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:
Two years after his first successful campaign, Jan Sapper is back with a new and improved version of Paperlike, an iPad screen protector that can be used with an Apple Pencil to make your device feel like paper. In response to user feedback, Sapper's latest version features a finetuned surface that is both less grainy—for enhanced resolution—yet rougher, for an even more tactile feel.
Easy Wash is a simple, hand washing and drying machine perfect for apartment dwellers. You'll have to put some effort in to spin the handle, but that looks like nothing compared to the pain of lugging your laundry to the nearest laundromat (which is never as close as you want it to be).
The Duotek reflective jacket is reversible: one side will keep you safe from the elements during the day, the other will make you highly visible at night.
The team behind GIR have one mission: simple, thoughtfully designed products that just "Get It Right." In response to backer requests, their current campaign offers some of the most humble kitchen essentials—peelers, mashers, basting brushes, nonstick tongs, and spaghetti spoons—nothing glamorous. "These are the products that backer after backer has requested—far more often than a fancy coffee grinder, or a unique tong mechanism," the campaign says.
In a similar vein, designer Calvin Branch has made a double-walled pour-over coffee system that claims to "keep your coffee at the perfect goldilocks temperature zone over 3x longer" than others.