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Nerdsourcing: Reinventing The Lightbulb, Bringing Back Polaroid, And Oregon Trail With A Twist

Posted October 1, 2012 - By Alex Rubens

Nerdsourcing finds you the best crowd sourcing projects from Kickstater, Indiegogo, and other such sites, and brings them straight to your wallet. Give, help spread the word, or just find out what’s going to be the hot new thing in the future; nerdsourcing is there to help support the dreamers out there looking to make the impossible a reality or those looking for the next big thing an edge on the competition. Time is limited to fund these projects so don’t wait to long.

LIFX: The Light Bulb Reinvented

How many times have you crawled into bed or snuggled up on the couch only to realize that you didn’t turn the light off? I know that happens to me all the time. That’s why LIFX is just what I needed, it takes the hassle out of having to get up time and time again. LIFX are Wifi enabled light bulbs that are controllable via a simple iPhone app.

This doesn’t require a rewiring of your home either, as the light bulbs themselves are Wifi enabled, so they operate independently of your normal switch. You can change the color of the bulb, as they use LEDs that allow for thousands of color combinations and won’t burn out. You can even use a strobe effect, or set them to start in the morning when you have your alarm set for. Since it works over Wifi, you can even set them to turn on automatically when you arrive home.

Reward: $69 gets you one LIFX smart bulb.

Democracy: Majority Rules

Playing as a power broker and new leader, you’ll need to form alliances, make compromises, and eventually, win the election. You need to make your mark on history by taking control of the nation through political agendas. It’s a quick game, so you’ll need to be paying attention at all times. Other players can form alliances during their turns, so you can be blindsided if you aren’t paying attention.

Democracy is easy to pickup, but it’ll take you a while to learn all the intricacies of the game. It’s meant for 6-15 players, so you can play together with a large group of friends, though you’ll need a good period of time, as a game can take between 2-7 hours.

Reward: For a $50 pledge, you’ll get a full copy of Democracy: Majority Rules.

OreZom Trails

Oregon Trail? No! OreZom Trails! It’s a retro adventure game that takes the best of your favorite childhood movies and games and brings them together on your mobile phone. You’re tasked with saving the world from a zombie curse, as you have the one book that contains the key to saving the world. You must travel to Oregon (the one place that the key can be used) from the east coast, all while managing your supplies to make sure that you don’t die along the way.

It’s all done in beautiful art that’s extremely unique for the genre, and doesn’t rely on the pixel art that most Oregon Trail-style games tend to emulate. You’ll meet survivors along the way, but they might not all be friendly. The game is mostly done and just needs the finishing touches put on it, so it’s worth a pledge!

Reward: A $5 pledge will net you a copy of the game for your mobile device, a thank you in the credits, and wallpaper for your desktop.

Impossible Instant Lab

We all remember the days of Polaroid photos, where you could have a tangible, physical copy of the photo in your hands in a few seconds. Those days are done, or at least, they were when the film was discontinued a few years ago. They back though, and using the technology that developed in the meantime as the way of making that come back. Most people wouldn’t be inclined to carry around a Polaroid camera with them, especially when they require actual film.

That’s where the Impossible Instant Lab comes into play. Taking an exposure from your iPhone’s screen, it prints high-quality Polaroid prints within seconds. This is all done from a sleek and compact pop-up printer that uses actual Polaroid film that requires development time. It’s a really neat way of bringing back the printed photos and the memories that they represent.

Reward: You’ll need to drop $229 to get an Instant Lab and one film pack, as the early bird prices are over now.

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