If you're looking for for the most interesting wearable projects looking for funding on Kickstarter, Indiegogo or other crowdfunding platforms, you've come to the right place.
You can't move for a wearable tech startup at the moment, and the industry is being driven by the great ideas being realised by the internet of things revolution.
Every week we pick out the most promising ideas hoping to get public funding to make their idea a reality. It's not all one-way traffic, however, and it's a great chance for anyone to become an investor in the next big idea.
We've already written about this ambitious hearable and definitely have some burning questions to ask the creators, but if it's the real deal, then Pilot could really be a revolutionary wearable device.
The real time translation smart earpiece sits inside of your ear (obviously) and features a microphone to capture audio from the person you're speaking to. It also uses speech recognition and machine translation to translate a host of different languages. These include German, Russian, Arabic, Mandarin Chinese and Hindi. Additional languages will be available at a later date.
Available in three colours, Pilot will also be offering a secondary earpiece to stream music or to share with the person you're speaking with. The companion app will let you switch between languages and save them for offline use when you're traveling overseas. There's even a conference mode so you can have multiple people speaking different languages on the same call.
Pilot is set to take flight in May 2017, with additional languages scheduled to be added later in the year. It's already raised over $1 million on Indiegogo, crushing its $75,000 target with a month left to run on the campaign. $199 will get you a set of two earpieces while a pledge of more than $359, will get you Pilots for the entire family.
In the quest for seamless home automation we've seen a wide array of gadgets and control methods thrown into the mix. However, if it works as well as its makers claim, Knocki might just knock the competition out.
It's a smart home sensor that turns any hard surface - think walls and tables - into control platforms for your connected kit. By tapping you can set up Knocki to perform an array of automated tasks, such as switching smart lights on, turning up your music or unlocking your Wi-Fi enabled door lock.
For simple tasks, such as the light and music examples, you can set up a one or two tap method, wheras security sensitive actions can be kicked off with a more complex tapping pattern. One Knocki unit can store ten actions and it's compatible with the leading smart home systems such as Nest, Samsung SmartThings and WeMo.
Knocki smashed its target inside 24 hours and the super early bird deals are gone. However, $69 for one, or $189 for three is still pretty attractive.
Knocki has managed to raise over $500k, which is well over its $35,000 target. There's still plenty of days left to run on the Kickstarter campaign, although you'll need to spend at least $79 to grab one when they ship in December 2016.
Think of Nuheara's IQbuds as a pair of wireless earbuds that focus on altering your experience of hearing the world. Like Doppler Labs' Here Active Listening earbuds but without the music focus, you can now get a pair for $209 as all the early bird units have sold out.
You can activate and control the buds' active noise cancelling via a companion app and create presets for different places e.g. office, plane, bus. You can also mix your own balance between your music and the real world and even enhance your hearing thanks to multiple mics on the IQbuds.
Tap to answer calls, play/pause music etc and house them in the charging case which increases the battery life from four hours to 16 hours (= 3 recharges).
Even though Nuheara has already raised $500k - that's ten times its target, the Indiegogo campaign still has 24 days left to go and shipping is set for December 2016.
Last time out we picked a brain sensor reading headband as our crowdfund pick of the week and, to be honest, it made our brain hurt just thinking about how it could possibly work. Probably not what its makers intended.
This week, we've decided to keep things a bit more straight forward with one of the simplest, yet most exciting, projects to date. AirJamz is exactly what it says on the tin... it's a Bluetooth packing wristband that allows you to play air guitar with sounds.
You simply pick a tune (hundreds to choose from, we're told) from the paired smartphone app and strum away. Head-banging and bowing at the end of a performance is optional (but encouraged).
The $30,000 target has already been met and, as such, all the early bird special offers snapped up but you can still grab one for $49, or $59 with a mini speaker. The team has announced a surprise gift in the form of the AirJamz Pick to swap the module into - nice.
We've covered Melomind a few times in the past - the concept was first shown off way back in January 2015 at CES. Back then, the connected headset wanted to get rid of stress by using hi-tech biofeedback - reading your brain activity and transmitting it to a smartphone app where it's translated into music.
It's now back, in more normal looking headphone form and its makers claim that it generates an audio soundscape that responds to your brainwaves in real-time. It will even tap into your own music collection.
Brain waves: How mind reading wearables let us delve inside
"When you train with Melomind to manage your stress and emotions, we made sure that you are plunged into a complete world of relaxation," reads the release. "Our goal concerning your experience was to have you carried away from the very beginning to the end; from the sound environment and the guide's voice while you choose a session, to the musical journey you embark on."
Cynicism aside and the campaign has actually started with a bang. The company is already well over its €50,000 target and has some stretch goals lined up. You'll have to fork out €220 if you want one - the RRP is set to be €399.
More than twice the amount raised with over a month to go and, to celebrate, all models will come boxed with a protective case.
Here, Bragi Dash, Samsung Earcle, the Microsoft Clip, everyone seems to be working on a hearable. United Sciences, a 3D scanning company is now joining the party too with the custom fit Aware.
