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10 Awesome Kickstarter Projects That Could Change The Way We Live

10 Awesome Kickstarter Projects That Could Change The Way We Live

One of the more useful websites around, Kickstarter.com, lets inventors and entrepreneurs easily gain funding for new projects. By creating a single platform where people can view a multitude of new ideas and projects, KickStarter has become a powerful tool for independent entrepreneurs. Additionally, an increasing number of KickStarter projects and prototypes are simply ingenious, and even inspiring. The following projects are not only impressive, they may very well impact the way we live.

The Dash

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    The basic design behind headphones has changed very little since the first pairs. Enter The Dash: completely wireless, waterproof ear buds with 4GB of music storage built in. Not only are these headphones wireless and play music with or without an mp3 player, they also act as a wireless headset to answer calls. Not only that, these powerful little players track fitness information, including heart rate, distance and speed. The ear buds themselves use gesture tracking, so no screen is needed to control music or receive your fitness information. Easily paired with bluetooth enabled Apple, Android and most Windows devices, these multitasking ear buds are set to go into full production November 2104. Prototype testers of this Kickstarter project report unbeatable sound quality, plus the device has received incredible reviews across technology magazines.

     

    Form 1/The Micro

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      Two projects expressing similar goals are the Form 1 and The Micro. Both small, affordable 3D printers, these devices seek to bring quality 3D printing into the hands of average consumers. Current 3D printers are high priced, and current low end models fail to print high quality designs. By bringing quality 3D printing to the average person, independent artists and designers stand to leap ahead in what ideas they can realize. Additionally, low priced, quality 3D printers will substantially help small businesses, independent retailers and maybe even bring online products to your desk in the blink of an eye. Both printers improve on low priced 3D print quality considerably, especially when printing smaller items. The Form 1 is already in production, while The Micro is set to roll out Winter 2014/Spring 2015.

       

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      SCiO

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        SCiO is a powerful pocket sensor that pairs with most smartphones. This pocket spectrometer reads an items molecular makeup in less than two seconds. SCiO then brings you information on the object. In the case of food, SCiO gives you serving size and nutrition information, and can even tell you how fresh an item is. Other objects are broken down into advanced metrics to inform the user on molecular qualities and atmospheric variables. Very useful for health enthusiasts and food providers, SCiO also promises to make huge waves in educational settings. This Kickstarter project beams results to your smartphone, making it a very portable and easy to use. If you’re not one of the Kickstarter supporters, look for SCiO in early 2015.

        LIFX

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          LIFX is a new kind of lightbulb, controlled directly by your smartphone. LIFX requires no setup or complicated installs and is one step closer to a truly smart home. Without adding anything to your current electrical grid, LIFX offers dimmer control, as well as colored lighting. Already available online and in home improvement stores, LIFX also allows for remote control of every LIFX bulb in your house. This means you can easily turn lights on and off throughout your house, without leaving your current location. Not only that, LIFX lets you set automatic on/off times, or syncs your indoor light with sunrise and sunset. In addition to these incredibly convenient features, LIFX can pair with your smart device to change colors or brightness with the music you listen to. So far, reviews for LIFX have been overwhelmingly positive, and suggest that similar smart home products may soon be common place.

           

          Occulus Rift

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            Excellent news for video game enthusiasts, Oculus Rift brings truly immersive virtual reality to video games. A popular feature in fiction for decades, virtual reality has never quite reached the high quality performance that gamers desire. With Oculus Rift, gamers finally have an option with high resolution and a wide field of vision. Though Oculus Rift is not commercially available yet, several large gaming companies are already releasing Oculus ready games. A winner of several tech awards in 2012 and 2013, this Kickstarter project is also pairing with developers to expand the number of games supported. If early prototype reviews are any indication, Oculus Rift may soon become the best, most immersive way to play your favourite game.

            Glyph

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              Similar to Oculus Rift is Glyph, which brings virtual immersion to all media. Designed primarily as a virtual display, Glyph is a compelling way to watch movies and tv shows, plus functions as a high quality headset. Glyph becomes an audio only device by wearing the screen on top of your head, but flips down across your eyes for easy viewing. The biggest thing that sets Glyph apart is super high quality visuals. Also capable of displaying 3D, Glyph uses low powered LEDs and thousands of mirrors to bring films and TV to life. Glyph is also compatible with current gaming systems, but functions as a display, rather than a movement tracker and camera control system (like Oculus Rift). An incredible step towards moderately priced, high quality immersive displays, Glyph is another positively reviewed product that may revolutionize the way we consume media.

               

              Edyn

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                The Edyn Garden Sensor is an impressive new way to track your garden’s health. For those of us with now green thumb whatsoever, Edyn may well be the solution. This Kickstarter project racks soil health, from moisture and nutrients, to pH balance and light intensity. Pair the sensor with Edyn Water Valve and you have the smartest, most responsive automatic watering system available. The unit itself is water resistant and solar powered for ultimate ease of use. Another Kickstarter project showered in praise, Edyn stands to make life easier for gardening professionals and beginners alike.

                 

                Onewheel

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                  Onewheel is a motorized skateboard with some incredible innovations. The board is completely self balancing, and is said to simulate the feeling of snowboarding or surfing. Onewheel requires not manual control for speed, jus ttilt the board forward to speed up, or backwards to slow down or stop. The board reaches up to 12 miles per hour, with a top distance of 6 miles per charge. Another Kickstarter project with overwhelmingly positive reviews, Onewheel is set to be available to the public late 2014.

                   

                  iStick

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                    iStick brings USB drives to Apple devices, greatly increasing the capability of portable devices. By adding a lightning connector to the conventional USB stick design, iStick instantly catapults an Apple device’s memory. This Kickstarter project lets you store massive amounts of photos, videos or songs on iStick, then directly stream them on your device. A simple, yet effective innovation, iStick hints at a future where our devices have unlimited storage capabilities, regardless of the device you own. Hailed as an indispensable addition to your device, iStick is highly reviewed by websites and print sources alike. While only available for Apple right now, similar products could soon change the way we approach portable devices.

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                    Galileo

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                      Incredibly simple to attach to your smartphone, Galileo uses your phones’ vibrator to control where your camera faces. Galileo pairs with your phone under various shooting conditions, making this a useful Kickstarter project for many different consumers. Galileo automatically tracks action when in a video call, so you don’t need hold your device. This means video conferences or calls are captured without your attention, all without missing any action. In addition, Galileo makes it easy to capture perfect panoramas, as well as smooth 360 interactive visuals. Remote video conference control could also be incredibly useful for virtual learning settings. Lastly, consumers can use Galileo as a controllable baby monitor, changing angles and following your little one without you needing to enter the room. Another innovation making our smart devices even smarter.

                       

                       

                       

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                      7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

                      7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

                      Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

                      Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

                      Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

                      So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

                      Joe’s Goals

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                        Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

                        Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

                        Daytum

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                          is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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                          Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

                          Excel or Numbers

                            If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

                            What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

                            Evernote

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                              I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

                              Evernote is free with a premium version available.

                              Access or Bento

                                If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

                                Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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                                You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

                                Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

                                All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

                                Conclusion

                                I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

                                What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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