Crowd-fund Kangaroo Court: how are our favourite tech projects doing for cash?

Tracking the progress of the slinky Goblin VR, the ultra-loud Soundboks speaker and Stormtrooper's musical tool KordBot towards their funding targets

Every week, or at least most weeks, Crowd-fund Kangaroo Court surveys the week's hottest crowd-fund projects and decides whether to spare them a dime or send them on their way.

We're running our installment later today, having been doing so regular as clockwork, most weeks, on Monday or Friday or, in this week's case, Wednesday. Textbook.

But the question you no doubt want answered is this: how have our candidates thus far got on?

• Goblin VR gazed at

• Soundboks sized up

• KordBot considered

Well, we've got good news and bad news…

Soundboks

The loudest Bluetooth speaker in the world had already funded successfully while the ink on our review was still wet, and its Kickstarter programme is still going on now.

As of today (March 23), it's raised$629,779 from1,288backers, against a target of just $100,000. Despite that, you can still pick up a hefty $200 early bird discount before funding wraps on April 3, getting this deafening wireless sonic weapon for $499.

We celebrated by making this video, during which we conduct the world's least cool hip-hop gig, in a public square, annoying some pigeons.

KordBot

This musical learning tool and MIDI sequencer is a much more complex device, but we're glad to say it's had similar success.

An impressive 736 backers ponied up a total of $178,655against a target of $55,000.

That, in fact, allowed Team KordBot to hit all its 'stretch goals', which means ahigher-spec 'Super KordBot' device, featuring a2.8-inch screen and more memory pads, is now also ready for construction.

Goblin VR

Alas, the news on Goblin VR is less good. It rapidly charged to a total of £10,413 - nearly a third of the way to its £37,500 goal - but they decided to terminate the Kickstarter campaign after less than a week.

As we understand it, that's in order to look again atareas such assupply chains and pricing, in order to compete in the increasingly packed mobile VR sphere. It's a cool product so hopefully we'll see it reincarnated later in 2016.

Duncan Bell
Duncan Bell

Duncan has been writing about tech for almost 15 years and fitness ever since he became middle aged and realised he could no longer rely solely on his boyish good looks. He used to be on telly loads, but an unfortunate incident put a stop to that, so he now largely contents himself with telling people, "I used to be on the TV, you know."
Pre-lockdown Duncan was widely regarded as the best-dressed man ever to work for T3 – admittedly not saying much. Post-lockdown he is looking forward to wearing clothes other than shorts and hoodies again very soon, assuming he can still fit into them. He currently writes about cycling, fitness tech that isn’t too heavy, and all things kitchen and home related.