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:
SwitchBot—a line of easy-to-use, retrofit smart home solutions—has just come out with a new offering: a small, connected device that will turn any curtain into a smart one. Why do you need to automate your curtains, you ask? In addition to convenience—no more getting up in the middle of the movie to fix the glare—they can help save energy and improve sleep cycles. There are already smart window treatments on the market, but this one let's you keep your favorite curtains in place and doesn't come with any unsightly power cords.
Tero makes composting look easy. The award-winning tabletop technology boasts the ability to crush and dry food waste, reducing its volume by 90% in just three hours.
This DIY kit makes the art of horology much more accessible. Choose one of three styles and you'll receive everything you need to make a 17 jewel mechanical movement watch—including access to a digital support team to help you along with the harder parts of the process.
Part faucet, part fountain, this redesigned fixture might make your bathroom rituals a lot easier—particularly for those with chronic pain.
There are 20,000 species of bees on the planet and most of them are not the yellow-and-black, highly social ones we're used to. In fact, most of those species are solitary native bees that live alone in small cavities they find in the ground or in trees. Architect Candace Vanderhoff turned her attention to creating habitats for these vital members of our ecosystem so that anyone can play a part in restoring the bee population.