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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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                      How to Improve Your Computer Skills to Get Ahead in Your Career

                      How to Improve Your Computer Skills to Get Ahead in Your Career

                      Technology has taken the business world by storm. People and businesses are progressively reliant on technology world these days. As a result, the people with impressive knowledge and experience with a computer are in demand.

                      Considering this growing market trend, if you too wish to bag a profitable job, this article is apt for you. Here, we will dig deeper into the business and technology world to look into what are the best computer skills one should invest in and what resources to get help from.

                      So, are you ready? Here we begin.

                      6 Most-In Demand Computer Skills This Year (and Beyond)

                      When talking about computer skills, following are the 6 computer skills that can fill your mailbox with endless job opportunities (besides, having an English and Hindi typing speed of 40+ WPM):-

                      1. Spreadsheets and Databases

                      Considering the treasure trove of data companies are handling these days, Spreadsheet and Database management skill tops the list. It is considered the most wanted job skill in the market, with a salary of around $53,129/yr for an entry-level position. However, the spreadsheet skill does not confine to auditing data from cells.

                      To get hired based on this computer skill, you need to become a Spreadsheet ninja. From storing data to organizing them, applying complex mathematics formulas, and creating complex macros, you need to be an expert at all.

                      In other words, you need to have an expertise at working with:

                      • Microsoft Excel
                      • Microsoft Access
                      • Statistics
                      • Data Analytics
                      • Adobe Campaign
                      • Quickbooks
                      • XML Database management system
                      • Filemaker Pro
                      • MATLAB
                      • Hive
                      • FORTRAN
                      • RDBMS (Relational Database Management System)
                      • SAS

                      2. Social Media, Email, and Blogging

                      Though people are socially active, not everyone knows how to use the social media tools on the professional front. In such a scenario, having an expertise at writing engaging yet professional emails, writing blogs, and managing social media activities is a ticket to entry in reputed organizations.

                      Some of the skills related to social media, email and blogging that will have a leg up in the hiring process are:

                      • Content Management System (CMS)
                      • Google Analytics
                      • Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)
                      • Email Marketing
                      • Web Page Design
                      • WordPress
                      • Digital Media
                      • Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
                      • Campaign Management Software

                      3. Graphic Design and Word Processing

                      A solid grasp of skills to present the gained information in the much readable form is another market need. When considering this computer skill category, you need to enhance your skills at:

                      • Adobe Photoshop
                      • Adobe InDesign
                      • Adobe Illustrator
                      • AutoCAD
                      • CorelDRAW
                      • Microsoft Visual Studio
                      • Maya
                      • Microsoft Word
                      • Microsoft Publisher
                      • Operating Digital Cameras

                      4. Software and Hardware Design and Development

                      The Software and Hardware development, in simpler language, means designing, implementing, and testing the computer software/hardware applications. It is the most profitable computer skill, with a different job opening, including Software Architect, Software Analyst, Software programmer, Hardware configuration, etc.

                      To be capable of developing and testing the software and hardware, you need to peruse your users’ needs and build an application that hits their pain points. You need to work with different web and mobile app coding languages for gaining the attention of your audience, some of which are:

                      • HTML
                      • C/C++
                      • Java
                      • Python
                      • XML
                      • UI/UX
                      • LINUX
                      • CISC and RISC architecture
                      • Embedded Processor Hardware Design
                      • Memory Management
                      • PCB Layout
                      • SQL

                      5. IT Troubleshooting

                      Working on computers is one thing and having a knack of looking into the associated issues and resolving them in real-time is another. There are various employees and graduates who work with computer systems in their daily lives, but get confused when it comes to dealing with frozen programs and performing routine maintenance.

                      So, if you are familiar with the basic anatomy of computers and machines and know the tricks to perform such tasks to streamline the working process, enter the IT support arena. The prime IT troubleshooting skills one needs to work upon are:

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                      • Backup management
                      • Diagnostics
                      • End User support
                      • Client-Server management
                      • Installation and configuration
                      • Issue tracking system (ITS)
                      • System administration
                      • Tech support

                      6. Enterprise Systems

                      Many Enterprises have their own enterprise solutions like PeopleSoft for managing their data and operations.

