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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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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This WAY to trackable skincare: Your new, portable dermatologist
Jun24

This WAY to trackable skincare: Your new, portable dermatologist

Ever wonder if all those lotions, moisturizers, and serums you apply to your face day-in and day-out actually do anything? Me too. Since tracking your skin’s health inherently defies the sort of instant gratification other health monitoring can provide, it can sometimes feel as though you are throwing money to the wind on the myriad of products constantly flooding the market. This is where WAY comes in. A portable dermatologist in the form of a little donut-shaped device, WAY hails from South Korea as the next-big-thing in skincare. Here’s how it works: the little donut harbors three sensors that measure UV index, humidity level, and a general skincare analysis (which it reads when you hold it up against your face at an angle). Based on these factors, it sends individualized recommendations to a companion app on your phone, prompting you to put on more sunscreen or moisturizer. The app provides a graph of your “skin age,” which also factors in how your water intake and menstrual cycle are affecting your skin. “We felt it was important to include readouts of the environment, because that’s inextricably tied to the skin’s health. For instance, a moisturizer might be very effective in delivering hydration, but if the air is bone-dry and robbing the skin of its water content, what’s the point? WAY would remind you to reapply or use a barrier cream to lock in moisture,” CEO Jason Moon told Refinery29 in a recent interview. One of the coolest features of WAY is its ability to monitor moisture and oil levels on the different skin surfaces of your face; since skin is not uniform on any given person, it is silly to think that we use products aimed at any one ‘skin type’. This means that we can finally track the efficiency of the skincare products we buy. “We want to give everyone a convenient and affordable way to make smarter skin-care decisions,” says Moon. “Since you can’t visit the dermatologist every day, WAY is the next best thing.” WAY has already doubled its $50K goal on Indiegogo, with several days to go. Early birds can throw in $99 for a November shipment; if you are frequently at the dermatologist’s office, you may want to hop on that ASAP. Those who miss out can expect to pay around $150 retail. It’s hard to say whether South Korea’s preoccupation with beauty makes this product more or less trustworthy, although the fact that it was engineered in part by a dermatologist certainly helps. We are certainly excited to see initial product reviews....

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