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Crowdfunding project of the week: Ekster convenient wallet can be tracked

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We had to skip last week’s “Crowdfunding project of the week” due to the CES madness, but we are back and ready to look for the hottest tech showcased in web sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo. Shall we get started?

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Ever lost your wallet? It has to be be one of the worse feelings. Not only is your money there, but it is also home to your driver license, IDs, credit/debit cards and other crucial belongings. Arguably the coolest feature in the Ekster 2.0 wallet is the fact that it can be easily tracked with Tile Smart Location Technology.

The wallet will sync with your smartphone via Bluetooth. If it happens to be misplaced, the user can easily find its last seen location in a map. This is updated by you or any other Tile user who happens to get close enough to the wallet. And if the user is within close range to the lost wallet, it is even possible to make it ring.

Crowdfunding project of the week: Ekster convenient wallet can be tracked

But what about battery life? Is this yet another thing we will have to plug in every night? Not really, as it is solar-powered. Plus, Tile is not a resource hog. The Ekster wallet only requires 3.5 hours of solar charge time to last a full month!

This product been very well thought out; its tracking feature is but a portion of the reasons to be excited. Your cards can be ejected with the push of a button, making it simple to pay anywhere. These also come with RFID blocking to keep the thieves away. And most importantly, they are good-looking products made of premium leather, have plenty of storage compartments and offer a slim profile.

Interested? There are two versions to be had – the Parliament and Senate. The main difference is in size and storage capacity. The Senate is smaller, minimalist and more affordable, while the Parliament offers more for a slightly higher price. These are prices at $79 and $99, relatively. You can also pay less by getting the versions without the tracker.

Who is signing up?!

Check out the Ekster on Indiegogo

Crowdfunding project of the week – Vixole smart shoes can be customized on-the-go

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Let’s start the year with the right foot in. The Sunday tradition continues and we are back with yet another ‘Crowdfunding project of the week’. This series is where we highlight the hottest projects from sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo. Shall we jump right in?

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Sneaker aficionados rejoice, today we are taking a look at a smart shoe that will never get old (at least in terms of design). This is because the shoe’s rear design can be customized to your liking with the use of a smartphone app.

The e-sneaker looks pretty basic at first sight, but it is equipped with flexible LED displays that will light up the way for people behind you. It’s a true way to express yourself and showcase your own fashion statements. You can literally put anything on these shoes. The company even shows a user taking a picture and displaying the image on the shoes.

Crowdfunding project of the week – Vixole smart shoes can be customized on-the-go

One can create unique designs, grab existing images, have the shoe interact with music, make it react to movement and more. And yes, they are also water resistant and charge wirelessly.

Something that really caught our eye is the fact that this technology has an open API. This means developers can start playing around with these and integrate them to whatever they want. They can become interactive with VR games, or coders can create their own apps for Vixoles.

It’s also possible to navigate through shoe vibration, track your steps and receive notifications. The things even have NFC chips installed, which means interacting with other Vixole users is only a shoe tap away. Some of these features only come on some versions of the shoe, though. Here is the rundown:

Crowdfunding project of the week – Vixole smart shoes can be customized on-the-go

We know what you are thinking: “Yet another thing I have to charge”. Well, you do; and battery life averages at 8 hours per full charge. Charging to 100% takes about 2 hours. It’s not the best scenario in terms of battery life and charging times, but at least the shoes won’t become a brick once the battery dies. You can continue using them as regular shoes and they don’t look bad at all.

Pretty awesome right? It definitely seems like something I would love to try. They don’t sound cheap, though, so let’s move on to price and availability. They are actually not too expensive when compared to good shoes. Right now you can sign up for a pair by backing the project with as low as $160.

The goal has been met and the campaign has 8 more days to go. Estimated shipping is scheduled for June 2017. Are you signing up?

Check out the Vixole shoes on Indiegogo

Crowdfunding project of the week: The Compass Stone offers navigation without distractions

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Got time for some innovative tech in the midst of your holiday celebrations? We are back with another interesting ‘Crowdfunding project of the week’, a weekly series in which we tell you about the hottest gadgets from sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo. Let’s jump right into today’s featured campaign.

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Navigating on a phone is easy, but we can’t deny staring at a screen while walking around a new area is not the best way to enjoy the scenery. This is why K&L Inc has put together the Compass Stone, a navigation device that will keep you looking up, as opposed to staring down at your phone.