                      Becoming a master at using the enterprise solutions mentioned in their ‘Requirements’ area can also lessen the barrier to get a job.

                      The Roadmap to Excel Your Computer Skills

                      Now that you know the 6 most popular computer skills in the market, the first decision, you need to take is which computer skill you want to work upon. All the skills are equally considerable for making a career ahead. So, choose one as per your interest.

                      Once done, look forward to the following resources for boosting your computer skills and getting a reputed, handsome job.

                      Depending on the computer skill you opt, here are the online courses you can turn to for elevating your career opportunities:

                      1. Become a Spreadsheet and Database Ninja

                      a. Microsoft Excel Training Online Course – Basic & Advanced

                      Whether you are a beginner, intermediate or expert at working with spreadsheets, this online course has something new for everyone to become excel efficient users.

                      Divided into 48 interesting lessons, the course empowers you to learn the technique of using mathematical, statistical, logical and text functions, sorting and filtering the data, creating Pivot Tables, building macros, finding a value with VLOOKUp, and much more.

                      b. Excel- Online Courses, Classes, Training, Tutorials on Lynda

                      This is another impressive course to unlock the power of Excel. Designed for people from all walks of life and familiarity with Excel tools. This course helps you gain in-depth knowledge from the experts about this data-analyzing tool and make the magic in spreadsheet creation and management process.

                      c. SQL & Database Design A-Z™: Learn MS SQL Server + PostgreSQL

                      Build a successful career in the data analytics world with this online course.

                      Revolving around the two top databases, MS SQL and PostgreSQL, this course will give you a comprehensive knowledge of the working of the databases and understanding of all the related elements, including how to create, update, organize, and safeguard the data.

                      2. Rule the Social Media World

                      a. Free Social Media Course by HubSpot

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                      Introduced by the top experienced inbound professors from Hubspot, here you will get a comprehensive knowledge of Social media marketing.

                      From understanding how to build relationships on different social media platforms to creating a perfect strategy to engage them, leveraging the benefits of social advertising, and analyzing your social media ROI, this course will bring out the best out of you.

                      b. Write Professional Emails in English by Coursera

                      This online course will be the right weapon to look into the differences and similarities between different email styles, improve your English writing skills, write effective subject lines, maintain the formality tone in emails, and more to make a powerful impact on the receivers with your email.

                      c. Ninja Writing: The Four Levels of Writing Mastery

                      Founded by Udemy, this online course will excel your skills to build a masterpiece everytime you write.

                      Here, you will get the guidance from the editors of the top newspapers and websites, and understand what kind of words and tone to use for leaving a spellbinding impact on the readers.

                      3. Launch Your Own Software or Hardware Equipment

                      a. Hardware and Software Courses by Coursera

                      From Big Data to IoT, Sensor Circuit Design, Embedded Software and Hardware Architecture, and Motor Control Circuit, this course will give you a glimpse of all the hardware devices, equipment, and programming languages to build wonders.

                      b. Free Software and Web Development Certifications Online by Alison

                      Become the software developer market demands with Alison’s Java, C#, Python, R, PHP, or MySQL database course. From backend to frontend development and software testing.

                      The course helps you to learn how to design, develop and test software and working in a team while contributing to the team success.

                      c. Free Online Software Development and MOOCs Course by Class Central

                      The Class Central online course will make you a master of software development. Here, you will learn the basic concepts of development like Agile, Design Patterns, and Version Control with Git, along with gaining experience of working with the top programming languages.

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                      4. Live and Breathe Creativity

                      a. Udemy: Introduction to Graphic Design

                      It is a top-rated program for the new learners and designers to explore the Graphic Design world.

