This Week’s Coolest Canadian Crowdfunding Campaigns

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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:

Holus: The Interactive Tabletop Holographic Display

This looks like the future. Seriously, it’s like something out of a science fiction movie – it’s a tabletop display that turns 2D images from your tablet or smartphone into an interactive 3D display.

It seems ideal for turning 2D tabletop-style games into three-dimensional ones and 2D digital models into 3D.

There does seem to have been a lack of thought put into the fact that many video images that the device could support are shot from a single angle.  In the creators’ promotional video it suggests the device could be used for 3D video chats, showing the side of the person in the chat appearing on the side of the side of the device as their face appears on the front – something that wouldn’t happen without a multi-camera setup and a chat app that supports multiple angles.

While this does raise a red flag, there’s no reason that someone could create such a setup and, if this device becomes popular, it’s likely that someone will.

The campaign is looking to raise $50,000. Right now, it’s pushing four times that amount, sitting at over $184,000 with almost a month to go. It doesn’t come cheap though. With the early bird editions already snapped-up, a Holus projector will cost $850 for the regular version or $950 for the pro edition.

Squad – Communicate. Coordinate. Conquer

This is a realistic squad-level shooter set in modern times that pits two teams of up to 50 players against each other. It’s is designed to be immersive – requiring coordination and communication to win.

There’s already a fully-function pre-alpha of the game that looks pretty good (it uses the Unreal 4 engine). The team behind the game also extensive experience making mods now they’re building a standalone product.

The levels are going to be open and realistic – they’ll be based on real maps – and players will be able to take control of vehicles and build bases.

The campaign is looking to raise $184,000 and they’ve already exceeded that by almost $100,000. $37 gets the game, with early access.

Empower Syria’s Refugees: Project Amal ou Salam

Millions of Syrians have been driven from their homes by the fighting in that country. Over half of them are children. Young children have been hit especially hard, some fled their homes in 2011.  This campaign is trying to help give those children access to education, art and music, through day camps and schools.

The goal is to empower these children so they can help rebuild their country once the war finally ends. The group behind it, Project Amal ou Salam, which translates to hope and peace, is already working on the ground but, as these things go, they need more money to maintain and improve their work.

They’re trying to raise US$15,000. So far, they’re just over halfway there. This campaign isn’t about the perks but for $25 they’ll email you some traditional Syrian recipes or for $50, you can get a photographic print of art made by a Syrian refugee.

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