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:
Inside, this globe "built for curious people" has a map of the night sky, with more than 2,500 stars and constellations. As a bonus, all backers will get a scaled lunar globe—place them 35 feet apart to get a sense of the distance between us and the moon.
Zendure won a Good Design Award in 2017 for their Passport Go travel adapter, and now the team is back with an updated design and even more features. The only adapter you'll need to pack on your next trip, this small and sleek unit comes with a four-port USB charger, 30W Power Delivery (PD), an auto-resetting fuse, and a power adapter. It boasts GaN technology, which means it can run at a higher efficiency, produce less heat, and tolerate higher currents than typical models.
Chameleon Fineliners' patented dual-ink system stores ink in the pen's body as well as the cap, so users can simply swap the top when they want to seamlessly blend one color into another. The campaign offers up to 48 color options which can yield more than 1000 color combinations and an infinite amount of sketching possibilities.
You'll need a place to store all those pens—and your other drawing supplies—and for those of you who like to sketch in plein air or are always on the go, it doesn't get much better than this backpack designed with artists in mind. There's a place to safely tuck away your portfolio, organized storage for brushes and other tools, and even a waterproof pocket for ink.
If nothing else has worked to keep you off your most addictive apps, consider this minimal smartphone, aptly called BoringPhone. A few notches up from the antiquated Nokia, this model covers only the essentials of modern life: calling, texting, camera, GPS maps, music, podcasts, and not much more.