Navigating the world of crowdfunding can be overwhelming, to put it lightly. Which projects are worth backing? Where's the filter to weed out the hundreds of useless smart devices? To make the process less frustrating, we scour the various online crowdfunding platforms to put together a weekly roundup of our favorite campaigns for your viewing (and spending!) pleasure. Go ahead, free your disposable income:
This DIY cardboard smart speaker is specially created for kids, who'll have to assemble the Raspberry Pi-powered robot before they can program it to perform a wide range of tasks, from texting grandma to creating an interactive story time. Unlike Alexa, Chatterbox prioritizes privacy, so it never collects data and will only listen when the yellow button on its friendly head is pressed down.
These drum pads are super portable, wireless, and connected so you can practice anywhere (without waking anyone up!) or even add them to an existing drum kit to take it to another level.
Here's a pneumatic compression wrap that promotes healthy circulation throughout the body. A useful tool to help tired athletes recover faster, it's also a good idea for those who have to sit or stand for extended periods of time for work.
Made using the traditional Japanese bentwood technique known as Magemono, this bread tray is made of coniferous woods which, due to their porosity, are able to control humidity so you won't have to deal with that icky condensation build-up that occurs when you put freshly toasted bread on a plate. Instead, your toast will stay perfectly crispy until you're ready to dig in! The campaign is also offering insulated tumblers, including one made specifically for beer, with an unglazed surface that promotes foam.
Aguardio is an easy-to-install sensor that will track the amount of time you're spending in the shower and give you gentle reminders to encourage more mindful water consumption.