Crowdsourcing Weekends Stuff

Crowdsourcing Weekends: The American Press, The Lost Work, Spritz Bottle

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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 American Press


The American Press is unlike any brewer you’ve seen before. Its patented design brews quickly, has its own unique brewing character, is easy to clean, and offers a visually stunning, hands-on brewing experience that you simply have to see to believe.  The American Press rapidly brews a rich and smooth cup by forcing water through an enclosed, reusable pod and an ultra-fine steel filter as you press. It combines the hands-on control connoisseurs love with simplicity and ease of use to create a craft coffee experience that’s perfect for every morning.

But the most striking part is what happens when you press. You’re in control of forcing water through our patented pod as you press, creating a visual brewing experience that’s unique in the coffee world. And since you control the speed, pressure and timing of extraction, you can brew your cup, your way, without the elbow grease you may be used to, thanks to their low-friction hydraulic seal.  The American Press has many advantages but they’re especially proud of fulfilling their original mission and inspiration to create a “coffee press without the mess”. Their reusable pod keeps mess contained and waste out of landfills, so cleanup is easy and it’s eco-friendly, too. And it wouldn’t be a coffee press without the mess if it dripped coffee all over the place, so their specially designed steel pouring edge is guaranteed to never spill a drop!


As of November 15th, this project has raised around $38,000 of their $30,000 goal. This project only has 30 days left to raise as much as it can!  For a pledge of $70, you will get one American Press.  For a pledge of $130, you will get two American Presses.  To learn more and to pledge money, go to:

The Lost Work of Will Eisner


The very earliest comics by the great Will Eisner (The Spirit, A Contract with God, namesake of the prestigious Eisner Awards) have recently been discovered. They intend to publish these almost entirely never-before-seen strips from his teenage years in a definitive edition which will highlight the first origins of one of the forefathers of modern cartooning. And they can’t do it without you.  When the New Jersey artist and antique collector Joseph Getsinger acquired an enormous, 10,000-piece collection of 1930s-era cartoon printing plates, he had no idea what riches it contained — just a hunch that there might be some diamonds in the rough. During his research, he became fascinated with two strips in particular: UNCLE OTTO by one “Carl Heck” and HARRY KARRY, credited to an unknown artist named “Willis B. Rensie.”

As Joe began to investigate the provenance of this massive collection, he found that it was linked to Empire Features, a company that provided printing plates to various newspapers for syndication. Eisner & Iger Studios — the partnership between the very young Jerry Iger and Will Eisner to distribute and publish their many fledgling comic books, strips, and magazines — was one of Empire Features’ many customers.  One day shortly after becoming aware of this connection, Getsinger was looking at a reverse-printed HARRY KARRY plate and it came to him in a flash: “Rensie” was Eisner spelled backwards. He suddenly knew that what he had here was of extraordinary historical value.  They want to publish this important document of the genesis of one of the most influential and brilliant cartoonists of all time. With your help, they can.


As of November 15th, this project has raised around $30,000 of their $20,000 goal. This project only has 25 days left to raise as much as it can! For a pledge of $10, you will get a digital edition of The Lost Work.  For a pledge of $25, you will get a hardcover copy of The Lost Work.  To learn more and to pledge money, go to:

Spritz Smart Water Bottle


They’ve merged 2 essential aspects of life seamlessly into an elegant solution that integrates STUDIO GRADE audio into a state of the art rugged, smart water-bottle that’s wirelessly controlled from your smartphone.  Spritz is about incredible acoustics. It’s a wireless music player that’s designed and built with extremely advanced audio technology, then calibrated and tuned by a professional recording studio.  It can work wirelessly, streaming music from your smartphone, and comes with an app (iOS and Android versions) that fully controls SPRITZ. Or you can also use it without your smartphone, as a stand alone MP3 player, using a standard microSD card to store and play up to 32GB of your music.

But Spritz is also about personal healthcare. It provides you with the ability to carry essential drinking water (or any hydration fluid) for your active lifestyle, and is smart enough to REMIND you to STAY hydrated. All this in a rugged and robust bottle that’s waterproof rated at IPX4 and durable enough to handle practically any activity, including active sports.  It’s so easy to get caught up in our everyday lives, that something as important as keeping our bodies well hydrated often slips our minds, and can even be damaging to our bodies. To tackle this problem, they’ve developed a system that can remind you as frequently (or not)as you like, to take a sip of water!  Using the app, Spritz automatically pauses the music that’s playing, to remind you to hydrate yourself at your desired time interval, using a gentle notification of your choice.


As of November 15th, this project has raised around $35,000 of their $25,000 goal. This project only has 17 days left to raise as much as it can! For a pledge of $35, you will get one Spritz water bottle. For a pledge of $45, you will get the Spritz workout kit.  To learn more and to pledge money, go to: