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17 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. 

MetaWear Coin


This low-power IoT platform is comprised of a coin-sized Bluetooth dev board, sensors and an SDK, enabling you to develop your own wearable products with ease. MbientLab is currently seeking $50,000 on Kickstarter.

Pocket NC


This five-axis desktop CNC mill would be a welcomed addition to any Maker’s workspace. Pocket NC is currently seeking $70,000 on Kickstarter.



This USB light puts high-quality, sun-like color rendering right in the palm of your hand. Relio is currently seeking $55,578 on Kickstarter.



This smart frame allows you to share all of your media content with friends and family via an accompanying app. CIMNE TIC is currently seeking $70,000 on Kickstarter.

3DSimo Mini


This multi-functional pen not only 3D prints objects in thin air, but solders, burns and cuts as well. 3DSimo is currently seeking $70,000 on Kickstarter.



This smart and stylish toothbrush is looking to reinvent oral hygiene. T.brush is currently seeking $274,661 on Kickstarter.



This dev board connects directly into your vehicle’s control network and allows you to reprogram its features to your liking. Conrod is currently seeking $77,786 on Kickstarter.



This sensor attaches to a tennis racquet to measure every aspect of a player’s game, analyzing strokes, the spin and speed of the ball, as well the accuracy of each shot. QLIPP is currently seeking $30,000 on Indiegogo.

Silk by Saffron


This smart LED bulb automatically adjusts its color temperature so you get light tailored to your circadian rhythm. Saffron is currently seeking $100,000 on Kickstarter.



This open source kit lets you to transform any part of your body into a controller by analyzing muscle and motion patterns. Gesto is currently seeking $75,000 on CrowdSupply.

Luzi Smart Lamp


This intelligent lamp uses therapeutic light, personalized sound and voice commands to help you fall asleep faster and wake up more refreshed. Luzi is currently seeking $50,000 on Indiegogo.

Kiwi 3


This plug-and-play dongle links to your car’s onboard diagnostic port, retrieves info and then wirelessly transmits it to your mobile or wearable device. PLX Devices is currently seeking $25,000 on Kickstarter.



This Bluetooth-enabled water fountain for cats not only encourages better drinking habits, but helps you keep tabs on your kitten’s H2O intake right from your smartphone. Pura is currently seeking $100,000 on Indiegogo.

Xkey Air


This wireless keyboard lets you play music anywhere from any mobile device. The CME team is currently seeking $10,000 on Indiegogo.



This hands-free, high-definition wearable display attaches to a wide variety of glasses via a magnetic docking station, giving you the ability to interface with any application. Vufine is currently seeking $50,000 on Kickstarter.

Plug ’N’ IoT


This unit makes creating an IoT gadget as easy as plugging in sensor, dragging and dropping the necessary library and uploading the code to the board. Avionics Control Systems is currently seeking $39,733 on Kickstarter.



This portable recorder can capture high-quality 24-bit/96 kHz audio with the press of a button and then stream recordings over Bluetooth. Mikme is currently seeking $25,000 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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Gesto allows you to use any part of your body as a controller

Gesto is an open source kit for gesture recognition, motion patterns and muscle analysis.

When it comes to user interfaces for today’s devices, there are two words that every tech enthusiast loves to hear: Minority Report. The concept of gesture control was made popular back in 2002 during Steven Spielberg’s film, which featured Tom Cruise’s character navigating a gestural interface with sensor-embedded gloves on a giant transparent screen. Fast forward several years and innovations like Thalmic Labs’ Myo armband are making that sci-fi-like technology a reality. With aspirations of bringing that capability to the masses, one Portuguese startup led by Maker Ricardo Santos has developed an open source board kit for gesture recognition built around an ATmega1284P MCU. Unlike other systems which require the use of cameras and calibrations, the aptly named Gesto is able to transform any part of the human body into a controller.


Once attached to the body, the AVR based system works by reading a user’s muscle activity and analyzing bio-signals in real-time. This enables a user to control a wide range of electronic devices through wave and pinch gestures, interact with computer-based applications by drawing letters, numbers and figures in thin air, not to mention turn any surface into a touch interface by simply applying finger pressure. And that’s just the arm.

Gesto is capable of recognizing movement patterns from any part of the body, such as a foot, leg or torso, and relaying these signals instantaneously. This is accomplished through the combination of EMG muscle sensors and three-axis accelerometers. Unlike other solutions on the market, this kit is not influenced by the environment nor does it require having to raise a hand in front of a camera. Instead, Gesto can be implemented in the dark, tight spaces and pretty much anywhere else without any problems. The boards don’t need ground electrodes either, meaning less cables and noise.


The platform employs the same algorithm, no matter the gesture, letting a user carry out actions that were never before possible, whether that’s turning a table surface into a music machine or commanding an entertainment center in a more intuitive manner.

For its crowdfunding debut, Gesto is available in two separate versions: an out-of-the-box ready kit for starters (Caelum) and a fully-configurable dev kit (Stella) for more experienced inventors. Both units are based on an EMG circuit and an ATmega1284P yet boast much different form factors — Caelum measures in at 40mm x 40mm, while Stella a bit smaller at 35mm x 20mm.


Caelum comes with eight reusable electrodes, cables, a 3.7V rechargeable battery, a microUSB cable and an elastomeric band, and connects to an accompanying mobile app via Bluetooth, enabling a user to create their own gestures easily without programming. 3D printable designs for the modular band will also be made available, allowing Makers to utilize Gesto throughout various parts of the body. Meanwhile, Stella is an Arduino-compatible, fully-configurable kit comprised of a tinier board, 16 disposable electrodes and cables for connection.

“From Stella you get the raw muscle data by SPI communication. It’s like an external sensor that you can connect to an Arduino or Raspberry Pi, for example. We provide all you need to start doing gesture recognition and muscle analysis,” the team writes. “Here the possibilities are endless, because you are not limited to Bluetooth connectivity! Use Wi-Fi or IR, combined muscle data with other sensors.”


What’s more, each Gesto unit has four bipolar muscle channels, and provides Makers will all of the necessary tools to do conduct muscle analysis: software filters, machine learning algorithms, feature extraction, data compression and integration, all of which made available in various languages including Matlab, C, Python, Java.

“Gesto provides free software that you usually find on expensive platforms,” its creators add. “We eliminated the ground electrode by creating a virtual ground. This means you can measure muscle activity in any part of the body without extra cables and electrodes.”

Intrigued? Head over to Gesto’s crowdfunding page, where the startup is currently seeking $75,000. Delivery is scheduled for March 2016.