CannyBots are palm-sized robot cars that you control with your smart-phone or tablet. Imagine Hot Wheels you can program, design, and control yourself all while introducing your kids to the brave new future of a digital age. Now stop imagining and check out CannyBots.
JAGD is one of those rare enterprising projects that takes on the challenge of working directly with you to customize your reward. The watch faces are laser-engraved wood or metal, the hands are slender, and the design is up to you. You design the watch face, you design your destiny.
Gi FlyBike is an electric bike. It folds up. It only comes in a bright classic white, which is the same color as clouds, the president’s house, and heaven. The bike lock and smart-phone mount are built in; the safety lights are automatic, and the battery will take you 40 miles on a single charge. Commutes are lame. Gi FlyBike is not.
Luminoodle is an LED light strip that runs off of any USB port (or the included battery pack). You can weave this thing in and out of trees, tents, bike frames, fish tanks, cars or drape it over your shoulder to light up the night. How much cooler will your indoor/outdoor spaces look with a string of sparkly LED lights? Answer: A lot cooler.
Ravean is a multi-season, futuristic heated down jacket (& gloves!) with ridiculously long battery life. If you’re anything like me, every time you sit on a heated car seat, you wish you had that warm snuggly heat all over your body, all day long. Ravean brings you one step closer to living that dream. Worth noting: Ravean also charges your phone.
SoundBot II is a wirelessly charging portable Bluetooth speaker. It’s NFC enabled, comes with a standard qi charger (which also charges other things), and it takes cues directly from Siri. These things are travel-worthy, they look cool, and they pack a powerful sonic punch. Early bird pledges start at $25.
Spaceteam is a fast-paced cooperative card game that places you and your friends on a team of astronauts working together to repair your collective space ship. The graphics look like Flash Gordon spaceship parts updated for the current era, with great made-up names like “Kilobypass transformer” and “Quasipaddle.” There are no prescribed turns, so if you like zany antics, space, and/or fun, you’ll like Spaceteam.
is a portable wind turbine that provides power to your devices no
matter how far off the grid you are. The largest version can power your
entire home, while the smallest folds up and is only 1.4 lbs. Although
they’re made in Iceland, the team offers free shipping worldwide, and
you may even be eligible for a tax credit just for pledging for one.
You know when your friend borrows your phone for a minute, and you get that sudden pang of realization that they’re holding the minute details of your life in their hands? Johana at Endless ID seeks to change all that—so you can finally stop playing it cool as if borrowing your phone is no big deal. Endless ID is a wearable microchip that coordinates with your phone to hide certain apps when you’re not the one using it. Wear the bracelet or attach it to literally anything else—the possibilities are, well…endless.
The Illustrator’s Guidebook is “The Joy of Cooking” for illustrators. Learn illustration fundamentals, tips, and secrets directly from the greats at Disney, Pixar, and Marvel, along with video game designers and other legendary favorites like Loish and Steve Rude. You’ve never owned this book, and your illustrating career hasn’t quite taken off yet. Coincidence? I think not.