Packed to the rafters with biometric sensors, the Bluetooth in-ears promise to monitor heart rate, steps, distance traveled and calories burned. It even claims to track brain waves using EEG (electroencephalogram) to monitor stress, sleep pattens and relaxation.
It's also going big on sleep tracking, learning when restless sleep happens. And The Aware can detect teeth grinding, which is linked to interrupted sleep. You can even monitor snoring.
The sensor packed hearable also finds room for a noise cancelling bone conduction microphone array, a speaker and 16GB of storage for storing music so you can work out sans smartphone.
United Sciences is chasing $100,000 on Kickstarter and is already halfway to that goal with more than a month to run on the campaign. If you want a pair, you'll need to pledge more than $249. There's also pair of Aware headphones that come without the biometric and brain monitoring powers available for $99. If you can spare $10,000, you can bag yourself a tour of the United Sciences lab.
Metallic finishes announced as a stretch goal.
SpeedX Leopard smart road bike
The best crowdfunding ideas are the ones that seem so obvious, it's a wonder no-one's thought of it before. Such is the case with the SpeedX Leopard smart road bike.
Sporting a carbon fibre frame that weighs just 1.2kg and sports a lifetime warranty, it's got serious bike credentials, before you factor in the smart performance tracking technology.
Its XCoach platform analyses and helps you train based on live performance data, and it's capable of tracking lap times, distance and speed via GPS as well as power, cadence, heart rate, altitude and calories using 12 built-in sensors.
Obviously this requires power and the bike's battery will last up to 800km/40 hours of riding, and charges to full in 30 minutes.
And the price borders too good to be true territory. There are a bunch of options depending on the brakes, tyres, crankset and all the other gubbins you go for – but you can grab a bike from $1,299. It's also already smashed its Kickstarter goal, with $1.75m raised on a $50,000 goal. Shipping is estimated for July 2016, and we have to say this looks a real winner.
This SpeedX Leopard smart bike has raised just under $2 million to become the most funded bike campaign in Kickstarter history.
One of the biggest problems with mobile VR headsets, aside from the fact they're not quite as amazing as an Oculus Rift or a HTC Vive, is that once you've got the headphones and the headset on, it can quickly start to feel a bit clunky.
That's where Opto comes in. The smartphone friendly VR headset has built in audio integrating on-ear headphones with 40mm 32ohm speakers into its unique looking body.
The headset, which comes with three different coloured front covers, supports smartphone screen sizes from 4-inch to 5.1-inch. It's also made out of a foam material to keep things lightweight, durable and easy to wipe down when it needs a clean. Opto claims its lenses are 25% bigger than other VR headsets to enhance that immersive feeling.
Opto is hoping to raise £40,000 on Kickstarter to make the first 500 headsets and is moving nicely towards its goal. A £60 pledge can get you a standard edition headset while £100 or more will bag you two headsets. If successful, it's expected to start shipping from October 2016.
Opto raised $43k in total and has sent out a survey on colours to backers.
If you've been following our quest to build the ultimate smart home from scratch, then you'll know there's a lot of groundwork you need to put in before you can start kitting out your living room with smart lightbulbs and clever thermostats.
Something like the Protonet Zoe could prove really handy when you do get things up and running. The smart home hub connects all of your smart home devices and works with the likes of Nest, Amazon Echo and Philips Hue. The big sell here is that any of the information your share with those devices are not stored in cloud servers. It's all processed and kept directly on the Zoe device keeping the data nice and secure.
If you want to spread the smart home hub love, there's also a set of Zoe Voice Drops companion devices that are essentially voice based remote controls you can arrange around the house.
The illuminating Zoe comes can be placed anywhere in a room and comes with a series of art covers you can slap onto its magnetic front plate if you're worried it'll stick out like a sore thumb.
It's already raced past its $100,000 flexible goal on Indiegogo, with plenty of time left on the campaign to run. If you want one though, it's not going to be cheap. $549 will get you a Zoe starter kit with a smart mansion kit setting you back a hefty $1,799.
Protonet Zoe sailed past its target and is now offering a 4oTB option for a cool $9,999.
This pin badge doesn't offer alerts or any kind of activity tracking but it definitely helps to express the connected self. The idea is a simple one: the Pins syncs with your smartphone and allows you to add any design - moving or still - to the digital badge.
There are artists and designers on board and the creators also want the community to get involved by creating and sharing their own patterns. You can draw a design or upload a photo to get started. It'd be possible to not only have a pin that matches your mood, but one that supports a charity or political campaign too.
The most interesting aspect is that the Stockholm startup plans to release a PinOS platform and a SDK later this year - so the feature set could yet be expanded.
The cheapest early bird price remaining is $59 with shipping forecast for February next year. The company is already well on its way to the $75,000 target.
Pins Collective sailed past its target with plenty of days left in the bank.
Sleep Shepherd Blue sleep tracker
For those who have trouble sleeping, getting a good night's kip can turn into an obsession, so enter Sleep Shepherd Blue, a second generation 'sleep optimiser' which has launched on Kickstarter.
