Turning Trash Into Treasure with 3D Printing
A Seattle entrepreneur wants to take recycling to a whole new level. Working together with a local inventor, she has developed a machine that turns plastic bottles into 3D printing filament allowing makers to literally turn their trash into newly created treasures. 
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Founder Liz Havlin is currently preparing a Kickstarter campaign to create an open sourced desktop recycling machine called the Legacy Filament Extruder. The machine turns recycled plastic pellets into 3D printer ink. Havlin hopes to raise $30,000 to make this concept a reality.
The machine is just one part of the equation. Havlin has partnered with a company who will take collected recycled plastic and make the necessary pellets needed to create the filament using the Legacy. This partnership removes the need for additional machinery to be created or bought to processes the plastics itself.  
Once things are up and running, Havlin aims to be able to collect recycling at a location in Seattle, exchange it for pellets and then sell 3D printer filaments created by the extruder.
The Legacy could be the start of a new way to tackle a huge environmental problem which continues to plague our oceans and our wildlife. In addition, as Havlin points out on her draft Kickstarter page, the collection of plastics and other recycling is already a means for people to earn money to help them lift themselves out of poverty. The use of these materials for a growing demand of makers could help further this social cause as well. 
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Turning Trash Into Treasure with 3D Printing

A Seattle entrepreneur wants to take recycling to a whole new level. Working together with a local inventor, she has developed a machine that turns plastic bottles into 3D printing filament allowing makers to literally turn their trash into newly created treasures. 

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2013 Was A Banner Year for Crowdfunding Wearable Tech
Wearable tech and crowdfunding go hand-in-hand. Ever since Pebble literally “kickstarted” the wearable craze back in 2012 raising over $10 million dollars for its smartwatch, the wearable and crowdfunding space has never been the same. 
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Crowdfund Productions performed a study of 300 wearable tech projects on various crowdfunding platforms and have illustrated its findings in an infographic we have for you below.
The team at Crowdfund Productions identified that over $44,989,335 has been raised for wearable projects using crowdsourcing platforms at the time of this report. Most of this is from Kickstarter which had raised triple the amount of funds compared to Indiegogo. 
Kickstarter also saw a higher success rate, being eleven points higher than Indiegogo when looking at the percentage of campaigns that successfully raised their funding goals. 
2013 was a banner year for crowdfunding on both of these popular platforms. 68 wearable projects were successfully funded in 2013 compared to 19 in 2012. This totalled over $18.8 million dollars in funds. But it looks like 2014 is set to surpass this number with 45 projects already funded in the first quarter alone.


Crowdfunding Wearable Technologies Infographic

2013 Was A Banner Year for Crowdfunding Wearable Tech

Wearable tech and crowdfunding go hand-in-hand. Ever since Pebble literally “kickstarted” the wearable craze back in 2012 raising over $10 million dollars for its smartwatch, the wearable and crowdfunding space has never been the same. 

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Turn Anything Into a Toy With A New Wearable for Kids Called “Moff”
Moff is a new wearable wristband that turns everyday objects into toys. The creators developed Moff to cure toy-fatigue and to encourage physical activity through play. This new Kickstarter project from Tokyo is set to prove that anything is possible with a wearable and a little imagination. 
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Moff works by using the device’s accelerometer to detect motion and then creates sound effects for these movements using a companion smartphone app. The device itself is fairly straightforward. Where Moff differentiates itself is in the application for the device which lets children choose different situations through sounds to create a fun and engaging play experience .
Moff has a variety of play scenarios including musical instruments, sword fighting, magical wands and more which can turn a wooden spoon, stick, ruler or any other item into the object they’ve selected in the app. The wristband doesn’t seem to have a speaker itself so an iPhone or iPad will need to be close by to provide the sound.
With only a couple of days in to its Kickstarter campaign, Moff has nearly doubled the $20,000 goal. Backers are able to grab a Moff wristband for $49 with shipping expected to occur this summer. 

Turn Anything Into a Toy With A New Wearable for Kids Called “Moff”

Moff is a new wearable wristband that turns everyday objects into toys. The creators developed Moff to cure toy-fatigue and to encourage physical activity through play. This new Kickstarter project from Tokyo is set to prove that anything is possible with a wearable and a little imagination. 

