This week in Kickstarterland – 2015-05-04

Welcome to a bumper week in Kickstarterland and May the Forth be with you. We have a record number of Shitstarts this week, from all around the world. But there are still some shining highlights in luggage, smartphone cases and connected bike bedals.

Barracuda – It has been a while since we have seen a runaway luggage project. What a battle they are fighting.
nexpaq – A modular smartphone case. Depending on the utility of the modules, this could be great.
Connected Pedal – Gyro powered GPS tracker with a built-in global GSM, all built into a securely attached bike pedal. I have to say, they appear to have thought of everything.
Playbrush – I think this looks a bit off (or maybe just a bit unpolished) but it can’t be worse than the status quo. Anything to get the kids to brush more regularly is worth trying.
Parcel Nest – A pretty good solution to an annoying problem. It still doesn’t help for signature-required packages, its a bit big and ugly and it’s a bit uncalled-for to blame the postal service if you can’t be home to receive a package.
MetaWear – They are back this time with a sensor-packed version of their Bluetooth wearable.
Bluz – Another Bluetooth development kit built on the new Spark Cloud. I like the use of small cheap gateway to bridge to the internet. Not quite the same as direct Wifi but has the advantages of lower power.
Ikawa Home Roaster – For the coffee nuts amongst us, you can now roast your own coffees. Your house will smell awesome. It’s basically a popcorn machine!
Orbit1 – Hey, if you can roast coffee at home then you should be able to electroplate at home!
Bruno – A clever add-on to your standard rubbish bin but slightly over priced for the real world.
nScope – A breadboard oscilliscope, function generator and power supply all driven by hackable software. Clever kiddies.
Meld – Like Lockitron for cooking. A control loop between the cooktop nob and the temperature in the pot.
Awire – I am not really sure there is a need for a UHF radio app but it can’t hurt to find out.
Countertop – A super smart digital scale that will control your health, happiness and cooking skills. Whatever.
Zensors – Use a smartphone or webcam to measure stuff happening in front of it and alert on changes to questions you ask. A clever integration mechanism.
Oomi – Another home automation kit, this time driven from a custom tablet-size remote control and a “cube” hub. This is another nice one but the market is getting seriously fragmented.
BuzWiz – My favourite! A big red button!

Left Fielders

CH4 – This guy is really trying to sell a fart tracker prototype.
Hop Theory – Turn shit beer into good beer by infusing flavours into it like tea.
Remix – A vaping hooka just looks so 2095. The advertising however is totall 1975. Cool men and sexy women doing cool things while smoking.

Shitstarters

Revolar – I don’t see how alerting your friends improves your safety. Sure, it might help you get out of a mess after the fact. Plus the odds are pretty good that your smartphone is the target of the attack.
UnitFi – Another dreamer who thinks Kickstarter is a license to print money but doesn’t want to give up his secrets.
Grinder gadget – WTF? Who brings a tablet to the poker table to intentionally distract themselves from playing too many hands.
Advicy – The product is sort-of interesting but too expensive. But they went WAY overboard with the cheesy heartstrings, music and voice-over.
Feelreal – You couldn’t pay me to put my head in that contraption. Sensorama was invented in the 70s by Samuel L. Bronkowitz and it lives on in Feelreal.
Ottobox – Good on him for trying but it would help if he had invented something that doesn’t already exist. Keep your eye on this kid though. If he doesn’t end up in trouble for false advertising (claiming 50% savings is not a good idea) he will build the next Nest.
Udoo Neo – If you can’t choose the best hardware for your project, just put them all in! Pi + Duino, Wifi + BT, plus some sensors. Hardly the size of a credit card, really.
Coral – Underwater video camera to detect drowing children. I have a much better idea, build a fence! This is a shitty product AND shitty video.
GeniCan – Way to steal Hiku’s ideas from start to finish. Good luck fullfilling the promises you made like aisle-by-aisle ordering and supermarket integration.

And remember, its only limited by your frigging imagination.

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