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23 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 robotic arm is a complete fabrication system that enables Makers to do everything from print to plot. Makerarm is currently seeking $349,750 on Kickstarter.



This wearable tracks and translates tail wagging so that you can better understand your dog. DogStar Life is currently seeking $100,000 on Indiegogo.



This smart bracelet fuses art, fashion and technology by displaying custom images, slideshows, app notifications and other information. LOOKSEE LABS has already well surpassed its $70,000 goal on Kickstarter.



This intelligent car system evaluates driving behavior and shares how to drive in a more eco-friendly and fuel-efficient manner. Ascora GmbH is currently seeking $146,299 on Kickstarter.



This universal accessory turns your smartphone into a head-up display for your car. HUDWAY is currently seeking $100,000 on Kickstarter.



This small USB-powered lamp beautifully emits a twirl of color based on the emotions of Twitter users. Connor Nishijima has surpassed his goal of $935 on Kickstarter.



This smart toy for kids is designed to be hit, smashed, kicked, and tossed. Jabber’s World is currently seeking $45,000 on Kickstarter.



This door system combines a traditional deadbolt, Bluetooth Low Energy, Wi-Fi and the cloud to seamlessly make access to your home simple for you and your guests. Random Wire Technologies is currently seeking $25,000 on Kickstarter.



This smart cup measures your water intake, tracks your coffee consumption and reminds you to hydrate. Groking Lab is currently seeking $25,000 on Kickstarter.

Lapa 2


This Bluetooth tracker helps you stay connected with your things, all from its accompanying app. Lapa Studio has nearly tripled its Indiegogo goal of $35,000.



This attachable sensor transforms anything into a musical instrument, giving you an entire world of new creative possibilities. Mogees has already reached its Kickstarter goal of $30,325.

Eleven 3D Printer


This affordable, open source 3D printer features a big build area to create even bigger ideas. ISG3D is currently seeking $8,402 on Kickstarter.



This wireless charger declutters your house and helps you remain organized. WallJax is currently seeking $125,000 on Indiegogo.



This smart microhabitat lets you grow vegetables and plants, as well as make a rainforest-style home for your pets. Jared Wolfe is just shy of tripling his $22,000 Kickstarter goal.



This connected pills dispenser ensures that the right person takes the right dosage at the right time. Indie Designers is currently seeking $55,000 on Kickstarter.



This sensor-laden wearable device provides accurate, real-time feedback as you work out. Ollinlift is currently seeking $45,617 on Kickstarter.



This portable, space-shifting solution allows you to enjoy the access rights of your home or office network, irrespective of your physical location. AlwaysHome is currently seeking $40,000 on Kickstarter.



This Wi-Fi-enabled container accurately keeps track of daily medication and supplement intake, then sends customized reminders or voice messages according to your schedule. Xiaohe Intelligent Technology is currently seeking $20,000 on Kickstarter.



This wearable gadget gives mothers-to-be the ability to monitor their babies’ heart rate and movement 24/7. ExtantFuture  is currently seeking $50,000 on Indiegogo.

Plug & Plant


This wall-mounted smart pod system not only organizes your indoor plants, but collects environmental data and suggests tips for optimal growth. Team Plug & Plant is currently seeking $50,000 on Kickstarter.



This all-in-one machine for Makers can 3D print, laser cut, engrave and scan. Northype is currently seeking $112,405 on Kickstarter.

EVI InWall


This board installs behind your existing switches and outlets to make them smart and controllable from your smartphone. Mark Snyder is currently seeking $80,000 on Kickstarter.

The BuzzClip


This small, discreet wearable device helps the blind or visually impaired to detect and safely navigate around objects in their path. iMerciv is currently seeking $50,000 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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TailTalk is the world’s first dog emotion sensor

TailTalk is a smart device that helps you understand your dog’s complex tail language.

Dogs, by nature, are very expressive animals. Like humans, they communicate when they’re feeling happy, sad, nervous, angry, and of course, hungry. Instead of spoken words, our beloved four-legged friends use their tails to convey much of this information — a nonverbal language that can be quite complex and difficult to recognize for most pet owners. But what if there was a smart wearable that could collate this information and translate it in such a way that makes it much easier to understand? In comes TailTalk


The brainchild of Yannis Tsampalis and Mike Karp, TailTalk is a tiny, sensor-laden device that comfortably goes around your pup’s tail to capture movement with its embedded accelerometer and gyroscope, and then employs a proprietary algorithm to convert the wagging into the emotion that he or she is expressing.

The lightweight, unobtrusive gadget connects to its accompanying DogStar app over Bluetooth, providing you with a simple, user-friendly dashboard that lets you into the mind of good ol’ Fido even when you’re not around. This consists of your dog’s profile, along with their happiness score, upcoming events and favorite canine pals.


Using the app, you can log and graph their activity, manage their schedules, set reminders for yourself, and even add notes related to a particular event. More importantly, the “emotion sensor” will notify an owner’s smartphone when the dog’s tail moves right, which means they’re happy or energetic, or left, denoting anxious or aggressive feelings. TailTalk boasts a six-month battery life and has been designed to withstand the wear and tear (and chewing) that’s expected with everyday use.

Throughout their journey from the MakerSpace to MarketPlace, the DogStar Life crew has developed their prototype using the highly popular Arduino platform and has already been the recipient of some pawesome awards. Looking ahead, the New York-based startup is hoping to storm past its $100,000 pledge goal on Indiegogo.

Ready for a next-gen, Look Who’s Talking Now-like device that’s take the guesswork out of your daily interaction with Rover? Head over to TailTalk’s crowdfunding page. Delivery is slated for May 2016.