Crowdfunded devices take the spotlight
This week’s roundup includes two new devices that became real thanks to crowdfunding by Kickstarter and Indiegogo. Plus batteries, stands, and Bluetooth speakers.
The Allo Bike Mount is billed as the “world’s first all-in-one bike mount and speaker”—a safer alternative to using earbuds while still listening to music or conducting phone calls while you’re zipping down the street or up mountain trails. The hardened plastic case protects the phone from scrapes if you get in an accident. The product has been funded through Kickstarter, but it’s not to late to get in and grab an “early bird special” price of $40 for the device.
The $599 Beolit 15 is a portable Bluetooth speaker: It features two 35-watt amps, a 5.5-inch driver, two four-inch passive bass radiators, and three 1.5-inch mid-range tweeters. Also, it comes in three soft pastel colors. It ships in March.
The $50 SpinPadGrip is an “all in one stand and handle” that makes it “easy to adjust to the perfect angle for conveniently typing, viewing pictures and videos, or showing off those pictures and videos to someone else. “
Here’s another crowdfunded project that made its fund-raising goal: The Echo Connect Plus is a dual-device charger, capable of linking to both iOS and Android products to provide a new charge. It’s a Lightning and micro-USB cable boiled down to a small key-sized connector.
Why is it that organic versions of electronic products are so popular? Do we really miss the horse-and-buggy era so much? Who knows? The latest addition to the fad is the $100 Bamboo Bluetooth Keyboard from Impecca. It’s exactly what it sounds like: a Bluetooth-enabled keyboard, compatible with iOS products, made of bamboo.
The $20 PowerStand Boost is a 2,600-mAH battery that can offer backup power to your phone or be used as a landscape-mode stand for viewing videos and other content.
The $40 3D Protection for iPad Air 2 includes “a ribbed, shock-absorbing tray and a reinforced cover”—it’s designed to be rugged and slim at the same time, while letting you view and use your iPad in a hands-free fashion.
Is this a novelty? Or a brilliant idea? The $10 Neck Cushion With Built-in Bluetooth Speakers lets you rest while enjoying music and other audio—but keeps the sound low enough that your neighbors won’t be bothered.