A new crowd funding project has been launched. This time it’s not the new Veronica Mars movie. The movie that didn’t receive any financial backing from the big movie studios did receive it online, from the people. The fans who were willing to part with their hard-earned cash saw that they truly do have a voice. That time the venture was held on crowd funding platform Kickstarter. This time around a new project wants your funding over on IndieGogo. The project is from Ubuntu and their idea is to merge a desktop computer with a mobile device. (Many people are saying that they are too late in the game and they should have come up with this plan a year ago. On the other hand it might not be too late. There is always room for better and more user-friendly devices.)
If you decide that this new computer phone might be just the thing you have been waiting for, then it might be smart to hop on over to IndieGogo, donate some money and get the device for a much lower price once it is sold. (Canonical, the master mind company behind the new Ubuntu device, wants to sell “the Edge” as the hybrid is called, for $830, but if you pre-order it could be yours for $600.)
Why does any company feel like they have to go to their customers to get funding? Why did Ubuntu choose IndieGogo for their desktop-computer-mobile project? The answer is clear and simple: Canonical hit a snag in the form that the financial backers didn’t want to solve the “innovation gap” and therefore the process was stuck. Now, if Canonical is able to reach its $32 million goal then they won’t have to worry about talking anyone into believing in their innovations. In addition it’s easier to get notice on IndieGogo than it is on Kickstarter because IndieGogo is still a bit smaller than Kickstarter but definitely on its way to becoming a real rival.
“The Edge” definitely deserves its ambitous name because it has some serious specs. (The specs are still in the early stages, meaning nothing has been confirmed yet. However, we don’t want to keep it from you.) So here goes: “a quad-core CPU, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. The device itself will have a 4.5-inch, 1,280 x 720 display that’s constructed of sapphire crystal glass, an 8MP rear / 2MP front-facing camera and stereo speakers. Canonical wants you to be connected to the internet at all times and is therefore eyeing LTE, dual-band WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC, along with MHL support.
What do you think? Does the desktop-computer-mobile sound like something you would be interested in? If so it might be wise to head on over to IndieGogo and become part of the Ubuntu movement. Company founder, Mark Shuttleworth, claims that “the Edge” won’t see the light of day if the IndieGogo purchasers do not help out with the funding. He said: “none of the phone manufacturers are yet ambitious enough to try to put both things in one package.” If they succeed it will not only mean that “The Edge” will be up for sale but it will also mean a record for IndieGogo and therefore finally becoming a true alternative to Kickstarter.
By Georgina Pijttersen