Crowdfunding project of the week: BumpOut portable audio system



The weekend is almost over, but here at Android Authority we continue bringing you the hottest tech content and it’s time for your ‘Crowdfunding project of the week’. This is where we highlight the hottest campaigns from sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo.

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Today we are taking a look at a product called BumpOut, a convenient Bluetooth speaker that should enhance your audio experience wherever you go.

The speaker’s main feature is that it can expand for better sound quality and richer bass. Meanwhile, it keeps a slim profile when being carried around. Another cool perk you get from this unit is what the company is calling “coins”. These are round magnets you can place on any flat surface. The BumpOut can attach to these and easily keep any space filled with music.

Of course, the device can also be used as a speakerphone for convenient hands-free calling. Battery life is estimated at 7 hours, so you shouldn’t have much trouble keeping it powered. To make matters even more exciting, this thing is both water and dust resistant.

Overall, it is pretty much a good Bluetooth speaker with a couple unique features. Those who can take advantage of them will love the idea, though. Those interested can now get it by backing the project with as low as $69. You will have to wait a while for it, though, as it is estimated to ship on May 2017.

Who is signing up?

Check out BumpOut on Indiegogo

Crowdfunding project of the week: Gryphon is a fast, safe and super simple router


It’s time for another ‘Crowdfunding project of the week’ and you know we have been digging for some of the hottest tech in sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo. Let’s jump right into this week’s featured campaign.

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We have never really been keen on showing off our routers, right? These machines are pretty much something you hide away in a corner and keep out of the way. And the settings! Oh my… the settings are usually a mess to go through. But a new trend of better designed routers with simple app-managed options is rising. Today we are taking a look at one of these new generation WiFi routers – the Gryphon.

What makes the Gryphon special? Let’s start with the design. This is a gadget you will be proud to show off in the living room. It looks like an ornament, as opposed to some confusing piece of technology. But aesthetics are only part of what you get with the Gryphon.

Crowdfunding project of the week: Gryphon is a fast, safe and super simple router

The router is controlled through a smartphone app, which offers great smart features. The main highlight here is parental controls, really. Parents can use the app to set bed times, after which the internet would cut off. It’s also possible to select homework times, pause the internet, set age levels and more.

Of course, it’s simple to filter the internet and keep kids away from things they shouldn’t see. And if they legitimately need to access a restricted site, it is simple to request permission from parents. The administrator would then get a notification on his/her smartphone and choose whether to grant access or not.

Crowdfunding project of the week: Gryphon is a fast, safe and super simple router

One can also see how many (and which) devices are connected to the network, making it easy to choose who is allowed in. And you need not worry about malware, as the router itself checks data streams for malicious software, keeping all connected devices safe.

It just so happens to be a good router, too. The unit has tri-band WiFi with support for 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands, powered by six antennas that provide a 2,500 square feet coverage. You can utilize mesh networking if one isn’t enough. There is also support for MU-MIMO technology.

If you won’t be using all the parental controls and security features, at least you will enjoy a powerful router that is super easy to use and set-up. Not to mention it looks rather nice.

Interested? We have seen similar options come to the market. Namely, Google WiFi and OnHub. Those offer almost the same features, but they won’t be cheap… nor will the Gryphon. This router will retail for $199 once it hits the market, but you can currently sign up for it by backing the project with at least $149.

The goal has been met, but those who get in line will have to wait until June 2017 to see shipments reaching their doorsteps. Are any of you looking to back this Kickstarter project? Hit the comments to let us know what you like about the Gryphon.

Check out Gryphon on Kickstarter

Crowdfunding project of the week: the Sevenhugs Smart Remote can control everything


Websites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo are home to great innovations, but they also host plenty of crazy projects we can live without. This is why we created the ‘Crowdfunding project of the week’ series, where we highlight the hottest gadgets from this category. Shall we check out today’s featured product?

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The remote craze continues to be one of the biggest annoyances in many homes. I, for one, can’t manage to keep track of all my remotes. I have one for my sound system, another for my TV, another for my BluRay player and so on. A stranger would probably never know what to do with all these wireless machines.

This is why we believe the Sevenhugs Smart Remote is an interesting product to showcase in this article series. This remote control promises to work with everything… and we mean everything! It is not just a simple remote that can control your home entertainment system; this little guy can manage your smart home products and even perform its own unique functions.

Crowdfunding project of the week: the Sevenhugs Smart Remote can control everything

Let’s expand a little more on this. The Sevenhugs Smart Remote comes with a nifty screen that customizes its switches when you point at any operable appliance. Point at your TV and you will get your power, volume and channel controls (among other things). Point at the lights and you will be able to either dim or turn on/off. But then you can also get more interesting – how about pointing at your driveway to order an Uber ride? Totally possible.

This is because the Sevenhugs Smart Remote works with all major communications standards: IR, Bluetooth and WiFi. And it supports a plethora of smart services, including Sonos, Nest, Hue, WeMo, Roku, Apple TV, The Weather Channel and many other services.

But… how does it even know what you are pointing at? That is a very important factor. Sevenhugs has put together its own location-aware technology, which consists of sensors you place around your living area. These can locate your remote’s location and direction, giving the system precise information to know what you want to control.

Pretty awesome, right? And you guessed it: it won’t really be cheap. Retail price is estimated to be $299 once the remote launches. If you want to back this Kickstarter campaign, that price can be taken down to as low as $149 (as of the time of this article’s publishing).

Who is signing up?!

Check out the Sevenhugs Smart Remote on Kickstarter