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Ongoing Kickstarter projects that are worth backing

In this week’s edition of take my money we have a value-for-money smartwatch, universal controller and a smart car mount – three crowdfunded projects that deserve your backing.

These crowdfunding projects are definitely worth checking out. And if you like what you see, feel free to contribute and back them. Let’s dive straight into the first one:

Ticwatch S & E

Funding as of writing this: $2,228,553 of $100,000 goal

After the first Ticwatch was successfully funded, creators Mobvoi are back on Kickstarter with the Ticwatch S and E variants. The S variant stands for Sport, while the E variant for Express.

Both variants of the Ticwatch will be powered by Android Wear, which will give you access to a host of Google’s services such as Google Assistance and Google Fit among other things. You’ll have access to a large library of apps on Google Play as well.

Ticwatch S & E

Like with any smartwatch, you can use Ticwatch S and E to receive calls, reply to messages, and even record conversations or take notes. The process to record or take notes is easy, all you need to do is say the magic words, “OK Google, take a note,” and you’re good to go.

Smartwatches have seen a lot of use in the fitness department especially in tracking workouts and organising schedules and diets among other things. Both the Ticwatch S and E come with the Tic Fit app, Google Fit, and are compatible with any other third party fitness apps of your choice that are available on the Google Play store. Some popular examples include apps like Strava and Runkeeper.

One of the issues that was frequently complained about by users was the old Ticwatch’s GPS tracking ability, which was found to be slow and lacking. The new Ticwatch S and E variants promise a much better GPS tracking experience.

Both variants are also IP67 water and dust resistant so you’re good to wear it out in the rain, or even if you sweat a lot. You could swim while wearing it too, but we’d advise against it.

You can pick the Ticwatch E up on Kickstarter for $119 (Rs.7570/-) and Ticwatch S for $139 (Rs.8840/-), with additional bundles which offer Ticpods (ear buds) as well.

ALL Controller

Funding as of writing this: CA$125,034 of $75,000 goal

Digital Depth Inc have created what they claim is “The World’s First True Universal Gamepad”. The ALL Controller is supposedly capable of being able to seamlessly switch between 11 USB drivers and 7 Bluetooth drivers. If that’s true then the ALL Controller should easily be able to connect to just about any console and platform out there. We’re talking ONE controller for any PC, Mac, Linux, Xbox, PlayStation, Android or iOS device.

The ALL Controller comes with a USB dongle which also acts as the USB adapter. The USB Dongle has a port on it which allows you to connect it to the ALL controller via cable. The ALL Controller comes in both wired and wireless variants. You won’t need the USB adapter for Bluetooth devices and the ALL Controller can work wirelessly (the wireless variant) with Windows, Mac, Linux or Mobile games. Digital Depth plan to add support for Nintendo’s consoles as well, including the Wii, WiiU and Switch.

ALL Controller

The ALL Controller allows profiles to be saved on it and loaded when needed. The controller has an LCD built into it to make the process easier. You can use this same interface to create macros and change button mapping, no external app or software needed. Furthermore, the ALL controller comes with built-in keyboard/mouse drivers which let you play games which would otherwise not be controller compatible.

The ALL Controller is also supposedly powered by 40 hours of battery life. That’s 40 hours of non-stop playing. Which is pretty beast if that’s true. If you’re interested in getting an ALL Controller, check them out on Kickstarter. The wired variant is going for CA$55 (Rs.2780/-) while the wireless variant starts at CA$ 80 (Rs.4045/-).

QLYX

Funding as of writing this: $62,220 of $40,000 goal

The QLYX is a magnetic smart car mount. So what makes it a ‘smart’ mount as compared to all the other car mounts out there? Well, QLYX attaches to an NFC enabled Q-Plate which you attach behind your phone. The moment you attach your phone to it, it auto-launches the QLYX app. The app itself is compatible with both iOS and Android and has a host of features which would be handy to have while driving. Some of the features on the app include traffic data, driving statistics, and weather forecast among others. The QLYX mount is also capable of auto-launching other apps such as Waze, Spotify, Apple or Google maps and more. Creators IDA USA LLC are constantly working on increasing the number of applications that the QLYX mount can work with. The QLYX app is designed to provide easy access to features and provide as little distraction as possible when driving.

QLYX

In terms of looks, the QLYX mount looks pretty sleek and stylish, so it won’t look too bad on your car dash. The creators plan to add more premium materials as options if the mount gets more funding. The options they’re looking at are aluminium, wood, leather, and even gold.

The NFC compatible Q-Plate is just 0.5mm thick and is made of ‘electric steel’. This allows them to be both thin and have magnetic properties which let it attach to the mount. QLYX’s battery can power it for upto 2 years with 4 hours of daily usage, and the mount can be paired with more than one smartphone.

You can find QLYX on Kickstarter. The ‘QLYX light’ variant which is the non-smart version starts at $18 (Rs.1145/-) while the QLYX starts at $33 (Rs.2100/-).

Manish Rajesh

Manish Rajesh