If you’ve ever gone through crowdfunding sites like Indiegogo and Kickstarter, then you’ll be amazed by all the awesome startup tech that’s ready to be manufactured and sold, so long as they’re well funded by pre-orders.
Of course, mixed in with the awesome lot, some are weird and out-of-this-world stuff that will make you think twice about technology. But with this lot, they’re awesome as can be.
Bean – Affordable SLA 3D Printer
Back in the day during the 3D printing infancy, the only printers available to consumers relied on more or less the same technique to create parts. This is a process called filament deposition modeling, or FDM. It’s the type of 3D printing you’ve probably seen before wherein a printer feeds a strand of plastic filament through a hot nozzle, then carefully deposits the molten goo onto a build plate, layer by layer, to create a 3D object.
This is by far the most popular kind of 3D printer. But lately, a technology known as stereolithography, or SLA, is emerging by creating objects by flashing a laser up into a pool of photo-reactive resin that hardens when struck by UV light. Due to the precision of this technique, SLA printers typically create much better parts than FDM printers do. The only problem, however, is that these types of printers have been quite expensive for the past few years, so most people cannot access. That can hopefully change with the affordable Bean SLA 3D printer. You can get the Bean for around $300-$400 on Kickstarter, and this is a pretty amazing price.
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Sea to Sky Pack – Ultracompact Waterproof Backpack
This product is certainly for those who don’t like wearing a backpack on their… back. The Sea to Sky Pack is a waterproof backpack that fits very well on your… where else… back. It’s the first product to come from a new Portland-based startup appropriately named Pacific Northwest, and it’s meant for outdoor enthusiasts who aren’t afraid of the rain.
Constructed with 100 percent Cordura material, the durable pack is capable of holding 24 liters of whatever you put into it, and you can keep those 24 liters completely dry even if the pack itself is submerged underwater. Aside from the fact that it’s waterproof, the Seat to Sky Pack also comes with a number of other features that comes in handy for any hiker.
For example, there are plenty of roomy and secure side pockets, as well as padded, adjustable, and breathable mesh straps to keep your backpack dry no matter how sweaty you get. The additional sternum strap can help with comfort and balance, too. If you get into an emergency, there’s a 95-decibel emergency whistle, and the main zipper is also reflective, which helps you stay visible at all times. Even with all these features, the Sea to Sky Pack weighs in at just 5.5 ounces, and can be compressed into a stuff sack to just 4.5 by 3 inches that is included with the order. That’s smaller than a can of soda.