The crowdfunding charts: Smartglasses for cyclists, a wristlet for earbuds, and safe button
Jul24

The crowdfunding charts: Smartglasses for cyclists, a wristlet for earbuds, and safe button

Crowdfunding websites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo feature all kinds of crazy stuff like LED-striped shoes and legal defense funds for robot sex toys. Still, there’s nothing better than seeing wearables that can improve lives of many. We found some excellent wearable tech this week, from an organizational smart bag to a revolutionary communication aid for ALS patients. Here’s what we have for you this week. What campaigns hit crowdfunding this week Helix on Kickstarter https://d2pq0u4uni88oo.cloudfront.net/projects/1897142/video-563617-h264_high.mp4 Started: July 20  Goal: $100,000 Raised as of July 24: $58,391 We’ve complained about earbuds here before. They get tangled, they’re easy to break, and they don’t look good. Helix aims to fix all of these problems at once. The San Francisco-based startup has built a Bluetooth-connected headset with a new twist: The headphones live on a simple yet fashionable aluminum wristlet. For those of you with an on-the-go lifestyle, this is the campaign for you. It presents the perfect combination of design and functionality. Helix is currently over halfway to its fundraising goal of $100,000. SENTH IN1 on Indiegogo Started: July 21 Goal: $40,000 Raised as of July 24: $11,777 Take two of the most popular wearables out there — virtual reality headsets and fitness wearables — and put them together. SENTH IN1 is what you get. These smartglasses were created specially for cyclers, giving users navigation, activity tracking, music control, and so much more. SENTH IN1 has a design similar to Google Glass, though the Beijing-based company is choosing to specialize in cycling, at least initially. The glasses come with a microphone, camera, and earphone port, so maybe they can have other uses in the future. Right now, you can donate $199 (plus shipping+handling) to get your very own SENTH IN1. What campaigns are hot this week EyeControl on Indiegogo Started: July 7 Goal: $30,000 Raised as of July 24: $35,610 (goal reached!) First of all, congrats to EyeControl for reaching their fundraising goal of $30,000! For those of you who haven’t heard of EyeControl yet, it’s a revolutionary wearable for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) patients that allows them to communicate without a huge, expensive machine. The device sits on the face like glasses, using an infra-red camera and a small computer to read and translate what the patient is trying to say. EyeControl is amazing to watch in action. They currently have a working prototype, and all Indiegogo funding will be used to improve the translation algorithm. With 14 days to go, we hope to see this crowdfunding campaign continue to grow. What campaigns could use some love Baggio on Indiegogo Started: July 11 Goal: $30,000 Raised as of July 24: $1,614 The life...

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The crowdfuding charts: A smart necklace, sporty smartwatch, digitized umbrella, and more
Jul19

The crowdfuding charts: A smart necklace, sporty smartwatch, digitized umbrella, and more

One of the coolest things about wearable technology is it ability to turn nearly anything into something “smart.” Have you ever wanted an umbrella with location tracking? How about a necklace that can control your smartphone? These are just some of the new and exciting wearables we found on crowdfunding sites this week. Check them out below. What campaigns hit crowdfunding this week Neckst on Indiegogo Started: July 14 Goal: $25,000 Raised As of July 17: $2,000 2015 thus far has proven to be the year of the smartwatch. Still, some people don’t adorn themselves with timepieces — but they may wear necklaces. Enter Neckst, the first ever smart necklace. This start up based in Jerusalem has created a unique button that connects to your smart devices to do just about anything, including texts, camera control, and smart home configuration. Neckst comes in multiple styles, and not just in necklace form. The company also has bracelets and keychains with the Neckst button, making the product truly useful for everyone. Donating just $39 gets you a Neckst kit, so go claim your offer now. HAZ on Indiegogo Started: July 14 Goal: $15,000 Raised as of July 17: $2,432 For anyone living in a rainy climate that’s had to struggle with an umbrella that just won’t close, HAZ could be the greatest thing to enter your rain-sodden life. It’s is a smart umbrella designed to help you tactfully tackle the weather. With the push of a button, HAZ will open and close without any of the hassle an “analog” umbrella will give you. HAZ also has other added features, like Bluetooth-powered loss prevention and weather forecast warnings. The umbrella can open and close 150 times on one single charge, and the standby life is six months, so you won’t have to replace the battery too often. It comes in six different colors and works with both Android and iOS systems. What campaigns are hot this week Lumos on Kickstarter https://d2pq0u4uni88oo.cloudfront.net/projects/1389412/video-559213-h264_high.mp4 Started: July 14 Goal: $125,000 Raised as of July 17: $256,915 (goal reached!) Boston-based startup Lumos is putting safety first, and in doing so, it has reached its initial fundraising goal twice. So, what is it exactly? Lumos is bicycle helmet that has its own brakes and turn signal lights. No longer will bikers need to rely on hand signals that drivers may not see or understand. Using Kickstarter, Lumos is currently looking for beta testers before it delivers its first product batch in April 2016. With just over three weeks to go on the crowdfunding campaign, the smart helmet is sure to make waves in the future. What campaigns could use some love this week element1 on Indiegogo Started: July 10 Goal: $125,000 Raised as...

