Three Kickstarter Hits You May Have Missed

aNewDomain.net — Kickstarter has been around since April 2009, and ever since it started getting a critical mass of users, we’ve seen some pretty amazing projects. Here’s a quick look at some of the best Kickstarter projects you might have missed.

If you’re into hard core gaming, you might have heard of my first pick. It’s called the Rift and out of the $250,000 Oculus asked for, it raised over two million dollars. The Oculus Rift is basically our best attempt at a producing a comfortable, fully-immersive virtual reality headset. Here’re some of the Rift’s technical specs, but keep in mind, these are from the development kits and are subject to change.

Head tracking: 6 degrees of freedom (DOF) ultra-low latency

Field of view: 110 degrees diagonal / 90 degrees horizontal

Resolution: 1280×800 (640×800 per eye)

Inputs: DVI/HDMI and USB

Platforms: PC and mobile

Weight: ~0.22 kilograms

Isn’t wearable computing awesome? If you liked the virtual boy from Nintendo way back in the day, you can truly appreciate how far this technology has come. Just like Google Glass, it should be interesting to see what the developers come up with once they get their hands on the development kits.

The second Kickstarter project I’m going to mention is the Open Source Underwater Robot by OpenROV. This project didn’t quite destroy its goal like Oculus did, but it still raised quite a bit more money than it asked for. Out of the $20,000 goal, OpenROV raised just over $110,000. Not bad at all. The OpenROV story is pretty cool and if you want to read the whole thing, definitely check out its Kickstarter page. As described on the OpenROV website, it’s an Open-Source Underwater Robot for exploration and education. Why didn’t they have cool stuff like this when I was in school?

The last Kickstarter project was a toss-up between the Ouya and a civilian space suit. Since I figured everyone who reads this will have probably already heard of the Ouya by now, I went with the space suit. This project is headed up by Ted Southern and Final Frontier Designs. Out of its $20,000 goal, it raised just a tad bit over $27,000. This project is very exciting, especially with the commercial space industry just starting to get off the ground. If I was taking a Virgin Galactic flight to low earth orbit, or a one-way mission to Mars with Mars One, I would be proud to wear a spacesuit that was funded on Kickstarter.

Based in Kalispell, Montana, Mat Lee is a Senior Editor and Podcaster at aNewDomain.net. Email Mat at [email protected] and follow him on Google+, where he is +Mat Lee

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