4 Kickstarter Projects To Take A Look in November 2018
For those who don’t know, Kickstarter is a crowdfunding platform where creators can propose/showcase projects and the community can come together to support the product development. This contribution comes, most of the times, with the right to get the product as soon as it gets produced. This is the holy grail for tech fans.
The number of Kickstarter projects funded since the website was launched in 2009 is already over 100k. With some Kickstarter projects raising amounts that go beyond $10,000,000, like the Pebble Time and Coolest Cooler.
Although you already missed all these past projects, there are some that you can still support and be the first to get. Here is a list of 4 Kickstarter Projects that you should be looking until the end of November. We reached out to these projects, and they promptly offer to answer a few questions. Since there’s no one better than the team to explain a project, we hope this questions can pique your interest to check their page and, ultimately, support them.
Where did the idea/motivation to create Waalflower came from?
Our business Waalflower started life as a side project, a product the team designed to solve a personal problem. We aimed to bring the great qualities and seamless user experience of wireless charging to tablet devices.
Our flagship product; the Waalflower, is a wall mounted wireless charger for tablet devices. Using rare earth magnets and QI wireless technology, the Waalflower creates a solid connection allowing you to seamlessly charge your tablet devices, keeping your device wall mounted, accessible and always powered. Bringing the magic of wireless charging to your tablet
What’s Waalflower twitter pitch? How do you describe the main value that Waalflower is trying to bring to people’s lives in 140 characters or less?
The world’s first wall mounted, wireless charger for your tablet device keeping your tablet always accessible and always powered.
If you had to choose a word to describe the main focus of the team while developing Waalflower, what would it be?
Where did the idea/motivation to create OMNI Q come from?
The idea/ motivation to create OMNI Q came from both Metin and Andreas. They were both setting up smart homes for themselves and others and realized that there were basically three options.
- Pay a lot of money to someone to install a closed system into your home.
- Buy a lot of devices from different manufacturers and operate them separately from their own user interfaces, therefore not being able to combine these devices fully.
- Go at it alone and create your own Omni Q.
This is basically what we did, bridging the gap between the manufactures and allowing tech-savvy and non-tech-savvy people to enjoy a truly smart home through one open source user interface.
What’s OMNI Q twitter pitch? How do you describe the main value that OMNI Q is trying to bring to people’s lives in 140 characters or less?
OMNI Q bridges the communication gap between different manufacturers, allowing you to control all your devices through one user interface.
If you had to choose a word to describe the main focus of the team while developing OMNI Q, what would it be?
Where did the idea/motivation to create Wakē v2 come from?
We all got our start in the defense aerospace sector in Los Angeles. Despite lots of interesting projects to work on, all of them tended to move slowly and were typically subject to lots of bureaucratic whims. Myself and a co-worker often went out to lunch together to share our frustrations and fantasize about where consumer technology was heading. We were amazed at the pace of technology development in this sector and we dreamed aloud what sort of innovations were likely in the coming years. We were truly tech-junkies stuck in the world in an innovation adverse environment.
When my co-worker (Taylor Mitchell) and I witnessed the Nest Thermostat launch (and shortly after get snatched up by Google), it was clear to us, those home IoT devices were poised to explode. We weren’t wrong either. In the four years since Wake was originally conceived, smart speakers (Alexa, etc) and video doorbells (Ring) became ubiquitous. In searching for our contribution to this renaissance, we stumbled upon the idea of a smart alarm clock.
Our device would distinguish itself by “knowing” more about its surroundings, which was a similar approach Nest used. By knowing more about the environment, an intelligent device could offer the user valuable features or provide precision services that were superior to more primitive functions. We generated a large list of ideas on how an alarm clock could improve, but we ultimately settled on two major upgrades.
The first was to de-coupling the wake-up experience from one user to another. Currently, alarm clocks wake up everyone in the room simultaneously, and a user’s snooze habits can easily irritate their partner. Providing precision effects to a single user eliminated this and allowed for the wake processes that went gradually. The second area of improvement was the waking experience itself. Instead of sudden and jarring buzzers that went off without warning, Wakē would mimic a sunrise that woke people gradually and more naturally. Wakē would also use tones and chimes that were peaceful and only increased in volume slowly after its light reached its maximum setting.
What’s Wakē v2 twitter pitch? How do you describe the main value that Wakē v2 is trying to bring to people’s lives in 140 characters or less?
Wakē v2 is a smart waking device. By sensing your body heat, Wakē can direct light and sound effects to you alone (not your partner).
If you had to choose a word to describe the main focus of the team while projecting /developing Wakē v2, what would it be?
Quick Stop Bike Lock
Where did the idea/motivation to create Quick Stop Bike Lock came from?
I ride a bike for exercise and also because it is green. This idea evolved because I go out bike riding on 30+ mile rides with no plans on making stops. I don’t carry a lock because a) I don’t like them and b) I don’t plan to stop. But invariably I wind up wanting to stop somewhere for one reason or another and then don’t stop because I don’t have a lock. Ugh.
What’s Quick Stop Bike Lock twitter pitch? How do you describe the main value that Quick Stop Bike Lock is trying to bring to people’s lives in 140 characters or less?
Quick Stop™ is a simple bike theft solution. Lock it and the bike functions as usual. Unlock it and the handlebars are disengaged from the front wheel. Simply put, the bike cannot be ridden. Built-in, always there and a great theft deterrent.
If you had to choose a word to describe the main focus of the team while developing Quick Stop Bike Lock, what would it be?
Lightweight, out of the way, secure, reliable.
NOTE: Unfortunately at the time of this post, Quick Stop Bike Lock campaign already ended. Although the project was not successfully funded, the team is investigating the possibilities to move forward with the product production. So, If you missed the campaign but would like to have access to the product, go to their Kickstarter page and show them some love!
Hope you enjoyed this project’s list! Keep an eye on our blog for future posts and, if possible, support your favorite projects on Kickstarter.