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21 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 bicycle helmet is equipped with turn signals and automatic brake lights to help cyclists stay visible on the road. Lumos is currently seeking $125,000 on Kickstarter.



These color-tunable, Bluetooth bulbs offer complete lighting control with an assortment of additional features, ranging from presence detection to pre-set daily routines. Ilumi Solutions is currently seeking $50,000 on Kickstarter.

Remix Mini


This palm-sized Android PC packs a 1.2GHz quad-core 64-bit chipset along with 1GB/2GB of RAM and a price tag of only $30. Jide Tech is currently seeking $50,000 on Kickstarter.



This 3D printer isn’t only affordable but portable as well, measuring just 11.4” x 12.6” x 12.8” in size and weighing a little over six pounds. ElecFreaks Tech is currently seeking $20,000 on Indiegogo.

Impact Wrap


This punching bag tracks how hard you hit, builds customized workouts and allows you to compete against others training around the world. Dan Fradin is currently seeking $112,000 on Kickstarter.



This wearable button puts your most trusted friends and family only one click away should danger or an emergency present itself. Wearsafe Labs is currently seeking $75,000 on Kickstarter.

Candle Charger


This compact, minitature power plant provides on-demand electricity for USB devices when the grid can’t. Team FlameStower is currently seeking $30,000 on Kickstarter.



This device creates a secure Wi-Fi network with the press of a button, keeping your online identity and activities protected. Keezel is currently seeking $60,000 on Indiegogo.



This lightweight, electric skateboard can ride up to 10 miles on single charge and features a unique remote-controlled braking system. Stary Boards is currently seeking $100,000 on Kickstarter.



This subscription box delivers new boards, games, tools and an assortment of other modules to Makers every month. HackerBoxes is currently seeking $60,000 on Kickstarter.

Bright Grill


This grill syncs to your Pebble Time, iPad and Android smartphone via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, letting you monitor your dinner from afar. Bright Grill is currently seeking $41,250 on Kickstarter.



This open source, Arduino-powered platform enables you to easily tabs on your solar energy use. Hicosy is currently seeking $85,000 on Indiegogo.

Probot Chiller


This chiller can cool up to six warm beverages in a matter of five minutes, while juicing up your electronic gadgets with dual USB chargers. Probot Chiller is currently seeking $50,000 on Kickstarter.



The LED waist pack not only keeps you safe as you head out for a jog or ride, but includes a 4000mAh battery to charge your phone on the go. BSEEN is currently seeking $25,000 on Indiegogo.



This modular system allows you to customize your speaker based on your listening needs. SparkBlocks is currently seeking $79,046 on Kickstarter.



These sensor-laden insoles measure both feet simultaneously and produces a personalized exercise plan to help improve running technique. Kinematix is currently seeking $100,000 on Kickstarter.



This mobile solution lets you view, back up, edit and share your HD footage from any GoPro HERO and DSLR camera in seconds. GNARBOX is currently seeking $100,000 on Kickstarter.



This device connects to an international seismograph network to warn you when an earthquake or tsunami is detected in your area. Brinco is currently seeking $50,000 on Indiegogo.



This fully-hackable 3D printer boasts a large build volume and an extrusion system capable of pretty much any material. E3D and LittleBox are currently seeking $46,870 on Kickstarter.



This stylus is specially designed around the natural movements of your hand with a flexible body and dynamic squeeze motion. David Crag is currently seeking $72,337 on Kickstarter.



This amp modernizes your favorite speakers and streams music wirelessly from your smartphone via Bluetooth. Hybrios is currently seeking $102,705 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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Lumos is the world’s smartest bicycle helmet

Lumos is the ultimate bicycle helmet that helps cyclists stay safe and visible on the road.

Biking at night, especially on roads, can be downright dangerous. Just how dangerous, you ask? Every year, more than 49,000 cyclists are seriously injured in the United States alone — a large number of them as a result of a collision with a motorist. And although there have been several innovations geared towards making riding in the dark safer, a new helmet from one Boston-based startup may be the most clever yet. As a way to draw the attention of traffic, Lumos is equipped with wirelessly-controlled turn signal indicators and brake lights that automatically illuminate as speed is decreased.


It’s a pretty smart idea, and we wouldn’t expect anything less from former Harvard students Euwen Ding and Jeff Chen. Whereas modern-day light attachments can be easily left behind, not too many will venture out onto the roads without grabbing their helmet. Even better, Lumos has been designed to look no different than its more conventional counterparts.

The front of the helmet is equipped with series of 14 ultra-bright white LEDs, enabling them to be seen much more clearly than typical bike-mounted units. What’s more, 16 red LED are arranged in the back to form a triangle — a commonly used warning symbol on the road. An accelerometer embedded inside the helmet is able to detect whenever a cyclist is braking, which instantly turns the rear triangle solid and intensifies in brightness, just like a car.


One of, if not, the most standout features of the Lumos has to be its turn signal lights. These arrows are made up of 15 LEDs on either side of the rear triangle and headlight strip, and are activated through a two-button wireless remote attached to the handlebar, which runs on a CR2032 battery. Once triggered, vibrant yellow lights are turned on to form an arrow and a dash from the front indicating the direction a rider wishes to turn. Another press of the button will switch the signal off.

“The wireless remote works off a 2.4 GHz RF chip. These RF chips are more than powerful enough to handle the signaling feature and are also robust, reliable, and consume very little power, making it ideal for this use case. The remote is perpetually in sleep mode by default,” its creators note. “But when you press it, it instantly wakes up, sends its signal to the helmet it is paired with (a 1-1 pairing with the helmet that just needs to be done once during first use), and then powers down again after you turn the turn signal off. Since the remote is off for the vast majority of the time, this allows the remote to last for months before its coin cell battery would need to be replaced.”


The water-resistant helmet is currently available in two colors — charcoal black and pearl white — and comes with an integrated battery, which can be recharged via microUSB. According to both Ding and Chen, if Lumos is used for 30 minutes every day, each charge should last about a week.

Ready to stay safe while riding your bike at night? Then race over to Lumos’ Kickstarter page, where the team is seeking $125,000.