Crowdsourcing Weekends Stuff

Crowdsourcing Weekends: Batteriser, 1%: Privilege in a Time of Global Inequality, CMYK 4.0 Folding Bike


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

Batteriser

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Batteriser is the world’s first micro-thin sleeve that slips over your batteries and instantly extends their life by up to 8x. The key is that most devices only tap a fraction of a battery’s energy. Batteriser taps into the remaining energy that is usually thrown away.  Batteriser comes in AA, AAA, C, and D variations, and has a micro-thin design to slip over your battery and fit neatly back into your device’s battery compartment. The 9V Batteriser will be available next year.  Batteriser is an intelligent voltage management and delivery mechanism device made of thin stainless steel that slips over your battery and fits neatly back into your device’s battery compartment.

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Significant number of batteries thrown away still has a lot of energy left in them. Using proprietary circuitry to maintain an optimal output voltage, Batteriser allows the end device to access the untapped energy in the battery and makes it last longer.  Batteriser can make a dramatic difference on new and most “used” batteries. Batteriser tends to have a more dramatic effect with high-drain devices, however they are confident you’ll enjoy the huge battery life increases with Batteriser.  Batteriser save you money by reducing the number of batteries you have to purchase. As long as you take care of your Batteriser, it’s re-usable. They realize that the amount of money you save with Batteriser depends on how much the batteries cost, and how effective Batteriser can be with your device.

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As of August 2nd, this project has raised around $155,000 of their $30,000 goal. This project only has 25 days left to raise as much as it can!  For a pledge of $20, you will get two four packs of AA Batterisers.  For a pledge of $40, you will get two four packs of AA and two four packs of AAA Batterisers.  To learn more and to pledge money, go to:  https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/batteriser-extend-battery-life-by-up-to-8x

1%: Privilege in a Time of Global Inequality

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Myles Little is curating an exhibit of documentary photos about wealth inequality. After two years of work, it’s traveling to 7 countries and counting (USA, China, UAE, Nigeria, Guatemala, Bosnia and Wales).  Included are some of the best photographers in the world, like Christopher Anderson, Nina Berman and David Chancellor.  Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz is writing an essay for it. Geoff Dyer, National Book Critics Circle Award-winning author is also writing an essay.  Each of these shows is fully funded and ready to go.

Recently, a major European publisher named Hatje Cantz has offered to make a book with the work. But, as is often the case with publishing these days, He will need to contribute part of the funding to cover the costs of production.  So he is launching this Kickstarter campaign to help make that happen.  Take a look at these facts to see why inequality is such an urgent issue right now.

  • The top 1% of the population owns 50% of global wealth.
  • Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim has so much money that the interest he makes off it alone is equivalent to the average annual wages of 400,000 Mexicans.
  • Six members of the Walton family own more wealth than the bottom 40% of America.
    In 2014, the top five hedge fund managers in America made about one billion dollars each.
  • Inequality in the US is at a 100-year peak.
  • From 2009 to 2012, the top 1% of Americans saw their income grow by over 30%. The other 99% saw an increase of under 1%.
  • Harvard Business School asked Americans how much they think major CEOs make relative to ordinary workers. The median respondent thought the ratio was perhaps 30 to 1. The reality? It’s closer to 350 to 1.

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As of August 2nd, this project has raised around $15,000 of their $29,500 goal. This project only has 11 days left to raise the $29,500 or it will not be funded!  For a pledge of $25, you will get one handwritten postcard.  For a pledge of $150, you will get one signed copy of the book.  To learn more and to pledge money, go to:  https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/myleslittle/1-privilege-in-a-time-of-global-inequality

CMYK 4.0: Smart Folding Electric Bike

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This smart folding electric bike, brings connectivity, efficiency and safety to your daily commute.  The bike has a 250 watt motor will give you 30 miles of assisted riding with one charge. Regulate your cadence and heart rate with the mobile app.  You can coordinate transit connections with mass transit schedules. The quick-fold mechanism makes this lightweight bike easy to bring on board.  Also get information generated through crowd mapping provides current information on road conditions. Avoid bumpy roads, construction and accidents.

They have been working for more than 5 years developing the CMYK. There were 3 previous versions and they have made improvements based on feedback they’ve received from previous customers. They are now getting ready for production and developing the app.  Next steps are for manufacturing and fulfillment and have partners ready to go. However, they know that before mass production begins, they may encounter a few bumps in the road. They have plans to mitigate all the risks and have enlisted a group of great advisers that will help.

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As of August 2nd, this project has raised around $16,000 of their $30,000 goal. This project only has 34 days left to raise the $30,000 or it might not be funded!  For a pledge of $19, you will get a safety rear light.  For a pledge of $599, you will get one CMYK bike.  To learn more and to pledge money, go to: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/cmyk-4-0-smart-folding-electric-bike

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