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Kickstart This! Make your own pinhole camera

  • The first cakepops bakery may come to Washington
  • 'American Psycho' as a musical? Yep, that's happening
  • Replace your lamps with ... glowing plants?
Kickstart This! Make your own pinhole camera

Editor's note: It's always a pleasure to find a great project to back on Kickstarter, but there are so many to sift through! Kickstart This! does the work for you, highlighting the most interesting finds of the week in one handy roundup.

Glowing Plants: Natural Lighting with no Electricity
Goal: $65,000
Ends: June 7

Science nerds, take note: funding this Kickstarter could mean never buying another light bulb again. Using synthetic biology, this team is interested in building an organic, sustainable solution for lighting, and what it's suggesting looks pretty amazing. With a $40 pledge, you'll get seeds to create your own glowing plant. That's sure to be a conversation starter the next time you have a party.

American Psycho: The Musical
Goal: $150,000
Ends: May 24

Christian Bale brought a fearful intensity to Bret Easton Ellis' disturbing novel "American Psycho" when it was adapted for the silver screen, but even so, the character earned a whole new legion of fans. That could happen again if this Kickstarter hits its goal to transform the story into a musical. Regardless of whether it meets the goal, the musical will debut in London this December. However, its aim is to make the production a non-profit deal. The idea is incredibly unique and might just bring a touch of comedy to the blackness of Ellis' tale of a quirky serial killer.

TRAYVAX, Wallet for Life
Goal: $5,000
Ends: June 11

Any man can tell you that wallets have a shelf life, some better than others. But wouldn't it be nice if you never had to replace it again? That's the goal of TRAYVAX, an industrial grade wallet made of aircraft aluminum. Abuse this one all you want, but it is not going anywhere. Plus it has a clip to latch it to your belt so you can't lose it either. Good ideas for miles!

The Pop-Up Pinhole Project
Ends: May 18

Vintage photography has become increasingly popular over the last few years as people realize that Instagram is actually just producing the same results. You can invest money in the hobby by buying older cameras, but there are other options, too. The Pop-Up Pinhole Project offers a really interesting alternative: a medium-format pinhole camera that you can assemble yourself. It will appeal greatly to fans of photography, and it's also a really fresh way to be creative. So close Instagram and take some real photos you can hold onto.

A Cakepoppery!
Goal: $70,000
Ends: June 9


First, there were yogurt bars, followed by cupcake bakeries. It's totally easy to see cakepops riding the wave next, and if this Kickstarter is funded, that's exactly what will happen. Yael Krigman wants to bring the delicious treats to a brick-and-mortar shop in Washington, and if she raises the money, you'll have a new favorite thing to do when you're in the area. Sorry, Pinkberry.

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