7 crazy innovations we hope get funding
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- Previous Next2 of 8Courtesy of +Pool, Tile by Tile by Family and PlayLab
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Can You Kick It?1 of 8
By Andie Huber
Just in case you're unfamiliar with Kickstarter, the site launched in 2009 as a platform to help creative projects get funding through crowdsourcing rather than traditional business methods. From swimming pools that float in a river to a yarn company dedicated to helping the Chilean llama farmer, here are seven projects we hope succeed.
Pool Party2 of 8
The makers of +Pool, Tile by Tile by Family and PlayLab, set out to initially offer New Yorkers a chance to take a dip in the river—without worrying about pollution. The +Pool has a layered filtration system that cleans both the water coming in and being flushed out. With only a few hours left to get the $250,000 funding they need, supporters need to act fast.
Knitty Gritty3 of 8
By helping farmers convert their llama wool into desirable knitting skeins for knitters worldwide, Jorge del Carpio, is setting out to save the Chilean Aymara llama herding community—an impoverished town located in the Andes Mountains. Royal Llama is the result of del Carpio's efforts and needs $25,000 to give a new economic chance to a remote and poverty-stricken land.
Wine by Design4 of 8
Robert Smith of London needs almost $50,000 to produce his reimagined six-bottle wine rack, called The Provenance. Smith and his team created a simple, C-shaped design that's both sturdy and stylish and will accommodate both wine and champagne-size bottles.
Have a Seat5 of 8
Rich and Harry, the duo behind The Strung Stool, need almost $12,000 to kick-start their creation. The piece comes in three parts for the base, along with a piece of string to weave the seat. Crafty yet contemporary, it can be customized with different colors and seat patterns. With funding, the makers plan to test the product and then move on to manufacturing.
Hold On6 of 8
Elizabeth Leuschow of Milwaukee, Wis., has set out to solve an air traveler's problem of where to put your drink during take off and landing, or when you just don't want to use the tray. Her Hallare Design Inflight Cup Holder needs $50,000 to produce a clip that will slip over your drink and attach it to the seat pocket in front of you—so you can fly hands- and tray-free.
Building Up7 of 8
AtFab, a furniture company seeking $30,000 in funding, was founded by architects Anne Filson and Gary Rohrbacher in Lexington, Ky., have designed chairs, tables, beds and cabinets with specs that you can then download and build yourself. (Just take the specs to a local CNC machine—a milling tool—and it will cut the pieces out of plywood or other sheet material.) Then you get to play carpenter, putting the pieces together to build a brand-new piece of furniture.
Not Just Fluff8 of 8
Tricia Medina of Chandler, Ariz., is hoping to raise $5,500 for her Fluff It marshmallows. With over 20 flavors in her repertoire, including lemon bar, peanut butter and cookies and cream, the money will be put towards getting a larger space with a commercial kitchen, where Medina can ramp up production.