Working in manufacturing allows me to see a lot of cool stuff. I get to learn how products are made, how they are developed and in some cases, how products go from an idea to a store's shelves. In most cases, there's a lot of marketing involved, engineers to tell the marketing people that their idea is physically impossible, and manufacturing people to work with the engineers to turn the idea into something possible. It's a pretty neat lifecycle, but not all good ideas make it through.
That's why Kickstarter is such an interesting idea to me. Brilliant people are side stepping the marketing department and going right to the consumer for approval - and financial backing. The latter being the most important, as you, the consumer, help fund making the idea into a reality.
With the popularity of the GoPro, and Stuart and myself wanting to get more involved in short films, I've always been open to off camera lights and try to keep my eyes open for a good deal on LED panels. When I found the Lume Cube on Kickstarter I was intrigued. Controlled by an app, usable by itself or paired with others, including a dimming switch and USB rechargeability, it looked pretty cool. As I've asked Santa for a GoPro, I decided to take the plunge and try supporting something that looked so very handy.
It's cool to feel like you're a part of something. I mean I'm one of thousands, but it's still cool nonetheless. Give it a look. And if you're so inclined, hop on board, I'm hoping this is going to be a great little tool.