There are thousands of projects on Kickstarter at any one time. This list is the ones which have the ability to transcend their humble beginnings, disrupt the status quo and have a huge impact.
LIV’s basic concept is a full featured Swiss watch at affordable prices that can take a beating.
The Genesis X1-A is their first automatic watch but their second Kickstarter project. The first one raised $191,085. A quick look through the comments on the first project reveals many happy customers.
This project has raised over $600,000 at the time of writing. LIV is a great example of a company which treated backers well and is now reaping the rewards.
What makes this watch so innovative? The watch itself is great quality but it is the business model that makes the difference here. Top quality watches have been sold for at least $1000 by most companies.
Part of the allure of these watches is their price. People see them as an investment in a fine piece of engineering that will not lose its value rapidly. When watches of great quality can be bought at far cheaper prices along with the smart watch craze, the top watchmakers are looking increasingly fragile.
This may eventually force the big watch brands to cut their prices and lead to a period of consolidation.
Carloudy is a futuristic device that integrates with maps on our phones. It beams information to the windscreen and responds to voice commands.
Carloudy solves a problem. Phones were not designed to make it easy to follow while driving. A small screen balanced awkwardly on the dashboard. 1 In 4 crashes in the USA are as a result of a driver using their phone.
The are other similar devices already on the market. Carloudy’s advantage is that the screen is always clearly visible, day or night. The battery can last weeks at a time.
While the machine is obviously useful, there is much more potential. The race for the future of the automobile industry is in full swing.
Companies such as Tesla believe the future is electric. Google and Apple are working on driver-less cars. The incumbent automobile industry is scrambling to innovate to keep up.
Carloudy could be bought by an incumbent firm to use on all their models built in. It gives a futuristic feeling without going all the way to driver-less.
Alternatively, a firm such as Microsoft could sell the capability to car companies as part of a wider suite. If this was the case, the technology could become a standard across all new cars.
The age of the driver-less car is still some time away with the regulatory hurdles. Expect more functions like Carloudy to be integrated with normal cars in the interim.
Eblocker is a device on the forefront on the war against internet monitoring.
It claims the device will stop all trackers and block all ads.
More and more people are becoming concerned with internet security. It doesn’t sit well in our gut that companies are compiling profile of us to use to against us.
This data can be used for price discrimination. Ever looked up the same flight several times, to find the price has suddenly jumped? Yeah, that’s trackers.
More worrying, is the claim that online behaviour can be used in credit scoring and insurance policies. Been looking up cancer? That could mean your insurance policy just shot up 10%.
Eblocker plugs into your router and prevents all of this information being gathered. Several high profile data leaks, such as from VTech’s toys for children, have made this a vital concern for parents.
The issue is that these trackers form part of how most websites make their money. Unlike plugins like AdBlock, through Eblocker the adverts are not even rendered.
If a website cannot generate sufficient revenue, then it cannot continue indefinitely. This means the web users lose out from less content being generated.
This is already an issue but if devices such as Eblocker gain mass popularity, the consequences could be profound.
A notebook than can be microwaved.
Yes, you read that right. The notebook uses special thermal ink that can be erased by heating and then the book reused.
This is great for university where I took thousands of pages of rough notes that once compiled were never looked at again.
However, this function is not why Rocketbook Wave is on this list.
The sister app allows you to scan pages of the notebook and have them automatically sent to Dropbox, Google Drive, Evernote, OneNote or an email inbox.
This technology is patent pending but would certainly be an attractive proposition to Google, Microsoft, Apple or Evernote.
Particularly Microsoft could benefit from this to further enhance their office offering. It could be inbuilt on the Lumia range (or the Surface Phone) and offered as a Microsoft branded app on Android and Apple.
As technology progresses, the place for handwritten notes and drawings has not disappeared. The need for extensive physical storage for these notes is much weaker however.
We all have those ugly extension cords dotted around our houses and workplaces. Modern life means we often have all of those slots taken up.
I can certainly think of times where I have been waiting for someone else’s phone to charge so I can charge mine.
MOGICs has come up with a far more space efficient design. It can fit in your pocket.
By using a donut shape, more items can be charged without the plugs clashing with each other. A staggeringly simple idea that no one has capitalised on yet.
The portability of the machine makes it ideal for travelling too. Or late night study sessions where 10 people want to charge their laptop at the same time.
The international version is the MOGICS Power Bagel that can fit UK, EU, US and AU sockets. In both Bagel and Donut, a MOGICS Power Adaptor is included meaning the machine itself can be charged almost anywhere.
The main use case for this will be consumers who are fed up with their infrastructure at work, school or university. If a critical mass of people uses these machines, it could become a staple of office life with companies buying in bulk for employees.