Nerdsourcing: Create Flip Art, Make Settlers Of Catan Better, And Upgrade Your iPhone

Posted October 15, 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. Time is limited to fund these projects so don’t wait to long.


We all enjoyed those flipbooks that we had as kids; they were fun and extremely entertaining. They can also be more than a simple toy as you run through gorgeous animation that comes to life one flickering frame at a time. Premiered at the Maker Faire earlier this year, the FlipBooKit is a DIY version of the professional art created by kinetic artists Mark Rosen and Wendy Marvel.

The FlipBookit includes versions of their mechanical flipbook artworks. The originals are extremely expensive and were only made available in limited editions. They’ve even teamed up with a former Disney imagineer, Steven Goldstein, to make sure that the version of the Mechanical Flip Book Maker Kit that went out to backers was of the highest quality.

Reward: For $43, a FlipBooKit can be yours with everything that you need to get it up and running.

The Official Settlers of Catan Game Board

If you’ve played any amount of Settlers of Catan in the past, you know that it can be extremely difficult to keep all your hex tiles in place, especially when you aren’t playing on the best surface. Thankfully, someone finally decided to do something about it. Bill Trammel got in touch with the team over at Catan Inc. and Mayfair Games and has been working with them to make an official game board to hold all of the tiles in place.

It’s nearly impossible to move a game to be picked up later with the current board, but with the new 3D printed game board, it’s no longer an issue. It isn’t just a piece of board that wraps around the edges of the pieces, but is an actual frame and board that the pieces are set upon. There’s even slots for roads, so that they won’t get knocked around when you move the board.

Reward: A 3-to-4 players board will only set you back a $25 pledge.


Are you an iPhone user who is tired of being limited by the amount of internal storage and battery available to you because Apple doesn’t let you expand later? Well, that’s all taken care of now with the iExpander. It is a unique iPhone case that promises better low light photos, expandable storage, and 2X battery life. That might sound a bit crazy, but it’s actually quite simple in execution.

It has a new flash that offers drastically improved low light photos, a MicroSD card slot that allows you to add an additional 64gb of storage to your iPhone (though you do have to do some file management, it doesn’t just roll into your system memory), and Li Polymer battery (the same one that’s already in the iPhone) with a special battery indictor that sits right next to the one for your iPhone’s battery. This does come with a bit of added bulk, but it might just be worth it if you’re looking to upgrade your iPhone experience.

Reward: You can snag an iExpander in black or white for a $75 pledge.

Divine Space

Divine Space is a 3D space adventure action-RPG with big hopes and aspirations, coming to iPad and Android (with PC, Mac, Linux, and Ouya versions coming down the line). You game begins on Gliese 581, one of thousands of stars and planets. This star is very important, as scientists there have discovered exoplanets where alien life is possible. This is a huge step for everyone, as humans are looking for a way to colonize these other planets.

From here, you’ll be exploring unknown stars and planets, all while influencing the reactive political situation. You’ll need to gather resources from other planets and asteroids, but you can also just steal them from other ships and become a pirate. It’s all up to you! Best of all? It’s free!

Reward: For a $20 pledge, you’ll get 3 months of premium status, satellite ally, in-game money equal to $60 and more.

Nerdsourcing: Create Flip Art, Make Settlers Of Catan Better, And Upgrade Your iPhone


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