                      From the history of communication to the design principles, the course will help the students to learn everything specifically and implement in the real world.

                      b. Canva Design School

                      From a beginner to advanced level, this course will provide you with an elaborated and comprehensive knowledge of graphic design. In the form of 4 modules, this course will help the interested graphic designers to try out their skills at Graphics, ranging from fonts to colors, backgrounds, images, shapes, and layouts.

                      c. Microsoft Word – Basic & Advanced

                      62 personalized lessons, premium video tutorials, and unlimited tests and quizzes – this certified course has everything that will make your entry to the business world easier.

                      d. Microsoft Office: Word, Excel and Access Productivity Bundle

                      The course will make you productive in Word, Excel, and Access through video lectures, articles, and various other supplemental resources.

                      Besides, it will offer you exclusive tips and tricks to enhance your skills at using Microsoft office.

                      5. Raise Your Reflexes to IT Troubleshooting

                      a. IT Troubleshooting Skill Training by Udemy

                      IT Troubleshooting Skill Training will upgrade your logical concepts over technical components to find and repair faults.

                      It will provide you with a methodological approach to learn the basics of troubleshooting, practice them via exercises and drills, and enhance your IT troubleshooting intelligence.

                      b. IT Help Desk Online Course on Lynda

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                      The Lynda’s IT troubleshooting online course will train you how to respond to the issues related to Windows 10, Office 365, JIRA software, and more, from a local as well as a remote location.

                      Mobile Apps and Websites to Enhance Computer Skills

                      The aforementioned online courses will undoubtedly train you for a successful career ahead. But, in case you want a long-term support, turn towards the following websites and mobile apps:

                      • Duolingo – Duolingo app will improve your spoken and written communication skills in different languages. With the magic of gamification added to the study, the app will make learning a fun and addictive task.
                      • Hemingway – Hemingway app defines the length, complexity, and common errors associated with the sentences. In this way, it helps you to write effectively and go ahead in the career.
                      • Udemy – The Udemy, with its 2000+ courses, is a great platform to master new skills, advance your career and explore the newer technologies and programming languages. Enrol a course as per your budget and make a brighter future.
                      • eDX – eDX is yet another commendable platform you can look forward to. The platform offers you the best of the tutorials prepared by the business professionals and technology experts, ensuring a great boost in your computer skills.
                      • Excel Easy – Excel Easy, as the name depicts, will make working with Excel easier for you via their detailed tutorials and 300+ real-life examples.
                      • GCF LearnFree.org – It is a one-stop platform for accelerating your future in the computer world. From graphic design to Microsoft Office, resume writing, enhancing adaptability, and much more, the top experts will guide you with everything on this platform.
                      • QuarkXPress – The QuarkXPress will aid you to add soul to your design with its unparalleled collection of font style, size, and typography. The best part is that it is avails all the options in different languages, including English, Spanish, German, French, and Italian to name a few.

                      Bonus: Tips to Accelerate Your Approach For a Better Career Ahead

                      Though these resources will make you stand out from the crowd and get hired at once, you need to focus on various other things, such as:

                      1. Practice, Practice, Practice

                      It is common to forget what we learn. To ensure that you do not miss any opportunity just because you forgot, keep practising.

                      Make it your routine. Polish your computer skills and you will surely end up getting an offer letter from a recognized firm.

                      2. Work on Your Efficiency

                      Remembering what you learned is not enough; practice to enhance those skills to do better.

                      For example, if you take around 50 minutes to create a design, target for 40 minutes.

                      3. Look for Shortcuts

                      Smart work rules over hard work more often. So, look forward to learning shortcuts to do any task. This will increase your chances to crack an interview and get selected.

                      4. Apply for an Internship

                      Last but not the least, apply for an internship to see what’s trending in the market and how much you are ready for it. While doing an internship, pay attention to your weak points and work on them. This will ensure a success when you apply for your dream job.

                      By the late, it’s never too late to be an intern or grab whatever opportunity to learn something new! Here’s how:

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                      The Bottom Line

                      Seeing the current market scenario, it is evident that having computer skills is a boon for a better career ahead.

                      So, rather than struggling with thousands of other things and trying to crack interviews, focus on the computer skills mentioned in this article. Utilize the resources and experts’ tips shared and look forward to having a successful and prosperous future.

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