Crowdsourcing Weekends: SHADOW App, Gourmand’s Grater, Cure Black Bone Disease


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This is Crowdsourcing Weekends!  This post highlights three different crowdsourcing projects I liked from KickstarterIndiegogo, or other crowdsourcing websites.

Shadow – Community of Dreamers

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Shadow is a mobile application that helps you remember and record your dreams.  Shadow is also an alarm clock—just one with beautiful, advanced features.  You tell Shadow what time you want to wake up, and arm the alarm when you go to bed. Shadow uses a series of escalating alarms to wake you up.  The gradual increase in volume helps you better remember your dreams by taking you through your hypnopompic state (the transition from asleep to awake) much slower than a standard alarm clock.

Once you’re awake, Shadow immediately prompts you to record your dreams via voice, text or question.  Speak directly into the app to record your dream, and SHADOW will transcribe it, or type the content directly into the blank text box.  If you’re really struggling to remember what you dreamed, you can opt to answer a series of 5-10 questions designed to jog your memory.  The whole process takes less than five minutes.

As of September 22nd, this project has raised around $43,550 of their $50,000 goal.  This project only has 41 days left to raise the $50,000 goal or they might not get funded!  For a pledge of $8, you will get early access to the app and become a part of the Shadow community.  For a pledge of $20, you will get the e-book  “Dream Like a Boss” by Ryan Hurd as well as early access to the app and becoming a part of the Shadow community.  To learn more and to pledge, go to: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/hunterleesoik/shadow-community-of-dreamers

Gourmand’s Grater- Retro, 3-in-1 Food Tool

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The Gourmand’s Grater is a 3-in-1 kitchen tool that can grate, grind and puree food.  It will come with 3 different wheels, enabling it to grate everything from cheese and chocolate to nuts and garlic, grind coffee, and even act as a food mill to make feeding your baby when out and about a cinch!  Constructed from quality materials such as stainless steel and porcelain enamel coating, the Gourmand’s Grater has a retro, 1950’s look, which also ensures that it is made to last a lifetime.  In fact they guaranty it!  They will offer the same “hassle free, total replacement warranty” that KitchenAid offers for their stand mixers.

As of September 22nd, this project has raised around $18,900 of their $40,000 goal.  This project only has 3 days left to raise the $40,000 goal or they might not get funded!  For a pledge of $80, you will get a first edition Gourmand’s Grater with all three wheels.  For a pledge of $150, you will get the Gourmand Grater, 2 Flamenco-Dress aprons, and 2 Jamón Key Chains.  To learn more and to pledge, go to: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/gourmand-s-grater-retro-3-in-1-food-tool-that-grates-grinds-even-muehls

Cure Black Bone Disease

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Nick Sireau is the father of two boys with a rare but devastating disease.  Alkaptonuria, or AKU for short, was the first genetic disease to be discovered more than 110 years ago. Despite this, it still has no cure, and the medical world remains largely unaware of its existence and impact on everyday life.  AKU is also known as Black Bone Disease.  This is because an acid in the body accumulates at 2,000 times the normal rate, attacking the bones and turning them black and brittle.  It causes severely debilitating osteoarthritis, heart disease, and other serious health complications.  Patients become increasingly disabled as they get older.  Funds raised through this project will pay for all the medical tests and some of the patient costs for traveling to be a part of a clinical trial for a drug called Nitisinone.

As of September 22nd, this project has raised around $36,530 of their $98,000 goal.  This project only has 26 days left to raise the $98,000 goal or they might not get funded!  For a pledge of $33, you will get a fantastic blue AKU wristband and a thank you letter signed by their chairman.  For a pledge of $66, you will get a lovely blue AKU t-shirt, wristband, and a thank you letter!  To learn more and to pledge, go to: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/cure-black-bone-disease