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Take my money – Crowdfunding roundup – April Week 2

We check out some of the most promising geeky crowdfunding campaigns on Kickstarter, Indiegogo and other platforms for you to spend your hard earned money.

These crowdfunding projects are definitely worth checking out. And if you like what you see, feel free to contribute and back them.

Superscreen

Sometimes your smartphone’s screen just isn’t large enough. There could be several reasons someone might prefer a larger screen, some might find the screen too cramped for their big hands. Some might prefer a larger space to work with, and some might simply just wanted a larger screen to watch stuff on (you know, take in all the details). Now some might argue that there are tablets for that. True, but you can’t carry a tablet around as easily as a smartphone – they don’t really fit into pockets. Then there’s the problem of cost, tablets are often as expensive, if not more, than a smartphone. This is where Superscreen comes in. Superscreen is a 10.1-inch HD display for your phone. It lets you wirelessly transmit your mobile device to it, scaling it to its much larger display. Once you’ve transmitted your device to Superscreen, you can use it just as you would the device. On top of that, it doesn’t use any data of its own, so there’s no subscription fee as well. It boasts full multi-touch, orientation control and stylus support as well. They also promise perfect scalability, so no stretching and zooming. And all of that for just $119 (Rs.7700/- approx) on their Kickstarter page.

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Gnarly Racers

Ever wondered what it would look like if you slapped a camera onto an RC car? If your answer is yes, then you’ll want to check Gnarly Racers out. The guys at Gnarly have installed cameras on their RC cars so that you can drive them around your house while enjoying a first-person-view from your car’s perspective. A Gnarly Racer boasts top speeds of 32 km/h! That’s pretty impressive for an RC car, and you get to experience it in the FPV. There’s already a few drones out there that do the same thing. Gnarly Racers aim to provide a similar experience but in an easier and safer environment. Also, drones can be quite expensive. Gnarly Racers will come in a ‘Ready-to-Race’ kit which includes just about everything you’ll need to get started right out of the box. You’ve got the option of an FPV monitor or goggles to best enjoy the FPV experience a Gnarly Racer provides. Unfortunately, Gnarly Racers don’t ship to India, so if you’ve got relatives abroad who’re heading back anytime soon, ask them to look Gnarly Racers up on Indiegogo.

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Penna

You don’t normally see standalone keyboards made just for smartphones or tablets. Well not frequently anyway, and most of them aren’t that good. The Penna Bluetooth keyboard aims to address that problem. The first thing that stands out about the Penna is its look. It has a very distinct retro look, which gives it a very typewriter vibe. It’s also aimed at providing a comfortable typing experience, boasting feeling of a mechanical keyboard. Penna features a choice of diamond shaped or chrome shaped keycaps. The first helps with typing while the second enhances the retro look. Penna utilises Cherry switches, the kind used in mechanical keyboards, to ensure your typing experience is as good as it gets. It also comes with a Macro Bar which lets you map frequently used keys and words to it. It comes with Bluetooth 4.2 support and can be paired with up to 5 devices. It supports all OS, as long as you have a device that can use Bluetooth, Penna should work. The Penna Bluetooth keyboard can be found on Kickstarter.

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ZeTime

ZeTime claims to be the world’s first hybrid smartwatch which uses mechanical hands and a full round colour touchscreen. We’ll admit that we haven’t really seen any other smartwatches around claiming the same, so guess we’ll take their word for it? Now back to the watch! What we have here us something quite unique – a watch that blends the classic watch design with the features of a modern smartwatch. ZeTime’s front has four layers to it – at the base, you have the TFT colour display. The mechanical hands (the second layer) are placed after this, followed by the touch panel. And lastly, you have the resilient Gorilla glass layer. Unlike regular watches where the hands are controlled by gears running in the background, ZeTime’s hands are controlled by the watch’s CPU. It also moves the hands to maximise visibility on the screen as necessary depending on what you’re doing. In addition to having all the features of a regular smartwatch, this Swiss-made watch also has its classic looks going for it. The best part? At just $139 (Rs.9000/- approx), it’s not too expensive either. Find ZeTime on Kickstarter.

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Upright Go

In a world full of people slouching on their seats and couches all day long, Upright Go might be something all of us desperately need right now. Nobody looks good while slouching, even more importantly, it’s not healthy either. This tiny wearable has just one purpose, to get rid of your screen-slouch. How does it work? Upright Go sits at the top of your spine, between your shoulder blades and under your neck. Whenever it senses you slouch, it vibrates. It also tracks every time you slouch and fix your posture and sends the data to the Upright app. It’s not intrusive and doesn’t get in the way of your daily activities. You can have it on while doing just about anything, ensuring that you maintain the right posture at all times. It’s easy to use, there’s no hassle for sizes, it’s water resistant and has a long battery life of 8 hours on a 45-minute charge. Want to get rid of that pesky screen-slouch of yours? Find Upright Go on Kickstarter.

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Manish Rajesh

Manish Rajesh