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Akolyt is a smart sensor that doubles as a personal driving assistant


“It’s not your car getting connected, it’s you becoming a better driver.”


As smart devices continue to infiltrate our daily lives from the house to the workplace, it won’t be long before they enter our vehicles as well with  approximately 250 million connected cars on the road by 2020. And, while a number of manufacturers have already begun embedding next-gen technology into our automobiles, new solutions are emerging that can make older ones smart, too. Good news for anyone with a ride that dates back to 2001.

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Among the latest startups to take aim on this market is Drust. The Paris-based startup has developed Akolyt, a smart sensor that plugs directly a car’s OBD connector and gathers data on all things under the hood, such as brake patterns, gear changes, and speed. That data is then transmitted via Bluetooth to the user’s smartphone and is displayed in easy-to-digest bits of real-time data. Almost as if it were your personal driving assistant, the sensor can enhance driver efficiency, increase the reliability of the car, and reduce up to 30% fuel consumption.

In the event that something is wrong — and after all, with older vehicles it’s bound to happen — a light will immediately appear on the dashboard, indicating the problem. This means no more sifting through the glove box clutter to locate the the owner’s manual, just to learn that the you still have no idea what the vague light means. Instead, Akolyt explains clearly the origin of any problem so you can handle the situation properly — and better yet, not be ripped off by mechanics! Additionally, the sensor will examine your car before each trip to ensure that everything is indeed okay as you head off to work, class or the grocery store.

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The accompanying app also keeps tabs on a driver’s daily route, maintenance schedules, appointments, and a number of other key reminders. More importantly, the device is equipped with an emergency assistance feature as well. If in a fender bender, Akolyt will immediately verify that you’re okay, and when help is necessary, will automatically notify authorities of the incident.

At the end of each journey, the mobile app collects on-the-road data and generates statistics based on performance, updating your “driving score.” This is certainly something that can come in handy for parents with teenage drivers or bantering with friends over who’s the better driver.

Based on an ARM Cortex-M3 MCU, the plug-in device is packed with Bluetooth 4.0 to communicate with its companion app, a long-range module to connect to the Internet, Flash memory so trip data can be stored, and a built-in accelerometer to track information precisely.

Those wishing to become more intelligent, well-informed drivers can head over to the project’s official Indiegogo page where the team is currently seeking €30,000. What’s more, Drust has a few stretch goals as well — one of which includes adding support for American-made cars. If all goes to plan, initial tests will begin in April 2015 with production slated for August 2015.

11 smart crowdfunding campaigns you may want to back this week


Every Friday, we’re taking a look at some of the smartest, most innovative projects that have launched on Kickstarter and Indiegogo in the last seven days. 


EasyPlug Air

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This shield enables Makers to wirelessly connect their Arduino in under a minute. inXus interactive is currently seeking $20,000 on Kickstarter.

Akolyt

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This smart sensor plugs right into your car and gathers important data enhancing both safety and convenience. Drust is currently seeking €30,000 on Indiegogo.

Hive

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This automation system wants to make smart home devices, security, and entertainment accessible for everyone. Hive is currently seeking $100,000 on Kickstarter.

Safeti

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This personal security device is designed to keep you safe in any situation by tracking your exact location and guiding you through any emergency situation. Safeti is currently seeking $60,000 on Indiegogo.

Qmote

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Access your smart devices with just a click of this water-resistant remote. Qblinks is currently seeking $20,000 on Kickstarter.

Luna

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This mattress cover will make any bed smart, ranging from intelligently managing temperature to tracking your sleep, and integrate with your existing connected home devices. Luna is currently seeking $100,000 on Indiegogo.

EinScan-S

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The EinScan-S aims to serve as the world’s first high-resolution desktop 3D scanner that gives Makers industrial-grade resolutions. The team is currently seeking $50,000 on Kickstarter.

Coolbox

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A complete reinvention of the toolbox, this latest product packs all of the classic storage compartments a handyman would expect — along with several next-gen features. Coolbox, in partnership with Project Copilot, is currently seeking $50,000.

Wishbone

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Read your baby’s temperature with the world’s smallest, easiest-to-use and smartest thermometer. Joywing is currently seeking $20,000 on Kickstarter.

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This portable boombox projector wants you to bring the party anywhere you go with big-time video and sound. Dashbon is currently seeking $50,000 on Indiegogo.

Glow

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The world’s first smart headphones glow with laser light while pulsing to the beat of your music or rhythm of your heart. Glow is currently seeking $100,000 on Kickstarter.