Space Replace in Raleigh

As Southern cities like Raleigh, North Carolina become more densely populated, the development of a multi-functional space becomes more of a challenge. And that’s exactly how hip urbanization projects for compact design like raleigh [ ] space are born. Formed by local art community Deco Raleigh and students at NCSU College of Design, raleigh [ ] space’s Kickstarter campaign seeks to create “parklets”: versatile, highly functional areas in urban communities.   What is a parklet, you ask? Basically, it’s just a small space – as in, the size of two parallel parking spots [... more]

A Toaster for Your iPhone

Never sure where your iPhone charger is because you constantly move it around the house? Then Foaster is for you. This sleek iPhone docking station resembles a toaster (you know, for bread?) and sits on your kitchen counter, perfectly positioned for meal-time charging. The Foaster fits iPhone 5, 5S, and 5C models, and can charge up to two iPhones at once. It’s also designed for easy one-handed docking and un-docking, leaving your other hand free for whatever — say, for eating a piece of actual toast. This amusing gadget began [... more]

The Only Shoelaces You Will Ever Need

Withstanding the zombie apocalypse. Extreme hipster resistance.  Bear attacks.  These are just a few of the bragging points held by the makers of Kickstarter’s latest success story, Rhino Laces: guaranteed unbreakable shoelaces designed for the world’s toughest jobs. Some things only become obvious to people in extreme situations, like two wildland firefighters who found their boot laces were snapping just as fast as the charred branches surrounding them. Determined to find a useful solution, they spent years testing different materials that would be both cut-proof and fire-proof, finally developing a proprietary [... more]

Banjo Ballads

Not many bands can claim that they single-handedly created their own genre of music, but that’s exactly what Grace & Tony did. Formed in Florence, Alabama, the now-married couple combined their two styles to create the “Punkgrass” sound they perform today. Says frontman Tony White (brother of John Paul White of the Civil Wars), “Punkgrass is simply a natural fusion of my punk-rock background and Grace’s Southern gospel and bluegrass upbringing.” No other term could so accurately describe their loose, upbeat, and narrative first full-length album, November, [... more]

Bluetooth Your Fitness

Wireless earphones are kind of cool. Wireless earphones that track your pace, heart rate, steps, cadence, and oxygen saturation, and act as a bluetooth headset for phone calls—well, that’s a lot of cool. Imagine going on a run and listening to music without getting tangled up in cords. Now, take that scenario a step further: Imagine doing that while gauging nearly every aspect of your fitness along the way. After a hugely successful Kickstarter campaign (parent company Bragi raised nearly $3.4 million), The Dash Smart Earphones are [... more]

Keeping Score

One of the many things I love about baseball is its rich history and layers upon layers of quirks and stories. Back in the day, people used to maintain that history by keeping score at games, but as people have moved into the digital age this simple act has become a lost art. Several years ago, I supported The Eephus League’s Baseball Scorebook Revival Project on Kickstarter, and I have bought their scorebooks every season since. Each year at baseball games I’m approached by fans asking about [... more]

Game Changer

Pebble first made serious waves as the most successful Kickstarter project ever. It was the first true consumer-facing smartwatch and offered more functionality that most consumers hadn’t seen up to that point. The one thing it did lack? Aesthetic value. Sure, the watch face was decently designed, but it didn’t offer anything that you could wear in a more formal situation. Now, they’ve changed that. Since their initial product was so well received, they’ve upgraded their smartwatch with Pebble Steel. It offers the same functionality as the [... more]