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:
Featuring a 3D topographic map of the Apollo 11 landing site as its face, the SVPER11 watch was designed to remind you that the impossible can be achieved every time you glance at it. But it's the precise machining and attention to detail that really gets us excited about this timepiece.
If you prefer a desk clock, this one also has the potential of becoming your next favorite distraction. The Ferrofluid Clock has magnetic "liquid arms" made from a prototype rocket fuel, so you can play around with them using a magnet, then watch the mesmerizing liquid fall back into time-telling position.
It's not surprising that Shhtickers were developed by two, work-from-home parents. Fed up by the piercing sounds of their kids' electronic toys, they created these transparent, food-safe adhesive disks that make playtime a little more peaceful. Once applied over a toy's audio port, they measurably decrease the volume of the sound—and the parents' stress levels.
For slightly older kids (6 and up), The Failure Toy caught our eye for its ability to spark a challenging yet vital dialogue about the concept of failure—something even adults can benefit from. Designed around two player roles—builders and supporters—this game asks teams to work together as they strive to build balanced structures. It's pretty straightforward at first but has some twists along the way that are intended to progressively shift our relationship with failure in a more productive direction.
Made through a combination of CNC milling and hand finishing, this wavy knife rack is simple yet modern enough to look good in any kitchen.