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 intelligent indoor garden makes it possible to grow fresh, flavorful and nutrient-rich food year round, from inside your house. Grove Labs has already well exceed its Kickstarter goal of $100,000.
This turnable will transform your smartphone or GoPro into a 3D scanner. Smart3D is currently seeking $50,940 on Kickstarter.
This LEGO-compatible robotics toy lets kids play, code and innovate in various ways. Robotix is currently seeking $50,000 on Kickstarter.
OpenBCI Ganglion and the Ultracortex Mark IV
This new 3D-printed headset and Arduino-compatible, programmable board wants to make biosensing accessible to everyone. OpenBCI is currently seeking $50,000 on Kickstarter.
This Wi-Fi connected lamp and lighting system mimics sunlight to keep your body clock in sync and improve health. Ario has nearly doubled its initial Kickstarter goal of $50,000.
This DIY kit is built around an ATmega32U4-based board specifically designed for wearable projects, spanning from rudimentary circuits to more complex gadgetry. STEM Center USA is currently seeking $30,000 on Kickstarter.
Drone n Base
This multiplayer game allows you to race and battle drones, right at home. Anima Technika is currently seeking $70,000 on Indiegogo.
This Arduino-compatible, 8-bit MIDI synth enables you to create Nintendo, C64 and Amiga-style chiptune music. Arcano Systems is currently seeking $2,00 on Kickstarter.
This wearable purifier and quality tracker wants you to enjoy fresh air wherever you go. iBreathe is currently seeking $15,000 on Indiegogo.
Make Time Clock
This elegant device is designed to help encourage you to make time for your side projects and establish a balance in your life. Chap Ambrose is currently seeking $25,000 on Kickstarter.
This chair provides an immersive and responsive virtual reality experience through hands-free movement at the touch of a button. Joe Ryan is currently seeking $30,864 on Kickstarter.
This hub and app gives you a single point of control for all your smart home devices with unique privacy and flexibility. Philip Steele is currently seeking $38,591 on Kickstarter.
This first-of-its-kind equestrian sensor not only tracks a rider’s training session, but a horse’s well-being as well. Equisense has well surpassed its goal of $55,069 on Kickstarter.
This tiny disc discretely fits underneath any watch to make it smart. Trivoly is currently seeking $100,000 on Kickstarter.
This wireless system handles all of your streaming needs anytime, anywhere. 3Iware is currently seeking $50,000 on Kickstarter.
This desktop 3D printer can spit out objects using either carbon fiber resin or standard color filament. iBox Printers is currently seeking $200,000 on Kickstarter.
This pint-sized 3D printer can create objects in your hand and then get stored away in a shoebox. Baby 3D is currently seeking $40,000 on Kickstarter.
This innovative line of media players combine hi-res audio with UHD 4K video. Cyberdrive INC has achieved its $30,000 goal on Indiegogo.
This autonomous indoor garden offers the perfect growing conditions for any type of plant and guarantees a sizable harvest, all year round. Véritable is currently seeking $55,150 on Kickstarter.
This bicycle seat-shaped tracker is sat upon to help you perform Kegel exercises and monitor progress along the way via an accompanying app. Minna Life is currently seeking $100,000 on Kickstarter.
This small module sticks onto or sits right next to any infrared remote controlled electronic product, making it almost instantly controllable from your smartphone.
This next-generation unit is looking to replace the old-school mouse once and for all. LCI Tech is currently seeking $6,618 on Kickstarter.
This credit card-sized, smart warning gadget attaches to your wallet or purse to prevent pickpocketing. Antarit is currently seeking $50,000 on Kickstarter.
This smart messenger bag features a wireless power supply for your mobile gadgets along with rechargeable LEDs for nighttime visibility. WiTology is currently seeking $46,297 on Kickstarter.
This platform enables Makers to transform their Raspberry Pi into creative applications, ranging from retro game emulators to MIDI controllers to smart home hubs. Tingbot is currently seeking $61,746 on Kickstarter.
This modular, future-proof smartphone can be customized, upgraded and repaired based on your needs. PuzzlePhone is currently seeking $250,000 on Indiegogo.
This headband allows you to enjoy the present moment while capturing photos and videos for later with its HD camera. 3RDiTEK is currently seeking $250,000 on Indiegogo.
Did you happen to miss last week’s notable campaigns? If so, you can check them out here.
The Fiat Lux controller is an Arduino-compatible board specifically designed for DIY wearable projects.
Sisters and entreprenuers Lavanya and Melissa Jawaharlal have already successfully run a pair of Kickstarter campaigns. You may recall the AVR powered Pi-Bot from last year? Hoping three’s a charm, the co-founders of Southern California startup STEM Center have now introduced Fiat Lux — a wearable electronics kit for students, teachers, Makers and hobbyists alike.
Fiat Lux — which appropriately means “let there be light” in Latin — is based around an Arduino-compatible, compact board specifically designed for wearable projects, ranging from rudimentary circuits to more complex gadgetry. For your convenience, the ATmega32U4 driven controller comes equipped with everything a Maker could possibly need in bringing their idea to life: RGB LEDs, a photocell, a buzzer and a pushbutton.
To add a little more pizazz to any project, Fiat Lux includes a variety of LED options: basic LED shines, a smart tri-color pixellite and even a 17-pixellite ring for more advanced creations. And that’s not all. The kit also packs a light sensor, a LiPo battery and charger, conductive thread and Aida cloth. Not only bounded by the supplies provided, those wishing to broaden their creativity canvas can do so by transforming any ordinary object, like a T-shirt or safety vest, into a flashy accessory or nighttime garment. A special friendship bracelet. A light-up tie. A dangling pair of earrings. An LED-laden bike jacket. The possibilities are truly endless!
“Wearable electronics are becoming extremely popular — smart watches, wearable fitness trackers, virtual reality glasses, and more! Now imagine creating your own wearable electronics,” the Jawaharlals explain. “Real learning happens by doing. By designing, creating, and programming their own wearable tech, students build their confidence and have a higher chance of pursuing a tech career. DIY wearables are not just for students — it’s for everyone!”
For the younger generation or the novices starting out, STEM Center USA offers two separate dialed-back kits that will help users work their way up to the more comprehensive set. The Fiat Lux will be complemented by a user manual, an assortment of suggested projects and video tutorials, so that beginners can familiarize themselves with electronics and other requisite DIY skills.
But what’s hardware without software? Makers with a little experience will be able to code their Fiat Lux in the C language using Arduino. According to the Jawaharlal sisters, they have also developed a first-of-its-kind, easy-to-use graphical programming interface for young students that’ll automatically generate the corresponding C code right there on the computer screen, making the process as seamless as possible!
Intrigued? Head over to Fiat Lux’s Kickstarter campaign, where STEM Center USA is currently seeking $30,000. Delivery is slated for March 2016. On another note, the duo recently appeared on the ABC hit series Shark Tank, drawing interest from several of the sharks and eventually scoring a $200,000 investment from QVC’s Lori Greiner. Safe to say, the Maker Movement has gone mainstream!