Every week, we round up some of the stories about projects that made it into the press. We’re happy to see them out there in the real world, and excited to share their progress with you! Read on.
Jim Higgins of Milwaukee Journal Sentinelwrote about the Violin’s Life music project to chronicle the history of one of the most famed stringed instruments ever crafted: “Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Frank Almond plays a storied 1715 violin, dubbed the ‘Lipinski’ Stradivarius, because Polish virtuoso Karol Lipinski played it for many decades before his death in 1861. Now Almond is using a Kickstarter campaign in the hope of funding a recording of music connected with the violin and its history.”
Alan Danzis of New York Post featured the Moebius and Pinkerton Road project to create a new adventure game by novelist Jane Jensen: “In fact, Kickstarter has become the de facto place for game designers to help raise funds to create their games — often times, adventure games. Popular right now are games designed by creators who once worked at Sierra On-Line, the company behind such massive 1980s and 1990s hits such as King’s Quest, Space Quest and more.”
Andrew Moseman of Popular Mechanicsexplored the Atlas project to accomplish an aviation first — engineer a human powered helicopter that Sikorsky Prize: “It’s a DIY aviation objective that’s gone unrealized for 30-plus years: Get a human-powered helo off the ground for one minute, and reach an altitude of three meters.”
Sarah Walters of Oregon Music Newspublished a Q+A with the creators behind the “Exceptionally Ordinary Variety Tour” project to bring live music, stand-up comedy, and stunts to venues on the west coast: “It initially started as an idea that Adam Robertson YourAverageAdam on Youtube, comedian on the tour) had, he’d said something about how he wanted to do some sort of tour and I basically said to him, ‘that’s a good idea, we should do that.’ After many rebirths (we’ve been planning this tour for probably like 8 months), it finally started to come together once we put the Kickstarter up.”
Phil Plait of Discover Magazineposted about the “ArduSat” project to create an arduino satellite and open platform for the public to run space-based apps, games and experiments: “The satellite itself is very small: just 10 cm (4 inches) on a side, and weighs only about a kilogram. But it will pack as many as 25 sensors on board, including three detectors, a spectrometer, a magnetometer, and even a Geiger counter. Plus, of course, the experiment from whomever wins the Space Challenge.”