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15 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 new breed of MIDI controllers empowers you to make digital music in a more fun and intuitive manner. OWOW is currently seeking $55,568 on Kickstarter.



This tabletop holographic platform converts digital content from any computer, tablet or smartphone into a 3D hologram. hplustech is currently seeking $40,296 on Kickstarter.



This pocket-sized device provides a personalized listening experience by mapping your sensitivity to different sounds and then adjusting accordingly. AUMEO is currently seeking $40,000 on Indiegogo.



This small gadget plugs into your vehicle’s OBD II port, enabling you to access a suite of apps from your mobile device. Vinli is currently seeking $75,000 on Indiegogo.



This $30 wearable band offers the same tracking functions as the major industry heavyweights — at a fraction of the cost. TRASENCE is currently seeking $12,000 on Kickstarter.



This all-in-one personal security companion combines a variety of features including an infrared alarm, a tracker, a smartphone lock, a motion detector, a UV monitor and more. AllBe1 is currently seeking $50,000 on Indiegogo.

Ola Fingerprint Smart Lock


This smart lock incorporates both Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity and capacitive fingerprint technology, making it not only keyless but phoneless as well. Ola is currently seeking $125,000 on Kickstarter.



This uber thin, practically invisible magnetic sensor can be placed on windows and doors, then notify you by smartphone if anything is left open or in the event of an intruder. Sensative is currently seeking $25,000 on Indiegogo.

Nikola Phone Case


This sleek, protective phone case extends your battery life by harvesting wasted RF energy. Nikola Labs is currently seeking $125,000 on Kickstarter.



This Internet of Things sensor platform is comprised of super lightweight, low-power modules with Arduino conformance. iProtoXi is currently seeking $56,000 on Indiegogo.



This colorful pod, which comes complete with a motherboard, an infrared controller, a speaker and microphone, is capable of controlling your smart home appliances through voice commands. LoveLinkU is currently seeking $10,000 on Kickstarter.



This e-ink display works like an electronic Post-it note by wirelessly connecting to any mobile or gateway device. Bill Saltzstein is currently seeking $75,000 on Indiegogo.



This smartphone-controlled mug lets you monitor the temperature of your drink, charge your handheld gizmos and gadgets, as well as take selfies with the mere press of a button. Yecup Technologies is currently seeking $40,000 on Indiegogo.



This intelligent, Arduino-based cap tracks liquid consumption and reminds you when to take a sip by syncing with your Fitbit dashboard. SmartCap is currently seeking $45,000 on Kickstarter.



This Arduino-compatible board comes with a 3.3V levelshifter for I2C, SIP and Serial SRAM, as well as a variety of sensors, Wi-Fi connectivity and a switchable power plug. BlueBerryE is currently seeking $1,693 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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SmartCap tracks your liquid consumption and reminds you when to take a sip

By syncing with your FitBit dashboard, this smart cap helps record, remind and rehydrate! 

Evident by the sheer number of health and fitness trackers on the market today, people are increasingly becoming focused on their general well-being. As fixated on eating right and exercising as they may be, it is often easy to overlook one of the most basic and vital things the human body needs: water. Though everyone is cognizant of the benefits of staying hydrated, a vast majority tend to neglect it with our busy lives. And so, a number of startups have emerged with innovative ways to remind us to sip on some high-quality H2O, including most recently Hidrate Me and Trago. Next on that list is SmartCapthe brainchild of Maker by night and software engineer by day Ben S.


What began as a mere idea for himself that he designed and continues to use has now transcended into a hopeful product with mainstream appeal. This smart cap, which fits any standard bottle, is capable of tracking water intake and updating a web-based dashboard by syncing with FitBit.

“I didn’t want to burden myself (or you) with yet another smartphone application. The SmartCap application does nothing more than ferry data between FitBit and allow simple configurations such as authentication, notification on/off and frequency,” Ben explains.


Like Hidrate Me, users will be notified to consume some water through an illuminated light, while also be able to choose to receive an alert on their smartphone or their Apple Watch. Sips of both water and Soylent (powdered meal replacement) are accurately tracked with a push of a button and registered into FitBit.

Based on an Arduino Micro (ATmega32U4), the cap features a flow meter and a Bluetooth module tasked with the pairing of devices and wireless communication of the collected data. It also boasts a battery for power, which is rechargeable via a USB port.

“Yes, competition is good. But I have killer features, such as FitBit integration and Soylent mode that others are not offering. I also hold provisional patents on these innovations. A defensive position is my only intention. I want my product to continue serving those who enjoy using it,” Ben shares with regards to the competitive marketplace.


Admittedly, the SmartCap is not market-ready. Currently in prototype form, the Maker is looking to beef up development for the next iteration of the project. This includes shrinking down its form factor, custom PCB etching and CAD design, along with the help of some 3D-printed parts. Intrigued? Head over to SmartCap’s Kickstarter page, where Ben is seeking $45,000 to make this all possible.