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.
The only returner from February on this list.
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.
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.
OSSIC are pioneers in 3D audio headphones. In OSSIC X, they claim to have the first 3D audio headphone that calibrates to the user instantly.
3D audio simply means that the listener will feel as if sounds are coming from specific points all around them. The technology OSSIC X introduces is the ability to dynamically assess the head shape of the user and accurately create spatial audio based on that.
For music and movies, the headphones can replicate a surround sound system. This makes the experience much more immersive.
The biggest area of impact is in virtual and augmented reality. It brings us much closer to a world where the line between the virtual and the real is further blurred.
While devices such as the Occulus Rift will already be using 3D audio, OSSIC X’s unique selling point is that the experience is customised best for individual users.
It is not difficult to image OSSIC being the headphones of choice for Virtual Reality users for this reason. They could land deals with major headset makers for much larger volumes.
With large tech companies constantly buying smaller innovative companies, it is not hard to imagine a headset maker forking out to get the edge over its rivals.
If OSSIC can deliver with the OSSIC X, their future looks very promising.
On the daily big city commute, it is becoming more popular for people to skip the cramped public transport for cycling.
It isn’t uncommon to see some of these commuters on strange bicycles with small wheels but a tall frame. This strange bicycle is likely to be a folding bike.
Riders sacrifice some stability and handling for the convenience. Quality folding bikes can mitigate these issues but at a large cost.
The FUBI Fixie challenges this market by sticking as close as possible to the traditional bike design despite it being able to fold quickly. Their pricing is competitive and close to comparable non-foldable bikes.
Essentially, riders get the convenience of a foldable bike without sacrifices!
I chose the FUBI fixie for this list as the affordability and handiness opens up large opportunities. Cities across the world are investing in public bicycles to encourage healthy living and cut down pollution. In London, the Boris bikes have become famous.
If Fubicom can mass produce these bikes, they are a strong contender for new city schemes and renewals. The bikes will take up less space in public areas yet not put off potential riders as they ride the same as any normal bike.
Another option is selling the bikes to hotels and activity centres where many more bicycles can be stored in their facilities without sacrificing performance.
BRAIN One is a telemetry device designed for motorsports. It attaches to the vehicle and can gives accurate and detailed performance data. The small, portable device contains an impressive array of sensors.
One cool feature is the ability to easily overlay recorded video with stats that match up perfectly. For a simple example, watching a video of yourself riding with a speedometer on the video.
Where BRAIN One really shines is on the development side. The software was developed with Android and developers can use Brain One’s open API to create new applications.
In a promotional video, they show off the device’s ability to record a break dancer doing mind boggling spins.
While on Kickstarter the product may attract donations from amateur motorbike enthusiasts, the real market is in the professional sports world.
Technology is constantly being used to gain advantages in competitive sport. The very best athletes will have access to state-of-the-art equipment that costs a small fortune. BRAIN One’s charm is it is relatively affordable.
BRAIN One team could develop more specialised software to suit different sports or hope they trigger an active developer community to do it for them.
BRAIN One can then be used in academies across the world to assist coaches by delivering detailed statistics.
Take a boxing gym. The owner could invest in one device which could then be use to accurately compare the hand speed and movement of different boxers. Even to the most experienced eye, some things are simply too fast to see. Regimes can be better customised to suit individual boxers and targets set.
The final project this month was chosen because it could become a household staple.
The product does what it says on the tin; cut bottles. The bottles are cut into a thin rope that can be reused.
While this idea has been around for a while, this claims to be the most compact and simple.
The issue of plastic waste has been highlighted by the introduction of charges for bags by countries such as the UK.
For the environmentally conscious, this is a great tool that allows reuse of the plastic. People with thrifty mind sets will also be tempted to invest as the ropes have been shown to be strong enough for various applications.
The appearance of the product allows it to fit seamlessly into any kitchen utensil drawer. The easier it is to recycle, the higher the percentage of the general populous who will convert their habits.
Even if the rope is not used, it takes up less space in a recycling bin. There is incentive in this simple job as it saves homeowners from changing the bags so often!
For this product to truly make an impact, Pavel & Inn must convince major retailers such as IKEA to prominently stock the good.