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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Pebble Time is now available to everyone via big box stores
Jul20

Pebble Time is now available to everyone via big box stores

Pebble is keeping its word by moving Pebble Time from crowdfunding to online superstores. To begin, only those who supported the campaign on Kickstarter were able to get their hands on one of the smartwatches. Now, Pebble Times are available for direct purchase — complete with a next-day shipping. The smartwatch company is still working to fulfill the 78,000 preorders from the campaign and has hit its share of snags along the way. Both Android and Apple compatible, the company ran into trouble in June when the Pebble Time Watch app sat in “approvals limbo” in the Apple App Store. Thanks to the massive following Pebble has, social media campaigns were able to push its iOS app out of uncertainty and into the hands of the public. You might also like: Pebble pledges $1 million to encourage smart strap development Pebble touts the Pebble Time’s standout features as including the color E-Paper display, a 7 day battery life, durable glass lens, a curved ergonomic design, thousands of watch faces and apps, and water resistance up to 30 meters. Its Timeline feature “turns moments you care about — notifications, calendar events, weather, sports scores, breaking news, missed calls, app alerts — into pins that let you see what’s ahead or catch up on what’s already happened.” Pebble promises the new feature will allow Time wearers to “live ‘now’ to the fullest.” Pebble Time is available in white, black, and red via Amazon, Target, Best Buy, and GetPebble.com. Better yet, register for the Wearables.com Pebble Time giveaway, and win one for...

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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: 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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