The crowdfunding charts: In-ear fertility tracking, bone conduction headphones, and more
Aug29

The crowdfunding charts: In-ear fertility tracking, bone conduction headphones, and more

It’s hard to say what the “next big thing” is when there are so many exciting new implementations of wearable technology are coming out on a regular basis. Where do you even begin to sort through the lot of them? Well, crowdfunding websites are a good start. In fact, Kickstarter and Indiegogo are hotbeds for the latest and greatest wearable technologies — and when a campaign raises way more than their initial goal, you know it’s destined for greatness. Below are what we think could be the next-big-things according to the crowdfunding charts this week. What campaigns hit crowdfunding this week REMOVU S1 on Indiegogo Started: August 25 Goal: $20,000 Raised as of August 28: $74,757 (goal reached!) If you thought there was no way your GoPro camera could get better, think again. REMOVU S1 is a GoPro accessory designed to let you control your camera, no matter where it’s mounted. Say you’re capturing footage from the top of your bike helmet. Not only can REMOVU S1 stabilize your recording thanks to its rotary sensors, but you can also wirelessly control the camera angle with a Bluetooth-connected remote. It’s also totally waterproof, so don’t worry if you get caught in the rain. REMOVU S1 is going for the Early Bird price of $199, so hurry before the price jumps. Pulsar on Kickstarter https://d2pq0u4uni88oo.cloudfront.net/projects/2019766/video-576559-h264_high.mp4 Started: August 24 Goal: $5,000 Raised as of August 28: $1,032 An emphasis on personalization remains consistent as wearables grow in popularity, and it’s what Pulsar, a wearable LED-light, is all about. Pulsar is designed to be used in multiple ways, from a nightlight to the centerpiece of your Iron Man costume. With Pulsar, you can choose the light’s colors, animation patterns, and more through a smartphone app. How is this customization possible? According to its Kickstarter page, Pulsar is a big fan of Open-Source devices. By putting the power in users’ hands, this startup is making the experience of its product much more individualized. What campaigns are hot this week AfterShokz on Indiegogo Started: August 18 Goal: $65,000 Raised as of August 28: $243,812 (goal reached!) AfterShokz is a Syracuse, New York-based start up with an unusual idea for headphones. With a unique design and already-patented technology, AfterShokz is taking the concept of “open ear music” and making it completely its own. The titanium-framed headphones fit around the back of the head, no wires attached. The “open ears” part of the slogan refers to AfterShokz’s use of bone conduction technology. This allows for audio to transmit through your cheekbones, providing a hassle-free sound experience ideal for fitness or outdoor activities. You can also control the headphones from the device itself, so no need to take out your phone every time you...

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The crowdfunding charts: Connected backpacks, a sleep tracker ring & more
Aug21

The crowdfunding charts: Connected backpacks, a sleep tracker ring & more

Let us just say, WOW, crowdfunding is on fire right now! All the campaigns we love that started this week are doing so well, they’ve already reached their fundraising goals. In fact, we’re so impressed, we’re combining “What hit crowdfunding this week” with “What’s hot this week.” But don’t skip the bottom two just because they’re not fully funded yet- they could be the next big thing sooner than you think. Here’s what we found this week: What campaigns hit crowdfunding this week (and are totally killing it) iBackPack on Indiegogo Started: August 15 Goal: $50,000 Raised As of August 21: $187,813 (goal reached!) Coming out of Austin, Texas is the latest and greatest smartbag we’ve seen yet. iBackPack doesn’t just carry your laptop, it also connects to 3G/4G WiFi and plays music over its Bluetooth-powered sound system. Better yet, iBackPack has four USB ports and an impressive battery life, allowing you to charge devices portably sans outlet.  One of the cooler things about this campaign is the fact that iBackPack is using crowdfunding in more ways than one. Fundraising aside, the startup is also collecting design suggestions, quite literally leaving the look of the product up to it’s users. Winner of the best design receives a seven-day trip to Maui, Hawaii. If that’s not enticing, we don’t know what is. ŌURA ring on Kickstarter https://d2pq0u4uni88oo.cloudfront.net/projects/1952076/video-574139-h264_high.mp4 Started: August 18 Goal: $100,000 Raised As of August 21: $209,641 (goal reached!) Sleep is undoubtedly the most neglected daily human activity, which is a shame considering how many health problems arise from it’s absence. San Francisco-based startup ŌURA aims to fix this issue. The smart ring tracks sleep performance and lets the user know how prepared they are for the day ahead. By monitoring heart rate, respiration rate, body temperature, and movement, ŌURA can determine whether the user needs to go to bed at an earlier time, or maybe take a short walk during the day to build energy. The goal here is to keep the user alert in order to better daily performance. Who doesn’t need that? Blush Vibe on Indiegogo Started: August 17 Goal: $10,000 Raised As of August 21: $24,128 (goal reached!) Blush Vibe isn’t the first wearable technology sex toy we’ve seen on Kickstarter or Indiegogo, but it is the most successful- maybe due to the startups’ novel approach. Blush Vibe is not in the development stages just yet, but is instead using it’s early crowdfunding supporters for feedback on the device and its companion app. This is after all, a very, ahem, interactive wearable. The Blush Vibe vibrator is controlled via app with the added ability to link to the Apple Watch. The app allows the user to create patterns, sync the vibrator’s movement to music, and even customize the sounds it makes. Talk about taking “personal”...

