people using a mug. You can wait ages for the coffee to be drinkable, then before you know it, it's cold and only good for the sink. What a waste. Roberto Barbusci came up with the idea of dividing a mug or a tumbler in two separated compartments; one   Read more…


Instagrad crowdfunding for education funds

Instagrad crowdfunding for education funds 4979It's almost Christmas time and your little daughter, Sara, is begging you to get her a pony. She makes a good case with arguments like "but I want it!" and "pleeease!", but as a responsible parent you understand that a carrot muncher is not the most practical gift. Suddenly you realize that many of the gifts Sara will get this year will either be impractical or have to be returned or thrown away. Uncle Jim will probably get her an inflatable cheeseburger and you can bet your socks that someone will get her a set of glow-in-the-dark stickers. You've been giving her education a lot of thought lately and wish you could turn those gift cards into college funds. A Montreal startup, Instagrad, is set out to do just that. The recently launched crowdfunding platform helps parents get contributions towards their childrens' education funds. As a parent you would set up a profile   Read more…