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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. 



This olfactory alarm clock will use your favorite scents to stir you from your slumbers. Maker Guillaume Rolland is currently seeking $54,751 on Kickstarter.



This tiny GPS tracker will locate just about anything with the help of the SIGFOX IoT network and an accompanying mobile app. French entrepreneurs Stéphane Driussi and Xavier Torres-Tuset are currently seeking $13,688 on Kickstarter.

Sensorian Shield


This plug-in module extends your Raspberry Pi and eliminates the need for breadboard prototyping. Sensorian is currently seeking $6,092 on Kickstarter.

Cogito Fit


This fashion-conscious connected watch not only monitors fitness activities, but features intuitive digital notifications, interchangeable plug-ins and does not require recharging. CONNECTEDEVICE is currently seeking $100,000 on Kickstarter.



This device wirelessly connects to your smartphone or tablet to let you scratch like a professional DJ. The DJIT crew is currently seeking $54,930 on Kickstarter.



This gadget packs a walkie-talkie, a flashlight, GPS, Bluetooth and a USB backup battery all into one must-have adventure instrument. Fogo is currently seeking $50,000 on Kickstarter.

Creation Workstation


This multi-function machine brings an entire Makerspace to your desktop with 3D printing, drag-knife cutting, engraving, CNC milling and laser etching. XpertFab is currently seeking $100,000 on Kickstarter.

Pi PoE Switch HAT


This HAT enables you to power your Raspberry Pi and provide an Ethernet connection in any location with just a single cable. Pi Supply is currently seeking $15,476 on Kickstarter.

Presence Security Pack


This security set transforms your spare phones and tablets into powerful Wi-Fi and cellular video cameras, and integrates a variety of home sensors including entry, motion, water, temperature and touch. Presence Security is currently seeking $20,000 on Indiegogo.



This smart device is looking to bring back the magic of bedtime stories through an innovative audio sharing system. Campfire UG is currently seeking $153,804 on Kickstarter.

The Contros


This Wi-Fi timer gives you the ability to set timers and automate your home appliances right from your phone. The Contros is currently seeking $10,000 on Indiegogo.



This pair of 3D audio Bluetooth earphones can record and play back sound exactly as your ears do. Binauric SE is currently seeking $137,325 on Kickstarter.



This keychain unit includes a 1000mAh power bank, a built-in charge cord and a data cable to ensure your phone never runs out of juice again. CulCharge is currently seeking $60,000 on Indiegogo.



This personal life-saving tool is designed to prevent smoke inhalation and mobilize an individual in the event of a fire. Saver is currently seeking $50,000 on Indiegogo.



This quadcopter offers pilots considerably more flight time and payload capacity through the use of internal combustion engines. The airstier team is currently seeking $76,902 on Kickstarter.



This combination of akeyboard and an invisible touchpad allows you to conveniently type your on your mobile devices and acts as a touch-enabled mouse as well. Moky is currently seeking $30,000 on Indiegogo.



This intelligent and affordable kit provides Makers with all of the necessary parts to create their own 3D-printed drone. Maker Austin Kelly is currently seeking $6,400 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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SensorWake is the world’s first olfactory alarm clock

This alarm clock will wake you up with a scent of your liking.

You can hear the jingle in your head now… “The best part of waking up is Folgers in your cup.” In the 1980s, the company launched a commercial where the smell of a freshly brewed pot of coffee had awoken two adults, alerting them to their son’s return from college. But let’s face it, there’s really no ideal way to wake up — even if it’s to a handpicked musical selection, gentle beams of white light or the homecoming of a loved one. There’s just something about the combination of sound, brightness and surprise that can truly be a downer in the morning.


Nevertheless, this hasn’t stopped a long list of corporations, startups and Makers from taking a stab at reinventing the age-old alarm clock to make the early hours of the day a wee bit better. The latest iteration of this nightstand accessory involves wafting one’s favorite scents across their bed.

Created by teenage Maker Guillaume Rolland, SensorWake was designed to softly emit a fragrance to stir someone from their slumber in less than two minutes. A user simply sets a wakeup time as they would any other alarm clock, and then inserts a reusable capsule into the body of the unit. When it’s time to get up, the device slowly discharges the smell of choice. And should someone have a stuffy nose, no worries. SensorWake also features an audio alarm that sounds after three minutes.


At the time of its Kickstarter debut, SensorWake comes with a wide selection of aromas including espresso and hot croissant, sweet peach and strawberry candy, flowers, cut grass and leaves, purifying tea tree and harmonious chocolate, stimulating ginger and peppermint. Beyond that, those like ABC Shark Tank’s Kevin O’Leary can even choose to start their day with the scent of a dollar bill. Each of these capsules have been developed with Swiss manufacturer Givaudan and should last at least 60 uses. Moving ahead, Rolland envisions customers being able to order custom, seasonal and holiday themed modules, ranging from Christmas to Valentine’s Day. The possibilities are endless.


SensorWake joins a number of other clocks that have adopted an olfactory-based system to rouse someone from a deep sleep. In 2008, Japanese researchers developed a fire alarm that let out the smell of wasabi as a way to alert those who were deaf. Not long after, various Makers decided to devise gadgets that wafted bacon odors across a room. And just last year, Nestlé unveiled a lid with a built-in alarm clock that welcomed users to consciousness with the invigorating smell of a cup o’ joe.

Sound like a bedroom accessory you’d like to have? Head over to its Kickstarter campaign, where Rolland surpassed his initial $54,751 goal in less than 48 hours. Delivery is set for November 2015.