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33 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 two weeks. 



This open source, modular kit lets you build your own smartphone and give inanimate objects the power of cellular communication. Seeed Studio has already well surpassed its goal of $50,000 on Kickstarter.



This lightsaber-like wand helps you whip up the perfect cocktail in a matter of seconds. Magnified Self has just hit their $39,000 Kickstarter goal.



This remote-controlled, camera-equipped robot not only cleans your house, it looks after it as well. JISIWEI Intelligent Tech is currently seeking $20,000 on Kickstarter.



This ambient display reproduces various weather conditions according to the forecast. Ken Kawamoto is currently seeking $398,000 on Indiegogo.



These DIY race cars can be assembled like LEGO and programmed from your smartphone. Cannybots has already well surpassed its $40,000 goal on Kickstarter.



This embedded undershirt teaches you how to have the right posture. Percko is close to tripling its initial $33,571 Kickstarter goal.

Pebblebee Stone


This remote can be attached to any surface or carried on the go to text friends, control music, snap selfies and more. Pebblebee has already doubled its $10,000 goal on Kickstarter.

Robo Wunderkind


This robotics kit allows you to build your own robot, have fun and pick up some basic coding skills along the way. Robo Wunderkind has already well surpassed its $70,000 Kickstarter goal.

EasyDrone XL Pro


This modular, plug-and-fly drone can stay in the air for 45 minutes on a single charge. Easy Aerial is currently seeking $30,000 on Kickstarter.



This amphibious monitor goes wherever you go to measure your heart rate 24/7 — whether that’s while you’re resting, walking, running, biking, swimming or sleeping. LifeTrak is currently seeking $100,000 on Kickstarter.

The Crafty Robot


This paper toy robot is perfect for beginners — just plug it in via USB for 30 seconds, unplug it and away it goes. Ross Atkin is currently seeking $19,220 on Kickstarter.

See Sense ICON


This intelligent bike light packs anti-theft, crash alert and an array of other capabilities. See Sense has already doubled its Kickstarter goal of $36,836.

Forcite Alpine


This smart helmet for snow sport enthusiasts captures video, takes calls, streams music and more. Forcite Helmet Systems is currently seeking $200,000 on Kickstarter.



This system consists of a wristband that wirelessly transmits hand gestures to an LED display mounted on a bicycle or the back of a rider. Gesture Controlled Products is currently seeking $110,000 on Kickstarter.



This customizable LED wheel display will light up the night as you pedal. Balight is currently seeking $30,000 on Indiegogo.



This line of smart clothing delivers warmth without the bulk of multiple layers. Ravean is currently seeking $100,000 on Kickstarter.



This fun and adorable electronics kit grows with young Makers, from an instructional tutor to a friend they can program. Soldering Sunday is currently seeking $5,000 on Kickstarter.



This family of sensors keep tabs on your indoor environment and tells you when to make simple improvements around the house. Koto Labs is currently seeking $50,000 on Indiegogo.

Orbbec Persee


This camera-ARM computer combination is ideal for building 3D apps and making 3D-printable scans. Orbbec is currently seeking $40,000 on Indiegogo.

Knobbee 32


This ergonomic, high-resolution MIDI controller boasts 32 knobs and an ATmega32U4 at its core. Knobtronix is currently seeking $36,392 on Kickstarter.



This smart gadget plugs into your existing wall outlet, providing you with Wi-Fi, fast USB and an LED nightlight. Smartlet has already well surpassed its goal of $10,000 on Indiegogo.



This box will protect your network and any connected devices from outside attacks. RelaxInternet is currently seeking $11,196 on Kickstarter.

Strone Roam


This smart device enables you to make and receive calls/messages on your phone in another country while eliminating roaming charges. Strone Roam is currently seeking $50,000 on Indiegogo.



This small unit pairs with your smartphone for hands-free, voice-controlled activities as you drive. iCreation is currently seeking $50,000 on Kickstarter.