Promising to be more than just a sleep tracker, this connected beanie uses Netsky EEG technology to encourage your brainwaves to slow to a sleep-inducing crawl. This was essentially the purpose of the original version, which shipped last year, but the updated Blue tracker adds optimised tracking and feedback on your sleep performance via a companion smartphone app.
From its position on the head and EEG, Sleep Shepherd's makers claim better accuracy than the likes of Fitbit and Beddit, which broadly rely on movement to report on your lost hours.
Interested backers would do well to read feedback on the original Sleep Shepherd product. While the science and tech seems fairly sound, going to sleep wearing a hat may not be everyone's idea of relaxing.
The Sleep Shepherd Blue has already smashed its meagre target – indicating that using Kickstarter has been more of a pre-ordering mechanism this time around – and $199 bags you a unit for a $50 discount.
Described as a "smart babysitter" by its makers, Allb is a sensor that keeps track of your baby's metrics and can help to prevent sudden infant deaths, we're told.
It clips on the waistband of a diaper or the baby's trousers so as one side of the sensor can have skin contact. From there it monitors skin temperature, sleep patterns and respiratory rates and raises alarms to a parent's smartphone if necessary.
Rather than comparing the recorded stats to averages, it personalises over time for its wearer. It also adapts a growing baby by monitoring sleep hours and comparing it to medically verified sleep data from paediatric studies.
$89 gets you one device and the company is looking for $15,000. Shipping is estimated for July.
Target hit with a couple of weeks to spare - the company is still seeking backers though and says that every little helps.
Competitive cyclists rejoice, there's now a way to monitor power output without having to expensively install something onto your bike.
The Zone DPMX, developed by Brim Brothers, is a wearable device that clips onto your cycling shoe and is packed with sensors to measure power (watts) and cadence (rpm) from under your shoe as motion sensors on top of you shoe track your distance.
Available in two models, the DPMX Single measures power from the left shoe only, while the Dual option measures both shoes. It uses ANT+, so you can send data to a ANT+ compatible bike computer or smartphone to view the data. You'll need to have a set of Speedily Zero pedals and cleats to get it to work, but after that, it should work with most cycling shoes. You can expect to get around 15 hours of riding out of them and a couple of hours to charge them back up.
The wearable power meter has already surged past its €100,000 Kickstarter goal with more than 20 days to go and a pledge of €390 will get you the Single version when it ships in July.
With a couple of weeks still to go, this has every chance of reaching twice its desired goal.
Prana stress sensing wearable
Prana is designed to combat stress through regulated breathing with its new connected clip-on sensor.
The clip, which is designed to be attached to your waistband, uses algorithms to analyse your posture and breathing technique. The data is then synced to a companion app via Bluetooth, allowing you to review the data in-real time.
This is where things get smart. The companion app has two modes; clinical and game mode. Clinical mode offers an in-depth timeline that scores each breath to help you reach your target pattern, coaching you to breathe better. Game mode incorporates your real-time breathing to control an in-game character.
If you want to help Prana reach its goal, then there's a $99 early bird special, which includes $50 off of the retail price. Shipping is expected in June.
Prana raised just short of its $50k goal but being Indiegogo, it receives all funding.
FitPal is a heart rate detecting band-aid designed to be worn 24/7 to provide in-depth insights into your health.
Not to be mistaken for the Under Armour-owned food tracking app MyFitnessPal, FitPal contains two 10mm stainless steel electrodes that claim to monitor sleep, stress, heart rate irregularities exercise readiness and even your biological age, all from your heart rate.
According to its Kickstarter page, FitPal can be worn for days at a time. It boasts an impressive seven day battery life, and the patch can also be charged wirelessly.
There are eerie similarities to Ampstrip, another heart rate detecting band-aid, which was designed to offer health insights from heart rate data. That was cancelled last year leaving hundreds of angry backers in its wake. The two products are so similar that FitPal has put a disclaimer on its page distancing itself from the failed project.
FitPal is close to its $100,000 target, and the company aims to deliver to backers by November 2016 - a tall order considering the product is not yet out of Alpha testing. Bundles start at $159, which is 35% off its $199 retail price.
Team FitPal are apparently "doing a happy dance" after sailing past the target with a few days to spare.
Three years on and Hexoskin is back with a smarter version of its 2013 Indiegogo success story. The Hexoskin Smart shirt is laced with sensors designed to monitor heart rate, breathing and movement, and is now fitted with a Bluetooth Smart sensor; allowing you to pair with your favourite fitness apps such as MapMyRun, RunKeeper and Strava, as well as a whole host of third-party accessories.
The Hexoskin Smart system is powered by a "Smart Device"; a module that sits discreetly in your pocket. This device captures raw data that can be later viewed on the companion app, providing insights on a range of sporty metrics including intensity and recovery, calories burned, fatigue level, and sleep quality.
Don't just take Hexoskin's word for it, we've seen it in action ourselves over in Vegas at CES 2016 and. For $299, you can get yourself a smart shirt and module. Shipping is estimated for April. With early adopters having pledged well over the $50,000 goal to produce this next generation model, grab it cheap while you can, the RRP for that bundle is $100 extra.
