Indiegogo Stories August 7, 2017

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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Indiegogo Stories May 19, 2016

It’s no surprise that STEM programs are taking off in schools across the United States. Just consider the amount of technology at the hands of our kids in comparison to 20 years ago. There are a number of companies looking to take advantage of this surging trend. Roboterra is aiming to be right in the mix with its new robotics kit. Designed with “all ages” in mind, this K’NEX meets coding system is bound to be a hit with both educators and students.

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Indiegogo Stories April 4, 2016

There was a time when I was not a coffee drinker. Thankfully, I’ve since overcome such foolishness and regularly have a cup by my side. The struggle is finding the right vessel for your preferred beverage. Sure, I have some favorites but few are able to keep my cup of joe warm for an extended period of time. While there are popular options from Contigo and Thermos, to name a few, there is room for improvement here.

That’s where Yecup 365 comes in. This travel mug has a built-in power supply that is capable of heating and cooling your drink for hours on end. Not only that, it’s controllable via your smartphone so you can hit just the right temperature. While companies like Ember have gone down this road before, Yecup stands alone with its ability to maintain a much wider range of temperatures. Head below for full details.

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Indiegogo Stories March 9, 2016

It was almost a year ago exactly when popSLATE first released its e-ink display case for the iPhone 6. Straight away it looked like an intriguing alternative to wearables as a means of keeping up-to-date on notifications without unlocking your phone. However, the first generation’s design was a little clunky.

Fast forward to 2016 and popSLATE has launched a new Indiegogo campaign for its second generation iPhone 6/s/Plus case. The design has evolved in twelve months from the first release. With 22 days remaining in its crowdfunding campaign, it’s also clear that there is significant interest in this product…

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Indiegogo Stories February 10, 2016

We’re big proponents of standing desks here at 9to5Toys. As someone who works from home, I’m well aware of the challenges that come with sitting all day. While there are plenty of options on the market, prices have largely kept this product category out of the impulse purchase range.

Recently, we told you about NextDesk’s latest motorized creation that retails for $447. Today we’ve spotted a new Indiegogo project that cuts the price tag and offers a modular solution for nearly any setup. The OMBEE features a unique design with an eye on customization. Its price comes in at less than an iPad mini, making it an attractive option for those who prefer a more affordable solution.

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Indiegogo Stories February 8, 2016

You may have heard of BearTek before. It launched its first-generation Smart Gloves a while back as a way to control your smartphone with built-in sensors. Last Friday night, the guys behind BearTek made an appearance on Shark Tank and launched version 2.0 on Indiegogo. We won’t spoil the episode for you, but we’ll just say Mr. Wonderful had his doubts.

So what does the second generation add? In addition to the original model’s support for iPhone/Android, BearTek has introduced compatibility with GoPro plus “user-defined touchpoints” and a new developer kit. Full details below.

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Indiegogo Stories December 22, 2015

It’s no secret that the sneaker industry has blown up over the last ten years. Estimates show that Michael Jordan’s brand brings in well over two billion dollars per year. LeBron James just inked a lifetime contract with Nike that “easily surpasses Kevin Durant’s 10-year 300 million dollar deal.” While shoes have continually evolved as Nike has rose to prominence over the last 30 years, we haven’t seen much in the way of smartphone connectivity. While we can easily track our running data with a simple app, technology integration hasn’t gone much further.

A very successful Indiegogo campaign is ready to change that. After raising over $750,000, ShiftWear is ready to hit the market with its “adaptable shoes” that have a built-in display controlled by your smartphone. You have to see it to fully understand the potential here.

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Indiegogo Stories November 16, 2015

Mass Fidelity tries to solve virtual stereo sound with its new Core wireless speaker

It’s no surprise that multi-room speaker systems are set to break out this holiday season as a must-have gift. SONOS and others have been working for years to bring this technology to the mass market, fighting familiar names like AirPlay and Bluetooth along the way. Now, the whole home speaker market is set to blow up.

Mass Fidelity’s Core wireless speaker system wants a piece of that pie. After raising over 1.5 million dollars on Indiegogo, it’s prepared to launch its speaker system to the world. By using its “holographic” sound system, Core is able to produce a virtual stereo sound system that it claims is unrivaled in the home audio space. More details below.

Indiegogo Stories October 22, 2015

At home brewing has seen a resurgence over the last couple of years. As do-it-yourself shops and craft breweries have popped up around the country, interest in homebrewing has skyrocketed. One of the biggest obstacles for most is the amount of equipment and ingredients that are required to get the job done.

That’s where MiniBrew comes in. This fresh Indiegogo project aims to simplify the process, even adding iPhone-connectivity to the mix. The app gives simple step-by-step instructions so even a novice can get mashing in minutes.

