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This quarter-sized device will make your car smarter for $9

AwareCar will let you know where you parked and save you from getting a ticket. 

Finding a parking space in a city can be tough enough, but when each quarter only gives you a fraction of a minute, running errands in the allotted amount of time gets even tougher. Making matters worse, if a meter goes unfed with change, the consequential parking ticket can cost upwards of $70. Luckily, that may be all be thing of the past as one Bay Area startup has created a system that can make your vehicle smarter while saving you from costly (and annoying) violations.


AwareCar is essentially a Bluetooth beacon that fits inside your glovebox and communicates with your smartphone via an accompanying app. Using data provided by cities and GPS, you will be able to receive updates on the whereabouts of your ride, when a meter will expire and how long it will take to walk back to throw in some more coins.

While AwareStack’s latest platform isn’t much different from others available today, what sets it apart is the inexpensiveness of the hardware, a greater focus on user interaction and its unique ability to leverage context awareness to make an automobile smart. Aside from that, the $9 AwareCar is being billed as the “first app to remember parking levels.” So if you’re among the countless others who’ve experienced a Seinfeld-like conundrum, where you were unsure as to which floor you left your car, the system uses your smartphone’s built-in sensors to track elevation. The app will then let you how close you are, even if that means on a different level of the garage.


“AwareCar is the first system that combines the insight from your car’s context with measurements from your phone’s sensors to solve some of challenging and interesting problems related to driving cars,” the team writes. “Instead of packing these sensors again in a new smart car device, we leverage the car’s context and the phone’s sensor data by using a simple device.”

Looking ahead, its creators hope to add new features to the app using feedback provided by its initial backers. Among the upgrades include IFTTT integration, multi-car tracking support, gas mileage efficiency, fuel warnings based on trip length, as well as a do not disturb mode that reduces interruptions and eliminates the urge to text.


Want one of your own? Head over to AwareCar’s Kickstarter campaign, where the AwareStack crew is seeking $15,000. Units are expected to begin shipping in December 2015.

15 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 caught our attention on Kickstarter and Indiegogo over the last seven days. 



This countertop appliance can make a pound of chewable, craveable nugget ice in an hour. FirstBuild has already well surpassed its $150,000 goal on Indiegogo.

Arcano MIDI NES Chiptune Synthesizer


This AVR-based MIDI synth spark up some nostalgia by creating Nintendo-style chiptune music. Arcano Systems is currently seeking $1,000 on Kickstarter.



This smart sprinkler system tracks soil moisture, sun intensity and temperature data in real-time to automatically optimize irrigation for each part of your yard. Mist is currently seeking $45,000 on Indiegogo.



This attachment turns your ordinary smartphone or tablet into an amazing 3D camera. Matter and Form is currently seeking $200,000 on Kickstarter.

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This electronic bike will inform you of the fastest, easiest and safest way to work. Brooklyness is currently seeking $30,000 on Indiegogo.



This open source desktop machine can engrave and laser cut a number of everyday materials such as plastic, wood, leather, paper and more. ZelosLaser is currently seeking $2,770 on Kickstarter.



This $9 BLE beacon and mobile app will let you know you where you parked and remind you to put change in the meter. AwareStack is currently seeking $15,000 on Kickstarter.



This remote-controlled, modular irrigation platform delivers the right amount of water to your plants, flowers and grass. Deliberate Solutions is currently seeking $27,200 on Kickstarter.

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This GPS tracking device allows skydivers to locate their cut-away canopies with any smartphone. Canopy is currently seeking $220,000 on Indiegogo.



This pocket-sized, wireless instrument is designed for making music on the go. Livid Instruments is currently seeking $40,000 on Kickstarter.



This plug-in unit enables you to use solar energy instantly, without panels. SunPort is currently seeking $75,000 on Kickstarter.



This eight-slot 500 series chassis boasts an external power supply beefy enough to power 10 modules. Emanate Audio is currently seeking $40,000 on Kickstarter.

Heartpulse & Starpulse Headphones


This pair of headphones merges function and fashion with bright LEDs that pulse to the beat of your music. Jealous Angel Audio is currently seeking $38,000 on Indiegogo.

CydeKick Pro


This add-on, self-powered generator converts bicycling motion into electrical energy for charging your phone and powering your lights. Spinetics is currently seeking $85,000 on Kickstarter.

Thin Ice


This embedded weight-loss apparel hacks your metabolism to help you lose weight. Thin Ice is currently seeking $15,000 on Indiegogo.

Did you happen to miss last week’s notable campaigns? If so, you can check them out here. Also, if your project is powered by Atmel MCUs and you’ve been featured on our blog, be sure to download the respective badges here for use in your ongoing marketing efforts. 

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