Hexoskin has raced past its Indiegogo goal with weeks to spare.
Check-my-Temp wearable thermometer
Looking after a child or loved one with a fever can be scary as the fever works its way through the body, patients need a lot of care – which is where Check-My-Temp comes in.
The wrist worn device constantly monitors the patient's fever collecting 30 data points every 30 seconds from the temperature sensor and accelerometer, and reports it to a smartphone app. You can check on them at any time, and if vitals rise to worrying levels, the app will alert you.
The band will fit children and adults and also works as a sleep monitor by using the accelerometer to track the patient's movements. This means you won't need to disturb the patient to check on them when they're asleep, and can make sure they get water and hydration as soon as they're awake.
Check-My-Temp is looking for $30,000 of funding over on Indiegogo. $35 gets you an early bird discount and it's expected to ship in July 2016.
Check-My-Temp finished its campaign 179% funded.
Face masks to keep you looking beautiful have been around for years, but French company Wired Beauty believes it's come up with the next big step in skin care and it's called MAPO.
The custom 3D printed mask, which will undoubtedly give you that Phantom of the Opera or footballer with a face injury look, uses a series of sensors positioned in key areas of the face built into the medical grade silicone mask.
Once skincare products have been applied to the face, these sensors are capable of detecting your skin's moisture levels.
But that's not all. There's also different heating zones built in, which can reach up to 40 degrees centigrade and can help improve the effectiveness of applied skin care products.
It can then relay data in real time via Bluetooth to the companion La Clinique Digital app where you can get advice on what type of products to use, correct bad habits and generally help combat the various kinds of stresses the skin comes up against on a daily basis.
MAPO is well on its way to its €40,000 goal. Pledging €90 or more means you can try one out for six months. €199 gets you a mask for 33% less than the retail price.
Just 187 backers were needed to make this one a reality. The team says it is going on a World Tour so look out for a sensor-packed face mask coming to you.
We've covered a few tennis wearable systems in the past but none quite as thorough as Pivot, from Silicon Valley startup TuringSense. Combining a whopping 14 sensors for the top of the range pack, the coaching and monitoring system has been developed in partnership with Hall of Fame coach Nick Bollettieri; the man credited with kickstarting the careers of Andre Agassi, Maria Sharapova, Jelena Janković, Serena Williams, Martina Hingis, Kei Nishikori, and Boris Becker.
Like Zepp on steroids, Pivot promises to improve a player's game by recording 360 degree motion, preventing injuries and get statistics on a wide range of performance metrics including footwork, body position, elbow bend, knee bend, and more.
You don't need a camera, there's a hub that records all the biometric data each sensor sends – up to 1,000 data samples per second are sent, from the accelerometer, gyroscope, and magnetometer. You can watch back the action and see the analysis on the companion app.
The company is offering Pivot in a 'Challenger' pack comprising of 4 sensors and 1 hub for $279. But the real deal is the 'Grand Slam' package with the full 14 sensors. That's $749.
More than $100,00 hit, against a target of $75,000.
Just when you thought owning an Apple Watch was the only way to share your heartbeat from a distance, British based start-up LittleRiot has devised some bedtime tech that'll also help you "feel your loved one's presence."
It works with both users each wearing a soft fabric wristband, which houses the heartbeat sensor and having a small 0.5w speaker placed underneath your pillow.
When the wristband is paired with the companion iOS or Android app, you can send your heartbeat to your loved one and it'll be amplified through the speaker.
The wristband's sensor can run for several night's before it needs a charge via the Micro USB port, while the speaker simply plugs into your phone and never needs to be charged.
Available in Heart Red and Beat Blue shades, the Pillow Talk is available to pre-order on Kickstarter from up until 8 December with £52 or more securing you one to use in your bed.
More than £77,000 hit, against a target of £75,000.
Juvo sleep tracker
Sleep trackers have become a bit of an endangered species in the last year, and few devices have been released to challenge the limited success of Beddit and Withings Aura. Until now.
Juvo is a new sleep monitor that's just hit Indiegogo. Like its more established rivals, it uses a fibre optic sensor that slips under the mattress to keep tabs on your slumber stats. It tracks movement, breathing, heart rate, light, deep and REM sleep and monitors noise and light disturbance, too. It will then offer advise on when to set your alarm, best temperature for your room and the bedside unit will even play soothing tunes to get you to sleep.
It's very similar to the Withings Aura (even down to requiring two sensors for those who share a bed), although the promise of actionable sleep insights and IFTTT recipes with smart bulb makers make for a promising final product.
Juvo was looking for $50,000 and crept over its target to finish with $53,490.
If your fitness training isn't going to plan then new smart clothing venture Antelope could literally jolt you into action. The connected compression wear features electrodes that the company claims can boost performance and muscle strength.
Antelope has a range of different garments targeted at different areas of the body. There's a pair of leggings for training calves, a tank top for the upper body, a full suit and a version called "women's dream" (we kid you not) for pelvic floor strengthening.