The concept is simple. All you have to do is set a destination from your smartphone. This pebble-shaped device features 12 LED lights, which can indicate in which direction you need to go to reach your destination.

The lights will flicker when you are close to your goal, and there will be a circling motion when you arrive. That’s it; no annoying voices, distracting screens or complications. Oh, and the device can also tell you the time.

Interested? You can sign up for one by backing the project with as low as €89. It’s not the cheapest product, but some of you will definitely enjoy it. Especially adventurers. The company has a long way before it reaches its €45,000, but with 36 days to go there is still a chance to see the campaign end in a successful manner.

Are you signing up?

Check out the Compass Stone on Kickstarter

Crowdfunding project of the week: Muggino smart mug

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Zip on your coffee and enjoy this week’s ‘Crowdfunding project of the week’, where we highlight the hottest projects from websites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo. We know you don’t have all the time to be searching around for cool gadgets, so we are doing all the work for you. Shall we get started with today’s featured project?

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It is the simple things in life that make it great, right? A good cup of joe can change your mood in an instant, but temperature is definitely an important factor and you need a good container. Today we are taking a look at Muggino, a smart mug that will keep your drink at the right temperature at all times.

At first sight it will look like a traditional mug, and the device does feature the double-wall technology we have been using this whole time, but Muggino takes things much further. It can use its own energy to either cool or heat anything stored inside. Yes, this does mean you can put some beer in there and keep it frosty cold.

Crowdfunding project of the week: Muggino smart mug

The mug works through the company’s official app, where you can set your temperature preferences. The app will then remember these and you will be able to operate the mug without pulling out your phone all the time. Simply tap twice on the handle for hot drinks, or tap three times for cold ones.

It’s also worth noting a feature you might never think about, but will be both convenient and green. This cup doesn’t allow energy to be wasted from the release of heat your liquids generate. Said energy is harvested and used to charge the mug itself. This is accomplished by using thermoelectrics, which converts changes of temperature into electricity.

Change of temperature itself doesn’t provide enough energy to keep the mug running all the time, though. You will need to juice up, and this can be easily done with the provided MuggiPad, a wireless charger you can simply set your Muggino upon.

Pretty nuts, right? It is certainly a great investment for those who really care about drink temperature. You can currently get one for as low as $59, but that early bird special is running out soon. The project has reached 50% of its $30,000 funding goal and has a month left to go, so let’s see how it all works out.

Are you signing up?

Check out Muggino on Indiegogo

Crowdfunding project of the week: the MATRIX PowerWatch runs on body heat

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We are back with yet another ‘Crowdfunding project of the week’, where we highlight the hottest tech from sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo. We know you don’t have time to be searching through hundreds of campaigns, so we are doing the hard work for you. Shall we get right to this week’s featured project?

Do you think charging is a hassle? I sure do; especially when you have to do it very often. You are lucky to get 2 days of battery life from current smartwatches. This is manageable, but not optimal. Don’t you wish there was a smartwatch you never need to charge? The MATRIX PowerWatch make this idea more than just wishful thinking.

Crowdfunding project of the week: the MATRIX PowerWatch runs on body heat

The MATRIX PowerWatch’s trick is that it is literally powered by you. All you need to do is wear it, as it uses thermo-electric technology to harness energy from your body heat, which you obviously don’t run out of. Once you take it off, the gadget will go to sleep after backing its information to the official app.

Active users will like that there is one specific benefit to using this technology – it can measure calories burned more accurately. Your body turns burned calories into heat, something the MATRIX PowerWatch uses to power itself.

Crowdfunding project of the week: the MATRIX PowerWatch runs on body heat

Because the device never needs to charge, it has no ports and can be very well sealed. You can take it to depths of up to 50 meters under water.

But how much of a smartwatch is this? The truth is it is not up to par with something like Android Wear, but it has some cool capabilities. For starters, it is a great activity tracker. The device keeps a record of your step count, calories burned and sleep. The watch also features some “micro-applications”, which include a stopwatch, a timer, music controls and more.

It’s pretty basic as far as smartwatches go, but you get some benefits… the main one being infinite battery life. And some people simply don’t need all those fancy features, right?

Want to sign up? The early bird special is still available, so you can put your name to a MATRIX PowerWatch by backing the campaign with as low as $129. That’s also pretty affordable! The only downside is you will have to wait until September 2017 for it to ship.

Check out the MATRIX PowerWatch on Indiegogo

Crowdfunding project of the week: BumpOut portable audio system

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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

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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

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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