Welcome to January's edition of products that we think are kick-ass on Kickstarter and Indiegogo! If you are here for the first time, read up on our series and check out December and November's products.
Last week, some members from our team had the amazing opportunity to attend the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. They came back with so much knowledge about new products and trends they saw. One of the biggest trends is the rise of crowdfunding. This is nothing we didn't already know, yet it's great to see some of these products that are currently on Kickstarter and Indiegogo in the flesh. It gives us the opportunity to chat with the founders and really learn their story. Given our wild support for these products, we are choosing four this month that are currently campaigning to raise necessary funds. Want to contribute as well? It's not about how much you donate, it's about being part of something bigger and knowing that you are helping to fuel innovation that can change how we make, source and buy products. Hurry as time is running out on a few of them!
Mauz: One device to rule them all
Raised $12,765 of $150,000 Goal
Days to go: 49
MAUZ is a fantastic product that we're excited to support. MAUZ is a small device that you connect to your smartphone and voila, you have the ability to control computers and televisions with a kinetic three dimensional computer mouse. In other words, your smartphone actually becomes a mouse that can control computers, televisions and other media centers. The limits are endless.
MeterPlug: Lower your electric bill and measure the real electric cost
Raised $96,830 of $70,000 Goal
Days to go: 12
Do you ever pay attention to how much money you're wasting on electricity bills? Odds are you're spending more than you need simply because many devices in the home and at work stand idle and use up energy when we leave or walk away. MeterPlug plug is a solution that helps you track how much energy you're using as well as automatically turn things on and off when you need them. It plugs in between any appliance and the AC outlet. All the information it gathers is sent over Bluetooth to your smart phone, where the app displays your real costs. This is a real game changer and should save you some cash!
Bonsai: Smart design for a better shave
Raised $39,840 of $125,000 Goal
Days to go: 14
The Bonsai device performs a simple, yet critically needed function for men and women. It cleans your razor during a shave without turning on any more water. Cleaning your razor during a shave is messy and inefficient. Plus it wastes tons of water. The Bonsai reduces water usage during shaving by up to 99%. It also looks pretty cool and you'll love to display in your bathroom.
Mobio: Smart accessories
Raised $8,580 of $100,000 Goal
Days to go: 45
How much of your day is spent holding, looking at or trying to maneuver a media device? The answer is likely a lot. And you typically have to hold the device in front of you to view. Now with Mobio's three different products, you can attach a small magnetic device to stand up, grip and pivot for easier use. Use in your car to make your phone hands free or use in meetings to stand your iPad upright. The possibilities are endless and Mobio allows us to work better while using these devices.