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:
Designed by a master luthier and built out of injection-molded plastic, the Boaz One guitar features a system of interchangeable modules that can support up to 50 different combinations. Each module promises to feel like "picking up a whole new guitar." Unlike guitars made out of wood, this one isn't affected by temperature changes or humidity. It also comes with a built-in kickstand-style guitar stand and an optional built-in amp.
Two Scottish engineers have taken their side project to the next level with POTR, self-watering origami planters made entirely out of recycled materials. Backers will receive their pot flat-packed in an envelope with a cotton cord that functions like a drawstring to pull the form into shape. The cord does double-duty by placing one end in the water reservoir at the bottom and the other into the soil—a simple way for the plant to draw up moisture when it needs it. The semi-transparent design makes it easy to see when water is running low.
Here's another origami-inspired creation, the latest product from the team at Oru Kayak, The Inlet. Made for flat water, the extra-wide design incorporates an integrated floorboard, an adjustable footrest and backrest, bow fairings and bulkheads to reinforce rigidity. Best of all, it weighs only 20 pounds and comes together in mere minutes so you can focus on getting out on the water.
Ideal for VR, gaming, and music buffs, Woojer's Vest Edge (pictured above) and the more subtle Strap Edge (which is like a belt that can be strapped on to different parts of the body), uses haptic technology to create an immersive, "mesmerizing audio experience." You won't just hear the bass tones, you'll be able to feel them course through your body.
Detachable hexagonal tiles made of a rubber-like material allow you to customize this doormat endlessly. Though the campaign claims it's weather- and wear-proof, you could also place it in less trafficked areas of the home.