It’s that time of the week when we look at what creative ideas Canadians are raising money to support.
Check out these Canadian crowdfunding picks-of-the-week:
NodeUSB:Low cost,’Eat Your own dog food’ WiFi DevKit for IoT
This is a wifi-enabled internet-of-things dev kit that’s designed to be used every day. While most dev kits out there are focused on teaching people about hardware, this one is also about being used on real projects. It uses USB so projects can easily connect to consumer products and the nodes are modular, so multiple nodes can be combined. A single NodeUSB is $9. There are also a lot of different kits with multiple NodeUSBs and or other features, like sensors.
The campaign was looking to raise $1,000. Its blown past that goal, with two weeks to go, it has raised $7,385.
Research Dinosaur Tracks in Northeast BC, Canada!
The exclamation mark in the title of this crowdfunding campaign is well-deserved because dinosaurs are awesome. A group of researchers at a small museum in B.C.’s Peace Region has found out about a large site that is covered in dinosaur tracks. The only problem, they don’t have enough money to go to the isolated area in order to document the tracks.
It’s the largest site of it’s kind ever found in Canada and it’s the first track site to be discovered in the region since the 1970s when all the known track sites were flooded after a damn was built, so it’s a pretty big deal. The perks are mostly for people in the local area, they include things like passes to the museum, but it seems like a pretty cool cause.
They’re looking to raise $190,000 and six days into it, they still had a long way to go – having only raised $400.
Filastic – The Flexible 3D Printing Filament
Seems like filament is one of the biggest pain-points in 3D printing. It’s expensive or poor quality (and sometimes both) the creators of this campaign say their new filament will be neither of those things.
They say BotFeeder Filastic is flexible, strong and consistent.
$55 gets backers a 700 gram spool. There are some discounts at higher pledge levels. The campaign is looking to raise $10,000, so far it’s at just over half that with a few weeks to go.