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Crowdsourcing Weekends: Skarp Laser Razor, AGFA And Something Weird, Amino Bioengineering


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

The Skarp Laser Razor

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At first glance, the Skarp Razor looks like a traditional razor. But that is where the similarity ends.  The Skarp razor is powered by a small laser which cuts through hair for an incredibly close shave without irritating or damaging the skin.  Shaving has been using essentially the same technology for 5000 years. To make any real progress, we needed to take a radical new approach.  2 Billion razors or razor heads are thrown away each year in the US alone! Due to the hazardous nature of the blades, they can’t be sorted & no individual municipality or district produces enough to make specialized collection cost effective. So they end up in land fills & garbage dumps.

Wavelengths of light had already been discovered that could cut through dark hair, but finding a way to cut light hair was proving incredibly difficult.  After years of research & development, they discovered a chromophore in the hair that would be cut when hit with a particular light wavelength.  Chromophores are particles that absorb certain wavelengths (colors) of light.  This chromophore they identified is shared by every human, regardless of age, gender or race.  Their team has made incredible progress, but to start mass production, they require capital.  They have identified manufacturing partners and have preliminary agreements in place. They are in the beginning stages of manufacturing, and thats where you come in as an early supporter.

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As of October 17th, this project has raised around $315,000 of their $160,000 goal. This project only has 9 days left to raise as much as it can!  For a pledge of $159, you will get one Skarp Laser Razer.  For a pledge of $299, you will get two Skarp Laser Razers.  To learn more and to pledge money, go to: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-skarp-laser-razor-21st-century-shaving#/

AGFA and Something Weird

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The American Genre Film Archive (AGFA) is located in Austin, Texas. AGFA exists to preserve the legacy of genre movies through collection, conservation, and distribution.  Formed in 2009, AGFA focuses on outlaw exploitation movies that were produced from the 1960s through the 1990s. From manic hicksploitation epics to bloodthirsty shoestring goreblasts, each title in AGFA’s collection is a celebration of culture that should never be forgotten. Housing over six thousand 35mm film prints and trailers, our non-profit archive counts among its board members and advisors Alamo Drafthouse founders Tim and Karrie League, filmmakers Nicolas Winding Refn and Paul Thomas Anderson, and Austin area film programmers and movie fans.

AGFA has started working with Something Weird’s Lisa Petrucci, Mike Vraney’s widow and partner, to redistribute titles from the massive 35mm film collection.  Vraney’s hard work should never be forgotten. And access is a crucial part of preservation. The movies that Something Weird unearthed are meant to be played. These movies come to life when audiences enjoy them. Each year, AGFA loans hundreds of prints to arthouse institutions, film societies, festivals, libraries, and universities. A fundamental component of their mission is to make sure that people watch these movies. But film prints have a limited lifespan. Like human beings, all prints are inevitably headed to the dumpster. However, with proper storage and care, they can prolong the lives of these prints and ensure that the movies themselves endure the ravages of time. In order to share these treasures, AGFA is undertaking a new initiative.

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As of October 17th, this project has raised around $27,000 of their $30,000 goal. This project only has 11 days left to raise the $30,000 or it will not be funded!  For a pledge of $10, you will get a digital download of The Zodiac Killer.  For a pledge of $20, you will get a AGFA tote bag, and The Zodiac Killer digital download.  To learn more and to pledge money, go to: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/agfa/agfa-and-something-weird

Amino: Desktop Bioengineering for Everyone

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At Amino Labs, our goal is to make genetic engineering accessible to everyone and enable the next wave of personalized manufacturing using biology.  Amino is their first product, a counter-top sized biolab that enables anyone to grow living cells to create new and interesting things – like fragrances, flavours, materials, medicine, and more.  To get you started, Amino ships with Amino Glow App – your own ready-to-engineer living nightlight.  Amino is a small and simple-to-use hardware system that enables anyone to grow and take care of living cells. They are the world’s first publicly available bioengineering platform that can be used at home, in labs or in schools.

Everything in Amino is easy to follow and to understand —they try to explain it all in a very friendly way, but it is also a very sophisticated system that can be used in pro labs too— Amino enables you to to continuously grow living cells and collect multiple sources of data in real time. When you get your Amino, they will cover all the basic terms, concept and science but if you want to go much deeper in the science and creation, they will help you do that too!  With Amino, you can create endless applications and, as the system develops it will be easier to share, compare and create new Apps for yourself and the community.

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As of October 17th, this project has raised around $9,500 of their $12,500 goal. This project only has 25 days left to raise the $12,500 or it might not be funded!  For a pledge of $25, you will get a Amino sticker.  For a pledge of $499, you will get one Amino Ones device!  To learn more and to pledge money, go to:  https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/amino-desktop-bioengineering-for-everyone#/

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