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The crowdfunding charts: A sleep apnea solution, surround sound for extreme sports, and more
Jul10

The crowdfunding charts: A sleep apnea solution, surround sound for extreme sports, and more

Health-focused wearables are on the rise, as evidenced in this week’s medical-heavy tech crowdfunding campaigns. Beyond that, but we have two innovative wireless headphone solutions, a codable bracelet for girls, and a smart golf accessory to help improve your swing. Check out this week’s crowdfunding findings below. What campaigns hit crowdfunding this week Dot on Kickstarter https://d2pq0u4uni88oo.cloudfront.net/projects/1785069/video-559201-h264_high.mp4 Started: July 7 Goal: $30,000 Raised as of July 10: $270,500 (goal reached!) It’s about time wireless headphones became the norm, and Dot could be one of the best solutions so far. The concept is simple: Headphones that don’t even seem like they’re there. The Dot bluetooth headset consists of two small, lightweight earbuds that are sweat resistant and have an impressive battery life (six hours straight of music or nine hours straight of calls). In just three days, Dot reached its crowdfunding goal of $30,000 nine times over. There are 27 more days to go, so we can expect big things from Dot in the future. Stretch goals include different colors ($500,000 and $750,000) and better battery life ($1,000,000). Ojee TALON on Indiegogo Started: June 6 Goal: £20,000 ($31,055.60) Raised as of July 10: £7,567 ($11,749.89) Looking to improve your golf swing? Look no further than the Ojee TALON, a product from the north of England developed to improve one’s golf stance. The TALON sits on the top of your golf club, and reads your posture (thanks to a wireless unit on your back) as you prepare to hit the ball. To perfect your swing set-up, you can donate the whole £179 ($277.38) to get your own Ojee TALON, or just £38 ($58.89) for a nice branded golf shirt instead. Jewelbots on Kickstarter https://d2pq0u4uni88oo.cloudfront.net/projects/1950163/video-559551-h264_high.mp4 Started: July 8 Goal: $30,000 Raised As of July 10: $56,718 (goal reached!) It’s no secret that females are largely absent within the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields. However, getting girls involved at young ages encourages them to pursue STEM. To ignite girls curiosity, Jewelbots was created. describe Jewelbots as a “friendship bracelet for the iPhone era.” The New York-based startup was founded by two women who wanted to teach girls the basics of coding and who describe the Jewelbots product as a “friendship bracelet for the iPhone era.” Once Jewelbots is set up through the smartphone app, it’s open source so users can customize their bracelets however they want. Check out their Kickstarter video, which is already gaining a ton of traction. What campaigns are hot this week Airing on Indiegogo Started: June 15 Goal: $100,000 Raised as of July 10: $794,119 Obstructive Sleep Apnea affects the way thousands of people sleep. OSA causes a blockage in your throat while sleeping, which leads to trouble breathing. It can also cause more serious health issues like cardiovascular disease. The typical solution for OSA is wearing a large...

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The crowdfunding charts: A portable VR camera, a kid tracker, and smart mirror
Jul03

