Crowdfunding Stories August 7

Johhnie Walker is walking right on over to Indiegogo to help fund its newest project. The whisky brand is pushing to create “bespoke” and personalized bottles of Scotch whisky for the project’s backers. Titled My Edition, the bottles include a personal Scotch blend, custom label for name or message, unique engraving on the glass, and a limited edition display case.

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Crowdfunding Stories March 14

At this point, it seems like everyone is working on their own variation of smart mirrors. From DIY setups, to even major companies. Getting started with your own isn’t terribly difficult, but a new project on Kickstarter hopes to make use of those old tablets you have lying around. Firefly, yet another smart mirror, has launched on the crowdfunding site with one major difference: it relies on an iOS or Android tablet to power it.

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Crowdfunding Stories September 18, 2015

Anyone who knows me, knows that I’m a bit of a chronic worrier, so naturally I jumped at the chance to try out Tile’s Bluetooth item tracker. Billed as an easy way to keep track of the things that mean most to you, Tile is like having Apple’s Find My iPhone feature for your entire life. The original Tile tracker launched in 2013 on the back of one of the most successful crowdfunding campaigns ever, having raised more than $2.6M.

Just last month Tile launched its second generation Tracker that’s pretty similar to the original, but is just different enough that it’s worth exploring. Stay tuned to find out if these new refinements make a real difference in helping you get your lost keys back… expand full story

Crowdfunding Stories July 28, 2015

Crowdfunding campaigns and startups are pushing out some of the coolest gadgets in the market, but getting your hands on them is sometimes tough since these companies don’t have distribution and logistics locked down. Amazon Launchpad is designed to make it easier for these amazing products to get into the hands of consumers faster. Jim Adkins, Amazon’s Vice President, explains:

Amazon Launchpad gives customers access to a dedicated storefront featuring a variety of innovative new products from emerging brands. For startups, we handle inventory management, order fulfillment, customer service, and more, allowing them to focus their efforts on the innovation that results in more cool products.

The Amazon Launchpad Store already has more than 200 products from various venture capital firms, startup accelerators, and crowd-funding platforms. Some of which have been around for quite some time and others that are brand new.

Many consumers (myself included) are hesitant to back a crowdfunding campaign due to the murky purchase process and vague shipping timelines, but if you can wait until they hit Amazon Launchpad you should have a relatively stress-free experience.

This move by Amazon shouldn’t come as a shock, back in March the online retailer opened a similar store dedicated to selling innovative products from emerging brands.

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Here are some of our top picks from Amazon’s new Launchpad store:

  • Kinsa Smart Thermometer: $29.99
  • littleBits Electronics Premium Kit: $149
  • Ube U1000 Smart Wi-Fi Dimmer: $89
  • Bluesmart Smart Carry-On Luggage: $349
  • Osmo Gaming System for iPad: $76.99
  • GrowlerWerks Ukeg 64 Copper Craft Beer Growler: $145

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Crowdfunding Stories July 21, 2015

Cusby, a new crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo, wants to make your new 12-inch MacBook more versatile. This modular system lets you chain a variety of USB-C adapters together to create a customized hub: expand full story

Crowdfunding Stories June 10, 2015

holus-Holographic-1 Each year our smartphone and tablet screens get sharper and more vivid. Sure they look beautiful, but they’re still flat. Holus by H+TECHNOLOGY turns those 2D images into a 3D holographic experience. The result is similar to the Holograms of Princess Leia in Star Wars and Tupac on stage at Coachella. expand full story

Crowdfunding Stories May 6, 2015

Life happens and despite what Apple may think, you’re going to need more than a single USB-C port to get by. Companies are jumping on this new standard with a breadth of new accessories including cables, adapters, and docks.

Nonda has just launched a new USB-C hub that’s built from higher-quality materials and packs more features than Apple’s pricey adaptersexpand full story

Crowdfunding Stories April 27, 2015

Light bulbs are dead simple to install: just screw one into a light fixture and flick the power switch on. This is true for older incandescent models as well as ones with smart capabilities. But Flyte is bringing even more simplicity and a truckload of elegance to light bulbs: expand full story

Crowdfunding Stories April 6, 2015

Apple Watch pre-orders kick off on Friday, which means you could have one on your wrist within a few short weeks. Big name brands have been slowly announcing accessories for Apple’s first wearable, but most have conservative designs and feature sets. Crowdfunding campaigns and smaller companies been revealing more ambitious Apple Watch add-ons. NuDock Power Station Lamp definitely falls into the latter camp.

With custom charging receptacles for your Apple Watch, iPhone, and other USB accessories, NuDock should be the only charging dock you need on your nightstand… expand full story

Crowdfunding Stories March 23, 2015

We have certainly seen our fair share of drones, from the world’s smallest to those that fly themselves. Designed to offer selfies from a whole new perspective and with a live 3D virtual reality feed, today we are are looking at the ELF VRdrone.

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Crowdfunding Stories March 18, 2015

This iPhone 6 case uses old fashioned power to keep your device alive

We’ve all been there with a dead iPhone. There are a lot of battery options out there, including some that are built right into a case. All of these solutions require previous charging prior to leaving your home.

Start-up company Ampware is attempting to change all that by borrowing an old solution for this problem.

Ampware launched its Indiegogo campaign today for the CrankCase, which puts a literal crank right on your iPhone so that you can manually provide power in case of a dead battery. This iPhone 6 case uses a patent pending design, which includes a pop-up hand crank, built-in USB sync/charging cable and a second USB port for charging other accessories. The crank also doubles as a kickstand, as well.

According to the Indiegogo product page, CrankCase will provide 40 minutes of talk time after one minute of hand-cranking. Ampware states that it also has an output of 500mA to any attached device.

The CrankCase is currently available for pledging with an early bird price of $49, with an estimated ship date of October.

Crowdfunding Stories March 11, 2015

In an attempt to improve the mouse, Serafim is utiziling Kickstarter to create a new projection-centric design that puts many of the multi-touch controls that Apple users are familiar with directly onto a surface. We have already seen projection keyboard solutions of varying size and price points, but the ODiN Aurora claims to be the “world’s first projection mouse“.

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Crowdfunding Stories February 26, 2015

Rechargeable batteries are a must-have for anyone. With so many juice-sucking gadgets in our lives, it makes zero sense to stock up on expensive disposable batteries. Now, if you want to really go next level and eschew the battery charger, then you’re looking at rechargeable batteries with USB charging… expand full story

Crowdfunding Stories January 29, 2015

Beer drinkers are pickier than ever. Sometimes it takes more than a bottle of beer or a pour from a growler to satisfy a beer lover’s thirst. That’s probably why the Synek home tap system Kickstarter campaign had no problem getting funded and is now coming to the masses.

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Crowdfunding Stories September 22, 2014

Tintag is a new Bluetooth lost item tracker that’s taking on current trackers who fall short in the battery department. Traditionally, trackers have either had replaceable batteries or non-rechargeable permanent batteries. The first solution is a hassle because you need to keep batteries on hand and the second solution is wasteful and costly since you’ll need to replace the entire tracker.

Tintag thinks it solved both of those problems by being the first rechargeable item tracker… expand full story

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