ReportFires app KickStarter campaign – early-stage wildfire smoke images

Here are some images of early-stage wildfire smoke in Europe & Asia. Do you know where is it?

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You cannot see the smoke?
No worry, use your iPhone. Please install ReportFires app first 🙂

Please support our ReportFires app Kickstarter campaign!

iPod / phone / internet communicator… this September, we re-invent the iPhone!

ReportFires app Kickstarter campaign – animation video

The year 2020 is unprecedented.

Many new things happened. And we do many new things to respond.

ReportFires iPhone app empowers user to quickly report wildfire by simple map clicks.

The first video of our ReportFires app Kickstarter campaign is 2-minute long. It is a little bit standard, somehow “boring”. Yup, it is more a B2B kind of stuff. We made it by exporting a Powerpoint presentation into video and then edited it to add background music. A week later we added voiceovers to make the video more telling and reduced the words in the video.

We wanted to make another video, more customer-oriented to better fit our target audience. It was out of our capacity to make a video with the wildfire scenes. The standard is high (and there are a few masterpieces [1][2][3]). We believed an animation would be a good option to demonstrate how the ReportFires app would help in a wildfire outbreak. A good animation can be less heavy for everyone in this tough year. And we had a good story to tell – ReportFires app can save a cat!

The original hand writing storyboard draft

We planned to outsource the animation production to a freelancer on Fiverr. At the same time, TimelessFlick contacted me via LinkedIn. Just in time. (Thanks hardworking sales professionals, thanks LinkedIn!)

They’re a Singapore startup providing animation production services. Their work portfolio is good. They are promoting their services to start-ups in Hong Kong. The promotional price is good. The standard production time is 4-week.

My own requirement was simple – I wanted the animation ASAP. Must have it in 2-week time so that we would use it in our Kickstarter campaign. TimelessFlick listened to us. We listened to them as well what they need from a customer to produce an animation.

From the initial contact on Wednesday afternoon, 16-Sep-2020. Online meeting in the next day morning, we contracted in the afternoon, we provided the animation storyboard and voice script by the evening. Confirmed the storyboard and animation scenes during the weekend. And TimelessFick handed over the 39-second animation by Wednesday 2:39 pm, 23-Sep-2020!

We made it in 1-week! TimelessFlick over-achieved their commitment! They overcame time constrain to make things happen!

It is another timeless proof to me that the world is borderless! People in different cities can work together seamlessly to make great things!

Hope you like the animation video. Hope you like our message. Hope you will join us and support our Kickstarter campaign:

“And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Matthew 22:39


1.Only the Brave,

2.Fire in Paradise,

3.Rebuilding Paradise,

Top 10 current Kickstarter projects, September 2020

I was very busy last week. WFH 12/7! I need to buy something to verify I am connected to the reality…

I go to Kickstarter to find cool stuff and interesting ideas. Round pegs in the square holes. Pledge something. Change things. Move the human race forward.

Below is my list of best Kickstarter projects in September 2020. In ascending order. I develop this list with balanced objectivity and subjectivity. Selection criteria:

  • Usefulness
  • Innovation
  • Design
  • Environment-friendly
  • Value for money

Hope you enjoy the list.

10. WonderSpray, by WonderSpray (gadgets)

To clean the butt by water spray is very hygiene and comfortable experience. It makes you want to visit Japan. The video is lovely!

9. BRZRKR, by BOOM! Studios (graphics novels)

It is Keanu Reeves. Period. It is about John Wick, isn’t it?

8. LARQ Pitcher, by Justin Wang (product design)

Clean drinking water is very important. An everyday tool with good UI. We need it.

7. Pure Over, by Pure Over (product design)

We need good coffee in between cups of clean water. All glass coffee-making experience. It works best with good coffee beans and purified water.

6. Silver Grip, by Fusion Creations (product design)

It seems very convincing that silver can kill viruses. It helps us reduce the use of paper tissue (to avoid direct contact of objects) and alcohol (to clean our hands after direct touching external objects).

5. Nanobag 4.0, by TipTop Things LTD (product design)

We use too many plastic bags! This Nanobag is very small and handy to carry. An Essential tool for grocery shopping.

We need many new things to live healthily nowadays.

4.Arsenal 2, by Ryan Stout (camera equipment)

Good photos are never enough. We need more, especially when developing a Kickstarter campaign! With this AI gadget, we can take photos like masters! AI is good! We should support anything powered by AI, right?

3. Unfound Backpack, by Unfound (accessories)

This backpack is beautiful. Handy for workday use with after-work exercise. It can store everything for a short trip. Looks cool. Designed in Taiwan. Made in Taiwan.

2.Cook System, by Wolf and Grizzly (design)

What does adventure mean to you?

Making a grilled fish with fresh lemon beside a river in a beautiful forest on a summer weekend. This stainless steel cooking tool is a masterpiece! It is almost the best of the best! However, to make a great and safe adventure, we need one more thing…

1. ReportFires app, by RoboticsCats / Andre Cheung (app)

Your AI wildfire detection app

  • Usefulness: checked, especially for those living in WUI
  • Innovation: the world first Machine Learning wildfire detection app
  • Design: single hand UI
  • Environment-friendly: checked, it mitigates wildfire risks & damages
  • Value for money: FREE app

All these Kickstarter projects are now live. Go to pledge them! Wish everyone a joyful September!

PS: this is my 100th blog post! Marvelous!