Ubunutu Edge breaks crowd-sourcing records with Indiegogo: Here's some of the site's greatest hits

Kickstarter's little brother has funded some amazing products including a gravity powered light for developing countries and medical 'tricoder' inspired by Star Trek

It’s perhaps the most ambitious crowd-sourcing campaign to date and the Indiegogo project to fund ‘phone of the future’ the Ubuntu Edge, has already broken records. It’s the most speedily funded project ever, raising $2 million in under eight hours, and it’s also shooting to be the most expensive - the proposed final cost is a whopping $32m.

The success of the Edge though has not been good just for Canonical (or its multi-millionaire owner) but for Indiegogo as well. Although it’s the crowd-sourcing platform often thought of as playing second-fiddle to Kickstarter (when it’s thought of at all that is) Indiegogo prides itself on being the world’s “truly open global crowdfunding platform”.

Enjoying a recent uptick in popularity with a solid run of notable projects: as well as the Ubuntu Edge, there's also been the Kite Patch that makes you "practically invisible" to mosquitos and the home security solution, the Canary. But how does Indiegogo set itself apart from its more famous bigger brother?

For a start Indiegogo doesn’t have any barriers to entry, whilst Kickstarter vets its campaigns. In some ways this is a negative (Kickstarter bans odious ‘fund my life’ projects for example), but the main danger is to Indiegogo itself, with the possibility that ‘bad’ campaigns crowd out the good ones.

One area where Kickstarter definitely lags behind its rival is in terms of international development. Whilst Kickstarter is only for projects based in the US and the UK, Indiegogo has expanded to four difference currencies (dollars - both US and Canadian - pounds and euros) and has launched localised versions of the site for countries such as France and Germany.

Speaking to the Independent Indiegogo’s head of international and business development Liz Wald said “We have contributors and campaigners from well over 100 countries and territories every week and good ideas come from everywhere, for example CulCharge - which is a new campaign out of Bratislava.”

The Ubuntu Edge has certainly boosted Indiegogo’s profile, but the site has already funded some pretty enticing projects in the past. Here’s a selection of some of the best and brightest:

Indiegogo's greatest hits:

Scanadu Scout - "the first Medical Tricorder"

$1,664,375 raised of $100,000 Goal - 1,664% from 8,522 funders

Taking its inspiration from Star Trek's tricorder - a handheld bit of techno wizardy that once wave over a body instantly identified any health risks - the Scanadu Scout measures heart rate, temperature, xoymetry, respiration and blood pressure.

The product has received some flack for its pretensions to measure 'emotional stress' but its capacity to measure multiple readings by just being placed on a patient's forehead is efficient and impressive.

StickNFind - "Bluetooth Powered ultra small Location Stickers"

$931,770 raised of $70,000 Goal - 1,331% from 12,310 funders

Not a device that needs much explaining, and for that reason it didn't need much encouragement for people to back it.

The StickNFind is a bluetooth-powered sticker that connects with a smartphone app to help you find lost wallets, key, cats and kids. As thin as a coin, the stickers also have buzzers and flashing lights in order to guide you to them, but it's the 'radar' tracking app that really looks the business.

Misfit Shine - "an elegant, wireless activity tracker"

$846,675 raised of $100,000 Goal - 847% from 7,957 funders
 

Milled from a single piece of aluminium, the Misfit Shine is perhaps the most attractive looking personal tracker around.

Like the FitBit and the Jawbone UP the Shine is pcaked with sensors and algorithms to track your daily activity, counting steps as well as tracking swimming and cycling. Tapping the metal pod onto your smartphone syncs up your data with an app and lets you keep track of your fitness - just don't lose the Shine itself.

Gravity Light - "lighting for developing countries"

$399,590 raised of $55,000 Goal - 727% from 6,219 funders

Like all amazing inventions the Gravity Light is simple, intuitive and begs the question - why did no-one think of this before!? Built to provide light to villagers in Africa and India where electricity infrastructure is lacking, the Gravity Light is just that - light powered by gravity.

Simply attach a weight to the device's pulley system and lift it up. As gravity pulls it back to earth the light's internal mechanics use the force to generate electricity and light up the room. A 3 second lift creates light for 30 minutes and the project has none of the downsides of either solar (expensive and dependent on planning ahead) or kersone (the usual lighting solution which can burn and produces toxic fumes).

