Nakraudfandili: the best projects for February 2018

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The short month of February tends to fly unnoticed. But the show should go on, so crowdfunding did not stop at the end of the calendar winter. Here's a selection of the ten most successful gadget projects that closed fundraising campaigns in February. Warning: we are talking about financial success, i.e. on the volume of borrowed funds. In fact, those who reached the backer wallet on Kickstarter got into our top.

Here is a summary table with all the projects that hit the top.

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the name of the project

What is it

How much have collected

1 Hyperdrive Hybrid USB Hub and Qi Charging 657,117 $
2 LattePanda Alpha Single board computer ~ $ 626,105
3 Pitta Drone and camera hybrid $ 556,710
4 Mycroft mark ii Smart speaker $ 394,572
five FITT 360 360 Degree Wearable Camera 381,496 $
6 Evo planner Weekly with app 367,158 $
7 The Sound Reactive LED Mask Smart mask ~ $ 296,314
8 UNIZ-UDP 3D printer $ 257,968
nine Omni-pillow Traveler Pillow ~ $ 250,504
ten Yaw vr VR chair $ 219,281

# 1 HyperDrive Wireless Charging & Hub


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Raised $ 657.117 with a goal of $ 100,000.
Deliveries: scheduled for April 2018 for backers with Kickstarter. Extra fees are ongoing at Indiegogo.

The Hyper brand of the American company Sanho Corporation is known for its "apple" accessories and patent litigation with Apple. Sanho is a patron of the main crowdfunding platform, for 2018 she conducted 6 campaigns for very different gadgets. The last time funds were raised in January-February in order to launch a curious hybrid of wireless charging for a smartphone and a hub called HyperDrive.

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Like the rest of the Hyper gadgets, the new hub has a minimalist design "for Apple." It serves as the perfect gadget for the MacBook Pro, which suffers from a lack of familiar connectors. HyperDrive connects to one USB-C port, after which its owner gets access to three USB 3.1 connectors, one HDMI (1080p @ 60Hz, 4K @ 30Hz), one Gigabit Ethernet, to SD and microSD memory card slots, as well as to the port USB-C with support for Power Delivery technology with a maximum voltage of 60 watts - that is, also for charging for a laptop.



As for the wireless charger, it is a smartphone stand at the top of the HyperDrive. The stand tilts at different angles at the request of the user. Three inductive coils are hidden inside, so the phone will charge equally well no matter how it is turned. Charging supports Qi standards at 5, 7.5, 10 and 15 watts and works when connected to any USB-C port. It hardly warms up and uses such a resonant frequency that it does not interfere with the functions of the iPhone like Face ID. With Android smartphones, charging is compatible. The price of pleasure ranged from $ 79 on Kickstarter, for an indefinite campaign on Indiegogo the price was raised to $ 119.

# 2 Single Board Computer LattePanda Alpha


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Collected: ~ $ 626.105 with a target of ~ $ 96.875.
Deliveries: will begin in May 2018 for backers with Kickstarter. Additional orders are accepted at Indiegogo.

LattePanda Alpha is a small single-board computer that runs Windows 10. However, its creators, Shanghai-based startup Lattepanda, claim that the gadget is "MacBook's soul". Indeed, in a small computer, almost the same processor is installed as in the last Apple laptop: a dual-core Intel Core m3-7Y30 with a frequency of 2.6 GHz (in MacBook, for comparison, it costs m3-7y32).

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Some of the other characteristics are also similar: 8 GB of RAM, integrated Intel HD Graphics 615 (frequency 300–900 MHz), Wi-Fi 802.11ac and Bluetooth 4.2 modules. Internal memory - 64 GB eMMC drive. In addition, the board is equipped with a separate Arduino Leonardo controller (ATmega32u4) and has three USB 3.0 ports, one USB Type-C, Gigabit Ethernet, HDMI (4K @ 60Hz), a microSD slot. Among other things, there are M.2 connectors for connecting SSD disks, and a radiator with a cooler for cooling. Of the accessories, the backers were offered a small 7-inch touch screen and case. Board dimensions: 115 by 79 mm.



The device, as mentioned above, immediately comes preloaded with Windows 10 Pro, and it is the full version, and not Windows 10 IoT. Order LattePanda Alpha could be for an amount of $ 269, but this is for Kickstarter. On Indiegogo, the cheapest option, without flash memory, will cost $ 279 already, and with memory and activated Win 10, all $ 369 will be released. By the way, if you suddenly for some reason do not want to deal with the excellent creation of Microsoft, then LattePanda works with Linux.

# 3 Transformer drone Pitta


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Raised $ 556,710 for a goal of $ 50,000.
Deliveries: scheduled for April 2018 for backers with Kickstarter. Extra fees are ongoing at Indiegogo.

Drones and crowdfunding have very strained relationships. Funds for drones are being actively collected, but startups often do not “take off,” or the final product is not impressive. Therefore, it is hard not to experience skepticism at the sight of Pitta, the next crowdfunding quadrocopter. It was developed by the Korean company Eyedea. The idea, on paper, is excellent: 3-in-1, a self-contained selfie drone, transforming into an action camera and a home surveillance camera.



