The crowdfunding charts: A metronome, a self-locating wallet and more
May24

The crowdfunding charts: A metronome, a self-locating wallet and more

Crowdfunding websites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo remain extremely popular among wearables developers seeking funding to make their ideas reality; in this new column, we’re finding the most exciting and innovative startups looking towards the internet for the dollars that could determine their future. Here’s what this week had to offer. What hit crowdfunding this week TZOA Wearable Enviro-Tracker on Indiegogo Started: May 19 Goal: $50,000 Raised As of May 22: $35,081 Air pollution is a big problem, especially in big cities. What if there were a wearable that could track the air quality around you, warning you when your house is too dirty or if there’s a high amount of pollen in your favorite park? TZOA is a small device that clips on to your clothes and uses internal sensors to track your environment. It can also connect to your smartphone with an app that shows you where other TZOAs are reporting pollution. This is TZOA’s second crowdfunding campaign. The San Francisco startup failed to meet its fundraising goal of $110,000 on Kickstarter in December. This time, they’re well on their way to success. https://d2pq0u4uni88oo.cloudfront.net/projects/1775188/video-539045-h264_high.mp4 FOVE on Kickstarter Started: May 19 Goal: $250,000 Raised As of May 22: $257,982 (goal reached!) In just three days, virtual reality headset FOVE exceeded its fundraising goal — and it still has over a month to go. This Kickstarter Staff pick is getting a lot of attention for its innovative gaming hardware. FOVE reduces motion sickness by tracking your eye movements, not your head movements. The result is a high-resolution display that follows where you eyes go and creates the most realistic gaming headset yet. While the focus is on video games, FOVE hopes their device can be used in healthcare and education as well. What’s burning the charts https://d2pq0u4uni88oo.cloudfront.net/projects/1843395/video-534493-h264_high.mp4 SafeWallet on Kickstarter Started: May 12 Goal: $1,000 Raised As of May 22: $26,053 (goal reached!) Here’s a wearable that some of us could definitely use: A wallet that tells you if it’s been lost or stolen. SafeWallet connects to your smartphone and let’s you know when your wallet is out of range. If your wallet has been swiped or left behind, it begins beeping and notifies your within seconds. This New York-based project has exceeded its goal by over $25,000 at this point. Backers can now help the project reach “Stretch Goals” by funding SafeWallet even more. Soundbrenner Pulse on Indiegogo Started: March 31 Goal: $75,000 Raised As of May 22: $124,893 For musicians, keeping rhythm is just as important as playing the right notes. Soundbrenner Pulse is a wearable metronome that not only helps you maintain the right rhythm, but it gamifies your practice sessions by measuring accuracy and helping you...

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