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‘Smart Suitcase': Zipperless Bags With GPS Tracking

The suitcase is getting smarter.

11/24/2014

Poorcraft

Cheap Book Offers Good Advice, Shot At Famousness

Writer and travel fiend Ryan Estrada is launching the latest “Poorcraft” graphic novel and is offering random strangers a spot in the newest book, “Poorcraft: Wish You Were Here.”

11/19/2014

The Nope conceals your web camera. (Credit; Kickstarter)

Simple Device Can Shield You From Web Cam Snoops

A local entrepreneur has developed a simple and elegant way to protect your privacy while using your computer.

11/17/2014

Capsoles are designed to fit  the eyelets of Chuck Tayorls. (Credit: Capsole)

Capsoles: Customizing Your Chuck Taylors In A Snap

There was once a time when Chuck Taylors came in white and one would play basketball in them.

10/22/2014

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The Public Radio: One Radio Station, Housed In A Jar

To help assuage the pangs of guilt when radio fans stray from their favorite station, a design duo as come up with a simple solution.

09/26/2014

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Chicagoan’s Kickstarter Proves That People Want Cooler Playing Card Decks

Have you ever gotten bored by the look of your average deck of playing cards?

09/16/2014

Coolest With Blender

Creator Of Coolest Cooler: From Failure To Phenom With Kickstarter Record

Ryan Grepper’s first campaign to promote his radical redesign of the traditional cooler failed … miserably.

09/05/2014

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On Kickstarter: A Shirt That Cools You Off As You Heat Up

On any given summer day, the lake front path is filled with people clad in high-tech workout apparel designed to make them more comfortable.

09/02/2014

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DrinkMate: Delivers BAC Reading By Blowing Into A Phone

As Friday afternoon wanes, thoughts turn to meeting friends for a few well-earned drinks and conversation.

08/29/2014

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Forget The Keys And Combo, New Lock Opens With A Phone App

Soon, the lock and key may go the way of the typewriter.

08/22/2014

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Of All Things, A Butter Knife A Huge Hit On Kickstarter

Is there anything worse than clumps of hard butter on your breakfast toast?

08/18/2014

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Nice Ring To It: Turning Pocket Change Into Dollars On Kickstarter

College student Mark Wylie must have felt as if he were on a carousel, chasing the elusive brass ring.

08/04/2014

Bunch Of Balloons

Bunch O Balloons: Set Up A Huge Water Fight In Minutes

A backyard water balloon fight is the stuff of childhood legend.

07/30/2014

The Coolest.  (Credit: Kickstarter)

Kickstarter Superstar: The Coolest Redefines The Cooler

When Ryan Grepper set out to rethink the good, old-fashioned cooler, he figured he would need about $50,000 in seed money to get the project moving. Grepper’s idea was to marry old-fashioned cooler technology with 2014 technology.

07/28/2014

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New Device Monitors Conditions To Help People Sleep Better

When somebody wakes up “on the wrong side of the bed” they know one thing: That person is cranky due to poor sleep.

07/25/2014

The Antioch Theatre closed earlier this year, but will be reopened after renovations funded in part by a Kickstarter campaign. (Credit: Kickstarter)

Successful Kickstarter Campaign To Bring Antioch Theatre Back To Life

The Antioch Theatre will live on, after being on the brink of being closed for good.

07/23/2014

Wilmette Theatre (courtesy: Kickstarter)

Historic Wilmette Theatre To Stay Open After Getting Second Digital Projector

Carole Dibo, the theater’s director of education and artistic development, said the facility ran 35-millimeter prints for as long as it could. She expected the supply of prints to dry up in January, but she said the last first-run prints were shown in early March.

05/01/2014

Wilmette Theatre (courtesy: Kickstarter)

Wilmette Theatre Could Have Sad Ending Without Money For Digital Conversion

Major movie chains made the switch more than a year ago. The conversion has been much more difficult for small, independent theaters such as the Wilmette Theatre.

04/11/2014

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Chicagoan Asks Kickstarter To Fund His $8 Project: ‘Graphing The Deliciousness Of A Chicken Burrito!’

Kickstarter is usually the tool artists use to fund their dream projects, asking strangers on the internet to give a little bit of cash to help their big ideas come to fruition. Individuals have used Kickstarter to fund movies, graphic novels, photography books… and now, a Chipotle burrito.

02/10/2014

A view of a family decorating a Christmas Tree.  (Photo Credit: Carlos Javier Ortiz)

Photographer Seeks Funds For Book Chronicling Youth Violence In Chicago

To some, youth violence in Chicago is nothing more than statistics taking up time on their nightly newscast. Carlos Javier Ortiz — in his upcoming book titled We All We Got … — hopes to show you more than a bunch of numbers. He hopes to show you the victims, families and communities plagued by violence, and he hopes you’ll see just how human they really are.

12/06/2013

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