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Crowdsourcing Weekends: Tempescope, The Maya Angelou Documentary, SpeedForce

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



A physical display that reproduces various weather conditions according to the weather forecast. It’s like having a window that lets you look outside at tomorrow’s sky.  With a tempescope, you don’t have to open an app to find out if it’s going to rain today- just take a glance as you leave the house!  Have a family living far away? You can now share a sky with them. Specify a location from the tempescope app, and your tempescope will always be “synced” to a distant sky.  Everyone loves reading on a rainy day. The app lets you manually set the weather to play, so you can enjoy any weather, whatever it looks like outside.

The perks they are offering will be kits which you need to build yourself. It won’t be hard. You will need to read a very simple manual, connect a few wires together (but no soldering needed!) and screw together 3 or 4 components. The reason they’re making this as a kit is because they’d like the first people to use this gadget to be OK with taking the extra few steps to finish this off, in the spirit of their open source roots. (and it makes the cost to produce about half what it would be.)  While they are confident that they can deliver the kits you’ll love, let them be open with the fact that there are still risks involved with this (and any) crowd funding campaign.


As of November 8th, this project has raised around $253,000 of their $398,000 goal. This project only has 21 days left to raise the $398,000 or it will not be funded!  For a pledge of $5, you will get campaign updates. For a pledge of $199, you will get one Tempescope kit!  To learn more and to pledge money, go to:

The Maya Angelou Documentary


The Maya Angelou Documentary is the first documentary about Dr. Maya Angelou. As friends from Dr. Angelou’s inner circle, they have been granted remarkable and unmatched access to Dr. Angelou’s life. After years of working on this film, they are honored to present her incredible journey to the rest of the world.  Dr. Angelou has become a global symbol of peace, humility, and freedom–– but parts of her story are not well known. The Maya Angelou Documentary will reflect on how the events of history, culture, and the arts shaped Dr. Angelou’s life and how she, in turn, helped shape our own worldview through her autobiographical literature and activism. They hope to shed light on the untold aspects of her life and to educate audiences about her story.

They will examine Dr. Angelou’s remarkable life––from her birth in 1928 to her passing in May of 2014––which spanned the Jim Crow South, the Civil Rights, the Women’s, and Art Movements, along with her impact on celebrity and mainstream popular culture.  Their team filmed Dr. Angelou at the Smithsonian Institution in April of 2014 when her portrait was unveiled for the National Portrait Gallery and at the 2014 Women2Women Conference in Atlanta, amongst other momentous events. We last interviewed Dr. Angelou in January of 2014.

This is a documentary for those who miss Dr. Angelou’s voice, and for future generations who need to hear her impactful words. Help them memorialize Dr. Angelou––her work, her life, her legacy.  They are also in a logistical time crunch to finish the documentary for its broadcast premiere on the PBS series American Masters. With a story so vast and varied, there are tremendous archival licensing rights costs for images and footage that they need to account for. In addition, they need to finish the final edits, plus mixing, and color correction.


As of November 8th, this project has raised around $50,000 of their $150,000 goal. This project only has 23 days left to raise the $150,000 or it will not be funded!  For a pledge of $10, you will get a time of Dr. Angelou’s life via PDF.  For a pledge of $25, you will get a digital download of the film.  To learn more and to pledge money, go to:



They created SpeedForce as a way to bring technology and cycling together in one place. SpeedForce is a fully integrated smart cycling computer that replaces your stem, combines different cycling products together, measures over 8 sets of data, and comes with an app.  The elegant, integrated design seamlessly incorporates a GPS cycling computer with a power supply, headlight, and navigation. It becomes the stem of your bike for a full integration rather than as an extra part.  SpeedForce has additional pedal and wheel sensors that ensure the highest accuracy. With each pedal, SpeedForce can pick up and calculate your riding data: speed, time, distance, track, heart rate, altitude, temperature, and cadence.

With a built-in GPS chip that syncs with your phone’s GPS, SpeedForce has turn signal indicators that light up to tell you where to turn next without needing to glance at your smartphone. It makes riding with navigation on safer and easier.  SpeedForce can operate up to 40 hours (16 hours with GPS navigation on). The removable battery offers more power options; just pack one more battery with you and SpeedForce will last through a long distance ride.  The data from SpeedForce can sync with their SpeedX app so you can access your data using your smartphone anytime instead of needing a computer. It also allows you to share your data with other users and see how others are doing as well. You can view a leaderboard and compete with others.


As of November 8th, this project has raised around $200,000 of their $20,000 goal. This project only has 19 days left to raise as much as it can!  For a pledge of $70, you will get a custom cycling suit.  For a pledge of $149, you will get one SpeedForce device.  To learn more and to pledge money, go to: