Each week, our friends at Backerjack bring us updates on some of the most successful gadget crowdfunding campaigns.
The Bluetooth-enabled Woolet is a smart wallet which aims to prevent this type of problem. Woolet notifies its owner when a wallet is misplaced or lost. Woolet is currently Android and iOS compatible, and its makers have plans to perhaps support Windows Phone devices later on down the line. When in use, Woolet is able to show users where their wallet is within 1.3 feet. Like the similarly designed Where’s Wallet, Woolet can also notify users when they’re separated from their wallet beyond a pre-specified distance. Despite asking for only $15,000 in funding, Woolet has already raised over $100,000 on Kickstarter with time still left to go. Despite an increasingly crowded market for similar products, Woolet holds a lot of promise. One feature that gives it an edge over rival products is that it’s self-charging, which is to say that no battery replacement is needed.
The ZRRO Android 4.4-based gaming console connects to any television and incorporates a proprietary, capacitive touch enabled controller capable of directly translating finger positioning onto the big screen. The controller’s zTouch technology detects fingers from up to 1.2 inches away from the screen, reflecting that positioning with circular cursors on the television itself to better guide users. This eliminates the problem of using a smartphone as a controller and inevitably having the user’s eyes glued to the wrong screen. ZRRO is looking for $200,000 in funding, but is already 3/4 of the way there thanks to Kickstarter.
The FlyShark Smartwatch can make private calls and send and receive messages all without requiring users to touch their smartphones. Generally, the FlyShark Smartwatch can function independently so long as there is a Micro SIM card installed. Like other smartwatches, it also functions as an exercise tracker and heart rate monitor. It’s also fairly stylish to boot. Backers want to help this product into production and have donated over $50,000 in the hopes of doing just that.