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The Helix hides your Bluetooth headphones on your wrist


Thanks to the Helix, you’ll never have to deal with tangled earbuds again!


Whereas many wearables on the market today want to track calories burned, steps taken and other sorts of performance data, a new wrist-adorned accessory is looking to do something a whole lot simpler: store your earbuds. Let’s face it, when it comes to your headsets, you typically have one of two options. You can either keep the buds in your ears at all times while attached to your phone, or you can unplug them, roll up the cord and then shove the tangled mess into your bag or pocket, only have to undo the process with every incoming call. With just about 50% of us rocking earpieces daily, Ashley Chloe feels it’s time to make a change.

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Their solution? The Helix. While on the surface, it may look no different than any other bracelet intended for fitness, but in fact, the ergonomic and stylish wearable has a secret compartment that houses a pair of Bluetooth-enabled earbuds. The cuff features a loop design that lets it fit comfortably around your wrist, while three magnets clasp together to allow for easy size adjustments.

Unlike other gadgetry before it, Ashley Chloe sought to craft a headset that delivered on both value and aesthetics, yet also making it as convenient as possible to access your headphones. The Helix’s unique looping design lets you wrap the bud’s connecting cord into a groove on the cuff when the headset is not in use, while a tiny cache provides a place to put the earphones. In other words, more tangled messes!

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“We created Helix knowing that the human wrist is valuable real estate. We knew we would have to provide a lot of value in order to persuade people use a wearable that they will see all the time. It’s a lot different from something you would carry in your pocket or purse,” the team writes.

The Helix can connect to up to eight devices within 30 feet, one at a time, using Bluetooth Low Energy. It is compatible with iOS, Android, Windows or any wearable unit that supports a connection to wireless headphones. What’s more, the cuff offers microphone control, enabling you to answer/reject calls, play/pause msusic, adjust volume, skip a track and even cancel out noise. Given its size, the Helix can only play for up to three hours, with 200 hours of standby time. However, it can be fully charged via USB in less than an hour.

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For its Kickstarter launch, the classic edition comes in two unisex colors, white and black, which features accents of silver or champagne gold aluminum embellishments. Beyond that, the accessory will also come in a gold edition that is equipped with a bright red cuff and an 18k plated-gold embellishment. As its creators note, these embellishments cover the storage cache for the wireless signal receiver and the stereo sound-quality headphones when not in use.

Tired of losing your earbuds or dealing with tangled cords? Head over to the Helix’s Kickstarter page, where the Ashley Chloe crew is closing in on their $100,000 goal. Delivery is slated for December 2015.

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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. 


HELIX

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This stylish wearable cuff lets you store your headphones on your wrist when not in use, so they’re close by at all times. Ashley Chloe is currently seeking $100,000 on Kickstarter.

Branto

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This augmented reality orb provides remote presence, advanced security and appliance control throughout your home or office. Branto is currently seeking $50,000 on Indiegogo.

SKYPEN

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This pen allows you to simultaneously 3D print in two different colors. SKY-TECH is currently seeking $50,000 on Kickstarter.

Nourish

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This Wi-Fi connected countertop appliance offers personalized supplement suggestions and dispenses the right nutrients at the right times. FitNatic is currently seeking $65,000 on Indiegogo.

MOVE

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This Bluetooth-controlled motor automates your existing indoor blinds and shades. Teptron is currently seeking $39,279 on Kickstarter.

Senth N1

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This pair of AR cycling glasses enables riders to track activity, display real-time data, answer phone calls and record HD video. Senth N1 is currently seeking $40,000 on Indiegogo.

Snotbot

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These custom-built drones are a less invasive way for researchers to study whales in the wild. The Ocean Alliance is currently seeking $225,000 on Kickstarter.

Lovlit Candle

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This smart, flameless candle keeps you in touch with loved ones anywhere in the world through the gesture of light. Joshua Jameson is currently seeking $75,000 on Kickstarter.

Speedbox

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This cubed gadget is designed for secure video conferencing, file sharing and text messaging. Struktur AG is currently seeking $25,141 on Kickstarter.

MediaBit

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This cloud device tells you when your TV is on and delivers usage information straight to your smartphone or web browser. BDI Laboratories is currently seeking $6,500 on Kickstarter.

HypnoLights

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This 12-foot strand of 50 LEDs automatically plays artistic, animated lighting sequences when plugged in. Hypnocube is currently seeking $10,000 on Kickstarter.

Klauf Light Bar

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This modular bar can be used either as a standalone phosphor LED lamp or chained together, and magnetically attached to various metallic surfaces for ample lighting whenever necessary. Klauf Lighting is currently seeking $10,000 on Kickstarter.

Micro M3D Compatible Heated Print Bed

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This thirdy-party heated bed for the Micro M3D brings full utilization to the printer with additional features. Chase Wichert is currently seeking $16,000 on Kickstarter.

petiteDuino Nimoy

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This barebones Arduino Leonardo clone is about the size of a penny. Lou Rose is currently seeking $7,000 on Kickstarter.

ThynkBot

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This miniature, mind-enabled robot can be controlled with your thoughts using its accompanying app. ThynkWare is currently seeking $100,000 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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Helix offers a new 3D printing twist

Helix – built by Acuity Design – is described on Kickstarter as a precision additive fabrication machine. According to the Acuity Design crew, Helix is capable of printing short-run production parts and functional prototypes, both quickly and reliably.

Controlled by an Azteeg X3 (Atmel ATMega2560) with Repetier firmware, key Helix features include:

  • 30 liter (more than a cubic foot) build volume with heated bed
  • Dual exact retract extruders
  • Dual all-metal, actively cooled E3D hotends
  • Fused filament technology for convenience, versatility and speed
  • Machined billet aluminum x/y gantry with precision anti-backlash lead screw actuation
  • Enclosure with large windowed access door and lighted interior
  • Multitude of material choices including ABS, Taulman nylon, PETT, PLA, PVA, HIPS, polycarbonate
  • Autonomous micro-SD card printing with ViKI panel (and Azteeg X3 control board)
  • Ships fully assembled; calibrated with two spools of filament and software ready to install

“The first thing necessary for professional-level 3D printing is more precise printing technology, which we call PAFT (Precision Additive Fabrication Technology). PAFT utilizes anti-backlash lead screws and high precision linear guide components to virtually eliminate backlash and slop,” the Acuity Design crew explained in a recent Kickstarter post.

“Our Exact Retract extruder was engineered to push and pull filament without slipping or stripping. Finally, our all metal E3D hot end with 24V heater and active barrel cooling can keep up, melting filament as fast as the rest of the system can feed it. The combined technology allows the print head to move faster while not compromising print quality. Thanks to these innovations, Helix will create smooth, consistent prints for years without adjustments or major service.”

Helix is also compatible with nearly all grades and types of 1.75 mm diameter filaments including ABS, Taulman nylon, Taulman T-Glase (PETT), HIPS, PVA, Polycarbonate and PLA.

“One of the biggest drawbacks to operating high-priced, fused filament 3D printers is the high cost of materials. Most require the use of proprietary micro-chipped filament cartridges that are nearly ten times more expensive than similar, high quality materials that are readily available from the open source community,” the Acuity Design crew added. “[However], new open source filament formulas seem to appear on the market every week, so the list of inexpensive materials compatible with Helix will only get longer.”

Interested in learning more about Helix? You can check out the project’s official Kickstarter page here.