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5 Kickstarters to watch in March 2015
Whether it’s a record-breaking project like Pebble Time, crowdfunding controversy, or just a great idea in a need of a leg-up – Kickstarter is a constant source of interest and inspiration for us at GoExplore. Hopeful inventors seeking public investment can often be found propping up our news section, but there are still many, many more great campaigns that slip through the net.
We feel bad about that. So, in a new regular feature to kickstart each month (ahem), we’ll be rounding up the crowdfunding campaigns to watch, cheering them on until they’re hopefully successful and inevitably replaced by the next lot. So, which apps, ideas and inventions have got us hot under the collar this March?
As we wrote earlier this week, Quell is a sports band and app claiming to to be the world’s first pain-killing wearable. The designers claim the band can provide effective pain-relief in just 15 minutes, while it’s also FDA approved and has already doubled its fundraising target with (nearly) the whole of March still remaining to drum up more interest. As it turns out, the cost of maintaining Quell won’t come cheap for its backers (the electrodes cost $30-a-month to replace), but with firm support already established it looks like this wearable is on to a winner.
Another March campaign which has already obliterated its crowdfunding target is Sesame, raising $475,000 despite having only having a $100,000 goal. This smart locking system can be fitted to any existing deadbolt in minutes, doing away with the need for keys and packing all the power into your smartphone. It’s about time somebody designed a decent alternative to lock and key, although, if you decide to back Sesame, for goodness sake don’t lose your smartphone.
Developers keep coming up with innovative ways to help beginners learn to code, but Ringo might just be our favorite of the lot. Believe it or not, this mess of microchips and metal is actually a robotic pet – like a Tamagotchi, but built using an open-source platform so that you can alter its behaviours. It might not be as cute as a dog, but it’ll only cost you $89, you don’t have to feed it, and the developers promise “ninja-style agility”. Find us a self-sustainable ninja dog at that price and we can do business.
We’ve seen digitised notebooks for writers before, but Rocketbook’s stunningly simple A4 binder is perfect for artists and designers. Each 100-page book costs just $25 and could be scrawled on with any pen, creating cloud-based notes that can be easily synced with Dropbox, Evernote or Google Drive. Best of all, if you write in Pocketbook using FriXon’s heat-sensitive pens, then erasing your notes is literally as simple as chucking your pad in the microwave for a 30-second blast.
5. Robot Envy: Zenith
If you love reading about robots as much as we love writing about them, then Robot Envy: Zenith could be the art book for you. Robot Envy kickstarted its first ‘book about robots’ in 2012, and since then has become a cult sensation with a second book and a dedicated social following. The third edition brings together the talents of 60 top artists from 24 different countries, and will look right at home next to the other two volumes on your shelf or coffee table.