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Vinli is a $99 device that will drive your older car into the IoT

Making your car ‘smarter’ is now as easy as plugging a USB drive into your computer.

While one in five vehicles are expected to be Internet-enabled by 2019, there are more than 253 million cars on the road in the U.S. that remain disconnected from the web. Not to mention, even as this technology continues to evolve, the average car is still about 11 years old. With this in mind, one Dallas-based startup has developed a device that simply plugs into an automobile’s computer system and transforms it into a smarter set of wheels. Since it’s designed to work via the OBD II port, it should be compatible with any vehicle made after 1996. (Good news for that late ‘90s Civic sitting the garage!)


Nearly nine months after its initial debut, the company has garnered over $6.5 million in a Series A financing round led by Samsung Venture Investment Corporation along with Cox Automotive, Continental and The Westly Group. Beyond that, the team has revealed several significant product updates, partnerships, and of course, the launch of an Indiegogo campaign.

Vinli works by plugging into an OBD II port, which allows the dongle to connect to a driver’s smartphone over Bluetooth and open up a plethora of apps. These include SmartThings to control devices upon arriving home, Dash to optimize a car’s performance, Beagle to keep teenage drivers safe, as well as Otto to identify and diagnose any mechanical issues before they become a problem. In its entirety, the startup hopes to have about 150 apps in its app store in the coming months, and even encourages developers to explore their creativity and build an app based on one of nine comprehensive sets of services, ranging from analytics to infotainment.


The Wi-Fi connection, which is provided through an exclusive deal with T-Mobile and its national 4G LTE network, will cost $15/GB of data, or $40 for 3GB. However, drivers can still access Vinli using their smartphone by way of Bluetooth. Under the hood, Vinli boasts a three-axis accelerometer for collision detection, a Bluetooth 4.0 module for connectivity, GPS and GLONASS for location tracking, SMS for emergencies, and runs on Linux.

What’s more, Vinli offers services such as roadside assistance, automatic accident alerts, routine maintenance, real-time traffic reports and even helps locate a car should someone forget where it was parked.


Ready to turn your old 1998 whip into a futuristic ride? Head over to Vinli’s Indiegogo page, where its team has already surpassed its initial $75,000 goal. Delivery is expected to get underway in August 2015.

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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