Here are 5 Kickstarter projects that I think deserve to get funded.
[There is a rant coming, if you just want the projects, hit the jump. But if you want a fair warning, read on]
It was not an easy decision to run this post. I you noticed, DIYP has stopped featuring Kickstarter campaigns long while ago. The reasons were many but to sum it up, Kickstarter did not show accountability on their platform and many projects backed and funded delivered with huge delays (or have yet to deliver at all).
You see, kick starter is not like a shop, there is a risk factor involved. When you back a project, you buy in on coolness and early adoption (and possibly lower pricing), but may of the makers on Kickstarters are exactly that. Makers. This is not a bad thing. But there is a world of difference between making something and mass producing something. It involves managing a chain of supply, accounting for logistics, support & recalls, taking care of storage. And all and all the overhead of mass production is very different from making a few units in the basement (which is a cool thing by itself).
Those inherent changes, are not always taken into account when running a Kickstarter. But there is more. I like to think of the photography community as a tech-savvy-early-adopter-gear-lasting kind of community, so any Kickstarter that shows a good promise is something that makes us go “take my money and shut up”. Not always remembering that a Kickstarter may come at a price of uncertainty. Uncertainty of final features, uncertainty of final appearance and most of all uncertainty of delivery date.
All that said, here are 5 projects that I think should fund. They are all extremely cool and innovative as a Kickstarter should be. but this is not why they are featured here. They are here either because they are a dad-in-the-garage kind of project or on the other end of the spectrum coming from a reputable company. Both, I believe, are worth giving a chance too.
Please by any means don’t take this post as a lift on the rule regarding individual Kickstarters.
Now, if you are still with me, here are 5 projects that I believe are a good place to spend your money.
[Real deal rewards at £35 and up] We deal with quite a lot of high speed photography on the blog and share quite a bit of tools. The Triggertrap Redsnap may end up being one of the more awesome ways to trigger a camera. You know the basic idea – something happens, the shutter opens / a flash pops. The Redsnap takes this concept to extreme by providing an open source, expandable unit. (I also must say I am a sucker for the hot design).
[Real deal rewards at $29 and up] This has to be one of the cutest projects I’ve seen on Kickstarter. The names pretty much gives it up it is a 3D printed pinhole camera which if you ask me, is nothing but a labor of love. I doubt that this project will ever become a commercial business, but just the thought of making a fully usable camera with 3D printing makes we cry with joy.
[Real deal rewards at $85 and up] This is a smart take on a monopod. Instead of having a single point of contact with the ground, the Pitchfork has two points of contact with the ground (using an H shaped bracket) giving it more stability for video shots.
The clever part is that it also transforms into a shoulder stock video rig utilizing the same H bracket. I have not tried it, so I don’t know if it is comfortable, but it is definitely innovative.
[Real deal rewards at £62 and up] The True View (gotta love anyone who adds ™ to their Kickstarter name) is the most ambitious project on this list. It is definitely something new and innovative. The device is a beautifully crafted device that allows you to take 3D photos and videos with your smartphone.
The concept is cool and I have to take my hat off for how awesome the final product looks. Sadly with 16 days to go and 96% of funding still missing, I am not sure this one will make it.
[Real deal rewards at $35 and up] The Sebbo is a color-changing, programmable wrist band. It is not photography per-se, but it is included in this list for the cool ways you can use it with light painting