The crowdfunding charts: A portable VR camera, a kid tracker, and smart mirror

Another week has come and gone, and we’ve got brand new crowdfunding campaigns for you to take a look at. From a virtual reality camera to sport glasses originally designed for the U.S. Air Force, here’s what we found on crowdfunding websites this week. What campaigns hit crowdfunding this week PKids on Indiegogo Started: June 30 Goal: €30,000 ($33,307.05) Raised As of July 3: €4,738 ($5,260.29) Wearables for children have become increasingly popular, and at the center of such devices is safety. PKids is an eCall wearable “smartband,” designed to keep kids safe when they’re not being actively supervised. It has features such as water fall alerts, panic buttons, and GPS tracking. You can see all of this phone an iOS or Android device thanks to Bluetooth connectivity. It’s not just great for kids, but for senior citizens, pets, and valuable items as well. Not to mention, the bands come in a bunch of cute colors as styles, making them fun to wear. This Madrid-based startup has 38 days left to reach its goal of €30,000 ($33,307.05). Sphericam 2 on Kickstarter https://d2pq0u4uni88oo.cloudfront.net/projects/1507055/video-556791-h264_high.mp4 Started: June 30 Goal: $150,000 Raised As of July 3: $119,786 We’ve been waiting for a portable, easy-to-use virtual reality camera. Introducing the Sphericam 2: a tennis ball-sized spherical camera that can capture 360-degrees of footage in high definition. In one little ball, there are six lenses, WiFi connectivity, eight tripod mounts, four microphones, and more. This Kickstarter Staff Pick is bound to reach its fundraising goal within the next week or so. Right now, if you donate $1,499, you can get your very own Sphericam 2 at an early bird price. What campaigns are hot this week Deus Ex Aria on Kickstarter https://d2pq0u4uni88oo.cloudfront.net/projects/1920099/video-551471-h264_high.mp4 Started: June 18 Goal: $100,000 Raised As of July 3: $133,494 (goal reached!) This is something we love to see: New technology drawing inspiration from and building upon other wearables. Deus Ex Aria is a set of sensors that let you control Android Wear and Pebble Time smartwatches with hand gestures. For instance, a snap of the fingers can turn the watch on and off sleep mode. The product’s team is based in London, but the technology was built in Shenzhen, China with the help of hardware accelerator HAX. Funds raised on Kickstarter will go towards the production of Aria. If you’re interested, check it out above. CTRL ONE on Indiegogo Started: June 29 Goal: $20,000 Raised As of July 3: $57,333 (goal reached!) CTRL ONE smartglasses are designed to change from clear to dark lenses depending on factors like lighting and speed, all in the blink of an eye. The idea came from...

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The Crowdfunding Charts: Smart glasses, smart mics, and a smart score-keeper
Jun26

The Crowdfunding Charts: Smart glasses, smart mics, and a smart score-keeper

Without a set strategy, perusing websites like Indiegogo and Kickstarter can be overwhelming. Fortunately for you, we’ve done the heavy lifting and found the best crowdfunding campaigns to pay attention to this week. All you have to do is decide which one deserves your investment. What campaigns hit crowdfunding this week MetaWearCoin on Kickstarter https://d2pq0u4uni88oo.cloudfront.net/projects/1425887/video-546993-h264_high.mp4 Started: June 24 Goal: $50,000 Raised as of June 26: $11,649 “Prototypes are a thing of the past,” says the MetaWearCoin team. And if prototypes are the past, MetaWearCoin is the future. It’s a coin-sized platform that can be used to develop new smart, wearable products. It comes with Bluetooth, motion sensors, a coin-cell battery, and more. MetaWearCoin is a developer’s dream because it’s so easy to use. From the mobile SDKs to the open source coding and the sample mobile apps to draw inspiration from, MetaWearCoin has it all. The product seems to have struck a chord with crowdfunders as well. With only two days on Kickstarter, the developer board has received over 20 percent of its fundraising goal. Vufine on Kickstarter https://d2pq0u4uni88oo.cloudfront.net/projects/1896448/video-552790-h264_high.mp4 Started: June 22 Goal: $50,000 Raised As of June 26: $39,585 Smartglasses are a hit and miss business. Even kingpin Google was ridiculed for putting out an unfinished product in Glass. So who is the next big player in the smart eyewear world? It may well be Vufine, a startup from Sunnyvale, California. Vufine is a small virtual screen that you can place on any pair of glasses. Vufine can do most anything. It can act as a camera lens, it can give you directions, and it can even be used as a second display for health professionals. Best of all, it’s affordable. Though the two early bird prices on Kickstarter of $99 and $129 are already sold out, donating $149 will get you your very own Vufine. What campaigns are hot this week Instamic on Indiegogo Started: June 15 Goal: $50,000 Raised As of June 26: $138,068 (goal reached!) Calling yourself the “GoPro of [insert technology here]” is a bold move, but San Francisco-based Instamic may be justified in its comparison. Instamic is the world’s smallest microphone, with high-quality audio that puts the iPhone 6 microphone to shame. It’s waterproof and uses a USB port to charge. It can also be affixed to nearly any surface thanks to its versatile mounts (tape, magnets, and velcro). Not only the Instamic portable and easy to use, but it’s pretty inexpensive. Right now, you donate $99 – 129 on Instamic’s Indiegogo page to get your own. Pulse Play on Indiegogo Started: April 28 Goal: $75,000 Raised as of June 26: $77,822 (goal reached!) Your average tennis player doesn’t have a court-side scorekeeper, so Pulse Play...

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