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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. 


Bruno

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This smart trash can not only reminds you to take out the garbage, but also vacuums up whatever crumbs you sweep its way. Its creators Jim Howard and Lori Montag are currently seeking $50,000 on Kickstarter.

Nexpaq

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This case allows you to easily customize, enhance and add new features to your smartphone by swapping out LEGO-like modules. Nexpaq is currently seeking $50,000 on Kickstarter.

KADE miniConsole+

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This device lets you connect retro gamepads and controllers to a wide variety of computers and consoles using plug-and-play detection. The Maker trio of Jon Wilson, Kevin Mackett, Bruno Freitas is currently seeking £2,345 on Kickstarter.

Neutrino

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This open-source, 32-bit board crams the functionality of the Arduino Zero into a smaller package. Rabid Prototypes is currently seeking $5,000 on Kickstarter.

SmartRim

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This wireless sensor system automatically hopes to end rim-scraping by detecting objects on the side of your vehicle as the wheels near the curb. SmartRim is currently seeking $50,000 on Indiegogo.

MoonRay

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This desktop machine is capable of 3D printing high-quality objects with resolutions as low as 100 microns on the X/Y axis. SprintRay is currently seeking $100,000 on Kickstarter.

Connected Cycle Pedal

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This smart pedal can prevent theft and automatically record all of your rides and statistics, without using your phone battery. The Connected Cycle team is currently seeking $50,000 on Indiegogo.

IKAWA

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This digital micro roaster will let you roast your own coffee with the touch of a button. IKAWA Coffee is currently seeking £80,000 on Kickstarter.

Dogtelligent

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This connected tracker provides health monitoring and integrated training features such as ultrasonic whistles and virtual leash technology. Dogtelligent is currently seeking $25,000 on Indiegogo.

Soundscapes

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These modular headphones allow you to design and build a personalized audio experience. Axel Audio is currently seeking $180,000 on Kickstarter.

Autonomous Desk

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This AI-powered desk will help you to become more productive and healthier at work, by learning your daily patterns and transitioning from sitting to standing. Robotbase is currently seeking $50,000 on Kickstarter.

Pulse Play

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This wearable device aspires to improve the playing experience of all racquet sports with real-time scorekeeping, match history recording, commentating and more. Pulse Play is currently seeking $75,000 on Indiegogo.

BUZWIZ.me

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This connected gadget will add a new dimension to your favorite board games and common smartphone applications. BUZWIZ.me is currently seeking $100,000 on Indiegogo.

FlexPV

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This open-source development kit makes it easy for anyone to create their own remote-control vehicle. FlexPV is currently seeking $20,000 on Kickstarter.

PhoneDrone

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This drone turns your smartphone into an autonomous aerial camera, integrated flight planner and tethered controller. xCraft is currently seeking $250,000 on Kickstarter.

Eve

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This in-ground irrigation system uses fully-integrated moisture sensor feedback to transform your everyday lawn into a smart yard. Plaid Systems is currently seeking $30,000 on Kickstarter.

Reach

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This affordable and extremely precise RTK GPS receiver is ideal for navigating drones, surveying and tracking. Emlid is currently seeking $27,000 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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Nexpaq is a LEGO-like case that adds new features to your smartphone


Nexpaq allows you to easily personalize, enhance and add features to your smartphone, all through its case.


Though Project Ara smartphones are still in the development stage, it is becoming increasingly more apparent that modular smartphones, which allow a user to interchange between components like a bigger battery, a high-res camera or a thermometer, will soon become the norm. Similar to Google’s concept and a few others we’ve seen in recent months, Nexpaq is a smartphone case that enables users to add new features and functions to their existing device. Rather than having to go out and purchase a new gadget, the recently-launched Kickstarter project will let you just swap out a module for another.

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At the moment, Nexpaq is only compatible with the iPhone 6, Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge and Samsung Galaxy S5, though its creators reveal that support for other smartphones is in the works. Modules are not hardware specific and can be used on both Android and iOS devices.

The case simply clips onto the back of a phone and features six empty slots for modules. These are controlled using an accompanying mobile app, which automatically updates itself whenever a new module is detected. Beyond that, Nexpaq features a 1000mAh battery that is tasked with providing some extra power to the device and the attached modules. Even if a Nexpaq is not attached to the phone, a user can still switch on the case and remotely control its modules via Bluetooth using the app.

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In total, there are currently 12 modules — which come in black and white with vibrant red, lime green and pink trims — with plenty more to come. These include enhanced battery power, an amplified speaker, an SD card reader, a flashlight, an air quality monitor, a 64GB flash drive, a thermometer, a breathalyzer, and a dummy piece to fill in the blank spaces.

“It’s important for us to build an open platform so you can dream up module ideas and developers make them a reality,” the Los Angeles-based startup writes. That’s why they have gone ahead and created a developer kit in hopes of building a community and marketplace for users and tinkerers to share their latest concepts.

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Want a Nexpaq for your smartphone? Head over to its official Kickstarter page, where its team has already surpassed its $50,000 goal in a matter of days. Shipment is expected to kick off in January 2016, with Developer Kits available come August 2015.