Knight Rider

Sam can make your Knight Rider dreams come true

Knight Rider

“Michael Knight: a young loner on a crusade to champion the cause of the innocent, the helpless, the powerless, in a world of criminals who operate above the law.” Sam might not be a young loner, but he is on a crusade to make all of your Knight Rider dreams come true.

Well, some of them.

Sam, a 32-year-old IT professional from Newark, Delaware, has created a Kickstarter page subtitled ‘One man’s dream to build a Knight Rider Replica car to share with the world!’ Who wouldn’t want to get behind a project like this?

Hello… anyone there?

Come on, people of the world, where’s your enthusiasm for Sam’s dream? To-date, Sam’s hopes of becoming a Michael Knight for the new millennium has attracted no bidders and zero funding. We live in a world in which people are happy to spend £3 on a takeaway coffee, but won’t spare some loose change for a ‘good clean fun’ guy from Delaware.

In fairness, Sam hasn’t exactly been forthcoming about his plans to make this dream a reality. He does promise a photo of the car if you pledge a dollar, but just what he intends to do with the $10,000 pot hasn’t been established. As the incredibly tall man in Dragons’ Den might say: Sam, we’re gonna need a bit more info if you want our investment.

On the plus side, Sam does own a Pontiac Firebird Trans Am, so at least the final KITT won’t be little more than a Chevy Nova with a scanning light perched on the hood. Our guess is the interior will require the most amount of investment, especially if he wants KITT to talk to him.

Knight Rider on Kickstarter

Having done a SWOT analysis, Sam is philosophical, saying: “The biggest risk I can see is getting the funding to complete this project. Maybe finding the vendors no longer carry the parts needed. Having my car, which I already own, totalled before the work can be completed.”

Stay out of trouble, Sam.

Sadly, despite Sam promising to share the KITT replica with the world, the offer to “bring the car to visit you; hang out and party with this Knight Rider replica at your party”, is not available to funders outside the United States. To paraphrase the tall man once again: Sam, we’re sorry, but we Brits are out.

Sam has been here before. Earlier this year, the plan to create a replica KARR – KITT’s prototype vehicle – ended with no backers and no money. Undeterred, Sam is returning for another bite of the cherry, this time with KITT – one of the best-loved TV cars in the world.

Let’s get behind Sam and his Knight Rider dreams. If you want to pledge a dollar or more, check out his Kickstarter page. The project must attract funding of at least $10,000 by 21 September 2016.

Soon, this could be Sam on the streets of Newark:

The best Kickstarter inventions

The best Kickstarter inventions for July

The best Kickstarter inventionsAs you’ll know if you’ve spent any time there, Kickstarter is home to some weird and wonderful inventions looking for funding from the general public.

We’ve picked out our favourites from the hundreds of projects launched this month.

From electric trikes to vertical record players, there’s something here for everyone.


01 vufine

Since Google Glass left the scene so its engineers could have a rethink, other augmented reality eyewear has tried to fill the gap, and Vufine is the latest gadget to show up on the scene. Like Glass, it projects a small display in the corner of your eye, and it can cope with everything from walking directions to video recording — you could even watch Netflix on the train. $99 (£65) is the early bird price.


02 freway

There seems to be a great appetite for smart, electric bikes on Kickstarter, and Freway offers more evidence: it’s already smashed through its $100,00 target with a month to spare. The difference with the Freway is it tries to combine the full mountain bike experience (gear shifting and shock absorbing) with electric power (good for 60 miles). The lowest bike pledge price is $499 (£315).


03 indievice

You can take your smartphone everywhere, but the shots aren’t always up to scratch, which is where IndieVice comes in — it promises to turn your smartphone into a professional camera. The device works with all kinds of smartphones and can even be fixed to a GoPro, adding extra quality with a professional lens and more control with an extended viewfinder. $125 (£80) is enough to get your name down for one.


04 smile

Smile is a solar panel for the developing world, and with that in mind it’s made from a flat plastic foil father than the usual glass compound — that means it’s lighter, cheaper and more flexible. The aim is to enable rural people in developing nations to get power without resorting to fossil fuels and open fires, and you can contribute one Smile panel to someone in need by pledging 330 krone (£30).