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The crowdfunding charts: Resistance fitness wear, affordable VR & more
Aug17

The crowdfunding charts: Resistance fitness wear, affordable VR & more

The range of new technology emerging on a daily basis never ceases to amaze us. This is especially true in today’s world, where crowdfunding campaigns such as Kickstarter and Indiegogo give anyone who has a great idea the opportunity to make that idea a reality. Although this might be a bold or risky endeavor, it is difficult to truly fail if the product you are providing is something people need. From new fitness wearables to an affordable VR headset, check out all the different startups we found this week. What campaigns hit crowdfunding this week Intrvl Band on Kickstarter https://d2pq0u4uni88oo.cloudfront.net/projects/2003138/video-570201-h264_high.mp4 Started: August 10 Goal: $21,000 Raised As of August 15: $12,190 Personal trainers can change your life, but they come with a hefty price tag.  Intrvl Band is the solution. Retailing at just $35, this new startup from Salt Lake City is going beyond your average fitness band by personalizing your workouts with intervals (short, intensive exercises followed by calmer periods), allowing you to optimize your time at the gym. Don’t worry about Intrvl Band dying in the middle of your workout–it has a battery that lasts for four days, and it only takes two hours to fully charge. It’s also adjustable to any wrist size and totally sweatproof. VUDE VR on Indiegogo Started: August 10 Goal: $11,000 Raised As of August 15: $891 Virtual Reality has got to be one of the coolest trends in wearable technology right now. Still, for two college students with a small budget, obtaining a good VR headset seemed impossible. That’s why they invented VUDE VR, a low-priced, high-quality VR headset that can be used with any smartphone. That’s right. Any. Smartphone. It’s not just meant for the VR gaming apps on your phone, either. VUDE VR can also be used to watch videos in 360 degrees (which are becoming more and more popular thanks to YouTube and GoPro). Additionally, VUDE VR has a removable face plate so you can use the headset with augmented reality apps. The possibilities with are endless. What campaigns are hot this week Zondo and Astec’s self-heating gloves and insoles on Kickstarter https://d2pq0u4uni88oo.cloudfront.net/projects/1988283/video-570534-h264_high.mp4 Started: August 7 Goal: £10,000 ($15,614) Raised As of August 15: £31,072 ($48,515) (goal reached!) Sometimes, the best technology isn’t powered by a battery, but by the person using it. The new collaborative project between Zondo and Astec are the first-ever natural heat generating gloves and shoe insoles. How nice would it be to not buy those little hand-warmer packets all the time? England-based companies Astec and Zondo created a fabric that uses materials previously developed by the German military. The fabric draws in energy and reflects the heat from your...

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The crowdfunding charts: A blood pressure kit, 3D camera, luggage tag, and more
Aug07