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Indiegogo Stories October 12, 2015

I’d be willing to bet your home has some sort of smart or internet-connected device. Whether it’s a Nest Thermostat or WeMo smart plugs, the internet is invading our home one small piece of plastic at a time. The struggle with many of these devices, such as the Nest, is that it only provides a data point for one location in your home. While it is possible to add additional thermostats, that’s not a cost-effective solution for most consumers.

That’s where Koto comes in. Its recently launched Indiegogo campaign offers three different sensors that each collect and report on important measurable data in your home, like air quality or dust count. By doing so, Koto is able to paint a more reliable picture of your home’s health and can even recommend on how to improve it…

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Indiegogo Stories September 28, 2015

For better or worse, we’re using our phones more and more each day. While technology has made our lives easier, it is also a potentially dangerous tool. The hazard of driving and using a smartphone is well known. While there are car mounts that elevate your device to eye-level, some users desire a more refined experience. CarPlay has made its push into the automotive industry but the reception has been somewhat mixed.

This is where Exploride comes in. A transparent head-up display (HUD) unit that shows all of your pertinent information, including vehicle diagnostics, smartphone notification, GPS directions and more. Since its launch on Indiegogo, Exploride has blown past its initial goal and is enjoying massive support from online backers.

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Indiegogo Stories September 11, 2015

The beauty of having a connected home is when products come together that ultimately make our lives easier. With HomeKit-ready devices popping up at many online retailers, now is the time to invest in upgrading your home with the latest internet-connected gear.

Smart locks for our front doors are not a new invention by any means. Schlage has been at the forefront of this movement for sometime. Westinghouse is now making the jump as well with a new product that has an integrated camera, door bell and many of those same smart functions that we’ve seen before.

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Indiegogo Stories August 24, 2015

Kids are headed back to school or off to college for the first time, so backpacks are flying off the shelves in anticipation of heavy course loads and spelling tests. There are some pretty cool options out there from Ogio, Under Armour and Herschel, but some times a little more technology is in order.

That’s where the iBackPack comes in. It’s a fully loaded satchel that recently hit Indiegogo and has raised nearly 500% of its $50,000 goal. While the name may not be that original, the specifications on this bad boy will help you get over it.

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Indiegogo Stories August 20, 2015

GoPro’s action cameras are awesome. From surfing to skiing, skateboarding or mountain biking and hundreds of other activities in between, it’s now easier than ever to capture beautiful high resolution footage. However, the footage can get a little rocky from time to time as GoPro mounts do not have any give and simply move as the user does.

That’s where SLICK comes in. Instead of depending on traditional stationary mounts, this Kickstarter project uses a three axis accelerometer and gyroscopes to detect movement and adjusts the camera automatically. The difference between smooth gliding footage and traditional video is stunning.

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Indiegogo Stories August 18, 2015

Drones are all the rage right now and we’ve covered our fair share here at 9to5Toys. The good news for consumers is that prices are slowly falling and top manufacturers are recognizing the need to introduce amateur friendly models. The new Fotokite Phi, “a camera on a leash”, might just be the easiest drone to fly that we have ever seen.

With GoPro compatibility and gesture controls, this model stands out as a unique option for beginner pilots. It has only been a few hours since the project launched on Indiegogo, but the response has been very positive.

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Indiegogo Stories August 13, 2015

We have touchscreens basically everywhere now: phones, tablets, refrigerators, etc. It only seems natural that someone would come up with a simple system to convert just about any modern HDTV into a touchscreen. Sure enough, a crowdfunding campaign has launched to bring this familiar technology to your living room.

The Touchjet WAVE kicked off its project a few days ago and has already blown past its goal.

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Indiegogo Stories July 23, 2015

The Panono panoramic camera is filled with 36 lenses that total 108MP and is available for purchase today

Crowdfunding stories don’t always end on a positive note, sometimes they suffer from delayed shipping dates and sometimes the whole project falls through. After a wildly successful campaign on Indiegogo last year, the Panono Panoramic Ball Camera is ready to ship with a special limited edition model available for all to purchase. There will be 1,000 of these “Explorer Edition” cameras that bring an extra rugged design to the 108MP (combined) camera.

The design is pretty cool – simply throw the ball and its 36 cameras will capture photos in all directions. There is some interesting science behind it that allows the ball to take an ideal shot when it has reached its apex in the air. This allows for the “perfect” picture to be captured as the ball stops spinning. Panono’s 16GB on-board memory can hold roughly 600 panoramas at a time.

So what is it going to cost you? On-top of having to be one of the 1,000 customers quick enough to grab one, it will carry a $1,499 price tag. That is expected to drop to somewhere around $599 when production increases. The Panono Explorer Edition is available today for pre-order with an expected shipment date of September.

Indiegogo 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

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