At the beginning of October super popular and cool crowd-funding website Kickstarter announced that it'd be opening its doors to UK-based projects for the first time.
So as we all sit and wait until we can add our incredible ideas on the 31st of October, let's take a look back at some of the most interesting, successful and innovative projects that have secured funding through the site over the years.
This isn't the first (or probably last) time we want to write about how cool Coffee Joulies are… The little metal beans sit inside your hot drinks and cool them down to a mouth-friendly temperature when they're too warm and turn up the temperature when they're too cold. We're tempted to say it's all done by fairy magic, but no, there's an actual scientific explanation for how the little Joulies work and we'll leave it up to the team to explain how: "Their polished stainless steel shells are full of a very special phase change material (an ingredient in food) that melts at 140°F. When you put them in your coffee this PCM begins melting, absorbing a LOT of heat in the process and cooling your coffee down much faster than normal. When your coffee reaches 140°F (the perfect drinking temperature) the molten PCM begins solidifying again, releasing all that energy back into your coffee to keep it at a comfortable and delicious drinking temperature. The more heat you feed your Joulies, the longer they’ll keep your coffee warm." Although the company is going from strength to strength, simultaneously cooling and heating up beverages around the globe, it started out on Kickstarter and managed to hit its funding goal quickly thanks to lots of interested backers and press attention. For more information check out: www.joulies.com/