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Houston Kickstarter Round-Up: January: Robots, Stephen King, and German Food on the Go

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Once a month we'll be bringing you a look at some of the best local Kickstarter campaigns in order to let you know what's getting ready to be unleashed through the help of small investors.

I have a lot of friends that think they need to own a gun in order to protect themselves for the day Obama removes his mask and reveals he is actually Cobra Commander. I coincidentally have an almost equal number of friends that I believe prove the link between pot-use and schizophrenia. Your gun isn't going to take on the government when they start screaming, "Hail HYDRA!" No, for that you need to start getting into the robot game, and Anthony Lapp has got you covered.

I'm the first to admit I'm not bright enough to understand the science in the video above, but I got the gist. Lapp has built an easy to use board you can install in a homemade robot that lets you control it through wifi and a damned game controller. The possibility is that you can use all the hours you logged on BioShock to lead a robotic uprising with only a slight adjustment in mechanics. $200 gets you the board, and started on some really ambitious uses of your time.

Goal: $15,000 by January 25.

Stephen King has this amazingly generous thing he does to aspiring filmmakers called his Dollar Baby program. Based on a case by case basis he will allow artists to adapt his work for the price of a dollar in order for them to gain fame. It's a boon to low-budget productions, and Scott Gensch here in Houston was granted the right to make A Very Tight Place into a movie.

The short story follows two neighbors locked in hateful acrimony. One is a germaphobic gay man who recently lost his beloved dog in an accident involving his neighbor's electric fence. His neighbor is a disgraced and dying businessman who becomes fixated on the idea that his neighbor has manufactured his downfall through witchcraft. It's one of King's stranger stories, but full of unbelievable characterization that would likely make a fantastic film. The only downside is that the basic donation, $25, gets you only a link to watch the film, not any kind of physical medium. Kick in another $10 and you get a shirt as well, though.

Goal: $39,995 by January 20.

Food trucks are awesome, the ultimate meshing of capitalistic ingenuity and American indulgence. What we need is a good German food one, and that's the goal of Donald Hennig. Pretzels, brats, German potato salad, spaetzle, and this new thing called ketwurst which is sure to make hot dog snobs and their obnoxious ant-ketchup sneering clutch their pearls.

A $25 buy-in gets you an entrée from the truck, but if you happen to have $1,000 lying around you can snag an entrée a day from the truck for an entire year! That adds up to only $2.75 a meal, which is a steal provided you really enjoy German food.

Goal: $10,000 by January 18.

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