Kiwi inventors reach target

23:15, Jan 19 2014
meMINI
NOW YOU SEE IT: Sam Lee with the new meMINI point-of-view camera which can capture moments after they happen.

The Kiwi innovators developing unique wearable video camera meMINI have reached their crowd- funding goal of US$50,000 (NZ$60,200) in just eight days.

Entrepreneurs Sam Lee, of Wanaka, and Ben Bodley, of Auckland, launched their campaign on Kickstarter on January 6 at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

The meMINI concept hit US$50,000 last week and it continues to climb, with more than 350 financial backers.

The Kickstarter campaign offers a range of pledge options, from US$1 to US$10,000.

"The fact that we have reached our target so quickly means the meMINI wearable camera concept has been validated. We know it's obviously a lifestyle product that people want," Lee said.

"We've had a lot of feedback from our backers and people we've talked to at the Consumer Electronics Show about the concept and we want to further refine meMINI."

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Money raised guarantees production of the first meMINI looping video cameras and software.

The entrepreneurs said the Vegas show was a huge opportunity for their company because they were able to connect with potential technology partners and gain invaluable international media exposure. 

 

The Southland Times