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:
We already showed you a watch that tells time twice, now here's a watch that...almost doesn't tell time at all. Frosted glass gives this minimal, poetic timepiece a blurred effect, so you'll have to take "a moment of pause and intention" to make out the exact time.
An innovative yet simple doorstopper that has us rethinking the design opportunities in this overlooked product. (Apparently, the company behind the campaign tests potential hires by having them design a doorstopper!)
The tiny Humbird uses bone conduction technology to turn any hollow object into a speaker. Different surfaces generate different sound effects—placing it on an empty box will highlight mid-bass tones while glass surfaces bring out high frequencies, for example—so you can experiment and tap into a whole new world of sound.
Temperature control is a key factor in fermentation that can make a huge difference in the final result. Homebrewers who have had to resort to expensive or imprecise techniques can now rejoice: the Stasis chiller employs the same glycol chilling technology used by professional breweries but comes in a compact, all-in-one system that takes all the guesswork out of the process.
The Layover is a travel blanket you'll want to have on your next trip. It's extremely packable, spill-proof and water-resistant yet soft and plush, and comes with insulated leg pockets.