8 Smart New Kickstarters To Check Out This Week
Kickstarter is a magical place — or it can be, anyway. For each great invention to emerge from its pages, there are probably a dozen more that never had a prayer. Worst of all, though, is when great ideas go unnoticed. That means a great product that could have changed lives never gets the funding it deserved — and often for no good reason.
To help avoid those great ideas falling through the cracks, each week we’re bringing you handpicked Kickstarters you should know about. Some may have blown through their funding goal already, and some may be struggling, but they’re all producing awesome gear that could make your life that much better.
Rollbe: Super Compact Measuring Tool
We need to measure things all the time, but few people carry rulers or tape measures with them. But with Rollbe, you don’t have to because it’s right in your pocket. Simply roll it over whatever you’re trying to measure, counting how many complete revolutions you make. It might get a little annoying for measuring something large, but for everyday use? It’s a brilliant little tool.
FlexSafe + : The Ultimate Portable Safe
It’s always really unnerving to have to leave your stuff unattended, because it’s so easy for someone to just walk away with it. But as long as there’s something, anything you can attach it to, the FlexSafe keeps your stuff where it belongs. It’s made of more or less un-cuttable material, so once it’s locked around something, it’s not going anywhere. If anything, they could have made it bigger. What about a whole FlexSafe backpack?
JETFOOT: The first handheld water pressure foot washer
Unless they’ve installed one of those shower stations, getting the sand off your feet at the beach is a real hassle. Ever put flip flops onto sandy feet? Good god, that should qualify as torture. Jetfoot solves the problem by using a battery to pulse water jets wherever there’s sand, sweeping it away. You can use any water you have available, and the rechargeable battery losts a long time between charges.
Flick and Stick: The revolutionary tape dispenser
My favorite Kickstarters are the ones that seem simple but solve a problem so elegantly. This is def one of them. Finding the end of a tape roll is a pain, and even those dispensers they provide with rolls of packing tape don’t really work. But the Flip and Stick works, time and time again, making a typically annoying process a lot easier.
ROCKit Litter Box: The Box that Rocks!
I like owning a cat just fine, but cleaning his litter box definitely isn’t my favorite part of it. You have to get in there and scoop it, which kicks up dust and is just kind of gross. But the ROCKit’s clever design takes away most of the hassle — just tilt the box, and the litter runs to the other side, leaving the poo and clumps stuck in the sifter (which you can then dump). I’d like it to be more covered, but it’s still better than what most of us have now.
Pinning: Make your garage door smarter in minutes
Do you sometimes leave your house wondering if you left the garage door open? You colossal idiot. You always do this. You ruin everything. Become a more functional adult and never worry again with Pinning. Install it through your garage door’s motor, and the plugin indicator in your car will beep at you if you drive away without closing it. Problem solved!
The Adjustable Backpack
This is one of those things you never would have thought of, because we just kind of take bags for what they are: This is my backpack, and it holds this much. Here’s my duffel, and it holds a little more. Over here is my suitcase, which holds the most. But is there any reason they can’t all be the same bag? There isn’t, as The Adjustable Backpack proves. At its smallest, it’s a backpack. At it’s largest, it’s a large duffel that holds all sorts of things.
Conventional coozies kind of suck. They keep your hand dry, but they do squat to keep your beer cold. Newer coozies, like those from Yeti and RTIC do a much better job — but energy is a finite resource, and your beer will only keep itself cold for so long. But the Coldest Coozie (the name could use some work) takes it a step further by adding a customized ice cube to the bottom, giving your beverage even more staying power. And because it’s all sealed, you don’t have to worry about leaks.