a company called Syrp and started a Kickstarter campaign to promote a product called the 'Genie.'"It's used primarily for motion control time lapses in either panning or linear direction, the device can be integrated with all yourexisting equipment as well as DIY projects which we believe will open up a new wave of creativity for time lapse photography,"explaned Mr Ryan."It's also been designed to be extremely easy to use so theres no need to be an expert which I believe puts it into a differentcategory than a lot of other products out there."There's more info, and a video, on Syrp's Kickstarter page.
$US79,000 in six days
"We've had an incredible response so far and have received $US42,000 in funding over five days," Mr Ryan said last night.This morning, less than 12 hours later, I see that's shot up to $US79,468.The company is aiming to raise $US150,000 with its 60-day campaign.As I type, there are 154 backers (as with any Kickstarter project, their pledges will only be charged to their credit cards, viaAmazon Payments, if the Genie gets fully-funded. Kickstarter makes no guarantees on any given company's ability to deliver).Most have gone for a $US590 or $US690 pledge, which earns a photography buff a $US300 or $US500 discount off the Genie'sretail price once the product goes into production (discounts on a product, once release, are perhaps the most popular incentivefor Kickstarter funders).There are also other perks, such as T-shirts, and getting your name on the side of the Genie. If a retailer kicks in $US10,000, theyget 20 units (which works out ot half the retail price per unit of $US999; so far there are no takers).
How did Mssrs Ryan and Thomson get around Kickstarter's US residents-only policy? (The site says it hopes to allow internationalprojects to be posted shortly, but for the moment its Amazon Payments-based system renders the option impractical)."It was a mission. We had to work with a US citizen to get around this but finally got the all-clear after a lot of going around incircles," Mr Ryan told NBR Online.
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