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



This “cloud-first,” beautifully-designed Android smartphone will never run out of storage. Nextbit has already well surpassed its goal of $500,000 on Kickstarter.



This connected device puts all the information you need from your smartphone on your bike’s handlebar. ASPHALT Lab is currently seeking $61,820 on Kickstarter.



This wireless mic comes in the form of a dodgeball so that you can pass, drop, throw and roll it around — whether that’s at home, work or school. Qball is currently seeking $30,000 on Indiegogo.



This treat-dispensing, selfie-taking, live-streaming gadget lets you engage with your dog or cat remotely. PetBot is currently seeking $80,000 on Indiegogo.

BOLDR Voyage


This sleek watch combines a stylish, aviator analog dial with Bluetooth 4.0, a vibration motor, an accelerometer and LEDs. TRAVISLEON Watch Company has already well surpassed its $22,856 goal on Kickstarter.

Bruno SmartCan


This Wi-Fi-enabled, hands-free trash can features a built-in vacuum for dirt and debris. Bruno is currently seeking $25,000 on Indiegogo.



This tag pairs Bluetooth Smart technology with a mobile app to provide a community of people who can help you find your lost pets. DOTT is currently seeking $10,000 on Kickstarter.

Kinsa Smart Thermometer


This wireless thermometer takes accurate, instantaneous temperature readings from the ear without the hassles of an attached smartphone or keeping a probe under the tongue. Kinsa is currently seeking $50,000 on Indiegogo.

Smart Pee-Pee


This smart sensor monitors the wetness and temperature of a baby’s diaper and syncs with your smartphone to deliver real-time updates. Tom Wang is currently seeking $20,000 on Indiegogo.

Fusion Guitar


This smart electric guitar boasts built-in speakers, an amp, recording capabilities and iPhone integration. Fusion Guitar is currently seeking $35,000 on Indiegogo.



This ultra-portable sound conditioner turns your bedroom into a haven for sleep. SNOOZ is currently seeking $100,000 on Kickstarter.



This robot does one thing and one thing only: it plants trees for you. Iota Enterprises is currently seeking $5,000 on Indiegogo.



This wearable piece puts a personal assistant in your ear for safer driving, activity tracking and schedule management.  Kavenir is currently seeking $10,000 on Indiegogo.



This solar battery case for the iPhone allows you to be completely independent from power outlets. SUNNY is currently seeking $10,000 on Kickstarter.



This Bluetooth speaker lets you play music while visualizing it through water. Pocodoro is currently seeking $10,000 on Kickstarter.



This smart bell makes it easier than ever to find your bicycle. FROLIC Studio is currently seeking $44,960 on Kickstarter.



This DIY robotics kit is a fun and simple way for young Makers to learn programming with new missions delivered to their door monthly. Dexter Industries is currently seeking $30,000 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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HAIKU is a connected dashboard device for your bike

HAIKU is a tiny device that puts important information on your handlebar, and keeps your smartphone in your pocket.

A few weeks ago, smart water bottles had taken crowdfunding sites by storm. As of late, it seems like several startups are launching innovative ways to make bikes intelligent and improve cyclist safety. The latest product on that list: HAIKUa small device that sits on your handlebar and provides you with a simple and convenient way to access information while riding. However, unlike others before it that have relied solely on illuminated lights, this gadget actually spells everything out in text, numbers and arrows.


Like a smartwatch optimized for your bike, the HAIKU boasts a touch-free user interface that enables you to monitor your speed, check the time, follow turn-by-turn directions from Google Maps, and receive notifications without ever having to stop and reach into your pocket. Just take it out of the box, pair it with your smartphone over Bluetooth, install the mount on your handlebar and you’re good to go!

In standby mode, HAIKU will remain off until you wave your hand above its screen. This will turn on the display, revealing a set of LEDs that represent each category of information available: yellow for navigation, green for the bike’s dashboard, and blue for incoming calls or text messages. You can easily switch between function by simply swiping over the device.


“You keep the control to access information when you are safe (at red traffic lights, in a cycle lane, etc.) so that you can enjoy your smooth and safe ride. Of course, it works with your winter gloves and under the rain,” the team writes.

Upon arriving at your destination, unplug your docked unit and your ride data will be uploaded seamlessly to the cloud, where it can be reviewed later. In terms of hardware, the team has worked relentlessly over the past two years to finalize their circuitry — beginning with various Arduino boards and migrating to their own custom PCB. HAIKU’s battery can last for about a week with normal use (roughly 12 hours) and recharged via USB.


Ready for a bike assistant? Head over to its Kickstarter campaign, where the ASPHALT Lab crew is currently seeking $61,820. HAIKU is compatible with a vast majority of today’s most popular smartphones and bicycles, and delivery is expected to begin in May 2016.