The base is a ball the size of a fist made of rubber material; the base for the mount is a tripod mount. The 13-megapixel camera has a 1 / 3.06-inch matrix, and is capable of shooting 4K video at a speed of 30 frames per second. The stabilization is only digital, and the memory is only built-in and limited to 32 gigabytes. Card slots are not provided.

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To turn the camera into a drone, you need to unscrew its upper “cover” and replace it with a quadrocopter module. In this form, Pitta weighs 200 grams, the size of the copter diagonally is 17 centimeters. The battery lasts for 15 minutes of flight, or 100 minutes of shooting an action camera. Since the drone is controlled from a smartphone via Wi-Fi, its range is limited to 20 meters. As for the "surveillance camera" mode, then by this, the Koreans mean the gadget is on charge, from where it broadcasts live video. Pitta pricing started at $ 268.

# 4 Smart speaker Mycroft Mark II


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Raised: $ 394.572 with a goal of $ 50,000.
Deliveries: will begin in December 2018 for backers with Kickstarter. Reception of orders continues at Indiegogo.

Free cheese happens only in a mousetrap. Household wisdom is effectively illustrated by the friendly virtual assistants developed in large corporations. Both Alexa, Cortana, and Siri are happy to collect personal data for commercial purposes. Therefore, the startup Mycroft has made its own, open, smart assistant who will not sell the friendship with you to advertisers.



The Mycroft Mark II column, as the name implies, is already the second version of the “home” for an “honest” virtual assistant. The basis of the gadget is a four-core Xilinx processor. In the column are two 10-watt speakers, six noise-canceling microphones, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi modules, an audio output, a USB connector and a microSD card slot. Outside, the Mark II is decorated with a 4-inch LCD display that displays useful information or the “face” of an assistant (the available graphics include the red camera of the HAL 9000 computer from the Space Odyssey).

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Column compatibility is currently limited. She works with Philips Hue bulbs and services like YouTube, Gmail, Twitter, Facebook, Wikipedia. The developers promise that in the future the list will expand and will be comparable to what large corporations offer. Price Mycroft Mark II: from $ 89 on Kickstarter. Mystery of personal life: priceless.

# 5 FITT360 360 Degree Wearable Camera


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Raised $ 381,496 for the target of $ 50,000.
Deliveries: will start in October 2018.

Linkflow, a Korean startup founded by former Samsung employees, has seriously rethought the 360-degree camera form factor. The result of their work is a gadget called FITT360, resembling a bezel from sports wireless headphones. But along with wires with “plugs”, three separate cameras are built into it: one on the front left and two on the back. Each has a viewing angle of 180 °, the material they shot is automatically glued into 360-degree video or panoramic photos. The user has the opportunity to export and "flat" pictures and videos made on each camera.

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The final resolution of photos is 4480 x 2240, video - 3840 x 1920 pixels. The camera has a microphone, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS modules, making it easy to carry out 360-degree broadcasts from it. Both broadcasts and videos are shot at 30 frames per second. The battery capacity is 2400 mAh, which is enough for 90 minutes of operation of the device. Recording is done on a 128 GB SD card inserted in the camera. The camera is controlled both from a smartphone and using physical buttons on the rim.


An example of a 360-degree video filmed on a FITT360.

The neck is chosen as the place to wear the FITT360 for the reason that the gadget shakes less. Another advantage is the proximity of the camera to eye level. The cost of an innovative device ranged from $ 370 on Kickstarter, the retail price will be about twice as high.

# 6 Smart Evo Planner Daily Planner


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Raised $ 367,158 for the target of $ 15,000.
Deliveries: scheduled for April 2018 for backers with Kickstarter. Reception of orders continues at Indiegogo.

If you believe the creators of the Evo Planner diary, the little book they invented is "a bridge to Terabithia between who you really are and your desired goal." The organizer works in tandem with a mobile application for iOS or Android and allows you to better focus on life and work.

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At the heart of the Evo system is a test that identifies one of four psychotypes. “Architects” love order and sequence, “oracles”, on the contrary, are guided only by intuition. "Researchers" are most happy and productive in the lap of nature, and "alchemists" prefer to experiment, both in thought and in practice. Accordingly, there are four types of diary, each of which should best meet the needs of its owner. Some pages have QR codes and round fields. The latter need to be filled, and then scan the page with a smartphone into the application. The latter, presumably, keeps statistics and helps to identify the individual characteristics of the owner, affecting concentration and productivity.

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The diary itself is very beautiful: high-quality thick paper (80 g / m2) with a gold edge, blue binding with gold embossing and bookmarks. Total pages 256. On Kickstarter, the price of the Evo Planner started at $ 29, for Indiegogo jumped to $ 39. The average price of a good diary on Amazon ranges from $ 5-18 (this includes Moleskine and the popular Destroy Me series of notebooks). Approximately the same prices in Russian stores. It is not possible to evaluate how much better the Evo is: even the application has not yet been released.