The smart gear is powered by a rechargeable battery called the Antelope Booster. It's controlled by a paired smartphone, and when it releases the charge it "mimics the processes that occur in our body when our brain directs muscles to contract". The process is known as Electrical Muscle Stimulation (EMS), which is often used in injury recovery.
The company claims that "in 4 weeks you can increase performance up to 30%, jumping ability up to 20%, muscle volume up to 10%. Back pain is reduced in 90% of all cases."
And its claims have been heard. The company has bagged more than 600% of its funding target. The campaign is still live on Indiegogo and $225 gets you the calf guards and prices vary up to $999 for early bird body suits.
Antelope was funded with days to spare, on $500,000 with 18 days left on an original $75,000 target.
This curved E Ink smart bracelet might look familiar - Eyecatcher, as it's now called, was debuted at CES 2015 by LookSee Labs and now it's on Kickstarter. It displays patterns, notifications and the time on its 5-inch, always on, screen and its 100mAh battery lasts a whole year on one charge.
Eyecatcher comes in male and female styles (Mercury and Mars) and three sizes - small, medium and large. It also has 8MB of built-in memory so you can select eight images for the bracelet to display when your phone is out of range. It's iPhone only for now and is still available to pre-order for $239 which will rise to $264 when that level has sold out.
LookSee is looking to raise $75,000 in the campaign and in the first few days it has already topped $57,000 so it's a cracking start.
Over $250k raised and there's still 8 days left yet.
Unique smart strap
The conundrum of how to turn any classic watch smart has long been toyed with by wearable tech start ups, but this Polish Kickstarter may be the best attempt we've seen.
Unique is a fairly normal looking leather watch strap that comes in a variety of colours, sizes from 20mm to 26mm as well as male and female lengths.
However, tucked inside the stitched strap is a a host of tech gubbins designed to mimic the features of a smartwatch. It will notify you of calls, emails and messages from your smartphone using a vibrate function and a multi-coloured LED. Of course, you won't be able to read the message, but it means you won't miss an important call.
In addition, the strap will also track your steps and display your goal progress in a companion app and features NFC for mobile payments. Just like Apple Pay you can then use Unique to pay for anything from coffee to public transport from your wrist – just like a smartwatch.
It means that your Rolex or Patek Philippe will be able to do as much as your Apple Watch – or at least Pebble.
Unique looks pretty gorgeous from the pictures, but there are a couple that hint it might be chunkier than your normal watch strap. However, it's a damn sight more useable than the likes of the gargantuan Kairos T-Band, so that's something.
Unique is looking for $50,000 and funding on Kickstarter runs until 22 October. $139 gets you a strap which the company pledges to deliver in April 2016.
Great news - the target has just been reached and the company has announced some stretch goals.
Nucli smart lock
You want to keep your smart home safe right? So you're gonna need a smart lock to keep unwanted intruders away from your connected kit. The Nucli, from electronics company Westinghouse, offers the usual digital entry features but throws in a plethora of remote features for good measure.
From within a smartphone app you see who's at the door using the built-in camera, speak to them, and unlock or lock the door. Users are also able to record messages to play to delivery men or holiday home renters. Up to 50 users can be programmed in and, as well as app smartphone entry, Nucli can also be unlocked using fingerprints or a digital fob.
It connects to the web using Wi-Fi, so you can keep tracks of who is coming and going even when you're not in Bluetooth range and the app is available on Android, Windows Phone and iOS.
Westinghouse has smashed its $50,000 target and has now announced some swanky new colours. $325 gets you one smart lock, that's 26% off of the RRP. Shipping is expected for October.
This smart ring on Kickstarter looks pretty interesting. It's designed to track your daily activities, as well as sleeping patterns, in order to develop a lifestyle plan to help you get the best night of sleep possible. The idea being, if you have quality sleep, you will perform better during the day.
Since you wear it all day, the OURA ring tracks your movement and activities, including how long you sit down for. At night, the ring monitors your breathing, body temperature, heart rate, and movement. It identifies deep sleep, REM sleep, light sleep, and periods of wakefulness.
With the information gathered about your daily and nightly activities, a companion app for iPhone and Android determines how you can get the best sleep possible. The company has created what it calls the "Readiness Score" which takes into account your schedule and provides advice on days when you should be more active and days when it is better to just take it easy.
The ring itself is made out of ceramic and comes in black or white with a glossy or matte finish. Battery life is three days. It has already more than doubled its $100,000 goal but you can still pledge to the campaign for $229, which is $70 off the RRP, with an estimated delivery date of November 2015.
After a really big start to the campaign, OURA's Finnish team posted pictures and posts about how launching a Kickstarter campaign affects your sleep, natch. In the end the campaign raised $651,803 from over 2,000 backers. Impressive stuff.
This awesome connected cycling helmet includes flashing LEDs with a twist. When turning, use the wireless handlebar remote to trigger bright arrows on the back of the helmet to signal which way you're heading to cars behind you. And when you slow down, Lumos' built-in accelerometer measures your speed and turns on automatic red brake lights. There's also bright white LEDs on the front. Very nifty.
