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7 Cool Crowdfunding Projects That Might Make Your Life Easier

7 Cool Crowdfunding Projects That Might Make Your Life Easier

Do you have an amazing idea for a product, service or invention? Well, if you answered yes, then you’re in luck since it’s easier more than ever to get support and funding to make it happen. Nowadays, you don’t need to audition to be on Shark Tank or seek investors, funding can be accomplished organically by people who support your idea or invention or ‘your backers/pledgers’ through crowdfunding.

Crowdfunding has become the new norm for many entrepreneurs (or wantrepreneurs) and businesses today, with many successfully getting their start or a major financial push by doing so. It’s been said that the easiest way to start a business or generate a business idea is to solve a problem – or to enhance and make one’s life easier.

Check out below, seven cool crowdfunding projects, that are the perfect example and will probably make your life easier.

1. Ransomly

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    We’re living in an age where people cannot disconnect from their phones – they’re addicted! So, nine times out of ten, you’ve probably been a victim of ‘phubbing’, which is the act of being totally ignored in the company of a person (usually a friend, co-worker or relative) because they’re too occupied with their phone! Not to worry, since a cool, affordable new device/app might be the solution to it all.

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    Ransomly is an app/device that goes by the motto, ‘disconnect to reconnect.’ By using the app/device, it can make a room ‘app free’, giving the user the power to hold a device ‘ransom’, preventing the use of certain apps. This is perfect for situations when you’re out with your friends and actually want to hang out with them or for parents, hold your children’s phone apps ransom until they complete their chores! Ransomly is currently available on only Android and will go live via kickstarter on November 15.

    2. Fanight

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      The Fanight by ITIWANT serves many purposes, however, the main ones are to make you look stylish, protect you from harmful UV rays and use all visible light to self-illuminate. No batteries or electrical charge needed!

      All you need to do is expose the jacket to any kind of a visible light for 20 minutes and this jacket will illuminate for 2 hours! The jacket is made of special fabric which is sweat-absorbent, as well, features a built-in headphone port and can fold down to the size of your palm.

      The Fanight crowdfunding campaign has been live less than a week, and is half way close to their funding goals, meaning you still have a chance to get the World’s first self-illumating jacket.

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      3. One X

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        Are you still struggling with your New Year’s Resolution to get more healthier or to lose weight?

        It’s never too late, and might be accomplished without the guesswork and with One X. One X is the world’s first handheld sensor that monitors the impact of your diet and lifestyle on your health.

        The handheld device analyzes your daily habits (in real time) to know what’s working and what’s not to make changes to benefit your short term and long term health.

        4. Candwich

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          Have you ever seen something and thought, I had that idea?! Well, the Candwich is an idea that is genius, delicious and perfect for hungry folks on the go according to it’s crowdfunding page.

          Candwich is a convenient sandwich in a can that comes in a variety of flavors, including old fashioned peanut butter and jelly, bacon cheddar, honey bbq chicken and chocolate filled french toast. Once funded, the masterminds behind

          Once funded, the masterminds behind Candwich plan to not only come out with additional yummy flavors, however, partner with various charities to donate to people in need.

          5. Hudly

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            We hear it all the time, ‘don’t text in drive’, or generally, don’t even use your phone while on the road to prevent legal penalties and accidents. If you’re having a hard time keeping your eyes away from your phone, Hudly just may be the solution for you.

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            Hudly uses a projector to display your phone’s video output onto a transparent glass positioned on the car’s windshield. This means you can enjoy and use apps such as Google Maps or Waze, in your line of sight. No looking down or being distracted while driving, and perfect if you are a Uber or Lyft driver.

            6. Blincam

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              Another cool item that wants you to truly be in the moment comes from Tokyo, Japan, called Blincam. This lightweight device attaches to one side of your glasses and you’re able to snap a photo (or two) with a simple wink of your eye!

              Images that you capture will be transferred to your smartphone for sharing later. The crowdfunding campaign has been successfully crowd funded, however, you still have some time to reserve yours!

              7. Maneuver Buddy

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                Whether you’re moving into your new home or for work, let’s face it, it’s a time consuming task that can be a hassle. If you despise moving like many others, you’re going to love Maneuver Buddy or ‘the uber of moving.’

                Maneuver Buddy is a web and mobile app that allows users to hire other users in the area for their moving and pickup needs, both large and small. In addition, the users can not only help you transport your items, but also user can hire “organizers” who can help you pack, set-up, and even redesign your home! The crowdfunding campaign has only a few weeks left, so if you love the idea, get moving and go support it.

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                Last Updated on December 2, 2018

                How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

                How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

                Ebb and flow. Contraction and expansion. Highs and lows. It’s all about the cycles of life.

                The entire course of our life follows this up and down pattern of more and then less. Our days flow this way, each following a pattern of more energy, then less energy, more creativity and periods of greater focus bookended by moments of low energy when we cringe at the thought of one more meeting, one more call, one more sentence.

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                The key is in understanding how to use the cycles of ebb and flow to our advantage. The ability to harness these fluctuations, understand how they affect our productivity and mood and then apply that knowledge as a tool to improve our lives is a valuable strategy that few individuals or corporations have mastered.

                Here are a few simple steps to start using this strategy today:

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                Review Your Past Flow

                Take just a few minutes to look back at how your days and weeks have been unfolding. What time of the day are you the most focused? Do you prefer to be more social at certain times of the day? Do you have difficulty concentrating after lunch or are you energized? Are there days when you can’t seem to sit still at your desk and others when you could work on the same project for hours?

                Do you see a pattern starting to emerge? Eventually you will discover a sort of map or schedule that charts your individual productivity levels during a given day or week.  That’s the first step. You’ll use this information to plan your days going forward.

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                Schedule According to Your Flow Pattern

                Look at the types of things you do each day…each week. What can you move around so that it’s a better fit for you? Can you suggest to your team that you schedule meetings for late morning if you can’t stand to be social first thing? Can you schedule detailed project work or highly creative tasks, like writing or designing when you are best able to focus? How about making sales calls or client meetings on days when you are the most social and leaving billing or reports until another time when you are able to close your door and do repetitive tasks.

                Keep in mind that everyone is different and some things are out of our control. Do what you can. You might be surprised at just how flexible clients and managers can be when they understand that improving your productivity will result in better outcomes for them.

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                Account for Big Picture Fluctuations

                Look at the bigger picture. Consider what happens during different months or times during the year. Think about what is going on in the other parts of your life. When is the best time for you to take on a new project, role or responsibility? Take into account other commitments that zap your energy. Do you have a sick parent, a spouse who travels all the time or young children who demand all of your available time and energy?

                We all know people who ignore all of this advice and yet seem to prosper and achieve wonderful success anyway, but they are usually the exception, not the rule. For most of us, this habitual tendency to force our bodies and our brains into patterns of working that undermine our productivity result in achieving less than desired results and adding more stress to our already overburdened lives.

                Why not follow the ebb and flow of your life instead of fighting against it?

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