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5 Kickstarters to watch this November

It’s November, the month of Thanksgiving, and when the Christmas hype really begins. It’s also when it gets a lot colder. Never fear, we’ve scoured Kickstarter to bring you the best crowdfunding projects of this month, including a bike satnav, wearable tech and an instant home improver. Should keep your warm through these winter months.

5 Kickstarters to watch this November:

1. PowearIN

This claims to be the world’s first smart jacket. If you’re wondering what exactly that means, it means its pockets are bursting with technology. You can charge up to five devices at once using the built-in battery, have your name light up on the nameplate, and carry heavy items using the load-transfer system (easing the load on your back). If it gets too warm, it even transforms into a messenger bag in six steps, so you can sling it over your shoulder.

It can even control your phone. That’s thanks to the INbutton, a control knob with five buttons and a rotary frame. Using it, you can turn on or off the power supply to the charging ports, play and control your music, activate the camera on your phone and control the nameplate on your jacket.

One of the buttons doubles as a flashlight too, so you can find your way in the dark. Plus it looks quite stylish. One for all seasons.

Find out more.

2. AirBolt

If you’re sick of your travel lock either coming open halfway through your journey, or being torn apart by overeager TSA staff, AirBolt is for you. You unlock it using an app on your phone, so there are no combinations to forget, no keys to lose. Should you lose your phone, or your battery dies halfway through your journey, you can unlock it using the app installed on someone else’s phone. Of course, you can always set a combination on the lock itself, analogue-style. But that kind of misses the point.

Another handy feature is the ability to track your bags using GPS. So should your luggage go missing, you can tell the airline where it is. And it’ll send you a notification if you leave your bags behind.

It’s fully TSA compliant, so they can open it to your check your bags without destroying it. Plus the app will tell you each time it’s unlocked, so you can see if they’ve been in or not. It’s your new travel companion.

Find out more.

3. The Ion Belt

Forgotten your phone charger? Again? This belt is the charger, so you’re always covered, as long you don’t forget your pants.

Inside the belt is a 3,000mAh battery, which is enough for more than one charge of an iPhone 6S, and should be enough to juice up almost any smartphone available. Plug any USB cable into the buckle, and you can start charging with no adapters necessary. And because it’s a standard USB port, you can charge up anything that takes a USB, whether it’s a phone, MP3 player, radio, tablet, whatever.

LED indicators show how much charge you have left, but apart from that, it looks just like a normal belt. Just don’t forget to charge it up as well.

Find out more.

4. Beagle

Just how healthy is your home? Beagle will tell you.

It’s a set of smart sensors that analyse the air quality, humidity, air pressure, noise and light levels. If any of these are out of kilter, they could give you headaches, migraines, and make you sleep badly.

Each Beagle has a different function. The humidity one senses leaks and mould, while the air quality Beagle alerts you if the CO2 levels are wrong. And they stack together for more insights. Stack together the light, noise and temperature Beagles in your bedroom, for example, and you can optimise it to make the perfect sleeping environment. So you can sleep safe in the knowledge your home is as healthy as possible.

Find out more.

5. Haize

Recently, we brought you news of a device called BeeLine, a digital compass for your bike. Instead of giving you turn-by-turn directions, it points you in the direction of your destination, tells you how far away it is, and leaves the rest up to you. Haize goes a step further.

As well as pointing you in the right general direction, it offers turn-by-turn navigation, so you can choose how you travel. Maybe you could try compass mode, and if you get lost, or are in a hurry, switch to turn-by-turn directions.

It attaches to your bike using the integrated rubber strap, and looks like a quality piece of equipment. Maybe the future of navigation is fewer directions, not more.

Find out more.

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