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Posts Tagged ‘Kickstarter’

Fluent Forever App: Foreign Language Acquisition Through Pronunciation Testing

Research shows that with audio testing, a person can acquire an 80% accuracy with foreign language pronunciation skills, compared to 50% accuracy without feedback. Imagine an app that takes advantage of this research: you’re learning a foreign language by listening to words and guessing which words you’re actually hearing – by giving you your guess results immediately, you’ll actually improve your accuracy by 30%. That’s a vast improvement.
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Freelancing 101 Online Boot Camp

Freelancing 101Starting April 28, this online event will show you the best way to start your freelancing career, from the first steps of self-advertising and marketing, to building your schedule and managing clients. By the end of this online boot camp you will have a plan for making a profitable career as a freelancer, and the skill set to devote yourself to it. Register now! 

Smart Headband Promises to Help You Control Your Dreams

There’s a few headbands for sleep devotees, and if you like lucid dreams, then this Aurora headband is for you. The Aurora headband plays sounds and personalized lights to help you become aware that you are in a dream, which has been shown to reduce nightmares and lower stress.
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Wheel NY Kickstarter Aims to Make Mobility App for Disabled and Elderly

New York is an amazing city, but also an impossible beast if you have physical disabilities. Navigation apps like Google Maps are great tools for everyday users, but they don’t address the needs of the disabled or even someone with a temporary  disability. There’s a noticeable absence of accessibility assistance in the app world and sometimes, it takes a caring family member to champion for the needs of loved ones. That’s how Wheel New York got started as a Kickstarter project:

I’m a native New Yorker who lives and works in New York City. My brother Andrew is 22 years old and lives on Long Island with my family. Andrew was born with spina bifida and uses his wheelchair to get around. He’s faced a lot of challenges in his life and I want to help him overcome one of them: I want him and every other disabled person to be able to visit, enjoy, and work in New York City the same way I do.

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Environment-Themed Education Apps on Kickstarter

Cultural anthropologist Michael Leifer and app designer Jory Prum, aka ecodads, hope to raise $20,000 on Kickstarter to fund the development of two educational iPad apps for the California Environmental Protection Agency. The apps will be distributed to schools, teachers, parents and students in California to help build awareness around environmental issues in the state. We’ve embedded a video about the project above–what do you think?

Here’s more about the project: “Upon completion, these APPS are going to initially be used in theManteca and Calaveras School Districts in California but will be available to anyone who wishes to download them. ecodads and CALRECYCLE are also currently in the final stages of negotiating a cumulative license for all 85 Units.”

If you want to start your own project, check out GalleyCat’s post How To Use Kickstarter to Fund Your Publishing Project.

Kickstarter Project Combines Facebook Game With eBooks

Choose-your-own-adventure storytelling meets social networking in Kickstarter project TaleTown, a Facebook game that lets you win Kindle books.

Here is more about the project: “Players in TaleTown actually unlock download-able content for their Kindle or any other e-reader!  That’s right, the free to play Facebook game will be giving out free e-books of short stories, flash fiction, and serial fiction.  It’s long past time for games to start giving out real rewards to players.”

The creators are looking to raise $6,000 for development, marketing and to pay the content creators. You can give as little as $1, but if you give $10 or more, you’ll get a short story for your Kindle. Follow this link to learn more.