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



This MIDI-compatible instrument lets you learn, play and create music through a series of multi-sensing pads and LEDs. Oval Sound is currently seeking $109,492 on Kickstarter.

Here Active Listening


This pair of earbuds don’t stream or play recorded music, but instead provide you with a volume knob, equalizer and effects to transform real world audio. Doppler Labs is currently seeking $250,000 on Kickstarter.



This easy-to-use, do-it-yourself kit provides Makers with everything they need to develop their own drone. Skyworks Aerial Systems is currently seeking $100,000 on Kickstarter.

Hidrate Me


This smart bottle syncs to your phone to track your water intake and glows to remind you to stay hydrated. Hidrate is currently seeking $35,000 on Kickstarter.



This connected bottle accurately measures your water consumption by connecting to your mobile and wearable devices. Jac and Davis Saltzgiver are currently seeking $50,000 on Kickstarter.



These gloves enable you to feel and touch any virtual object that you can see on the screen or in your VR headsets. NeuroDigital Technologies is currently seeking $150,000 on Kickstarter.



These three buttons can be configured to your liking, triggering different day-to-day functions with just the click of a button. PentaSens is currently seeking $60,000 on Kickstarter.



This combination of sensors and an accompanying mobile app monitors the condition of plants, providing feedback to kids in the form a virtual buddy. Grüt is currently seeking $10,925 on Kickstarter.

My Driving Pal


This multi-purpose solution allows you to keep tabs on a variety everyday things, whether that’s a child, a bike or a vehicle. Shahram Rezaei is currently seeking $35,000 on Kickstarter.



These app-controlled insoles can keep your feet cool, ventilated and odor-free, as well as heat them during winter. Vay Technologies is currently seeking $40,582 on Kickstarter.



This waterproof drone is equipped with SONAR to spot fish and uses its own Wi-Fi signal to transmit its findings to your smartphone up to 320 feet away. Daniel Marion is currently seeking $150,000 on Kickstarter.

Pet Tutor Blu


This universal, Bluetooth-enabled system for pets combines training and gaming into one. Smart Animal Training Systems is currently seeking $30,000 on Kickstarter.



These pre-printed conductive ink stickers can turn any object into an interactive surface with touch, sound and graphics. Novalia is currently seeking $18,425 on Kickstarter.

Seek N’ Sneak


This Arduino-powered, self-controlled robot is capable of autonomously finding, grabbing and relocating objects. Konstantin Stolpovsky is currently seeking $11,161 on Kickstarter.



This innovative inverter-charger is designed to make solar more accessible and power off-grid applications in challenging environments. Michael Sewanaku is currently seeking $25,000 on Kickstarter.

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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Eedu is an easy-to-use drone kit for young Makers

Assemble. Code. Fly. It’s as simple as that.

According to Mary Meeker’s 2015 “State of the Internet” presentation, drone shipments are estimated to hit 4.3 million units this year, with consumer drone usage expected to jump 167%. Combine those figures with the hundreds of thousands of Makers looking to begin tinkering with their next DIY project, and well, you have yourself quite the market. Much like a number of educational robotic kits that have been introduced to provide children with basic electronics and programming principles over the years, one Las Vegas startup is looking to take that education from the ground and into the skies.


Inspired by the hands-on learning that goes on inside classrooms, Skyworks Aerial Systems has launched Eedu an easy-to-use drone set that allows young Makers, educators and hobbyists starting out to devise new applications, other than just flying cameras. In order to make this a reality, the team has developed an intuitive platform that gives Makers the canvas they need to design their own UAV. The airborne apparatuses can be quickly pieced together using nothing more than its included parts, and are completely compatible with Arduino shields and other open hardware (littleBits and Seeed Studio).


Once assembled, the drone can be paired with its special robotic development environment (RDE) called Forge. This cloud-based, community-driven software lets users code their vision into a reality, while offering ground control, community interaction and various programming capabilities. What’s nice is that, being open source, Makers can build from existing codes. As soon as an app is completed and compiled onto their Eedu, the DIY copter is ready for the skies.


The drone itself is based on an Intel Edison, which enables programs to be easily created on a full Linux OS and boast enough processing power to develop more advanced apps, and employs an ARM Cortex-M4 running on RTOS for sensor processing, main flight control and to interface with the Edison. Eedu also comes with a set of four brushless motors with standard trapezoidal drive, each powered by megaAVR MCUs. What’s more, the machine features a sensor mounting platform, an Arduino shield port and a quick release battery pack. Crafted with safety in mind, the propellers are extremely lightweight and comprised of soft plastic alongside intelligent speed controllers that automatically disable the rotors whenever something gets in the way.


Beyond that, the team has unveiled a highly-advanced, adaptable flight controller driven by an Atmel | SMART Cortex-M7 MCU. Equipped with all of the electronics required for a drone to take to the sky, LUCI includes four built-in 20Amp brushless speed controllers, an Intel Edison expansion port, a DSMX compatible radio receiver, an optical flow position sensor, GPS and Arduino shield capability. Impressively, she can even be integrated on a number of consumer 250mm sized drones, giving Makers the ability to produce their own LUCI and Forge-powered UAV.


With hopes of granting future Makers and engineers access to the necessary tools for innovation, the team has given its crowdfunding backers the option to purchase a kit for students or entire classrooms.

“More than ever, schools are having a hard time acquiring technology. We passionately believe that students’ accessibility to technology should not be hindered! As such, we are creating a donation fund that will allow us to distribute drones to schools across the nation.”

Intrigued? Fly on over to Eedu’s Kickstarter page, where Skyworks Aerial Systems is currently seeking $100,000. Delivery is expected to begin in December 2015.