The crowdfunding charts: A blood pressure kit, 3D camera, luggage tag, and more

Websites like Indiegogo and Kickstarter can be like the Wild West of crowdsourcing, especially for wearables and other IoT devices. But we’ve made it our job to find the best crowdfunding campaigns just for you. Take a look at what crowdsourcing has to offer this week. What campaigns hit crowdfunding this week LIVALL on Indiegogo Started: August 3 Goal: $20,000 Raised as of August 7: $84,007 (goal reached!) Cycling-related wearables like smart helmets have become quite the trend on crowdfunding websites. It’s no surprise, then, that LIVALL has made over four times its fundraising goal in just as many days. Shenzhen, China’s LIVALL takes safety, comfort, and fun, and rolls them all into one exciting new cycling helmet. Features on LIVALL include a windbreak mic, Bluetooth-connected speakers, and a 3-axis G-sensor, as well as LED lights that can work as turn signals. It call also track your cycling progress with its patented Nano Cadence Sensor. We’ve seen a few smart helmets before, but nothing as well-rounded as this. Accutension on Indiegogo Started: August 4 Goal: $10,000 Raised As of August 7: $4,164 Smartphone accessories meet health wearables for Shanghai startup Accutension, the smartphone-powered blood pressure kit. The automatic blood pressure monitors (BPMs) that we rely on today can be unreliable — and a bad reading can be fatal. Accutension promises blood pressure readings that are as good as your doctor’s. When you use Accutension, you can also use its accompanying app, which tracks important data such as auscultatory sound strength and cuff pressure. These figures can help determine how accurate you blood pressure reading it. This is a potentially simple, affordable solution for anyone who struggles with high blood pressure. What campaigns are hot this week Tagonce on Kickstarter https://d2pq0u4uni88oo.cloudfront.net/projects/1644237/video-556785-h264_high.mp4 Started: July 21 Goal: kr45,000 ($6,582.12) Raised as of August 7: kr115,615 ($16,948.49) (goal reached!) Traveling is exciting and adventurous, but it can also be stressful and tedious. When checking your luggage at an airport, do you find yourself writing down the same information over and over on all manners of luggage tags? So did the brains behind Tagonce. Tagonce is a small tag with a unique QR code. Through the Tagonce app on your smartphone, you can enter and edit your contact information as you please, taking the hassle out of luggage tags for good. If your luggage gets lost, anyone can scan your tag, find your contact information, and reach you. The solution is so easy, it’s almost hard to believe no one thought of it sooner. Minim on Kickstarter https://d2pq0u4uni88oo.cloudfront.net/projects/1911719/video-564835-h264_high.mp4 Started: July 29 Goal: $40,000 Raised as of August 7: $71,852 (goal reached!) For quite some time now,...

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The crowdfunding charts: Keep track of your car, burn extra calories, and unlock the internet
Jul31

The crowdfunding charts: Keep track of your car, burn extra calories, and unlock the internet

As we do every week, we’ve combed through Indiegogo and Kickstarter, selecting the best of the best. Your donation to any one of these crowdfunding campaigns can make a huge difference, so check them out. What campaigns hit crowdfunding this week AwareCar on Kickstarter https://d2pq0u4uni88oo.cloudfront.net/projects/1930717/video-560748-h264_high.mp4 Started: July 27 Goal: $15,000 Raised as of July 31: $5,364 Purchasing a smart car sounds like a pretty awesome idea — until, of course, you check the price tag and realize it’s way over your budget. With the help of AwareCar, though, you can make your current vehicle a little smarter for just $9. AwareCar is a small device that you place in your glove box and connect to your smartphone. Through its app, AwareCar can keep track of your car’s location and even recognize if you’re in a metered parking spot. Better yet, if you get too far away from your car just before your meter expires, you’ll get a notification warning. A $9 investment sounds much better than paying for a parking ticket. Thin Ice on Indiegogo Started: July 27 Goal: $15,000 Raised As of July 31: $26,504 (goal reached!) We’ve seen countless products that promote weight loss, from fitness wearables to expensive meal plans to diet pills. While Fitbits and Jawbones promote healthy lifestyles, you still have to be willing to put in the work. Thin Ice, a startup from Toronto, is a new kind of wearable that helps you burn calories by changing your body’s temperature. Here’s how it works: Using a smart shirt and shoe soles, Thin Ice targets areas of your body that generate heat, called the Brown Adipose Tissue (BAT) pathway. The Peltier Cooling Chips in the shirt and soles are powered by a rechargeable battery. The money Thin Ice has already raised (over $11,000 more than their initial goal) will go toward manufacturing and shipping costs. What campaigns are hot this week Keezel on Indiegogo Started: July 13 Goal: $60,000 Raised as of July 31: $122,871 (goal reached!) There is a shared dream among many people that, one day, we will all have access to an uncensored internet. Amsterdam’s most buzzworthy startup, Keezel, might make this fantasy come true. Keezel is a pocket-sized VPN that gives you access to any website in the world — even from countries where those websites are banned. For anyone who needs a personal WiFi hotspot wherever they go, Keezel is the perfect solution, and Indiegogo crowdfunders are obviously excited about it. Keezel has already raised its fundraising goal twice over now. Go get that early bird deal while you still can. What campaigns could use some love this week WearWise on Kickstarter https://d2pq0u4uni88oo.cloudfront.net/projects/1831892/video-558832-h264_high.mp4 Started: July...

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