Drones are for wimps. Welcome to airships (Geekstarter)

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Kickstarter and Indiegogo, the largest and most popular crowdfunding platforms in the world, provide a platform for many projects, both technological and others, and enable them to raise money for development and production with help from the public.

In our Geekstarter column, we present each week a number of cool projects from Kickstarter and Indiegogo involving technology and gadgets so that you can learn about the next hot products about to conquer the world.

1. CellRobot – Hundreds of robots from a single robot

Do you want to build a robot that can sip beer? Do you want a robot that can race you to the corner and back? Would you like a robot that dances?

Allow us to introduce you to CellRobot – the modular robot that you build by yourself from various parts. Every robot is made up of a “heart” that contains a battery, a processor, connectivity to the BT for your smartphone, and various “cells” that give it its special features. Every such cell can rotate 360 degrees, and can learn the movements that you teach it.

If you want, you can also connect additional modules to it, such as wheels and a camera. Of course, in addition to the fun involved, children learn the fundamentals of programming in this way, and gain experience in making things.   

Unit price: $155

Projected delivery date: February 2017

Has the goal been reached? The goal of the project was $50,000. As of now, more than $61,000 has been raised, with 19 more days left in the campaign.

Click here to visit CellRobot’s Kickstarter campaign.

2. ClamClock – the perfect clock for geeks

Real geeks do not use a duodecimal clock. Real geeks use a binary clock, like ClamClock. The clock, which comes in a number of different designs and finishings, shows you the time, minutes, and seconds – in Base 2.

Unit price: $50 

Projected delivery date: December 2016

Has the goal been reached? The goal of the project was $2,500. As of now, $2,928 has been raised, with 39 hours left in the campaign.

Click here to visit ClamClock’s Kickstarter campaign.

3. Falcon – Airships for everyone

There is no doubt about it: Drones are cool. However, they are very noisy, can be dangerous, are not able to carry much of a payload, and above all, cannot stay aloft for very long.

The Falcon is a small (relatively, of course) airship made of strong lightweight fabric inflated with helium gas. It includes a three-axis gimbal, and can carry any payload you want. The dirigible can be controlled through the attached remote.

The Falcon provides 24 hours of flight, making it suitable for crop control, prolonged exposure photography, or any other creative idea you might have. Just inflate it with helium and let it fly.

Unit price: $1,449 

Projected delivery date: February 2017

Has the goal been reached? The goal of the project was $25,000. As of now, $3,354 has been raised, with 29 days left in the campaign.

Click here to visit the Falcon’s Kickstarter campaign.   

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