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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 March 13, 2019

                How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

                You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

                Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

                1. Work on the small tasks.

                When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

                Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

                2. Take a break from your work desk.

                Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

                Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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                3. Upgrade yourself

                Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

                The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

                4. Talk to a friend.

                Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

                Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

                5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

                If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

                Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

                Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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                6. Paint a vision to work towards.

                If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

                Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

                Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

                7. Read a book (or blog).

                The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

                Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

                Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

                8. Have a quick nap.

                If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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                9. Remember why you are doing this.

                Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

                What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

                10. Find some competition.

                Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

                Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

                11. Go exercise.

                Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

                Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

                As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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                Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

                12. Take a good break.

                Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

                Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

                Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

                Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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