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Crowdsourcing Weekends: Cuddle & Kind, Add a Million Missing Words To The Dictionary, KamiBot


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

Cuddle & Kind

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cuddle+kind is a social endeavour created by Jennifer and Derek Woodgate from Milton, Ontario. As parents of three young children, they believe every child should have enough food to eat and an opportunity to thrive. When they saw a documentary on the devastating impact of childhood hunger on millions of children around the world, it inspired them to help.  By contributing to this crowd funding campaign, you will be helping to feed hungry children in North America and around the world.

Each doll is made with 42 steps.  There are nine whimsical and stylish dolls to choose from, each with their own name, birthdate and personality that children will love. Each hand-knit doll makes a fantastic shower gift, birthday or Christmas present and adds a modern, colourful touch to any nursery décor. And since every beautiful, high-quality doll provides 10 meals to kids in need, why stop at just one?  Each cuddle+kind doll also has a favorite inspiring quote that they’ve made into gorgeous unframed inspirational prints!  Every stylish 10 x 10 print will provide 5 meals to kids in need and are a great anchor to your nursery décor.

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As of September 22nd, this project has raised around $130,000 of their $25,000 goal. This project only has 25 days left to raise as much as it can!  For a pledge of $20, you will get two Cuddle & Kind prints.  For a pledge of $49, you will get one Cuddle & Kind doll.  To learn more and to pledge money, go to: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/cuddle-kind-knit-dolls-that-help-feed-children#/story

Let’s Add a Million Missing Words to the Dictionary

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They want to find a million words that haven’t been included in major English dictionaries and give them each a home on the Internet.  At Wordnik they believe that every word of English deserves to be lookupable!  The internet is, for all practical purposes, infinite. Wordnik can and should include every English word that’s ever been used.  Every word deserves a recorded place in our language’s history. They want to collect, preserve, and share every word of English, and provide a place where people can find, learn, annotate, comment on, and argue about every word.

If you want to know more about a word—any word!—they want to help you find the information you need. If you’re curious about a word, why should you have to wait until someone else decides that a word is worth knowing?  Wordnik has been collecting and sharing words since 2009.  Their mission is to collect all the words of English and share them with everyone. They share words through their website at Wordnik.com, and through our API at developer.wordnik.com. Last year, they reincorporated as a non-profit, because they believe the English language belongs to everyone.

As of September 22nd, this project has raised around $32,000 of their $50,000 goal. This project only has 24 days left to raise the $50,000 or it will not be funded! For a pledge of $10, you will get a set of Wordnik stickers.  For a pledge of $25, you will get to adopt a word for a year.  To learn more and to pledge money, go to:  https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1574790974/lets-add-a-million-missing-words-to-the-dictionary

KamiBot: The Programmable Paper Robot

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They’ve all folded origami or built a paper model or two before, but up until now no one could program them or control the movement of their papercrafts from a mobile device.  After months of development, they gave papercrafts the reboot they so direly needed.  Kamibot is a programmable robot that you can skin and personalize with papercrafts.  Kamibot papercrafts are designed to be modular, with customizability in mind. Magnets are placed in paper modules as they are assembled so that you can share parts and accessories among all of your papercrafts.

Kamibot can be controlled manually from your smartphone or tablet. When switched to line mode from your phone, it will follow a black line that it detects via infrared sensors located on its underside.  Not only can Kamibot measure how far an object is away from itself, but it can also avoid obstacles via ultrasound sensors installed at its front. Did they mention, Kamibot serves as a nice nightlight?  Kamibot was designed to be an educational toy. Since it was built on the Arduino platform, it is compatible with Arduino and Scratch. This means anyone can reprogram Kamibot with the use of Scratch and Arduino.

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As of September 22nd, this project has raised around $5,000 of their $30,000 goal. This project only has 51 days left to raise the $30,000 or it might not be funded!  For a pledge of $109, you will get one KamiBot.  For a pledge of $248, you will get two Kamibots.  To learn more and to pledge money, go to: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/kamibot-the-programmable-paper-robot#/story

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