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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