Kickstarter, the premier crowdfunding service, has been getting more attention lately. One reason is because of Ouya, the new video game console, as it made nearly $9 million just from the service alone. However, we’re not talking about that here. Instead, we are mentioning the tech projects you don’t expect to see every day that potentially could set new grounds for the future in a variety of areas. Even though last month’s theme centered around robotics, this month features some more with a motor control board from Rhode Island and a laser cutter by a company from Las Vegas, NV.
First up is the Arduino Compatible Quad DC Motor Control Board by Wai Yung from Providence, RI. He is an electronics and robotics professor for eight years and he claims a lack of quad DC motor control board. Dual motor control boards are pretty common, which is another reason there are a need of more quad versions. The initial design above looks like something you can make out from legos, but Yung plans to add a shield. The goal for this board is to control four boards with only three pins synchronously. The Kickstarter link above has more details such as the parts used for the current version. Hopefully projects like these can spawn more quad DC motor control boards in the future as Yung’s device can start off the trend if the Kickstarter is successful. It turns out he accomplished his goal of $1,000, but there is still more time to pledge if you’re interested in something like this.
Next up is an affordable laser cutter and engraver by Full Spectrum Laser from Las Vegas. This 20x12 device can set new standards in terms of precision with cutting and engraving. The parts consist of a 40w CO2 laser tube and CNC hardware. Post factory alignment gets reduced because of the built-in mirror. The initial design and prototype are already done along with the first sets of assembly being in progress. In terms of affordability, this is the best laser cutter you can get below $10,000. Yes, lasers surely are not cheap, but at $3,500, it is a good deal if you’re looking for one. The device premiered at the Maker Faire Bay Area 2012 with a great reception. Full Spectrum Laser wants this new device is to be a “game changer” making it available at a cheaper price than most laser cutters. The Kickstarter link has more from a video demonstration to examples of how this device can be used on a variety of objects.
Out of this month picks, the laser cutter and engraver by Full Spectrum Laser is definitely worth watching out for. Laser-related objects can become big in the future since technology continues to rapidly pick up. The price point also can set new benchmarks for lasers in general since the current price does scare off consumers that need it for work purposes. The project is halfway towards its goal on Kickstarter with a month to go for people to pledge if this catches your attention. We will be back with more Kickstarter tech picks next month.
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