Archive - July, 2012

Continue the referrals

Flurry’s pick will be taking a break while I travel in Asia till the 9th. Until then please keep sending me projects that interest you. Again I depend of referrals as much as my own finds. So far it has been really cool to see the projects highlighted here succeed. So look for the posts to commence Monday August 13th. Until then keep inventing and creating and finding others to support.

Olloclip: a changing marketplace

It was inevitable. Products that started as Kickstarter projects are now showing up on store shelves and intersecting our consumer world.

A couple of months ago I cut out an article on iPhone lenses I found in Wired Magazine.  Wired’s top choice was the Olloclip. When I ordered mine I was thrilled to find out that Olloclip was a successful Kickstarter from 2011.

And as my own product review, Olloclip is everything I hoped it would be. I love taking creative shots with my iPhone and this little addition has opened up so many more opportunities with the 3 lense configuration (wide-angle, fish-eye and macro). See below for some initial macro shots I have done.



Only hours to go: Animals From History

This morning I was thinking a lot about Kickstarter projects that come close to funding but never get that push over the top. Seth Godin in his latest post on The Domino Project talks about how we vote for winners. If they fail our money never gets withdrawn. I back projects based on appearance (did they pitch well), their capability to deliver what they promise and of course ones that are making a product I really want.

Today’s pick found via Nat Iwata’s Tweet (Thanks Nat) is one I really hope makes that final push in the remaining hours. Christina Hess has proven she can paint the animals she will publish and her pitch is solid. Plus the Braveheart dog just rocks.

Find out more on her Kickstarter page for Animals From History

A First Robotics Memorabilia Card Deck

I had the opportunity to be a VIP at the Oregon First Robotics competition held in Portland, Oregon earlier this spring. Our company is partnering with them in some innovative ways to raise awareness and funds. I was so impressed by the kids competing as we toured the staging areas. Each team we met was extremely professional. These kids have everything they need to succeed.  The card deck idea is a great idea for anyone involved from parents, mentors or participants to remember all the fun, learning, and growth that leads to their successes.

Find out all about the project on the Kickstarter page. (I am hoping a video is included soon…hint hint)

Just because it is fun to watch: OUYA

As promised I get my picks often based on friend referrals. And this one is full of controversy. My film making friend Sean Brown shared this crazy story with me while we were planning a Kickstarter film this morning. Then my lead programmer Gavin Nichols mentioned it too. $3,000,000 and counting with 28 days to go. Wow!

Kotaku has a great summation of the challenge they face even with $3 million and counting. Kickstarter has given us a whole new world indeed.

Great assets go a long way: Telikos Protocol

This project has great art, story, and it is all delivered well in the kickstarter video. Telikos Protocal first caught my eye with their still image (one of the most important aspects of a successful launch).  I found them on the featured page but what  made me click through and eventually back was their pitch and compelling storyline.

Find out more on the Telikos Protocol Kickstarter page.   And follow them at @telikosprotocol.


Steampunk Alphabet from Nat Iwata

This feature is one I have been wanting to talk about for a while. At first it was secret and I had to be gagged. I also need to give a small disclaimer. Nat is one of my best friends as well as a co-director at Soma Games & Code-Monkeys (he is our art director).

He is one of those creatives that amazes us with artistic skills any time they take up pen, brush or stylus. I delight in every new creation he makes, be it a user interface texture or a space-ship.

Nat told me about his other project first and I was actually surprised to find out that he had this one up his sleeve.

Nat also has taken to social business extremely well, even scoring an interview on Krypton Radio. He finally understands what my job entails in communications and social media. I have to say though that he comes to it naturally. He is a real pro when it comes to the thank you economy.

Right now Nat is over the hump having gained more than half his funding with 16 days still left to go.


Ok, I will stop blabbing and let you check out Nat’s incredible art (and wit).

You can engage with him on twitter at @natiwata and on his website