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:

 

Shape of the World

This sounds like a pretty neat concept: it’s a “first-person exploration game that grows around you.

Basically, as players move through the game world it’s procedurally built around them. “Your presence is the driving force behind the procedurally populated environment as you establish permanent monuments to mark your journey,” the creators write.

It’s an interesting sort of game too, there’s no missions or quests, instead players just move through that world. It’s intended to be a more meditative experience than most games – a beautiful, artistically rendered world with a lush soundscape.

The campaign is looking to raise $75,000. It’s almost halfway there.

$20 gets players the full game or, for $10, they can just try the beta version.

The Mysterious Package Company Presents: The Century Beast

Here’s a company using technology to create a product that’s decidedly low-tech.

The Mysterious Package Company delivers mystery stories to people via regular mail. The stories come in instalments and culminate with a unique custom artifact.

The creators promise that it’s an interesting story for people who know what’s going on or they can send it to someone else – who might have a much more immersive experience receiving aged papers and artifacts in the mail.

The campaign is looking to raise $20,000. So far its raised nine times that amount. $299 gets backers the full experience with several other tiers, starting at $99, offering fewer mysterious mailings.

IRIS: The Ultimate Driving Companion

Fighter pilots get a heads-up display – pertinent information about what their aircraft is doing projected on the windshield so they don’t have to look down at the controls – so why can’t you?

Well, that’s what this project is promising: a heads-up display for your car.

It could make using a GPS and taking hands-free calls easier and safer. Of course, it could also do the opposite. But still, particularly when it comes to getting GPS directions this certainly looks like the future.

The campaign is looking to raise $50,000. Right now it’s about a fifth of the way there. US$299 gets backers an IRIS.

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