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Connected Characters Created To Help Parents from A to Z 
Who said sensors need to be impersonal and boring? Bleep Bleeps is a bunch of connected objects and devices that are designed to help you through out every stage of parenting. The company has given their line of IoT products a quirky twist by making each of them a character with a name and a story. Their launch product, Sammy Screamer, is currently being crowdfunded on Kickstarter.
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Sammy Screamer, is a cute little movement sensor that lets you know when something has been moved. Sammy has a magnetic backing which is great for things like fridges, laundry machines and cookie tins and a loop option which lets you tie her to a bag, a door handle or your baby’s stroller. 
All of the connected characters, including Sammy, are controlled using the Bleep Bleeps app. For Sammy, you are able to control how loud you want her to scream and how sensitive she should be to movement. When someone moves the object Sammy is watching, she will physically scream and will also send a push notification to your smartphone.

The Bleep Bleeps cast of characters also include:
Tony Tempa - an ear thermometer
Cecil G - a GPS bracelet
Ultra San - Ultrasound Pregnancy Scanner
Master Bates - Male Fertility Tester
David Camera - Video Baby Monitor
Olivia P Sticks - Ovulation Tester
Lilly Loco - GPS Device 
Bleep Bleeps’ crowdfunding campaign is doing quite well. With 10 days to go they have already tripled their goal, having raised over $66,000 to date. Backers can still grab Sammy for $65 for an August 2014 shipping date.

Connected Characters Created To Help Parents from A to Z

Who said sensors need to be impersonal and boring? Bleep Bleeps is a bunch of connected objects and devices that are designed to help you through out every stage of parenting. The company has given their line of IoT products a quirky twist by making each of them a character with a name and a story. Their launch product, Sammy Screamer, is currently being crowdfunded on Kickstarter.

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Turn Your Palm Into a Controller with Smart Ring Fin
Ever since Tom Cruise used his hands to swipe through a computer interface in the popular Sci-Fi movie “Minority Report”, we have been obsessed with making this movie magic come alive. The dream of just using your hand to control any connected thing has inspired many devices including the much anticipated Myo from Thalmic Labs. 
A new Indiegogo project is raising money for a smart ring called Fin with similar ambitions.
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Fin is a Bluetooth-enabled ring you wear on your thumb that turns the palm of your hand into a gesture interface. The sensor-based device recognizes each segment of your fingers and then converts your palm into a numeric keypad. It can also understand swiping gestures (left, right, up and down) and let you create your own custom interactions.
RHL Vision Technologies, the team behind Fin, illustrates a myriad of use cases in their campaign video. Fin can be used to change music on your smartphone, take calls or control settings in your connected car and even be used to control the interface of a heads-up display like Google Glass.
Fin does have its limitations. It can only connect to three different devices at once. This will be a growing issue for this device as our world becomes lit up with the Internet of Things. But for now connecting it to your smartphone, smart TV and your connected car may be enough to prove its value. 
The creators behind Fin wanted to make this device as much a fashion statement as it is a functional gadget. The dovetail-designed ring will come in a five colours including Vermilion Orange, Royal White, Matte Black, Liberty Blue and Persian Green. 

I appreciate RHL’s attention to design but the device reminds me a little of a Bluetooth earpiece in that its extremely noticeable on your thumb just as the earpiece is on your head. For people who don’t want to broadcast they are wearing wearable tech, the size and placement of the ring on your hand may be an issue. 
Right now the campaign has 38 days to go and a long way to meet its $100,000 campaign goal. So the jury is out if this device will even make it to production in this manner. But if Fin’s recent win as one of the Top 15 startups at TechCrunch’s Hardware Battlefield last week is any indication of where the company is headed, then this campaign may quickly turn around.
Smart rings have historically done quite well on Indiegogo. Smarty Ring, an LED ring for notifications, raised over $290,000 of their original $40,000 goal in December of last year. So this precedent may also bode well for Fin. 
Indiegogo backers can get Fin for as low as $79 for a dev kit or $99 for their first run of the device. The ring will retail for $129 post-crowdfunding campaign. 

