Crowdfunding is a 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 wonderful place to discover video games from small studios, movies, and even campaigns for social good.
With all these campaigns vying for your attention, it can be difficult to find one that suits your interests. Let KnowTechie do all the hard work for you, with our June harvest picks.
Check out these 11 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, looking to see if any of the comments on their previous campaigns show dissatisfied backers, and companies whose commitments I’ve had in the past.
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 June:
We loved the previous Meazor device, and this one takes it to 11. Instantly create 3D floor plans for your use, with this ingenious laser scanner.
You can scan walls, curved objects, check level and even measure curves with rolling measurement. It will replace all your other measuring devices, and it’s pocket-sized. With six hours of operational battery life, that’s plenty of floor plan creation.
One of the biggest drawbacks of MacBooks is the lack of ports. Sure, Thunderbolt 4 is great, but you still need to carry around a docking station to use most of your peripherals. The X case means your docking station is always with you, with a clever design that clips onto the back of your MacBook’s screen.
You get HDMI output, 2 USB-A, SD and microSD readers, 100W USB-C charging, cable storage and up to 4TB of SSD storage if you opt for the Pro model.
Tend Deep Tendon Pain Massager
You’ve seen all the deep tissue percussion guns, but this is different. This Tend Deep crowdfunding campaign uses direct vibration to target specific tendons or any other area with swelling, stiffness or circulatory issues.
It’s small but efficient and rechargeable so you can take it anywhere. It’s also waterproof and uses body-safe silicone. Get the targeted recovery your tendons deserve.
Quill: The World’s First Patented Color Picker Pen with Alexa
There are tons of scanning tools out there to bring real-world color into the digital realm, but this one is different. It’s the first pen with this feature, so you can keep creating faster. An LED on the device shows which color you’ve chosen, which is pretty cool.
It also means you don’t need to carry more devices, as you can use the same stylus you draw with to grab whatever color you want. Quill also comes with Qube, which is part wireless charger, part clock, part Alexa smart speaker.
Petvation Smart Cat Flap
Using AI-powered cameras and sensors, this super smart pet door opens when it detects your pets. It’s basically a video doorbell that you don’t have to answer.
Ditch those dangerous magnetic collars and allow your pets to come and go as they please – without worrying about whether wildlife will also find your home so inviting.
Scorpion Home Pizza Oven
There’s a proliferation of home pizza ovens right now, which will only do your stomach good. The Scorpio has one thing others don’t – a 16-inch self-rotating stone, for perfect heating without manually rotating.
It took me a long time to figure out how to flip the pizza without tearing it, so that’s a game changer. Oh, and it’s dual-fuel, so you can get that wood-burning taste or the quick burn of propane.
Popur – a quantum leap in self-cleaning litter
Cats are great, cleaning the litter box is not. Let Popur do all the stinky work for you, with the X5. It will automatically rake up all the trash, then dump it into an odor-tight bin. Let that sink in for a minute.
No more. Daily. scooping. Yeah, that’s a big deal. Oh, and it doesn’t spin like the other types, so it’s safer for your cat.
Feiyu Qing Pro Smart Electric Tripod Head
Photographers who like to shoot time lapse or use any type of motion control know that most current setups are cumbersome. It’s not great, especially when you have to carry them to remote locations to get the shots you want.
This electronic tripod head crowdfunding campaign from FeiyuTech is first and foremost compact and portable. The grip even doubles as a remote control, allowing you to set up your camera and walk around while you film.
Do you want a keyboard that you can configure according to your own ergonomics? The Dygma Defy splits the normal keyboard layout in half, so you can position them where your arms are most comfortable.
The halves even have standard mounting holes on the bottom, so you can mount them to your chair arms or wherever you want. Oh, and it has RGB and programmable keys, and helpful thumb clusters, with hot-swappable switches. Phew.
amofit S wearable for sleeping
We could all use a little better sleep, so it’s great to see all the new sleep tech coming out. The AMOfit S stimulates your vagus nerve, which brings a ton of benefits that aren’t just better sleep.
It also improves stress, anxiety, memory, creativity and restores your internal balance. AMOfit claims that studies have been done that also show that this type of stimulation can delay “significant aging-related effects.” Phew, sign me up.
SnapGrip Magnetic Snap-on Camera Grip+Battery for your phone
Smartphone cameras are awesome these days. Do you know what is not? The way you have to twist your fingers to press the shutter on the screen. This crowdfunding gadget from Snapgrip attaches magnetically to your smartphone, giving you all the tactile grip of a DSLR.
This way you can focus on the images you’re going to create, not on dropping your phone. It also serves as a power bank to charge your phone wirelessly. We like that.