8 Really Fun 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.
MoonSonata: The Slimmest Wireless Charger with Speakers
We all like our futuristic electronics, but we could all stand to declutter our lives, too — wires, docks, speakers, they all need to go. MoonSonata combines a Bluetooth speaker with wireless charging and a convenient upright stand all in one high-quality, attractive package. If your phone doesn’t support wireless charging (i.e. Apple), all you need is a slim, unobtrusive adapter.
Simpresso: Enjoy Espresso Beverages Anytime, Anywhere
If you like a nice espresso drink but don’t want to invest in an expensive espresso machine, this might be the solution for you. Pop in your favorite Nespresso capsule or fill the included reusable one (it works with both), fill the water tank with enough hot water for the desired size, and pump away. The machine actually produces up to 19 bars of pressure, more than most countertop models. Perfect for camping, the office or anywhere there’s not a coffee shop nearby.
TELOUR: Minimalist Spinner Wallet
Goddammit, we’re really not going to let this fidget spinner thing die, huh? Fine. If you’re going to have one, but don’t want to look like a dweeb, you might as well get one that doubles as something you already have. The TELOUR spinner wallet is basically a silicone band with a set of bearings embeded within. Wrap it around your existing wallet, or use their optional protective plates to hold your cards and cash, and you have a fidget spinner that won’t turn you into a social pariah.
TREBLE HAMMOCK 2.0
What more is there to say about this other than it’s the nicest hammock I’ve ever seen? It’s ergonomic, so you can relax in it with your hips and limbs in a comfortable position, and the 3-point anchoring system means you won’t fall out or get squished. Want to sleep on your side? You can? Need full or partial coverage from the elements and bugs? All of that is possible. You can even split it into two equal bunks regardless of each person’s weight, if need be. You could bone comfortably in this hammock, I dare say.
E-Clips: Triple Dual SIM Adapter For iPhone & Android Phones
If you’re someone who needs multiple phones for work and personal use, or travels a lot, you know that switching out the sim cards can be a royal pain in the ass. But with E-Clips, you can have up to three voice and data plans on a single handset thanks to E-Clips innovative design. Just slide the cards into the slots and download the app, and you can switch seamlessly from sim to sim. It’s kind of amazing someone didn’t think of this sooner.
Bringy: A Smart Ball For Smart Dog Owners
Playing with your dog is cool and good, but do you actually know how much exercise it’s getting? With Bringy, you can learn all that and more. It uses the same technology found in practice tennis balls to tell you how far your dog’s running, how high it’s jumping, etc. It’ll even tell you when your dog needs water, or is tired and ready to go home. And for nighttime use, it can glow the color of your choosing via the app. It’s one of those things you didn’t think you needed, but kind of do.
Embi: Add Any Sound To Any Phone Call
You might wonder why you’d want to add ambient sounds to a phone call, but the video above makes a good case: Maybe you’ve overslept, and your boss wants to know where you are. With Embi, you can add ambient traffic sounds to convince him that you’re on your way, but stuck in traffic. It comes with 300 ambient sounds, and you can record your own and even use music stored on your phone. It might not be something you use often, but it will be a lifesaver when you need it.
The Vector Golf Tee
If getting off the tee is your issue (and for most golfers, it is), then the Vector Golf Tee will straighten you out. It operated on the principle of force vectors, like in billiards: no matter from what angle you hit the stationary ball, physics dictates that the teed ball is going to go wherever it was pointing. Basically, it takes all the spin off the ball so that it has no choice but to fly straight. It definitely won’t improve your golf swing, but if all you want to do is get out and have some fun, it’ll help with that.