Turn Your Palm Into a Controller with Smart Ring Fin

Ever since Tom Cruise used his hands to swipe through a computer interface in the popular Sci-Fi movie “Minority Report”, we have been obsessed with making this movie magic come alive. The dream of just using your hand to control any connected thing has inspired many devices including the much anticipated Myo from Thalmic Labs. 

A new Indiegogo project is raising money for a smart ring called Fin with similar ambitions.

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Goldee Wants to Be the Nest for Lights As Your Smart Light Controller

Imagine a light system in your house that is intelligent enough to cater to you and your needs throughout the day. When you wake up, the lights start to gently turn on in the morning mimicking a sunrise. And at night, when you have to get up to go to the washroom, the lights turn on just enough to illuminate the path to get you there without bumping your knee. 

Goldee, the smart light controller which just launched pre-orders today, wants to make this happen. The sleek, Apple like design wall mounted controller has been constructed to easily replace an existing light switch. 

Goldee does require that lights use smart bulbs (or light bulbs which are Wi-Fi connected), like those from Philips Hue or LIFX. And one controller for each room would be required.

Goldee can shut off the lights it is connected to when no one is home or contrarily turn them on when someone enters the house. It also has the ability to gradual turn on and off lights to ease into sleep or wake up and start your day.

A great security feature is the ability for Goldee to simulate your presence when you are gone. All of these settings can be configured via the Goldee unit or via the Goldee smartphone app which is supported on Android and iPhone.

Goldee is currently running its own crowdfunding campaign off its site beginning today and has raised over $12,000 from 29 backers so far. The campaign ends in 25 days and they are aiming to raise $100,000 in total.

Goldee is selling three packages ranging from $249 all the way up to over $1600. The lower package assumes that you have the smart bulbs already that are needed to make Goldee work. The most popular kit so far is the Goldee Room Pack which comes with the Goldee controller and 3 LIFX smart bulbs for $449.

Backers of Goldee can expect to see their light controllers shipped Summer of 2014. 

MEMI Wants to Be The Pretty Side of Wearable Tech

Wearable technology, especially smartwatches, have been criticized for being void of any fashion sense and even ugly. 

In comes the MEMI - a chic iPhone compatible bracelet designed to be just as functional as it is a piece of jewellery. The team behind the wearable are a group of women who wanted to create a piece of wearable tech that would actually be worn by women.

 ”We believe that fashion and function are equally important.  Our friends don’t want to wear big, black, bulky tech devices.  If fact, they don’t wear “devices,” they wear jewelry.  So we set out to create a bracelet that is both stylish and functional.  We’ve gone to great lengths to disguise our technology in fashion jewelry so MEMI can easily be incorporated into any wardrobe,” the team explains on their Kickstarter page.

The MEMI isn’t as robust as a smartwatch, however. The vision for MEMI is to allow it to vibrate to notify its wearer to check their phone. MEMI will let you customize your vibrations so that you can tell if your husband, babysitter or boss is calling or texting, for example. 

The MEMI is actively crowdfunding on Kickstarter and have nearly raised half of their $100,000 goal with 20 days to go.

What do you think girls? Would you wear this? 

PhoneBloks Wants to Make a Modular Phone - And Needs Your Help

PhoneBloks is a conceptual smartphone which is modular - making the individual major components replaceable and offering customization like no other phone on the market today.

There are many reasons, of course, why the big manufacturers aren’t putting something like this on the market - e.g profit, but the concept is a great one and if anything the message about tech waste needs to be spread.

You can help Dave (the guy behind this concept) out by donating your social reach on Thunderclap (which is crowdsourcing for social messaging - this site in itself is pretty neat so if you haven’t been there yet head on over). https://www.thunderclap.it/all

What do you think? Would you buy a phone like this?

Is That a Tiny Coach on Your Basketball or Are You Just Happy To See Me
via thisistheverge: There’s a tiny coach in your basketball
There are tons of gadgets to help golfers develop the perfect swing, but it’s hard to apply the same unobtrusive training tools to other sports. Evo One, though, is the counterpoint — it’s a Kickstarter project that puts a tiny coach inside a basketball to help players improve their game. A small gyroscopic sensor detects backspin and emits a whistle when the ball is shot correctly, allowing players to make corrections as they play. 

