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7 Kickstarter projects that made 2014 an amazing tech year!

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Oh boy… 2014 is already gone!!! January is already gone!! but still we can enjoy part of last year. In terms of technology has been an amazing year: The internet of things is becoming a reality (or was it Skynet?) everyone talks about (and want to be a part of) it. ON kickstarter we have seen amazing projects also, and some of my favorites are:

1.- COOLEST COOLER: 21st Century Cooler that’s Actually CoolerA 21st Century Cooler? It’s about time!

Regular coolers are boring, break easily and are a hassle to haul around just to carry the ice. The COOLEST cooler is 60 quarts of AWESOME packed with so much fun you’ll look for excuses to get outside more often.

Maybe you want to use the built-in ice crushing blender to whip up some margaritas or smoothies on your next boat trip or tailgate?

Maybe you just want to always have music on hand with the waterproof bluetooth speaker or want to recharge your electronics with the built in USB charger?

More info on Kickstarter.com

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2.- GIROPTIC: The World’s First Full HD 360° Camera

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The 360cam from GIROPTIC is the first ultra high definition 360º camera that breaks through the limitation of the frame to record the entire experience of the moment in 360°. For the past two years our team has dedicated its work to overcoming previous 360° technical limitations and has invented a ground-breaking design, with innovative engineering, and easy-to-use interface.

The 360cam features a unique, egg-shaped design, incorporating two key proprietary innovations:

Three, 185º fish-eye lenses with optical assembly that delivers the industry’s largest field of view
Each of the lenses are synchronized to simultaneously capture and stitch images in real time inside the camera to produce a breath-taking all-around view
The result is a camera that, with one click, doesn’t miss a thing.

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More information on Kickstarter.com

3.- The Micro: The First Truly Consumer 3D Printer

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…And That’s Why We Made The Micro

It is the most affordable 3D printer that can be used right out of the box. Perfect for beginners and experts alike, just plug in the printer, download or create models, hit print, and watch your custom creations form right before your eyes.

The Micro is Designed For Everyone

Bring your ideas to life, turn them into businesses, educate, learn, personalize products, make toys, make jewelry, start a curriculum, run a modern workshop, and unleash your creativity. The power of creation is yours!

A Fantastic 3D Printing Experience

We’ve built The Micro with reliability, consistency, and accessibility in mind. Micro Motion Technology is a sensor and feedback system built into the print head, providing auto-leveling and auto-calibration. This means that every time you run the printer it works, even after thousands of hours of use! The Micro is not only a useful tool, it makes 3D printing an enjoyable experience for the every-day person.

More info on kickstarter.com

4.- FlyKly Smart Wheel

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Move through busy city streets in no time and spare your energy with the help of Smart Wheel, a pedal assist that encases an ultra-thin electric motor and intelligent electronics within a robust housing, neatly fitted onto the spokes of a bicycle rim. It fits practically any bicycle frame and helps you use your bike more efficiently and comfortably, when and where you need it.


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More info on Kickstarter.com

5.- NINJA SPHERE: Next Generation Control of Your Environment

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Your Ninja Sphere learns about you, and your environment. It uses data from sensors and actuators to build a model that can inform you if something is out of place.

It can monitor temperature, lighting, energy usage, you and your pets’ presence, and anything else you connect to your sphere.

By using data from your devices, environment, and location your sphere is able to advise you intelligently and give you control only when you need it.

More info on Kickstarter.com

6.- The touch Board: Interactivity Everywhere

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The Touch Board is a tool to make your projects interactive, responsive, smart or just fun. Use the Touch Board to change the world around you by turning almost any material or surface into a sensor. Connect anything conductive to one of its 12 electrodes and trigger a sound via its onboard MP3 player, play a MIDI note or do anything else that you might do with an Arduino or Arduino-compatible device.

More info on Kickstarter.com

7.- Zackees Turn Signal Gloves

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What makes these turn signal gloves so great?

High Quality Textiles. We wanted to create the best possible glove that would compete against the top glove makers. Therefore we added comfortable leather palms, an absorbent towel around the thumb, retro-reflective trim and breathable spandex throughout.
Washable. The turn signal electronics are protected with a water proof coating, allowing you to wash your gloves like other delicate clothing.
Super bright LEDs. How can they be so bright when using such a small battery? Efficiency. Our LEDs are some of the most efficient on the market at converting power into light. A light sensor boosts light output during the day!
Super long battery life. We hate changing batteries as much as you do. That’s why our gloves get 3-6 months of daily active use (when used with four minutes of active blinking a day).
Metal contact switch. We spent months making the perfect activation switch between the thumb and index finger. We found that metal rivets are by far the most natural to use and the sound they make is strangely addicting.
Durability. We use premium thread, ultra-flex wire and we encase the electronics in a durable polymer. These gloves are designed tough.

More info on Kickstarter.com

 

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