Weather Point

05 weather point

Weather Point bills itself as “the world’s smallest weather station” and it’s perfect for amateur meteorologists. It can measure temperature, humidity, ultraviolet light and atmospheric pressure through your smartphone, sitting on your keychain when not in use. Plug it into any Android or iOS phone and you can get your local readings immediately. Prices start at just $19 (£12) for a plastic model.


06 spivo

Selfie sticks are growing more and more popular, but if you want to really stand out from the crowd then the Spivo is the way to go. Not only is it ergonomic, well-designed and available in three sizes, it lets you flip your action camera 180 degrees to capture selfies or whatever’s in front of you. If you’re interested, you can get your own Spivo stick ordered on Kickstarter from CAD$49 (£25).

Naturebytes Wildlife Cam Kit

07 naturebytes wildlife cam kit

This kit uses the Raspberry Pi as its base, adding a weatherproof case and camera to help you build your own wildlife monitoring station. When it’s finished, you or your kids can use it to take remote snaps of birds or foxes in the garden, and (if you wish) send photos to conservation organisations who can use them to monitor changes in the environment. A full pre-assembled kit starts at £95.


08 t.brush

If you’re in the market for a luxury toothbrush then give the T.brush a look: it’s “reinventing the art of toothbrush design”, according to its makers, and you can get it in seven different bold colour schemes. It features a long-lasting battery and oscillate-and-rotate technology that can reach 9,000 rotations a minute, so you’re guaranteed a good clean. The lowest price on Kickstarter is £55.

Barnacle Custom Action Camera

09 barnacle custom action camera

You may think GoPro has the action camera market sewn up, but there are more alternatives you might think, with the Barnacle being the latest. It’s designed to be smaller, lighter and more versatile than the competition, and it’s tough enough to be run over by a car — you don’t need to worry about this device getting a few knocks. $145 (£90) is enough to get your name down for one.


10 ginzvelo

Order yourself a GinzVelo from Kickstarter and you’re sure to draw a few stares when pulling into your driveway. It’s essentially a bicycle — a bicycle with lights, a cabin and an electric motor that can take you up to 30mph. If blending into the crowd isn’t really your style, then the GinzVelo is perfect, and its makers have big plans for this novel mode of transport. Prices start at $6,000 (£3,815).


11 lililite

Some of the best Kickstarter inventions are all-in-one designs, and the LiliLite combines a book lamp, book shelf, and bookmark in one unit. It’s cleverly designed and it even works automatically: the integrated sensor detects when you’ve placed your book back on the shelf and turns the light off. You can also store your tablet or your ereader on top of it. You can get your own LiliLite for $129 (£80).

Floating Record Vertical Turntable

12 floating record vertical turntable

It’s exactly what it sounds like: it’s a turntable that somehow plays your records vertically. Not only is it a conversation starter whenever you have friends round, it shows off the LP artwork while you’re listening. The manufacturers are promising “audiophile-grade materials and components” throughout but the price isn’t prohibitive — the cheapest pledge level on Kickstarter is $329 (£210).

Gecko Switch

13 gecko switch

Ever wished the light switch was a little bit closer — when settling down for a movie perhaps, or clambering into bed? Well, the Gecko Switch is a lightswitch you can operate from anywhere, and it includes timing and dimming functions too. There’s also a smartphone app for remote control, so you get a much smarter home instantly. If you like what you see, base switches start at $60 (£40).


14 iblazr

We’ve already included one photographic accessory for your mobile phone, and here’s another. The Iblazr 2 is an LED flash to help you get snaps that are more professionally lit from your Android and iOS phone, and it syncs with your native camera app too so it’s simple to use. It all works wirelessly, just clipping on top of your handset. Prices begin at $45 (£30) on the Kickstarter page.


15 sipsup

We’ll end with something truly original: the SipSup is a photo album in a glass. The sip is the drink part and the sup is “what’s up” — photos left by your friends when they pop round which you can call up later. Transferring a photo or viewing it again is a as simple as chinking your phone against it. SipSup might not change your life but it’s an interesting idea nevertheless, and each glass costs $22 (£14).

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