Is That a Tiny Coach on Your Basketball or Are You Just Happy To See Me

via thisisthevergeThere’s a tiny coach in your basketball

There are tons of gadgets to help golfers develop the perfect swing, but it’s hard to apply the same unobtrusive training tools to other sports. Evo One, though, is the counterpoint — it’s a Kickstarter project that puts a tiny coach inside a basketball to help players improve their game. A small gyroscopic sensor detects backspin and emits a whistle when the ball is shot correctly, allowing players to make corrections as they play. 

Elements 4D Brings the Periodic Table to Life with AR + Wooden Blocks

A new Kickstarter project uses Augmented Reality to bring wooden blocks to life to teach you about chemical reactions.

"We think this is the killer app for Augmented Reality" the team says.

Its “Part story, part game, part educational toy, Elements 4D interactive blocks offer a fun way to experience augmented reality.”

This is the first consumer product from DAQRI, world’s leading augmented reality developer. The call it 4D because its spatial and interactive.

The Kickstarter project has already raised its goal of $50,000 with 4 days still to go.

Personal tracking devices dominate digital health crowdfunding dollars (so far) in 2013
Including:
Scanadu’s medical scanner, Scout, $1.2 million on indiegogo
Misfit Wearables’ activity tracker, Shine, $847K on indiegogo
amiigo’s fitness bracelet, $581K on indiegogo
Radiate’s smart workout shirt, $580K on Kickstarter
Hapilabs’ smart fork, HAPIfork, $135K on Kickstarter
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Personal tracking devices dominate digital health crowdfunding dollars (so far) in 2013

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Whip Up Some Power with Voltmaker

A new Indiegogo campaign is trying to solve a major problem with smartphones - running out of power. But instead of just another extra battery - their product, Voltmaker, lets you create power using Kinetics. In short - you literally WHIP UP power. Check out this cheesy 70s inspired video and/or steps below (all taken from their Indiegogo page).

The campaign still has 23 days to go and has a long ways to go to meet its $200,000 funding goal.

The Fairphone Wants to Start a Movement on Ethical Smartphone Manufacturing 

Fairphone is a “seriously cool smartphone that puts social values first”. Its the first smartphone to really focus on fair trade and social ethics - something that Apple is consistently under the limelight for.

They have lofty ambitions to change the way that tech products, like smartphones, are made - and I commend them for it. 

Here is what makes Fairphone so ethical:

Fairphone is crowd funding their first run themselves on their website. At the time of this article, they have already sold 2,383 with 20 days left towards their 5,000 goal. Fairphone requires 5,000 orders before they can begin production.

Learn more and support this great startup here: http://www.fairphone.com

A Real-Life Tricorder Is Now Available For You To Buy And Scan Yourself | Co.Exist: World changing ideas and innovation
Today, the Scanadu Scout tricorder is available for pre-order on Indiegogo. It’s a chance for early adopters to check out Scanadu’s technology, and an opportunity for Scanadu to gather some of the data it needs for FDA approval.
via: futuramb

A Real-Life Tricorder Is Now Available For You To Buy And Scan Yourself | Co.Exist: World changing ideas and innovation

Today, the Scanadu Scout tricorder is available for pre-order on Indiegogo. It’s a chance for early adopters to check out Scanadu’s technology, and an opportunity for Scanadu to gather some of the data it needs for FDA approval.

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Measure the Temperature with your Smartphone With this Kickstarter Smartphone Attachment

Thermodo is a simple and elegant way to measure the temperature wherever you are, directly though the headphone jack on your iPhone, iPad or Android device. Currently on Kickstarter, back this project now to be one of the first to own.
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Measure the Temperature with your Smartphone With this Kickstarter Smartphone Attachment

Thermodo is a simple and elegant way to measure the temperature wherever you are, directly though the headphone jack on your iPhone, iPad or Android device. Currently on Kickstarter, back this project now to be one of the first to own.

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