Omate TrueSmart Smartwatch Closes on Kickstarter With Over $1,000,000 in Funding

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If you were trying to figure out what product you could launch to kickstart a new company, I’ll give you your best idea for free right now – just make a smartwatch. Like seriously, just make a smartwatch and put it up on Kickstarter. These things can’t fail. The latest of the smartwatches to go wild on the crowd funding site is called the Omate TrueSmart. Having been successfully funded almost immediately after launch, the project has now closed with over $1,000,000 in funding and over 4,000 backers.  (more…)

Pressy is a Fully-Funded Kickstarter Project That Adds Functionality to Your Headphone Jack

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Pressy, a project on Kickstarter that already reached its $40,000 goal, has the Internet going crazy. The device/accessory is a pretty great idea, though. Pressy fits right into your phone’s audio jack, which then allows you to perform tasks with a few simple taps on its button. What’s even sweeter is that when you have your headphones plugged in, and not Pressy, you can use your headphone’s button (if they have one) to perform the tasks. I suggest watching the video, because explaining it better than they have would be impossible.  (more…)

Kickstarter’s Lumu Light Meter Adds Android Support With 10 Days Left, Photographers Get to It

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Lumu, a light meter for your smartphone that plugs into a headphone jack, had its Kickstarter campaign updated this afternoon to finally include Android support. For the first couple of weeks of its existence, Lumu was an iOS-only accessory, even though it was picking up massive steam by the minute. In fact, we’re only two weeks in and its funding status currently sits at $171,000, with an original goal of just $20K. As you can tell, the Lumu has been an instant hit with early tech adopters.  (more…)

Introducing SolePower, the Walking-Powered Phone Charger We All Need

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Kickstarter is a breeding ground for amazing and revolutionary ideas from companies that are looking for a helping hand. If you think you like the idea, you can choose to be a backer and donate your money to their cause. In return, you usually get whatever it is they are trying to create, along with whatever incentives they are giving out. This new one, called SolePower, could either be the smartest or craziest (little bit of both) we have seen to hit the site yet.  (more…)

TYLT VU Wireless Charger Up on Kickstarter, Allows for Free Positioning While You Juice

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With wireless charging dubbed one of the next big things for mobile devices, you can bet on seeing more and more companies attempting to create the perfect wireless charger. What makes wireless charging somewhat of a pain is that you are required to have your device placed perfectly in place at times to allow for the flowing of electricity. In addition, most wireless chargers are made for the phone to lay flat on a surface, not at an angle, making the ability to actually use the device while it’s charging somewhat of a pain in the rear. With the TYLT VU wireless charger that is now up on Kickstarter, you can place your device anywhere on this stand and get to juicing up, while also having it at a usable angle.  (more…)

With Kickstarter Backer Orders Delivered, Pebble Set Sights on Shipping Pre-orders

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Now that Pebble has shipped almost all of their original batch of smartwatches out to backers of their Kickstarter project, they are ready to ship devices out to the first set of pre-orders. Those who ordered black or cherry red Pebbles will receive an email asking for confirmation of shipping addresses this week. If you went with orange, grey, or white Pebbles, you’ll have to wait for Kickstarter backers to receive theirs first, a process which is still ongoing.  (more…)

Misfit Shine Activity Tracker From IndieGogo Drops Android Support After Months of Delays and Reaching $846,000 Funding Goal

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Crowdfunding of new tech products through sites like Kickstarter and indiegogo has become the go-to method for anyone with a brilliant idea, but little cash to get things up and running. We have probably covered dozens of projects over the last couple of years (some good, some not-so-good), as many of these ideas are amazing concepts that have the chance at becoming a reality thanks to enthusiasts like you and I. One of those ideas from the last year was the Misfit Shine, an activity tracker similar to the Nike Fuelband or Fitbit, only it carries a much simpler, minimal-yet-beautiful, and less intrusive design. It won awards at CES, bragged about its awesome mode of syncing, and attracted almost 8,000 backers before closing as one of indiegogo’s most successful campaigns ever with a closing goal of $846,675.

But where it stood out to Android users, was the fact that its creators were willing to support Android from the beginning, something that even Nike wasn’t able to do after leading us on for months. Just before the campaign closed, they went as far as to show off their Android app, or at least the first render of it. This looked to be one of coolest, most attractive, and well-thought-out fitness trackers to date. Well, that was the case until today.  (more…)

Keyprop is a Smartphone Stand Disguised as Key, Actually Looks Useful for $15 on Kickstarter

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When I took my first glance at the Keyprop on Kickstarter, I’ve got to admit that I initially laughed it off as another silly Kickstarter smartphone-related campaign that I’d probably never think about again. But for some reason, I found myself watching the promo video for it, then looking at the pictures in the posting, saw the use cases, and then couldn’t help but hope it was reasonably priced. Thankfully, it was because this is actually something I could see being pretty useful in a pinch or even on a regular basis.  (more…)