Battery life is a week if you're wearing Lumos for 30 minutes a day, it's water resistant and weighs 410g. Plus it meets cycle helmet standards in the US and Europe. Lumos has already tripled its Kickstarter target of $125,000 and the campaign runs until 13 August. The next gen helmet is still available at the early bird price of $99 and it's on offer in black or white.
The Lumos has rolled way passed its goal of $125,000, bagging more than $800,000 by the end of the campaign. With this success it allowed backers to vote for a third colour option.
Ask most golfers what their biggest issue is and you'll get a consistent answer...quite literally. Consistency is the key to any golfers game; being able to replicate that perfect swing over and over again. That's where the Ojee Talon comes in.
It's a digital assistant that sits on the top of your club's grip, offering you real time information on your shaft and club-face rotation angle. This device teams up with a belt and back unit so as you can stay perfectly aligned with your ideal swing posture in real time. It's the instant feedback aspect that sets this system apart from its rivals.
The British company is seeking £20,000 on Indiegogo. £149 gets you the Talon suite, the RRP will be £229.99. Shipping forecast is November.
106% of the goal met and shipping is on target.
Creating content for VR isn't cheap, but the Spericam 2 wants to change that.
Being the size of a tennis ball doesn't stop the Phoenix based company promising to provide 4K, 360 degree video that will be automatically stitched in real-time, ready for VR viewing straightaway.
The Sphericam 2 is aimed at the adventurous individual, with an anodised aluminium casing and a series of different mounts.
Spherical's goal is $150,000 with its Super Early Bird offers all gone, you'll have to pay $1,399 for the camera.
Goal hit with plenty of time to spare and the company raised a cool $457,000 in total. If you have pledged $1,499 or more to the campaign you will get 12 colours to choose from. And as it reached $360,000 Spherical will make the camera dust and waterproof to the IP67 rating for all backers.
This isn't a smartwatch, a running aid or a fitness tracker. It's a "a new breed of wearable technology to set your pace."
The idea behind Doppel is to alter your mood in the same way that music does – but without listening to a single beat. The company behind it, London-based Team Turquoise, claim Doppel can make you feel more alert or relaxed "using the innate human response to rhythm".
The device pulses to a pace you set using bezel twists and face taps, and also calibrates with your heart rate to sync with your natural bio-rhythm. Its makers state the device can double a user's focus, leading to improved reaction times and task performance.
Team Turquoise is looking for £100,000. £70 gets you a Doppel device; it's £10 more for a stainless steel version.
820 backers pledged £111,194 on Kickstarter to make sure Team Turquoise hit its goal. The team posted an update on the campaign page: "We are going to work tirelessly to make sure that we not only get the first ever run of doppels made and delivered to you, but that we then push beyond that."
Kuai biometric headphones
We've seen biometric heart-rate monitoring headphones before, but Kuaiwear's effort throws a few extra ingredients into the mix – most notably by integrating a foot pod, a smart coach and an MP3 player right into the device itself.
Kuai buds pack 8GB of memory to store your tunes and have a battery life of seven hours. They are waterproof down to 3m and the company behind them claims they are multisport friendly, with running, cycling, swimming and gym sessions all supported.
You can download virtual coaching sessions and get feedback on a range of metrics including speed, cadence, distance, bpm and calorie burn. You can also sync up the data with some high-profile third party platforms such as Endomondo, Strava and MyFitnessPal.
Kuaiwear claims it is ready to go with the device, it just needs the crowdfunding cash to help with mass production and distribution. It's looking for £40,000 and you can grab a pair now from £64.
The team raised £75,000 from 725 backers by the end of the campaign. Kuai buds and accessories are also up for pre-order at a discount straight from the Kuaiwear online shop.
We turn our attention to a UK-based startup this week. Kokoon is, we're informed, the world's first sleep sensing EEG headphones.
Teaming up with the audio experts at Onkyo, the idea is that the "comfortable enough to sleep in" cans play audio that adjusts to your sleep and wake patterns. The headphones will, purportedly, help improve sleep quality, let you understand how you slept and help you to feel more awake come morning. There's also claims the methods employed can assist with your power naps.
"At Kokoon we have developed our own miniaturized dry EEG sensors which require no set up and discreetly sit within the headphones," state the London company. "By applying the power of modern smartphone technology our algorithms we are able to give clinical levels of insight into your sleep and relaxation."
The campaign ends on 10 July and already the $100,000 goal has been hit. $189 gets you the tech heavy headphones – the RRP is going to be $319. Shipping is forecast for February 2016.
They smashed it. Kokoon raised a whopping $1,936,825 on Kickstarter from over 8,000 backers, one of the most successful wearable crowdfunding campaigns we've seen. Whoop, whoop.
