12 Strangest Tech Projects on Kickstarter

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12 Strangest Tech Projects on Kickstarter
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The overwhelming success of the crowd-funding site Kickstarter proves that if you have a dream -- and a really good pitch -- you can almost always find someone willing to fund it. From a gigantic electromechanical snake to a device that turns you into a one-man marching band, even some of the craziest tech projects hosted on Kickstarter have inspired backers. Read on to find out which projects might actually be happening.

Titanoboa
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Titanoboa

If you’ve seen “Jurassic Park,” you know bringing back giant, long-extinct reptiles isn’t a great idea. So the fact that Charlie Brinson only wanted to build a life-size, 50-foot-long electromechanical replica of the titanoboa, a giant snake that lived 60 million years ago, seems reasonable in comparison to what could have been. Brinson met his $10,000 funding goal in 2011, and Titanoboa is currently under construction.

Related: Kickstarter: Titanoboa

Throw Trucks With Your Mind
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Throw Trucks With Your Mind

The title of this project is pretty self-explanatory; the programmer, Lat Ware, wants to create a video game where you literally throw trucks with your mind. Ware explains that the game will use the NeuroSky MindWave headset to translate your brain waves into actual actions within the game. The project exceeded its funding goal in March 2013, raising $47,287 total.

Related: Kickstarter: Throw Trucks With Your Mind

Compstumes
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Compstumes

Is your computer monitor missing a little holiday spirit? The Compstumes Kickstarter wanted to change that, with costumes themed around major holidays like Christmas, Thanksgiving and Halloween that you can slip over your monitor while retaining all the usual functionality. It seems that not many felt the need to dress up their monitors, however; the Kickstarter closed in May 2011, having raised only $168 of its $1,200 goal.

Related: Kickstarter: Compstumes

Remee -- The REM Enhancing Lucid Dreaming Mask
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Remee -- The REM Enhancing Lucid Dreaming Mask

Would you rather swap tall tales with Mark Twain or go shopping with Coco Chanel? Or maybe piloting a Star Destroyer is more your scene. It sounds far-fetched, but if you believe in lucid dreaming -- the ability to control your dreams -- it can be a reality. Remee is a sleep mask designed to help you slip into that lucid dreaming state with the use of flashing lights. Bitbanger Labs blew its goal of $35,000 out of the water, raising $572,891, and Remee is now available for sale.

Related: Kickstarter: Remee - The REM Enhancing Lucid Dreaming Mask

A Giant Statue of Robocop
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A Giant Statue of Robocop

Does Detroit need a 10-foot-tall statue of Robocop? The nonprofit organization Imagination Station Detroit certainly thinks so, and judging by its wildly successful Kickstarter, so do 2,718 other people. The group exceeded its original $50,000 ask by more than $17,000. As of May 2013, the statue has been fabricated and is on its way to being cast in bronze.

Related: Kickstarter: Detroit Needs a Statue of Robocop

Gamers Hip Clip
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Gamers Hip Clip

If you’re a gamer, you’ve undoubtedly had to make the choice between continuing your game and taking a meal break. The Hip Clip tried to solve that problem by keeping you literally attached at the hip to your game controller, so you can manage tasks -- like answering the door and eating -- without having to leave your game’s voice chat. However, it’s hard for a product to compete with a free solution like laying the controller down, and the Hip Clip only raised $5 out of the $50,000 requested.

Related: Kickstarter: Gamers Hip Clip

The PowerPot
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The PowerPot

Even the most die-hard campers will admit that sometimes a source of electricity comes in handy, whether you’re recharging your smartphone to check whether that snake you stepped on is poisonous or just giving your Kindle enough juice for one more chapter. Solar powered chargers are fairly common, but the sun isn’t always available. That’s where the PowerPot comes in; this cooking pot uses thermoelectric technology to generate enough energy to recharge USB-powered devices. The creators raised $126,204 -- more than doubling their goal -- and successfully launched the PowerPot.

Related: Kickstarter: The PowerPot

Wearable Marching Band Glove
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Wearable Marching Band Glove

You may be an epic air guitarist, but how are you on the air trombone? The Imaginary Marching Band is a sensor-equipped glove that lets you create music by mimicking the playing of six common instruments: the trombone, tuba, trumpet, snare drum, bass drum and cymbals. The glove can reproduce the full range of notes for each instrument in MIDI output, using the built-in USB connection. The creator, Scott Peterman, met his funding goal of $10,000 in June 2011.

Related: Kickstarter:The Imaginary Marching Band

Romo, the Smartphone-Powered Robot
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Romo, the Smartphone-Powered Robot

Someday, we might look back and regret the role we played in creating our despotic robot overlords -- but that day isn’t today. And besides, who could fear such a cute little guy? Romo is a small, wheeled robot controlled by your smartphone or iPod Touch. The creators, Romotive, not only met their funding goal in November 2011, they more than tripled it, raising $114,796. Romo is available in the Romotive store.

Related: Kickstarter: Romo – The Smartphone Robot

Open Source Death Star
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Open Source Death Star

Not that long ago, in a country not that far away, a visionary plan was hatched: to build a Death Star that could protect the people. Death Stars are expensive, but the creators planned to use open source software and hardware to make it slightly more affordable. The initial goal was a reasonable 20 million pounds to create more detailed plans and purchase enough chicken wire to cover up those pesky thermal exhaust ports. Alas, the project didn’t quite reach its goal, raising only 328,613 pounds.

Related: Kickstarter: Open Source Death Star

Rebel Alliance X-Wing Squadron
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Rebel Alliance X-Wing Squadron

When a Death Star was proposed, Simon Kwan knew that the Galactic Empire had to be behind it. And what better way to oppose a Death Star than with a fleet of X-Wing fighters? It seemed like a slam-dunk -- the prize for the biggest backers was an opportunity to train with Master Yoda himself, and 643 true believers donated a total of $721,036 for the chance. Unfortunately, the project came in short of the $11 million goal, so no one will be traveling to Dagobah any time soon.

Related: Kickstarter: Rebel Alliance X-Wing Squadron

An iPad Holder for Strollers
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An iPad Holder for Strollers

The concept behind the iStroll Kid makes sense in theory; the device is designed to securely attach an iPad or other tablet to a stroller as a distraction for babies and toddlers on the go. Unfortunately for creator Christian Souza, most people didn’t agree that the best way to get children to behave was to distract them with expensive electronics; the project raised only $445 of the $10,000 it was aiming for. Although he didn’t reach his goal, Souza continued development and the iStroll Kid is available for preorder today.

Related: Kickstarter: iStroll Kid

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