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20 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. 


LightBlue Bean+

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This Arduino-compatible board is programmed wirelessly using Bluetooth Low Energy. Punch Through Design has well surpassed its goal of $30,000.

Buddy

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This LED collar uses GPS, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi technologies to keep your dog safe while tracking and organizing their activities in real-time. Squeaker is currently $281,233 on Kickstarter.

Node.IT

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This super small, modular set of boards is like LEGO for building IoT devices. Pontus Oldberg is currently seeking $4,058 on Kickstarter.

NFire 1

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This completely expandable 3D printer adapts to your needs, whether it’s doubling its height or upgrading to a dual extruder. NFire Labs is currently seeking $46,788 on Kickstarter.

Smitch

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This simple-to-install smart switch lets you control your lights wirelessly via Bluetooth. Brothers Lab is currently seeking $21,949 on Kickstarter.

BedJet

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This ultra-rapid cooling and heating system for your bed hacks into your body’s natural biorhythm to wake you up gradually. BedJet has well surpassed its goal of $24,000.

Digital Potbelly

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This open source, fully-programmable thermometer makes brewing beer at home easier than ever before. Zach King is currently seeking $8,800 on Kickstarter.

LIVALL

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This smart bike helmet features a built-in microphone, a three-axis G-sensor, Bluetooth speakers and LEDs to enhance the cycling experience. LIVALL Riding has well surpassed its goal of $20,000 on Indiegogo.

YONO

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This wearable accessory fits in your ear to track ovulation and monitor hormonal health, helping women take advantage of their fertility windows. Yono Labs is currently seeking $30,000 on Kickstarter.

Ola Fingerprint Smart Lock

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This smart lock is equipped with Bluetooth connectivity and capacitive fingerprint technology, making it not only keyless but phoneless as well. Ola is currently seeking $25,000 on Indiegogo.

SmartPrompt Pan

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This smart pan boasts an LCD touchscreen display that enables you to easily follow step-by-step cooking instructions. The Key Ingredient is currently seeking $40,000 on Indiegogo.

Nectro

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This unique pen allows you to draw functional circuits right on paper or specially-coated transparent film. Nectro is currently seeking $38,131 on Kickstarter.

Exahome

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This smart home automation system will reduce your energy consumption and maximize efficiency by sensibly managing all available resources. Exahome is currently seeking $80,000 on Indiegogo.

MagneTag

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These wearable sensors can electronically detect blows from magnetically-enhanced foam swords, ninja stars and blaster darts. Adam Cohen is currently seeking $50,000 on Kickstarter.

HAL-e

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This DIY, Arudino-powered kit demystifies robotics by illustrating the basic principles of mechanics, electronics and computation. HAL-e Industries is currently seeking $6,000 on Kickstarter.

PFShield

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This shield is a simple way to interface LEGO power functions, motors, Bluetooth and Arduino. Michael Hudson is currently seeking $1,046 on Kickstarter.

AQUA

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This battery-free, lightweight amp works with your headphones and smartphones to improve the output audio quality. NEXUM has well surpassed its goal of $16,000 on Kickstarter.

Crypta

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This fingerprint-protected USB device allows you to log into any account on any computer with just your fingerprint. Crypta is currently seeking $80,000 on Kickstarter.

HelioVault

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This high-capacity, portable power bank is designed for maximum efficiency. PowerFilm Solar is currently seeking $250,000 on Kickstarter.

Formula AllCode

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This Bluetooth-enabled robot buggy is programmable via Python, AppBuilder, Flowcode 6, Matlab, LabView, C, C# and more. Matrix TSL is currently seeking $18,737 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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NFire 1 is a completely modular 3D printer for Makers


This modular 3D printer adapts to your needs, whether that’s doubling its height or upgrading to a dual extruder.


We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: modularity continues to rise in popularity amongst the Maker crowd. Cognizant of this, UK-based NFire Labs set out to develop a 3D printer that would be truly scalable and adaptable to its user depending on the job at hand.

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“If you purchase a small 3D printer and then want to print larger objects, currently you would have to buy a new 3D printer. Not anymore,” its 19-year-old creator Alex Youden explains.

Have you ever wished that you could quickly upgrade your printer’s Z-axis and double its build volume on demand? Or, have you found yourself in need of printing two colors at once? All that is now possible, thanks to the NFire 1 “the world’s first truly modular 3D printer.” The latest delta-style printer to hit the rather competitive market is equipped with a sturdy aluminum frame, a Z-axis that can be extended from a height of 150mm to 300mm, as well as a dual extruder.

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“Consumers are becoming frustrated with printers which are breaking due to poor quality parts. They end up spending more time fixing them than printing with them. This is why we are using the highest quality components to build the NFire 1 3D printer,” Youden shares. “Our mission is simple: Create something that can have every aspect upgraded and uses the highest quality materials and parts.”

Among the other notable features of the machine is its E3D-v6 Lite metal hotend that can reach 245°C and can be swapped out for the E3D Cyclops, allowing you to print in two. Beyond that, the NFire 1’s acrylic paneling comes in 21 different colors, divided into four different categories: the default black and white frosted, standard frosted (sapphire blue, jade green, chili red, saffron yellow and crystal clear, premium frosted (slate grey, Earth brown, aurora violet, azure blue, mandarin orange, citrus yellow, polar white and blush pink), and fluorescent (neptune blue, celestial blue, acid green, helios yellow, lava orange and Mars red).

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In terms of hardware, NFire 1 is unsurprisingly built around the mighty Arduino Mega (ATmega2560) and RAMPS 1.4 board. While it may not come with an LCD screen, Makers are welcomed to add a display at their own leisure. Looking ahead, Youden and the NFire Labs team hopes to include even more options, such as a heated build plate, improved firmware/software, a built-in 3D scanner and an add-on display.

As if the modularity of the machine doesn’t catch the attention of Makers, perhaps its affordable price will. Interested? Head over to the printer’s Kickstarter campaign, where NFire Labs is currently seeking $46,788.