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15th of December 2018


Best New Crowdfunding Projects on Kickstarter and Indiegogo this Week | Digital Trends

At any given moment, there are approximately a zillion different crowdfunding campaigns happening on the web. Take a stroll through Kickstarter or Indiegogo and you’ll find no shortage of weird, useless, and downright stupid projects out there — alongside some real gems. We’ve cut through the fidget spinners and janky iPhone cases to round up the most unusual, ambitious, and exciting new crowdfunding projects out there this week. Keep in mind that any crowdfunding project — even those with the best intentions — can fail, so do your homework before cutting a check for the “gadget of your dreams.”

December 9 Phrozen Transform — large format SLA printer

SLA printers are amazing. Rather than pushing plastic filament through a hot nozzle and depositing it layer by layer onto a substrate, SLA/DLP printers work by shining light into a pool of UV-curable resin, which hardens a layer of the object. This technique allows them to create objects with far greater detail than FDM printers can. The only problem? They’re also super expensive, and typically have minuscule build envelopes. But thankfully, that’s beginning to change.

Case in point? The new Transform printer from Phrozen. In addition to printing objects with astonishing detail and dimensional accuracy, this beast also has a monstrous build area. With a 29.2cm by 16.5cm footprint and 40cm of freedom on the Z axis, this machine has one of the biggest build areas you can get on a consumer-level SLA printer. Yet somehow, despite the fact that it dwarfs other resin-based printers, it’s also relatively affordable. Back the project now and you can get one for just $1,300 — nearly a third of the price of the Formlabs Form 2.

Rocketboard — cloud-connected whiteboard kit

Whiteboards are incredibly useful for getting ideas out of your head and communicating them to other people — but they’re far from perfect. If you your scribblings are worth saving, your only option is to snap a photo before the board inevitably gets erased by the next person who comes along. But what if there was a better way? What if there was a whiteboard that allowed you to save all your diagrams, doodles, and lists in the cloud, where they can be stored and shared with other people?

Enter the Rocketboard — a set of stickers you can use (along with an accompanying smartphone app) to transform your analog whiteboard into a cloud-connected wonderboard. Just place the stickers on the corners of your board, snap a photo using the app, and your doodlings and diagrams with instantly be scanned, digitized, color-corrected, and filed in the cloud storage platform of your choosing. Check out the video to see it in action

Onak 2.0 — origami canoe

Here’s an excerpt from our full article, which ran earlier in the week: “A few years back, Oru Kayak became the darling of the crowdfunding scene when it introduced a lightweight, collapsible boat that could be stored in a closet and easily transported to and from the water. The company’s innovative design was heavily influenced by the Japanese art of origami, which served as the guide for how it transformed from a flat piece of plastic to a fully functional kayak. Now, it seems Oru has a bit of competition in the origami-inspired watercraft market as the new Onak 2.0 looks to apply a similar formula to a foldable canoe.

The canoe recently launched on Kickstarter and, at first glance, it resembles the Oru kayak in many ways. Both are made from translucent white plastic with a similar shape and design. The origami influence is easy to spot on both boats as well, giving them a unique look that supports both form and function. However, while Oru’s model is a kayak to the core, complete with a closed cockpit and a traditional low seating position, the Onak 2.0 features the look and feel of a classic canoe, including raised seats that help paddlers sit above the water.

Billed as “the canoe for everyone,” the Onak 2.0 is designed to be lightweight, easy to transport, and even easier to store. It tips the scales at just 33 pounds and when not in use it can be folded up and wheeled around on an included trolly. In this form, the boat measures just 48.4 inches in length and 16.9 inches in width, making it easy to transport in the trunk of a car and hide away under a bed when you get back home.”

Grayl Geopress — ultrafast water purifier

Backcountry water purification systems come in a wide variety of different shapes, sizes, and styles these days. You can get chemical drops, squeeze-through filters, gravity-fed bag filters, pump filters, and even filter straws that let you drink straight from the source. Each has its own set of advantages and disadvantages. Drops, pumps, and gravity bags, for example, are notoriously slow. Squeeze filters and straws, on the other hand, are faster, but don’t allow you to drink large amounts quickly. Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a way to get the best of both worlds?

Enter: the Geopress from Grayl. It’s designed from the ground up to address all of the major pain points that come with other filters. Instead of pumping or squeezing or treating your water with chemicals, the Geopress allows you to purify water quickly by using your bodyweight to force water through an ultra-fine filter. Using this method, it’s capable of cleaning 24 ounces of water in about 8 seconds — meaning you don’t have to sip slowly like you do with squeeze filters. On top of that, it’s also one of the few filter-based purifiers we’ve ever seen that’s capable of filtering out not just bacteria and protozoa, but viruses as well. All that, and it still costs less than 80 bucks.

Wayzn — semi-automatic door opener for pets [embedded content]

Smart home devices are getting crazy these days. It’s not just video doorbells and IoT security cameras anymore. Now that all the low-hanging fruit has been plucked, we’re moving beyond the era of smart plugs, smoke detectors, appliances, and other staples of the home. Nowadays, designers are dreaming up smart home gear and gadgetry that never existed in analog form. The latest example of this trend is Wayzn: a ridiculous, super-niche, internet-connected door opener for your pets.

Here’s how it works. You start by installing the piston-like device on the base of your sliding door, and attaching it to the door that moves. Once activated, Wayzn will then use its built-in sensors to detect when your pet is standing near the door and waiting to be let outside. It will then send you an alert through the accompanying smartphone app. Tap the button, and the device’s motors will kick in, pulling the door open and freeing your furry friend from the house. It’s essentially an alternative to installing a doggie door.

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