Posts Tagged ‘Kickstarter’
 
Posted in Inspirational Design of the Week by Courtney on April 13th, 2012
 

Owning an iPhone or Android smartphone just got even better with Pebble, the first watch designed for the 21st century. It’s more than a gadget—it’s a control center! Via Kickstarter:

It’s infinitely customizable, with beautiful downloadable watchfaces and useful internet-connected apps. Pebble connects to iPhone and Android smartphones using Bluetooth, alerting you with a silent vibration to incoming calls, emails and messages. While designing Pebble, we strove to create a minimalist yet fashionable product that seamlessly blends into everyday life. 

Control your music, track distances when cycling or running, and even customize your watchface to match your mood or outfit! Pebble is working on a variety of apps to vastly expand the watch’s functionality, too.

We’ve backed this deal by pledging to buy the Office Pack, so five of us here at DNA 11 will be sync’d in style. Maybe we’ll even match our watchfaces to our own dna portraits!

 
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Posted in Inspirational Design of the Week, Just Cool by Courtney on February 27th, 2012
 

A good wallet is hard to find—let alone one with a minimalist design and RFID protection. Designers Scott Hussa and Ken Minn have solved that problem with the HuMn wallet and a bunch of us here at DNA 11 can’t stop buzzing about it.

This Kickstarter project was born out of necessity and lots of traveling. Being two dudes on the go, Scott and Ken tried almost every type of wallet, money clip, card case, and wallet mutation out there. They were looking for a way to keep what they needed in their wallets, while getting rid of the things they didn’t.

All of the rejected wallets had a common problem: while they might start out “looking” slim, they would take on the usual bloated appearance once cards and cash were thrown in. To make things worse, almost all of the wallets out there didn’t protect against RFID skimming.

The HuMn Wallet is front pocket friendly and includes two plates (either aluminum or carbon fiber depending on the model) which are secured with an expandable band. Lots of different pledge options are available, so kickstart this project into gear!

Via Uncrate / Kickstarter.

 
 
Posted in gift ideas, Inspirational Design of the Week by Courtney on December 22nd, 2011
 

Who doesn’t like playing with magnets? And when you throw a little Ferrite into the mix, suddenly you have this alluring Interactive Liquid Sculpture. The products (Ferro, the mini and Ferrite, the larger Desktop version) contain Ferrofluid—an extraordinary material with unique ferromagnetic properties.

From Designer David Markus:
By applying magnetic fields of different strengths, different shapes and formations begin to appear in this otherworldly black liquid. By suspending it in a clear liquid, even more interactive qualities are exposed.

Ferrite has been designed with the desktop use in mind. Its solid aluminum base prevents the display from tipping over, while a matching stylus houses powerful neodymium magnets.

Ferro has been designed as a smaller, more interactive version of Ferrite. It features a cage to protect the glass container, as well as a special encased magnet that rests on the top of the vessel.

Want to get your hands on a Ferrite or Ferro? Back this project!

 
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Posted in Art+Science, Cool Art Ideas, Educational, gift ideas, Just Cool, Science Tattoos by Courtney on December 8th, 2011
 


If you’ve already ordered your DNA 11 Gift Kit but still need something for the science-lover in your life, look no further! We’ve curated a few must-haves of the season, celebrating everything from molecules to DNA, sterling-silver to jellyfish.

Steampunk Rock Star Scientist Poster Art Prints (above)
If you’re like us, everyday is a celebration of Watson and Crick, the duo who together proposed the double helix/spiral staircase structure of the DNA molecule in 1953. Now you can pay tribute to your favourite scientists in style with these Steampunk Rock Star Scientist Prints.

 

Intro to Molecular Bonding T-Shirt
If you put six H’s, two C’s and one big O in a room together, what would happen? Consult Figure 1: Alcohol at a Party. Available as both men’s and women’s tees, it’s a perfect gift for those scientific party animals.

 

 

 

 

Biochemies DNA Plush Toys
These DNA plush toys magnetically interact where they hydrogen bond! These little guys aren’t available for purchase yet, but you can back the project on Kickstarter for first dibs on a set of your own when they’re released in March 2012. These happy bases would make great desk toys, educational tools, or gifts for current and aspiring scientists.

 

 

Molecular Cuisine Starter Kit
This culinary kit is more like chemistry set, containing sachets of agar-agar, calcium lactate, sodium alginate, soy lecithin and xanthan gum to help aspiring molecular chefs experiment at home. The kit also includes an arsenal of tools like a syringe and silicone tubing, plus a DVD of 50+ recipes for molecular implosion.
via Wired

 

Desktop Jellyfish Tank
Because regular aquariums just don’t cut it anymore! This kit includes all the essential tools to get started, from the 7 gallon tank, air pump and feeding tube, to a voucher for moon jellyfish delivery (they’re guaranteed to arrive alive!).  It’s the first affordable aquarium designed specifically for jellyfish and it’s as easy to maintain as a regular fish tank (which jellyfish can’t live in because they get sucked into the air filtration system). Available for pre-order.
via Kickstarter

 

Science Ink: Tattoos of the Science Obsessed
Body art meets popular science in this mind-blowing collection of science-inspired tattoos. Written by renowned science writer Carl Zimmer, each tattoo provides a leaping-off point for reflection on the science in question—whether it’s the importance of an image of Darwin’s finches or the significance of the uranium atom inked into the chest of a young radiologist.

 

 

 

DNA bases charm bracelet
Charm her with a DNA bracelet! This sterling-silver bracelet was created to honour Rosalind Franklin, who’s x-ray crystallography work was critical in Watson and Crick’s determination of the double helix structure of DNA. The bracelet features charms of the four bases found in DNA: A, C, G, and T.

 

 
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Posted in Educational, gift ideas, Just Cool by Courtney on November 24th, 2011
 

We could barely contain our excitement when we found Biochemies’ DNA Molecule Plush Dolls on KickStarter. How could we not back this?

From Kickstarter:
DNA is the most fundamental component in our biology and is composed of 4 bases: adenine (green), thymine (red), guanine (black), and cytosine (blue). Furthermore, the bases interact with each other via hydrogen bonds (accomplished by magnets) to form base pairs. Adenine and thymine form a base pair via 2 bonds while guanine and cytosine form another via 3 bonds.

Jun Axup kickstarted this project after she crafted and sewed the mascot of her science education website, Biochemies.com. She then set out to create chemically-accurate DNA toys.

Backers of $35 or more will receive a set of 4 DNA plush dolls, a set of 4 DNA stickers, plus their name and link on Biochemies website. Pledges will support the dolls’ production, making them available in March 2012.

Biochemies aims to inspire youth to love and pursue science by promoting the positive implications of science in a fun and informative manner. The site features a directory of science games and activities, plus free wallpapers, a blog and more.

Jun is a PhD candidate in chemical biology in San Diego, CA. Her thesis work involves developing targeted cancer drugs. She is a strong advocate of science education and changing cultural attitudes towards science.

 
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