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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Apple patents new bone conduction earbuds
Aug27

Apple patents new bone conduction earbuds

Considering Apple’s ability to provide us a new generation of the same product every year, it’s surprising how little their iconic white earbuds have changed since their inception — until (maybe) now. A patent application published this week describes a plan aiming to improve the quality of voice communications in wireless earbuds through bone conduction. The plan is this: First, a sensor within the actual earbuds will monitor the vibrations in a user’s bone structure by detecting the vibrations of their vocal chords, essentially allowing for a far greater clarity of sound than currently possible. Secondly, internal microphones will detect environmental sound and “combine that information with accelerometer output, battery level and earbud position data,” to eradicate that noise pollution, offering a handy solution to the most common complaint by users of hands-free devices. So the improved earbuds will allow you to hear better in noisy environments while simultaneously allowing others to hear you better, too. This means that Siri will be able to actually understand you, always. Don’t be too excited just yet, though. Apple has been known to file multiple patents yearly, many of which never come to fruition. On the flipside, the company’s continued focus on music has got to mean the perfect earbuds will be in consumers’ ears sooner rather than later, right? Only time will...

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