Crowdfunding is a really cool way for innovative products to see the light of day, without the restrictions imposed on internal development in large companies.
It’s also a great place to check out video games from smaller studios, movies, and even campaigns for social good.
With all of these campaigns competing for your attention, it can be difficult to find one that suits your interests. To leave KnowTechie do all the hard work for you, with our February harvest picks.
Check out these 14 awesome crowdfunding campaigns this month
So… with the number of crowdfunding campaigns, how do you choose what to support? Well, I use a combination of checking their campaign page, researching to see if any of the comments on their previous campaigns show unhappy backers, and also checking companies I’ve had the compliance with commitments.
I also tend to stick to gadget areas that I know a little about, like photography, cooking, creative tools, and writing tools. That way, I can judge whether campaign aspirations are within my reach or not, which adds to my decisions. I also select campaigns with a little time to run, because it’s not fun to discover cool campaigns after they’re over.
So, with all that out of the way, here are some of the crowdfunding campaigns I found worthy of attention in February:
I’m moving into a new house right now, and making floor plans to figure out the furniture is a pain. This 6-in-1 laser tape measure from Hozo Design is exactly what I want so I don’t have to lift another tape measure. It can scan your room and create a 2D floor plan, measure distances by laser, measure curves, act as a protractor, be used as a spirit level and even as a rolling ruler. Literally all your home measurement needs in one small device.
WRAEK Tectonic Pro Palm Controller
PC gamers have a wealth of controller options, but the humble keyboard and mouse combo still reigns supreme. The thing is, the keyboard was never meant to be used like this. Crashing your fingers to hit WASD for long periods of time is likely to cause all sorts of problems.
WRAEK wants to help, with its Tactonic Pad controller. Looks like a touchpad and we all know it’s terrible for gaming. Don’t worry, it’s not. It’s a flat joystick, like a squashed Xbox joystick. Use it for anything you can think of, motion replacement, ability triggering, camera control; the list is endless. Oh, and it’s good for productivity tasks too.
Slite – super portable light for better video
The quality of your video or photo content depends on the quality of light you can capture. Slite wants to give everyone access to professional-grade RGBWW LED lighting, so your content can shine.
Each slim, solidly built panel features magnetic mounting, app control, 16 million colors, and 55W of 96+CRI LEDs for precise white light. You won’t need to find any oddly shaped batteries or chargers either, as Slite runs on USB-C, so you can use any battery or wall charger.
SEEKER bike camera
We think every car should have a dashcam these days, so why not your bike? The Seeker has a live rear view camera, so no more looking over your shoulder. It also adds smart taillights, 4K recording and a nifty laser projector that puts anti-collision bike lanes around your bike at night, so other road users know to give you space. Connect it to your smartphone and you get a dashboard view of your speed and other details like your altitude.
Fidget toys are great to keep on your desk. I mean, who doesn’t get stimulated by spinning, clicking, and squishing things absentmindedly? Polytoy’s crowdfunding campaign combines a bunch of popular fidget features into one toy, so your fingers are always entertained. Use it as a spinner, a clicker, play with the cog wheel structure or even use it as a simplified Rubik’s cube.
obode P8 self-cleaning robot and all-in-one scrubber
Robovacs are great, taking all the hard work out of keeping your floors clean. Now you can also buy some that clean, but they all have a problem: you always have to clean them or empty the trash.
Enter the obode P8, which is a dual vacuum and mop robot that also cleans itself while charging. What?!? It will not only clean the cleaning heads, it will fill the tank with water, then use hot air to dry the cleaning heads, to prevent mildew and other problems. This is an innovative robovac!
Aerogogo PS1 lounge chair
The worst thing about lounge chairs for me is inflating them. Hand pumps take forever, battery pumps are noisy and using my lungs to inflate them is just not an option. Aerogogo PS1 places the pump inside the lounger, so all you have to do is press a button to inflate it. Pleasant. More time on the beach and you save your breath for more fun activities.
iSwift roboarm phone holder
We all use our phones in the bathroom, even when we know we shouldn’t. iSwift is a modular arm to hold your phone so it doesn’t get wet. It is MagSafe compatible, secure, robust and adaptable where you need it. Do you like to read in the bathtub? No problem. YouTube while you poop? I sorted this. It’s even sturdy enough to hold your tablet!
G-Case all-in-one gaming case for Nintendo Switch and OLED
Let’s face it, the Nintendo Switch isn’t the most rugged handheld on the market. It really does benefit from a case, but what if you could put on a case that included all the other accessories you would need? G-Case crowdfunding campaign adds 5,000mAh battery for up to five hours of extra play time, wireless controller adapter, docking station, small charging brick, different grip sizes , etc Oh, and you can add Bluetooth 5.0 with aptX-LL, so your wireless headphones get the lowest latency possible.
Vinnic LiFePO4 plant
Power banks are cheaper and better than ever. These two high capacity batteries from Vinnic have 512 Wh or 2000 Wh power for all your needs. That’s enough to run your home for hours or charge your EV so you can get home. It can also charge all your other devices multiple times. They are a smaller and safer alternative to gas generators and can be recharged via solar panels.
arpara™: the world’s first all-in-one 5K micro-OLED VR headset
With everyone talking about the Metaverse, it’s worth noting that most VR headsets are pretty poor when it comes to visuals. Maybe arpara’s crowdfunding campaign will change things, with its 5K micro-OLED display. That’s a pixel count of 3514 pixels per inch, more than seven times the pixel density of the iPhone 13. It’s lightweight, powered by the Qualcomm XR2 chip, and has a refresh rate of up to 120Hz when ‘he is connected. Oh, and its colors are ridiculously accurate, accurate to up to 127% of sRGB and 90% of the DCI-P3 space.
Krait Modular Power Strip
Everything we use these days needs to be plugged into the mains, even if it’s just long enough to charge its battery. The thing is, the charging strips haven’t changed much at all. Krait wants that to change, with modular power strips that plug in for your charging needs. Take an AC section which also has Bluetooth on/off control, a DC section with GaN fast charging technology for smartphones and laptops, and a Source section with a US, Japanese or Taiwanese plug. The entire unit supports up to 1650W of output power and features AutoShut technology so it cannot be overloaded.
Kara Pure: Making Pure Water from Air
With only 71% of the world’s population having easy access to drinking water, we need new solutions for future use. Not everyone lives in a place where water pipes can easily be sealed. The Kara Pure crowdfunding project extracts water from the air, so it is naturally clean and free from the usual bacteria that pollute our waterways. Sure, it’s expensive right now, but this technology could be a future source of sustainable water for millions of people.
Dwarf II Handheld Telescope
Stargazing is great fun, but carrying large telescopes – not so much. Dwarf II solves your back pain using a periscope design, so it’s easily portable. That’s not all, as the tiny telescope is powered by AI. This lets you locate celestial bodies and keep them in focus for amazing photographs. Oh, and it’s just as capable of taking pictures of birds, animals, or whatever else you want to point it at.
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