# 7 Luminous mask The Sound Reactive LED Mask


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Raised $ 296.314 with a target of $ 11.625.
Deliveries: scheduled for April 2018. Reception of orders continues at Indiegogo.

It seems to you that you have already seen such a mask? Indeed, Canadian startup Outline Montréal has already turned to crowdfunding and launched the first version of Sound Reactive Mask in 2016. New mask - work on bugs and an improved version. Particularly striking differences in design, it has become more complex and diverse. Possible options include the phosphorescent faces of Barack Obama and Raoul Duke.

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The mask glows due to phosphoric ink on a layer of a transparent conductor under the main pattern. Sound is picked up by a sensor attached to the mask strap. Then the signals are transmitted to the mask and its various sections light up in accordance with the captured sounds and the program. The creators of the fancy gadget managed to reduce the size of the battery and electronic "stuffing". Now the whole structure weighs 80 grams, half the size of the original. Charges the device via a USB port.



The price of the mask was about $ 19.5 on Kickstarter. At Indiegogo, the price has increased to $ 30, and at retail the device will cost all $ 40.

# 8 3D Printers Slash OL, Slash +, Slash Pro and zSLTV-M


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Raised $ 257.968 for the target of $ 30,000.
Deliveries: scheduled for April-July 2018.

Uniz first hit Kickstarter in 2016 with the Slash Stereolithographic 3D Printer. In a couple of years, the technology was improved, and now on the same platform the campaign of the second generation of devices, consisting of the home 3D printer Slash OL (Online), Slash Pro, industrial zSLTV-M and the redesigned original Slash +, has successfully completed.



The principle of operation, as before, is to illuminate polymer resins using LCD panels. Liquid material is poured into the bathtub, from which a new model is literally “pulled”. Small gizmos are printed literally in minutes. The build-up speed along the Z axis reaches 720 mm / h thanks to the new UDP technology (Uni-Directional Peel). In addition, the problem of cooling media and the printer during printing has been resolved.

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The cost of pre-ordering the models was as follows: from $ 599 for Slash OL, from $ 1,499 for Slash Pro, $ 7,499 for industrial zSLTV-M, $ 2,499 for Slash +. The owners of the original printer were offered either an upgrade kit to the version “+” for $ 499, or an exchange for a new product for the same $ 499.

# 9 Omni Pillow Traveler Pillow


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Collected: ~ $ 250.504 with a goal of $ 12,417.
Deliveries: will begin in April 2018. New orders are accepted as part of the indefinite continuation of the campaign at Indiegogo.

The Omni Pillow convertible pillow was developed by the Italian design studio Banale, which often uses the Kickstarter platform. The current person, exhausted by lack of sleep, is always trying to sleep on the go. A “smart” Italian pillow will help him do this anywhere and in any position.

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When rolled up, the Omni Pillow is no larger than a large mango and is protected by a waterproof case. The latter is sewn to the pillow so that it is not lost. The first form is a headrest pillow, which is convenient to use in transport: unfolded and put on the neck. Part of the case even turns into a pocket for a smartphone. Folded in half, you get the usual small pillow, which will have to place in a tent or right at the workplace. If you fully reveal Omni Pillow, you get a comfortable cushion pad in a dubious hotel or hostel. The size of the device is 55 x 30 x 4.5 centimeters, weight - 350 grams.



As the main material Omni Pillow selected memory foam. On top of it is covered with a soft cloth, usually used for sewing sportswear. The price of ordering a pillow on Kickstarter started from $ 47, for backers with Indiegogo it would cost $ 55.

# 10 VR chair Yaw VR


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Raised $ 219.281 with a target of $ 150,000.
Deliveries: scheduled for August 2018.

The Yaw VR swivel chair looks like a basin, a wok pan or children's furniture from Ikea. In fact, it is a full-fledged motion simulator for virtual reality, in which both adults and children can enjoy racing, flying and other game pranks.



Yaw VR is made so as not to take up much space during storage, so the chair is assembled every time from several parts. The bowl with the seat itself is installed on the drop-down base, the footrest is inserted - and the attraction is ready. It rotates 360 ° around a vertical axis (hence the name - Yaw), and heels at 24 ° in either direction. At 95% of power, the chair is able to complete one revolution per second along with the load. Now the chair officially supports about 80 games and applications, including Need for Speed, Elite: Dangerous, and Il-2 Sturmovik. In fact, Yaw already supports basic VR helmets (Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Playstation VR). Further work in this direction continues.



The answer to the most important and exciting question: the chair can withstand weight over 200 kilograms (and even spinning!). Recommended load - up to 150 kilograms.



The cost of a home VR attraction started from $ 890 apiece. The working prototype of the chair managed to be tested at CES 2018. Apparently, the visitors of the exhibition liked the unusual VR accessory.

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