The team posted this update for backers and said to look out for pre-orders coming soon: "We'll be sending out a survey closer to the shipping date to collect your addresses. This is likely to be towards the start of next year as we want to ensure we have the most accurate shipping information possible for all of our backers. There will also be a comments section for queries or special requests. We will also be sending out a survey for colour selection."
If you're launching a Kickstarter campaign in 2015, it might as well be a modular, code-able system of wearables for girls aged 4 - 8. Because the world is ready for Linkitz.
The next gen friendship bracelet set includes a programmable core and snappable links with electronic components inside such as a motion link with an accelerometer, LED links, speaker and mic links and a 'friend' link for connectivity (it's not clear what yet).
More links are, of course, planned and as it's wearable the aim is to help to keep kids active and social alongside learning some basic coding with games, secret codes and walkie-talkie features.
The Linkitz app is based on Google's open source, picture-based programming language Blockly - the idea is that there's no barriers to girls dragging and dropping changes on their parents' iPad. Creator Lyssa Neel said in the video: "This is going to be a toy which changes how girls think about tech. It's the first of its kind, there's nothing like it."
$100,000+ raised and the company says: "We'll soon be sending you a survey to get emails and/or sizes and mailing addresses for your rewards and we'll keep you up to date every step of the way as we go through the manufacturing process to bring Linkitz to you!"
Pulse Play is a simple idea designed to do battle with an age old problem - people who cheat at tennis. So, rather than let your dubious pals keep score, it keeps a track of all the points you score, on yours and your opponent's bands, and the overall score too - simply tap the device every time you score a point and it will do the rest.
As well as basic score-keeping, the band also provides real-time audio updates of the score - with 50 voices on offer (Elvis is, bizarrely, one of the options).
The final aspect, and probably the most clever, is the companion app keeps a record of all your matches, letting you tap into a social network of like-minded and, hopefully, like-skilled opponents.
Grand Slam doubles champ Andy Ram is the company's CEO and they are looking to raise $75,000 on Indiegogo. $75 gets you one and it's $20 more for a pair.
Campaign goal hit and now the company is providing plenty of updates on the manufacturing process.
A dedicated swimming wearable is big news as many sports watches and fitness trackers - we're looking at you Jawbone UP3 - fall short of the necessary waterproofing and features.
Enter Swimmo. It's a smartwatch for swimmers which is compatible with iPhone and Android phones. It can track the time and duration of your swimming sessions, distance in laps or metres, calories burned, heart rate and pace/speed.
With a colour OLED screen, a functional but tidy-looking plastic build and a five to seven day battery life, Swimmo ticks a lot of boxes. The team has also confirmed to Wareable that the waterproof device will be tested to 10 ATM (down to 100m).
With its PaceKeeper feature, the watch can buzz to nudge you to speed up, slow down or keep the same pace and likewise, its Intensity Coach feature can help you to stay in your desired heart rate zone.
Stretch goals include pro stats such as stroke details and SWOLF scores (the time and number of strokes it takes to swim a pool length) plus an open water swim mode.
You can bag yourself a Swimmo watch for an early bird price of $149 over on the Kickstarter campaign which is aiming to raise $39,000 in 35 days. Delivery is planned for October 2015.
Swimmo's target has been well and truly smashed: $184,305!
We're quite strict when it comes to covering headphones on Wareable. Sure, they're wearable, but if they do nothing for the connected self – forget about it.
And while the Aivvy Q cans don't pack heart rate sensor tech, or play your music in time with your running strides, they do offer a very unique personalised service. These headphones are a music playing system in themselves but, rather than a drag and drop MP3 affair, they offer wearers a personalised curation of tunes from a cloud boasting millions of tracks.
It's a system that learns what you like, when you like it, and offers up unique playlists that change every time the device syncs with the cloud - and that happens every time you put them on to charge.
Not that you'll need to charge that often, there's 40 hours of playback on a single charge and the Aivvy Q system also offers noise cancellation and CD quality audio.
The Kickstarter campaign met its $125,000 goal in just one day and $188,000 was raised in total.
The VX1 was aiming to do one thing very well - amplify your phone's display - but the Impression Pi is really a do-it-all VR headset. It handles VR AND AR AND tracks your head AND tracks gestures. It's wireless. Open source. It's modular and upgradeable. Plus it works with both Android and iPhone. All for a starting price of just $79.
Well, if you want the Empower package which includes camera sensing then it will cost $249 but next to the Note 4 and S6-only Gear VR, that's still a great deal. Estimated shipping is December, worldwide.
The Impression Pi team reached its $78,000 Kickstarter goal in just 72 hours. They are now in the process of working out some stretch goals and will update the page.
Cmoar VR headset
We like the Cmoar VR headset for a couple of reasons - it's compatible with lots and lots of smartphones, Android and iPhone from 4-inch to 5.7-inch, and it even has a separate base specifically for the iPhone 6 Plus.
It's damn affordable with as little as a $99 pledge getting you a headset on its Kickstarter campaign, though rewards are selling out quick. And its features and accessories make total VR gaming sense - for an extra $49 you can get a bundled Cmoar gamepad that looks a bit like a Wii controller plus it supports a passthrough camera for augmented reality too.
