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A 6-post collection

The Temperfect Mug by Joeveo

The team behind the Joeveo Temperfect Mug had quite a story in bringing this product to market: tree through roof, hurricane, bad factories, scheduling, design issues, and production issues. The concept is that through a special thermal layer in the mug, heat from over-hot drinks (180ºF) will be absorbed into a special liner, quickly cooling the drink to a specific desired temperature (~145ºF) in a few minutes. The real magic happens as the mug then leeches heat back into the beverage as it cools, to keep it between 120ºF and 145ºF for up to 3 hours! Compare this to a standard vacuum-sealed mug that keeps the beverage ABOVE 145ºF for close to an hour (too hot to drink) and then...

Ube (now Plum) WiFi Connected Smart Light Dimmer (Lightpad)

Ube renamed themselves to Plum and renamed the WiFi Connected Smart Light Dimmer to Lightpad. The Plum Lightpad is a WiFi-Connected "Smart Switch". It installs in place of an existing dimmer and enables you to control the light using an iOS Application. The application supports tying multiple Lightpads into a "Room" and then using "Scenes" to control the lights as a group in those "Rooms". Rating ★★☆☆☆ Kickstarter Info Kickstarter Site: Ube (now Plum) WiFi Connected Smart Light Dimmer Date Funded:  2013 April 4 Total Backers:  1,308 Total Raised:  $307,600 vs. Goal:  $280,000 Date Backed:  2011 January 31 Backer Level:  Premium Dimmer Room Pack Backer Price:  $298.00 Estimated Delivery: Jul 2013 Item Received:  Jan 2016 (2.5...

SmushBox - Update on status and its future

Current Status of SmushBox and Smush Mobile My original review of the SmushBox is over here. As I’m writing this I’ve currently just gotten my SmushBox back online after 6 months of downtime.  What happened?  A lot.  The most significant event occurred in the fall of 2014, when Tom Ketola announced to the Smushbox Forums (now offline), and to the various backers, that their business model of unlimited SMS texting and the agreement with T-Mobile was not going to work out.  There were too many logistics with invoicing, billing, and chasing people down for payments.  I can only imagine.  He notified everyone that they would be terminating their contract with T-Mobile and that we were on our own...

PadPivot iPad Gaming Mount

The PadPivot is a “Lap and Desk Stand” for the iPad and other tablet-sized devices.  I had purchased an original iPad the previous year and had kept looking for a nice desk stand and/or way to hold the iPad, the PadPivot seemed like a good idea. Kickstarter Info Kickstarter Site: PadPivot Lap and Desk Stand Date Funded:  2011 March 14 Total Backers:  4,823 Total Raised:  $190,352 vs. Goal:  $10,000 Date Backed:  2011 January 31 Backer Level:  PadPivot Kicker Level Backer Price:  $35.00 Item Received:  May 2011 My Site Credits:  https://www.padpivot.com/welcome/hof *Item Current Whereabouts:*  In my basement somewhere Retail Info Where to buy:  http://www.padpivot.com Retail Price:  $39.99...

C-Loop Camera Strap Mount

The C-Loop was my introduction to the Kickstarter service.  If you don’t know, Kickstarter is a way for potential inventors / service providers to crowdfund their ideas.  It provides a great jumping off point for innovators and inventors to fund their ideas so they can become reality. Kickstarter Info Kickstarter Site: C-Loop Date Funded:  2010 December 14 Total Backers:  1428 Total Raised:  $63,163 vs. Goal:  $15,000 Date Backed:  2010 November 29 Backer Level:  $35 or More Backer Price:  $35.00 Item Received:  January 2011 My Site Credits:  http://www.customslr.com/pages/c-loop-contributors/ Item Current Whereabouts:  Still attached to my DSLR Retail Info Where to buy:  http://www.customslr.com/products/c-loop Retail Price:  $39.95 Would I...