Life and Style
ebookNow available in paperback
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

ES Rentals

    iJobs Job Widget
    iJobs Gadgets & Tech

    Recruitment Genius: IT Support Analyst

    £35000 - £45000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: They are the go-to company for ...

    Guru Careers: Graduate Software Developer / Junior Developer

    £20 - 28k + Benefits: Guru Careers: We are seeking a Graduate Software Develop...

    Recruitment Genius: Digital Web Designer

    Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: A Digital Web Designer is required to join a f...

    Guru Careers: Marketing Manager / Marketing Communications Manager

    £35-40k (DOE) + Benefits: Guru Careers: We are seeking a Marketing Communicati...

    Day In a Page

    Fifa corruption: The 161-page dossier that exposes the organisation's dark heart

    The 161-page dossier that exposes Fifa's dark heart

    How did a group of corrupt officials turn football’s governing body into what was, in essence, a criminal enterprise? Chris Green and David Connett reveal all
    Mediterranean migrant crisis: 'If Europe thinks bombing boats will stop smuggling, it will not. We will defend ourselves,' says Tripoli PM

    Exclusive interview with Tripoli PM Khalifa al-Ghweil

    'If Europe thinks bombing boats will stop smuggling, it will not. We will defend ourselves'
    Raymond Chandler's Los Angeles: How the author foretold the Californian water crisis

    Raymond Chandler's Los Angeles

    How the author foretold the Californian water crisis
    Chinese artist who posted funny image of President Xi Jinping facing five years in prison as authorities crackdown on dissent in the arts

    Art attack

    Chinese artist who posted funny image of President Xi Jinping facing five years in prison
    Marc Jacobs is putting Cher in the limelight as the face of his latest campaign

    Cher is the new face of Marc Jacobs

    Alexander Fury explains why designers are turning to august stars to front their lines
    Parents of six-year-old who beat leukaemia plan to climb Ben Nevis for cancer charity

    'I'm climbing Ben Nevis for my daughter'

    Karen Attwood's young daughter Yasmin beat cancer. Now her family is about to take on a new challenge - scaling Ben Nevis to help other children
    10 best wedding gift ideas

    It's that time of year again... 10 best wedding gift ideas

    Forget that fancy toaster, we've gone off-list to find memorable gifts that will last a lifetime
    Paul Scholes column: With the Premier League over for another year, here are my end of season awards

    Paul Scholes column

    With the Premier League over for another year, here are my end of season awards
    Heysel disaster 30th anniversary: Liverpool have seen too much tragedy to forget fateful day in Belgium

    Liverpool have seen too much tragedy to forget Heysel

    Thirty years ago, 39 fans waiting to watch a European Cup final died as a result of a fatal cocktail of circumstances. Ian Herbert looks at how a club dealt with this tragedy
    Amir Khan vs Chris Algieri: Khan’s audition for Floyd Mayweather may turn into a no-win situation, says Frank Warren

    Khan’s audition for Mayweather may turn into a no-win situation

    The Bolton fighter could be damned if he dazzles and damned if he doesn’t against Algieri, the man last seen being decked six times by Pacquiao, says Frank Warren
    Blundering Tony Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

    Blundering Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

    For Arabs – and for Britons who lost their loved ones in his shambolic war in Iraq – his appointment was an insult, says Robert Fisk
    Fifa corruption arrests: All hail the Feds for riding to football's rescue

    Fifa corruption arrests

    All hail the Feds for riding to football's rescue, says Ian Herbert
    Isis in Syria: The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of President Assad and militant fighters

    The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of Assad and Isis

    In Syrian Kurdish cantons along the Turkish border, the progressive aims of the 2011 uprising are being enacted despite the war. Patrick Cockburn returns to Amuda
    How I survived Cambodia's Killing Fields: Acclaimed surgeon SreyRam Kuy celebrates her mother's determination to escape the US

    How I survived Cambodia's Killing Fields

    Acclaimed surgeon SreyRam Kuy celebrates her mother's determination to escape to the US
    Stephen Mangan interview: From posh buffoon to pregnant dad, the actor has quite a range

    How Stephen Mangan got his range

    Posh buffoon, hapless writer, pregnant dad - Mangan is certainly a versatile actor