There's a $19 power bank that you can also choose to add to your order and a $29 stand to keep it in your bedroom. A travelling case will be added if the campaign hits $120,000.
Buttons on the side let you control volume, the camera and navigate around VR content and there's external sensors (gyroscope, accelerometer) to improve head-tracking and a handy USB port for charging. All very practical and everyone knows practical is sexy. Cmoar VR headsets will ship in June/July 2015 to Kickstarter backers.
The $100,000 target has been met - with its total of just over $120,000 by the end of March, as backers will get bonus travelling cases too.
Smart-clothing is set to explode in popularity in 2015 and one of the most impressive systems we've stumbled across so far has just landed on Indiegogo. Tracky, by Bangalore-based ProjectPOLE, is the world's first motion capture sports wear - at least that's what its makers claim.
The clever garments pack a range of "Boost Pad" sensors, combined with embedded sensor straps to track a vast array of workout statistics. The system records and analyses body movements (including stretches), heart rate, breathing, temperature and calorie burn. The idea is that, rather than just providing a list of stats and figures, the companion app can give real-time feedback on skill and technique, motion, efficiency and posture; meaning less injuries and better training.
Tracky is capable of recognising 198 sport techniques, 126 yoga combinations, 186 workout motions, and a whopping 1,137 sports patterns in total. Plus, the more it's used by the community, the better its understanding will be.
If it works as ProjectPOLE claim, Tracky could be a genuine game changer.
The company is looking for $30,000 funding. A $179 pledge gets you a Tracky kit, comprised of a t-shirt and trousers with 11 interchangeable sensors and the strap.
Kind of. ProjectPOLE didn't meet its $30,000 goal but thanks to Indiegogo's Flexible Funding the team will still receive the $12,549 it raised during the campaign.
According to an update posted after the Indiegogo campaign ended, the feedback and suggestions from crowdfunders have already fed into the development of the product.
Most wearable devices are simply a bunch of sensors in a band and an application layer that makes sense of it all, working out real world information such as steps and calories from a stream of registered movements. However, imagine if you could download apps to do tonnes of new things with that same information.
That's the plan behind HIRIS. It's a sensor laden 'wearable computer' that lets you decide what it's for. Apps will include fitness tracking, exercise sensing, home automation and even gesture controls for important Minority Report style PowerPoint presentations or controlling drones.
It's also modular, an essential buzzword to cover off in 2015, so it can be upgraded with new features in the future.
We've not seen too many wearables take this strategy, yet it makes so much sense. Your basic activity tracker can be an app download away from being able to do so much more, and since you're buying the tech anyway, why not get your money's worth? The only issue is whether a start up like this can sell the volume to make its platform worth developing for.
HIRIS is looking for $80,000 before 21 March 2015, and $94 gets you a tracker which should be delivered by October 2015.
$84,060 raised and the company is ecstatic. "We are very excited to move into the next phase and begin preparing for mass production, so that we can bring HIRIS to the masses," it said. "You should expect your perk as early as this fall, and we cannot wait for you to receive them."
We've featured a non-wearable sleep monitor before in our Beddit sleep monitor review and RestOn is a similar tracker that's currently going for less on Indiegogo.
The early bird price is $99 with free shipping to US, Canada and China ($20 extra everywhere else).
So what does it do? The 2mm thick belt is placed on the bed underneath you and measures sleep time, heart rate, respiratory rate and sleep cycles. The companion Sleepace app analyses and scores your sleep each night giving you personalised tips and reminders to help improve your sleep - something we found Beddit was missing in our review. As for accuracy, it claims to be the most accurate sleep monitor ever.
Weekly and monthly sleep quality reports help you look at the big picture, rather than sweating the small stuff over one night's sleep and Sleepace also says that RestOn will look to support Apple Health, Microsoft Health and Google Health in the future.
RestOn has already tripled its original target of $50,000. The Sleepace team has already sent out units to its Holiday Early Bird backers and received feedback. Current estimated delivery if you pledge now is February 2015.
We've been following Stridalyzer – a pair of connected insoles for runners – since the product was unveiled back in September, and have to say it's one of our favourite Kickstarter projects of the year.
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The idea came from a pair of injured runners hailing from India, who wanted to improve the way they ran. ReTiSense – the company behind Stridalyzer – claims that 60% - 70% of runners will suffer an injury and 40% of those will include the dreaded 'runner's knee'. That's the problem Stridalyzer is trying to solve.
The connected insoles feature a host of pressure sensors, which monitor your footfalls, looking for imbalances, over-pronation and stresses on your limbs, which can lead to serious injury. The app live tracks your run, offering feedback if it notices serious problems with your form and offers a "form score" after every training session.
Runner's form will deteriorate as fatigue kicks in and Stridalyzer will also help long distance runners stay aware of how their bodies react to tiredness, which can focus gym sessions away from the track.
Away from your technique, Stridalyzer will also help optimise cadence and ground contact time, which can yield improvements in speed and time, too.
As injured runners here at Wareable we feel there's real value in this p