from the not-your-next-nicknack dept
For our latest awesome stuff post, I thought perhaps we'd look at a few more "ambitious" projects. Many crowdfunding projects are really effectively "presales" of something that people might want: a gadget, an album, a book, a movie, an accessory, etc. However, there are some projects that are more ambitious in some sense. They're much more along the lines of getting people to support and donate to a vision. As such, they may be long shots, and those who support them might not get very much back in exchange, but it's neat to see people chase various dreams.
- First up, we have + POOL, Tile by Tile, a crazy ambitious project to build a giant floating "pool" in the river off of Manhattan, which actually acts as a giant strainer for the river. In other words, you are in a pool, and the water is actually river water, but it's been cleaned and filtered. You have to see the photos to realize just how ambitious this project is. Here's one, but the project has many more.
- How about bringing together a group of experts -- one in artificial intelligece, one in robot designs (making them look human), one in consciousness, one in biomorphics -- to build a better, futuristic, human-like robot. I have no idea if any of these experts really are as impressive as they claim to be, or if they'd be able to actually build this "Robot Adam Z1" to the point that (as they claim) it's the equivalent of a 3 year old child, but it certainly is ambitious.
- Finally, we head back to a project for the open waters, where the makers of the world's largest amateur-built submarine, the UC3 Nautilus, are asking for help to get the sub back in the water. It's been taken out of the water for necessary maintenance, and they're looking for some funding to help. Just the fact that some folks built their own damn submarine is impressive already, and the video definitely makes it look pretty cool.