This connected menstrual cup enables women to track and analyze their biological cycles. LOON Lab is currently seeking $50,000 on Kickstarter.



This smart ring lets you buy things with a single gesture anywhere in the world that accepts contactless payments. Kerv is currently seeking $118,182 on Kickstarter.

NFC Ring 2016 Range


This embedded piece of jewelry can be used to unlock doors, mobile devices, transfer information and link people. John McLear is currently seeking $86,388 on Kickstarter.



This pair of headphones ensures that audio output never exceeds a safe level, while also promising optimum sonic quality. 16-year-old Kingsley Cheng has reached his goal of $25,000 on Kickstarter.



This rugged, portable solar battery will be there for you when you need it the most. SOS PowerBank has already well surpassed  its Kickstarter goal of $20,000.

Aquai Puck


This simple module attaches to your appliances and measures your water consumption. Aquai is currently seeking $15,000 on Indiegogo.



This tiny companion makes your digital life more convenient and secure by storing all the data you need to acces your daily services. Trust Designer is currently seeking $112,544 on Kickstarter.



This LED lighting system illuminates your beloved motorcycle or car with millions of vivid colors and animated patterns. XK GLOW has already achieved its goal of $10,000 on Kickstarter.



This all-in-one 3D printing starter kit comes with an easy-to-use designing platform, tutorials, materials and finishing tools. Filamate is currently seeking $22,387 on Kickstarter.



This smart gizmo allows urban farmers and gardeners to properly measure crucial parameters for growing healthy plants in real-time. GROW & HELP is currently seeking $3,134 on Kickstarter.



This breakout shield is a drop-in upgrade for 3D printers using a RAMPS 1.4 controller board. Jason Pasierski is currently seeking $27,000 on Kickstarter.

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Recreate the weather forecast from right inside your living room

The Tempescope is an ambient display that can visualize various weather conditions inside a box.

In today’s tech-savvy world, sure you could always download a weather app or turn on the news to check the latest conditions, but what fun is that? Instead, Ken Kawamoto has developed an ambient physical display that can actually visualize the forecast right from the comfort of your living room, reminding you to never forget an umbrella as you head off to work. Initially released three years ago as an open source project, the Maker and his team have since decided to launch a crowdfunding campaign following an overwhelming interest in their design.


While most home weather displays boast an LED screen or other methods of revealing what’s going on outside your front door, Tempescope literally recreates the forecast from your bookshelf, coffee table, desk or wherever else. Described as like “having a window that lets you look at tomorrow’s sky,” the active gadget is powered by an ATmega328 and equipped with a water pump, an ultrasound mist diffuser and a series of LED lights, all concealed inside a clear acrylic box.


With an AVR chip as its brains, the microcosm in a box interfaces with a PC either through USB or over Bluetooth. Currently, there are three modes of operation: one that animates the next day’s forecast, one that replicates the current weather of any location and shares it with loved ones throughout the globe, as well as another that lets you manually define an animation sequence to play.

Once it is synced up, a simple software program is tasked with retrieving the necessary data from the web which it uses to reproduce real raindrops and clouds, simulate thunderstorms and lightning, as well as emit radiant sunshine. The LEDs change from red to blue to reflect things such as sunrise/sunset and storms, whereas the diffuser will fill the box with mist to match the level of cloud cover outside. For example, if it happens to be raining, the pump will pull water from the lower reservoir and drip it down from the Tempescope’s ceiling, while its embedded lights will emit a purplish hue.


What’s more, you can employ its accompanying app to operate three preset modes or use its SDK to create your own custom program. Meaning, you can set the weather to fit your mood because, after all, everyone loves reading on a rainy day. Want this ambient unit for your household? Head over to its Indiegogo campaign, where Kawamoto is currently seeking $398,000. The first batch of Tempescopes will ship in April 2016 — just in time for those spring showers!